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Organize Your Pantry Before The Holidays

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Twice Baked Potatoes

Giving the pantry and refrigerator the once-over reminds us what we have hoarded away. Use it!

Ever open your refrigerator and groan when you find foods that have wasted away into puffy mounds of moldy spores? Ugh! Now is the time to get your refrigerator and pantry cleaned out, organized, and to check those use-by dates. Giving the pantry and refrigerator the once-over reminds us what we have hoarded away. Use it! Make a list so you don't duplicate ingredients or products on your next shopping trip. Look through recipes or cookbooks for ways to incorporate these foods into your upcoming meals.

Preparing for the seasonal holidays and festivities is a good practice. Before you know it Thanksgiving Day will be here, so begin your menu planning now and perhaps research something new to prepare this season. Traditional meals are nice, but sometimes the familiarity can become a bit staid and boring. Decide if one or two new dishes might be just the thing to perk up those holiday appetites.

Making mashed potatoes? Consider "Twice Baked Potatoes". Using baking potatoes, scrub them and bake them the day before. Scoop out the insides (leaving a quarter-inch edging for stability), add some sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper (to taste) and a little Gruyère cheese. Blend together and fill the skins. Place into a parchment-lined baking dish or sheet. Wrap tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate. The next day all you need do is warm them up. It'll save time and make a good impression.

Search out a few new recipes and get those shelves cleaned and organized. Doing this will help get your holiday meals off to a good start.

Here's a related article about Thanksgiving that might interest you:

Turkey Frier Explosion : Lesson Learned -- though deep fried turkey is amazingly tasty, tender and juicy when you avoid the explosion



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5 comments on Organize Your Pantry Before The Holidays

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By Angie Alaniz on November 14, 2011 at 06:43 pm

All great tips coming from an expert like you Theresa, thank you!

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By TonyBerkman on November 14, 2011 at 07:23 pm

I'd prefer that you cook rather than give out valuable tips, Theresa ;)

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By Lynda Lehmann on November 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

Good advice, Theresa! We're all guilty of wasting food that is still salvagable. The potatoes sound yummy.

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By Theresa H Hall on November 15, 2011 at 05:07 pm

Thanks every one!

I have been doing something new lately. I shop at the Dollar Store for zip lock freezer bags. When I purchase meats/groceries I divide them up. risne with cold water, pat dry and store them in the freezer. I have learned to make certain to lable what is in the bag and the date I purchased. Even though it is frozen it still needs to be used soner than later. This simple ten minutes spent doing this will assure you of using the food instead of it spoiling. Hope this tip helps.

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By Theresa H Hall on November 15, 2011 at 05:08 pm

typo: up, rinse and sooner.

(I find I sometimes do not press my keys with enough pressure) Oops! :(

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