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By Tera Harmon 13 Nov, 2017

With the holiday season approaching, so too are the celebration meals and get togethers. How does your holiday pantry look? Time spent planning now for food and festivities will allow you to be able to feel prepared, more relaxed, and in the moment whether you are celebrating on a grand scale or an intimate get together.

Since we are just a few weeks ahead of Thanksgiving, now is a good time to pay some extra attention to our pantries and food storage areas. There are things we can do beforehand to be prepared for the season of celebration and food.

The first pantry chore to perform is to make sure there is plenty of room to stockpile in preparation for the next 3 to 8 weeks (Thanksgiving through New Year's). Before bringing anything new into your food storage area, it is good to review the expiration dates of all food items. Removing outdated sundries will surely create some available shelf space. It is also good to look at stored dried goods such as flour, sugar, corn meal, baking soda and baking powder, and grains and pastas to make sure they appear to be fresh and ready to consume. And don't forget to take a close look at your spices and oils as well.

While reviewing expiration dates, you can also take inventory of what you currently have and of what you will need in the coming weeks. I suggest starting a digital list on your phone or with your favorite grocery store app so you have it with you wherever you shop.

Listing what you presently have will help prevent unnecessary purchases at the store. But listing what you think you will need in the next several weeks, will require some meal planning. Are you hosting a large meal, or expected to contribute at another? Will you be having or going to any cocktail parties? Is there anything special that your family likes to consume during these special occasions? Thinking now about what you would like to prepare will make you feel ready to enjoy the occasion when the time comes.

Knowing your menus, allows you to make a fairly comprehensive list of needed ingredients. Here is what most cooks feel are needed for holiday-time meal planning:

  • Dry Goods: Flours, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, dried bread crumbs
  • Canned Goods: Chicken stock, beef stock, cream of celery/mushroom/chicken, pumpkin puree, stewed tomatoes, tomato paste
  • Spices: All spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, kosher salt, coarse ground pepper, dried soup mix (like onion or ranch)
  • For baking: powdered sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, shortening
  • Packaged goods: cranberries, raisins, nuts-especially pecans and almonds
  • Liquids: Vegetable oil and canola oil are the most versatile, olive oil, vinegars
  • Condiments: mustards, mayonnaise, ketchup, hot sauces, honey

But that is not all. Do you take wine to parties? Or enjoy bubbly with toasts? Will you be making mixed drinks or preparing mulled cider or eggnog? You will want to make sure your liquor cabinet is stocked as well. Even if you don't drink, it is good to have extra wine on hand for cooking and for gift giving. This is what most consider to be a well-rounded beverage stock:

  • Alcohol: red and white wine, beer, vodka, whiskey, gin, bourbon, tequila, bubbly like prosecco or champagne.
  • Mixers: bottled fruit and vegetable juices, club soda, tonic water, bloody Mary mix, soft drinks
  • Garnishes: olives, cocktail onions, citrus wedges, salt rim, cinnamon sticks, marshmallows

And remember the fun cocktail napkins, too!

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Get Organized Columbus

By Tera Harmon 13 Nov, 2017

With the holiday season approaching, so too are the celebration meals and get togethers. How does your holiday pantry look? Time spent planning now for food and festivities will allow you to be able to feel prepared, more relaxed, and in the moment whether you are celebrating on a grand scale or an intimate get together.

Since we are just a few weeks ahead of Thanksgiving, now is a good time to pay some extra attention to our pantries and food storage areas. There are things we can do beforehand to be prepared for the season of celebration and food.

The first pantry chore to perform is to make sure there is plenty of room to stockpile in preparation for the next 3 to 8 weeks (Thanksgiving through New Year's). Before bringing anything new into your food storage area, it is good to review the expiration dates of all food items. Removing outdated sundries will surely create some available shelf space. It is also good to look at stored dried goods such as flour, sugar, corn meal, baking soda and baking powder, and grains and pastas to make sure they appear to be fresh and ready to consume. And don't forget to take a close look at your spices and oils as well.

While reviewing expiration dates, you can also take inventory of what you currently have and of what you will need in the coming weeks. I suggest starting a digital list on your phone or with your favorite grocery store app so you have it with you wherever you shop.

Listing what you presently have will help prevent unnecessary purchases at the store. But listing what you think you will need in the next several weeks, will require some meal planning. Are you hosting a large meal, or expected to contribute at another? Will you be having or going to any cocktail parties? Is there anything special that your family likes to consume during these special occasions? Thinking now about what you would like to prepare will make you feel ready to enjoy the occasion when the time comes.

Knowing your menus, allows you to make a fairly comprehensive list of needed ingredients. Here is what most cooks feel are needed for holiday-time meal planning:

  • Dry Goods: Flours, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, dried bread crumbs
  • Canned Goods: Chicken stock, beef stock, cream of celery/mushroom/chicken, pumpkin puree, stewed tomatoes, tomato paste
  • Spices: All spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, kosher salt, coarse ground pepper, dried soup mix (like onion or ranch)
  • For baking: powdered sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, shortening
  • Packaged goods: cranberries, raisins, nuts-especially pecans and almonds
  • Liquids: Vegetable oil and canola oil are the most versatile, olive oil, vinegars
  • Condiments: mustards, mayonnaise, ketchup, hot sauces, honey

But that is not all. Do you take wine to parties? Or enjoy bubbly with toasts? Will you be making mixed drinks or preparing mulled cider or eggnog? You will want to make sure your liquor cabinet is stocked as well. Even if you don't drink, it is good to have extra wine on hand for cooking and for gift giving. This is what most consider to be a well-rounded beverage stock:

  • Alcohol: red and white wine, beer, vodka, whiskey, gin, bourbon, tequila, bubbly like prosecco or champagne.
  • Mixers: bottled fruit and vegetable juices, club soda, tonic water, bloody Mary mix, soft drinks
  • Garnishes: olives, cocktail onions, citrus wedges, salt rim, cinnamon sticks, marshmallows

And remember the fun cocktail napkins, too!

By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com 01 Mar, 2017
Travel is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but getting ready to take a trip can be stressful!  Being organized with travel lists can take the stress out of your preparation. These three types of travel lists should be comprehensive enough to encompass all things travel: Pre-Travel Tasks, Packing List, and Vacation Activities. We always recommend […]
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Do you keep supplements and/or meds in the pantry, or utility closet, or in a designated medicine cabinet in the kitchen or mudroom? Wherever they may be, chances are it is an area that becomes unruly quickly. Small bottles, awkward packaging, and measuring tools don’t rest well on shelves. We have a few tricks for keeping the meds […] 
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