Do Your Holiday Food Shopping Now: Here is Why

Posted: November 12, 2021 3:24 pm

As supply chain issues and shortages worsen, read our article to find out why you should do your food shopping for the 2021 holiday season now.

We thought we were prepared for the worst last year: a global pandemic, empty shelves at times, having to socially distance and needing to upend our lives to keep people healthy and safe. What we did not anticipate was having to deal with this reality for another year. Thought the shortages were bad last year? Think again. The bad news is that certain goods are once again in short supply. The good news is you can still enjoy the end of the year with some planning. As supply chain issues worsen, read our article to find out why you should do your food shopping for the 2021 holiday season now.

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Why is it Crucial to Shop Now?

The COVID pandemic worsened product shortages, supply chain and shipping issues. As many products come from across the country or overseas, it has never been more expensive to ship them and get them on shelves and online on time. To put things in perspective, the average shipping container costs about 5 times more than it did even a couple years ago. On a related front, farmers, warehouse workers, grocery store employees and packers have had to limit their hours to curb the spread of the virus, meaning fewer people are working to get food and products to you.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, wild fires and rising costs of farming and feed have led to a shortage of turkeys, meaning that some customers may be unhappy.

This, some supply chain experts say, is the worst supply chain disruption in years. No need to panic buy (leave enough for others and those who are higher risk and may not want to shop as frequently), but it pays to shop early. Have peace of mind and be prepared!

Ideas from Amazon to Make Holiday Food Prep a Breeze

Idea #1: Cyrosa Roasting Pan with Rack, Stainless Steel Turkey Roaster with Lid, Large Roasting Pan, 15 Inch

This 3-in-1 roasting pan can be used on the oven, on the grill, on a broiler and more. It is a generous size, and easy to clean, great for preparing turkey for a crowd. It is versatile, easy to use to prepare turkey and save on foil and other preparation materials.

Idea #2: Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-less Liquid Propane Turkey Fryer

For those who like to do their food preparation in a healthier way, this oil-less fryer works for chicken, ham, turkey and the like that weighs up to 16 pounds. Prepare meat so it is juicy inside and crisp and golden on the outside. No worries about getting burned or splattered, thanks to an innovative design.

Idea #3: Burgers’ Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Whole Turkey (8 to 10 pounds)

Don’t feel like cooking? Order this succulent whole turkey. Serve it hot or cold and follow the instructions to have a truly wow-worthy meal without the fuss. Packed in Styrofoam, it comes all ready to go. Simply prep, plate and enjoy.

Idea #4: Rosemary Turkey Sticks by Country Archer | Antibiotic Free, 100% Natural Turkey | Gluten Free | 36 Count

Flavorful and portable, this snack is perfect as an appetizer or on the go. Ideal for some quick protein, this gluten free turkey stick goes well with cheese, crackers or whatever you can dream up. Anyone hungry?

Idea #5: Honey Glazed Holiday Ham and Smoked Turkey Breast Combo

One reviewer commented that they sent this combo of ham and turkey to their grandparents who could not come to a holiday celebration due to the virus. They were overjoyed, and ate both for many meals: alone, with omelets or spiced up with a sauce or some cheese. We suggest you do the same: want to help your loved ones with their holiday food prep? Gift them this delicious duo and bring some happiness into their lives this season.

Idea #6: SMALL TURKEYS chocolate candy mold

Love chocolate? Make your own table toppers by pouring the chocolate or candy melts of your choice into these molds. Freeze, let set and then pop these out to get some beautiful chocolate turkeys. Yummy!

Idea #7: Artisan Grains Cashew & Cranberry Nut Roast Mix 200g – Pack of 2

This vegan and gluten free roast is the stuff of animal lovers’ dreams. No animals were harmed in the making of this nut and berry-filled roast. Simply mix it up and enjoy. Serve with veggie gravy and veggies for a delicious meal.

Idea #8: HomeStyle Roasted Turkey Gravy (18 oz. jars, 3 pk.)

Save time and effort by heating up what some say is the best store-bought gravy on the market. Use it over stuffing, turkey, veggies, potatoes and more. It is even good after the holiday, on meatloaf, over sausage or on a meat pie.

Idea #9: Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Cubed Stuffing 12 Oz Bag | White bread Blended With Herbs & Spices | Turkey Poultry Casserole | Holiday Thanksgiving Christmas Dinner (Classic)

This holiday classic smells like the festive season whenever it is made. Dish up plenty and gobble it up. It makes enough to share with friends and neighbors, too.

Idea #10: Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce, 6 Cans 14 Ounces Each 84 Ounce Total

Study, tart and ruby red: this jellied cranberry sauce works as an accompaniment for any holiday feast. Plus, with 6, you can easily drop some off with another family member or the cranberry lover in your friend group. Serve on the side with all of the fixings.

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