The last thing any holiday cook wants to do is walk around the kitchen and find out that they are missing a necessary ingredient that they need to finish off their holiday meal with fantastic flare. Unfortunately, this has happened to me and I’m sure it’s happened to you at least once. Make sure it doesn’t happen again this year. When making your holiday preparations, don’t forget your pantry.

If you’re like me, every holiday, we prepare the same things. There are favorite family dishes that are a must or nephew Darren will have a fit. That goes for desserts as well. Since you know this in advance, let’s make sure that the kitchen cupboards are stocked with the items you use the most.

The pantry list includes items for the fridge, cupboard and the freezer. Let’s begin with the cupboard:

  • Gluten-Free Flour
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Baking soda
  • Dry yeast (for breads)
  • Sugar (white, brown, confectioners’)
  • Chocolate (bricks, squares, morsels, cocoa powder)
  • Nuts (pecans, English walnuts, almonds)
  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper)
  • Baking powder
  • Honey, oil, vinegar
  • Gluten-Free Broth
  • Dried fruits
  • Vegetables (sweet potatoes, white potatoes, onions, garlic)
  • Rice
  • Dried  gluten-free pasta

That’s just a short list. Depending on your tastes, you’ll add or subtract from it.

Now we move on to the fridge. Some items just need to stay in there to stay fresh. To know your refrigerated pantry staples, think of things that you are always sending someone to the store for.

  • Milk
  • Butter (not margarine)
  • Sour cream
  • Eggs
  • Lemon juice
  • Half and half

This list is shorter because you use these items more when you cook and bake around the holidays than any other time. The broth from the other list will end up in the fridge after you open it.

Don’t forget the freezer. Most of the freezer staples come into play with baking but they can pertain to cooking the meal if you make fruit relishes, cranberry sauce from scratch and other condiment additions to your holiday table.

  • Frozen fruit (berry mix, peaches)
  • Frozen vegetables (to make up for any shortfall with fresh veggie side dishes)
  • Fruit juices from concentrate

There seem to be a lot more staples needed when you’re cooking and baking for the holidays. These are just a few suggestions to help you prepare for the holidays and ease some of the stress that just seems to come naturally at this time of year.