The holidays are a great time to stock your pantry with baking ingredients. These items go on sale from about the middle of October through Christmas. Buy evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, canned pumpkin, chocolate chips, nuts, and spices. To extend the life of some of these things, I use my vacuum sealer and my freezer. You can store nuts and chocolate chips in vacuum-packed portions that work for your most-used recipes, and then store the packs in a white plastic bucket or your freezer.
Canned broth and gravy, canned vegetables and boxed stuffing are other great pantry buys this time of year. This week, at my local Albertson’s, Mrs. Cubbison’s whole grain stuffing mixes are $1 each, and Swanson’s natural chicken broth is 50 cents per can. Often, these healthier choices cost even more than their standard counterparts, so it’s nice to find them at a bargain. Juices are also typically discounted for the holidays, so stock up for the year, especially if you have kids.