Stocking Your Pantry for a Very Vegan Holiday Season

The first day of Autumn is coming up next week. To me, that is the official start of the three month-long holiday season. Now is the perfect time to start stocking your pantry and freezer with non-perishable items and baking supplies! Starting early also gives you the opportunity to gather coupons and save money on things you would otherwise buy last-minute and pay full price for.

Everyone has their favorite brands and products, but I’m going list what I use most of during the holidays and suggest brands if need be.

Items to Have on Hand for the Holidays

In the Pantry:

All-purpose flour
Whole wheat flour
White sugar
Brown sugar
Powdered/Confectioner’s sugar
Baking soda
Baking powder
Cornstarch/Arrowroot powder
Egg-replacement powder (Ener-G brand)
Vegan chocolate chips (I use Whole Foods brand, because they’re cheapest!)
Various decorating supplies (sprinkles, colored sugar, food coloring – I use Wilton gels)
Dried fruits (Raisins, apricots, dates, cranberries, etc.)
Vanilla extract, almond extract
Maple syrup
Agave nectar
Mollasses
Various nuts (Pecans, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc.)
Various seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, poppy, sesame, etc.)
Various oils (Olive, vegetable, canola, peanut, flaxseed, etc.)
Various vinegars (White, apple cider, red wine, balsamic, etc.)
Various jams, jellies, chutneys
Nut butters (peanut, almond, etc.)
Vital Wheat Gluten
TVP
Silken tofu
Coconut milk
Canned pumpkin (x10!)
Dried pasta
Dried/Canned beans
Canned tomatoes (including tomato paste)
Vegetable broth/bouillon (also No Chicken Broth and No Beef Broth – Imagine Foods or Superior Touch)
Canned vegetables and misc. (artichokes, roasted red pepper, olives, capers, pickles)
Soy sauce
Cream of Mushroom soup (as a base – you know you have to have green bean casserole at some point over the next few months. I use Imagine Foods brand.)
Dried herbs & spices (Garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, paprika, sage, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, dill weed, poultry seasoning, rosemary, allspice, ginger, cream of tartar, etc.)

In the freezer:

Puff pastry
Pyhllo sheets
Pie crust
Frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
Frozen vegetables (corn kernals, green peas, green beans, etc.)

In the refrigerator:

Non-dairy margarine (I use Earth Balance – buy sticks for easy and quick measuring)
Non-dairy milk (soy, almond, etc.)
Non-dairy sour cream (Tofutti)
Non-dairy cream cheese (Tofutti)
Crescent rolls, pizza dough, bread sticks (these can be homemade, but it’s nice to have an easy solution ready and on-hand – Pillsbury brand is vegan, as well as some store brands)

Produce:

Onions
Garlic
Whatever is in season! Buy your produce once you have your menu(es) ready for the week and know what you’ll need an use.

Non-edible Items:

Cupcake/Muffin liners
Measuring cups (for both dry and wet ingredients)
Cake, muffin, and loaf pans
Cookie cutters
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Parchment paper
Aluminum foil
Baking sheets
Electric mixer
Whisk
Various pots and pans
Mixing bowls
Serving platters
The list goes on..

____________________________________________

Obviously, most people who cook often will have the majority of these items in their kitchen already. But this is just a little reminder that you can use as a checklist for your next trip to the grocery store. You don’t want to be in the middle of a crucial holiday recipe and be caught without a key ingredient. The best thing you can do this time of year is plan your menus in advance, go through your kitchen to see what ingredients you already have, and make a list of what you need. That way you won’t overbuy and you’ll be all set for the week.

I need to go through and check my kitchen’s inventory. I’m ready to start cooking!

– Andrea

Advertisements

Tags: , ,

3 Responses to “Stocking Your Pantry for a Very Vegan Holiday Season”

  1. Erin Says:

    Very cute idea 🙂 So excited to begin baking autumn goodies again!

  2. Frank Says:

    Thanks for the useful list!

  3. Mo Says:

    This is an awesome entry! I never really stock my pantry for the fall. I might have to just start doing that.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: