Ultimate Thanksgiving Shopping Guide: 15 Essential Ingredients

Ready, set, go! It’s time for the Thanksgiving preparation frenzy. We’re hitting the stores, butcher, and farmers markets this weekend and starting to get ready for the big day. Grocery lists can be downright unwieldy this time of year, so we’ve compiled our list of 15 must-have Thanksgiving ingredients. My husband, Brian, is an easygoing sort, but even he gets a bit flustered by that 4th trip out to the store for yet another item we forgot to pick up. This year though, we’re getting organized. Check our our comprehensive list of Thanksgiving essentials and save yourself those extra trips out to the store on Thursday morning.nggallery id=’120054′

  • Carrots, Celery, Green Beans, Brussels Sprouts, and Lettuce 1 of 15
    Carrots, Celery, Green Beans, Brussels Sprouts, and Lettuce
    Basic veggies are a must, from side dishes to stocks and soups. We try and source these from the local farmers market for best flavor.
    Make Roast Brussels sprouts
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  • Butter, Butter, and Butter 2 of 15
    Butter, Butter, and Butter
    This is a serious necessity. Get an abundance of butter since you can always freeze any excess that's leftover.
    Make homemade pumpkin pie
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  • Cranberries 3 of 15
    Cranberries
    No Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce. Pick up a few bags up before the grocery store runs out.
    Make cranberry sauce with rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper 4 of 15
    Salt and Pepper
    It doesn't get more basic than salt and pepper--check your supplies now!
    Make real onion dip with salt and pepper
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  • Onions, Garlic, and Shallots 5 of 15
    Onions, Garlic, and Shallots
    It seems almost every savory dish starts out with one of these, so make sure you have a good supply of each.
    Make cream of mushroom soup
  • Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, and Squash 6 of 15
    Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, and Squash
    This one goes without saying. You'll likely need several pounds of each. For the freshest possible produce, consider hitting up your local farmers market.
    Make squash and quinoa salad
  • Parsley, Thyme, Sage, and Other Fresh Herbs 7 of 15
    Parsley, Thyme, Sage, and Other Fresh Herbs
    Herbs make the meal, so be sure to stock big bunches of parsley, sage, and any other favorites.
    Make spicy squash salad with parsley
  • Wine, Booze, and Coffee 8 of 15
    Wine, Booze, and Coffee
    Keep your celebration merry with plenty of libations. If you're hosting a large crowd. consider buying a case at a discount.
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  • Bay Leaves 9 of 15
    Bay Leaves
    Often overlooked, bay leaves pack in a lot of flavor. These are favorites in stocks and soups, but adding a few leaves to roasted vegetables, or boiling potatoes can add lots of flavor.
    Make domino potatoes with bay
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  • Heavy Cream, Half and Half, and Milk 10 of 15
    Heavy Cream, Half and Half, and Milk
    From pies, to casseroles, your going to need plenty of dairy. Go ahead and grab a pint (or quart!) of heavy cream so you'll be sure to have enough.
    Make salted caramel ice cream
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  • Marshmallows 11 of 15
    Marshmallows
    This Thanksgiving, give the people what they really want.
    Make sweet potato salad with marshmallows
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  • Sugar, Brown Sugar, Flour, Baking Soda and Powder 12 of 15
    Sugar, Brown Sugar, Flour, Baking Soda and Powder
    This is a good time to make sure your baking pantry is in order. You're going to need regular and brown sugar. You also want to make sure that you have plenty of flour, and that your baking powder and soda are fresh.
    Make classic apple cake
    Image Credit: Romain Behar
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Allspice 13 of 15
    Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Allspice
    These are the spices of the season. make sure you have a fresh supply of these flavor boosters.
    Make classic pumpkin pie from scratch
    Image Credit: Luc Viatour
  • Turkey 14 of 15
    Turkey
    Don't forget the big guy. If buying frozen, allow 24 hours in the fridge for each 5 lbs. of bird. If that doesn't suit you, reserve a fresh bird from your local butcher.
    Make heritage breed roast turkey
    Image Credit: Riki7
  • Eggs 15 of 15
    Eggs
    Eggs make an appearance in several dishes such as pies and quick breads. They're also an easy, high-protein meal you can make on the go the day of or morning after.
    Make pumpkin bread
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How’d we do? What are your essentials? Let us know in the comments!

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