Planning Thanksgiving dinner? Here are the 5 most forgotten ingredients

If you’re like most of us, it happens every year.

You plan your Thanksgiving dinner days or weeks ahead of time, pulling recipes, making lists, shopping for the best deals on all your ingredients and plotting how and when you’ll be preparing your menu items. The trouble starts the day of the big event. You’re on a roll with all your plans when you suddenly discover you’ve run out of a key ingredient — or you forgot to buy it at all. Now that already hectic time becomes even more hectic as you try to figure out how to make everyone’s favorite dishes without disappointing anyone.

Not to worry. As a helpful reminder, Midwestern retailer Meijer is offering a list of the most purchased items you’re most likely to forget for your Thanksgiving feast. Consider this “Forgotten Five” list as you head to the store in the days leading up to the big feast.

#1 Decadence calling. Used mostly for appetizers, dessert, and sometimes mixed with mashed potatoes to be even more decadent, cream cheese leads off the list as an all-purpose player.  

#2 It’s the creamiest? This is something most of us wouldn’t even think would be on a list of most forgotten Thanksgiving items. Wine, check. Fresh pie, check. But cream of mushroom soup? Why? Actually, if you are not a foodie, you’ll be surprised to know that cream of mushroom soup is crucial to casseroles and gravies

#3 Cele-bration! Celery is not only a vegetable that has been harvested since antiquity, but it’s a staple for Thanksgiving meals. You’ll find it used in stuffing, appetizers and salads, not to mention any soups you might be planning

#4 Better get the butter. A pound of butter may sound like plenty enough when you’re shopping a week before Thanksgiving. It’s not. In addition to the dairy-licious slabs of goodness you’ll need just to slather on rolls, corn and mashed potatoes, you’ll also want plenty to use in your recipes — and for leftovers later. That high demand helps explain why sales of butter rise 22 percent on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year.

#5 Yam I am. You may prefer them mashed, buttered and salted or whipped up with marshmallow and spices to resemble a dessert more than a vegetable. Either way, the time-honored tubers are a must for those who value the tradition started with the Pilgrims and Native Americans. That’s why we expect to purvey 1.8 million pounds of the nutrient-packed sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving as busy hosts zip in to stock up.

And let us not forget the turkey! No one really forgets the turkey, but they may procrastinate too long and not have enough time to defrost and cook properly. Whether Americans procrastinate until the last minute or they’re so preoccupied they forget to buy the quintessential main dish, Meijer consistently sells tens of thousands of turkeys on the big day itself. This year, we expect customers to visit us to purchase a whopping 850,000 turkeys, which they will roast, grill, deep fry or otherwise make delicious as the star of the show at their holiday dinners.

Now what do we do? You may be the host/hostess with the most-est when it comes to your menu, but don’t forget to think about how your guests will spend time after your fabulous feast. The goal is to keep them from their cell phones and heated political debate. That means after dinner is perfect time to break out a few fun board games and enhance the quality time with friends and families. In the two weeks leading to Thanksgiving, sales of such board games such as Jenga, Monopoly, Perfection, Speak Out and Pie Face tend to increase three-fold.



Cream Cheese
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Sweet Potatoes

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