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We are gearing up for the start of our holiday baking. It’s kicked off with my family’s annual Cookie Day where we make Italian Anise Cookies. After this weekend, the kids and I will be whipping up our favorite Christmas cookies right up until Christmas day.
But before we start baking, we have to get everything organized. It really helps make things go smoother if you have your shopping list organized and you get everything all in one shot.
Organize Your Holiday Baking Shopping List to Make Shopping Faster
First, try to organize your list according to the aisles in your grocery store. During the holidays, stores may shift items but, in general, things should be where they usually are. Next, organize your shopping list by types of food that you will be purchasing. Put cold foods last so that they spend less time in your shopping cart before checking out. Try to shop in the order that best fits this purpose.
Keep a Running List. Even though you’re planning a special shopping trip for your holiday baking, it’s a good idea to always keep a running shopping list on your fridge. Use a magnetic clipboard to hold paper and pen or whiteboard and each time you run out of an item that you know you’ll need again, write it on the list. This makes planning for shopping day a lot easier.
Read Your Recipes Closely. It’s really important to go over your recipes while making your grocery list. Read them over so you can add together the amounts of the items you’ll need. For example, if you are making bread, cookies, and pies, you’re going to need more of a number of items than you would typically buy. It’s important to add these items up to ensure you get the right amount.
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Know What You Have. Your running list should help, but after you have written down what you need for your recipes, go shopping in your pantry first, marking off anything that you don’t need. You don’t want to skip this step because once again, you want to make sure you really do have enough cinnamon, or nutmeg or vanilla to get the job done, and you don’t really want extra of dry spices since they don’t last that long.
Finalize Your List. It’s really better to type your list out if possible. Today you can type the list off, send it to your smartphone and mark off things as you buy them that way. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way. As mentioned above, you want a good typed or well-written list that is in order of your grocery store if you know it well, or in order of the type of goods you’re purchasing such as Dairy, Canned, Fresh Produce, Frozen, Spices and so forth. Remember that “Dry Goods” in the grocery store is called “Baking Items”.
Gather Your Coupons. If you have any coupons, it’s a good idea to gather them together now and match them with items that you know you’re going to buy. And with the Savory app, there’s coupons right on your phone! If you are using a recipe from the app, chances are there’s a coupon to go along with it.
However you choose to organize your shopping list, the important part is that you do try to take a list with you, that you’ve checked with your recipes, and with what you have or do not have on hand at home. The fewer times you need to run back to the store for a last-minute item, the more time you’ll save when it’s time for holiday baking.