In April, 2006 I wrote about the need to make your lists in advance, and to make separate lists for the separate stores - read that post as a reminder -
There's one more list that's essential to create, keep in a place you'll remember, and refer to from year to year - your "Buy / Don't Buy" list - a trick I learned from my mother. She posted the list on the inside of the pesach closet - it doesn't matter where you post it, so long as you remember to get it out about a month before pesach.
There are certain foods that can be saved from year to year. I save salt, vinegar, and spices (I know Julia Child would not approve, but come on...). So if I have leftover when I'm packing pesach away, that goes on the "Don't Buy". And if you have a ton of leftover... ummm..... sardines, or chocolate (ok, not possible, I understand), or you bought too much or too little matzoh meal, your Buy/Don't Buy list is the place to record notes like that. My list always has "8 yards contact paper" to remind me how much to buy - nothing's worse than having the kitchen nearly kashered at 2am - and finding out you're 3 yards short, or out of plastic sheeting to cover the table - or have no coffee filters to make coffee the next morning!
Next post - forget the seder of the seder - you need the seder of the cooking! Timelines and organization are key!
The one constant in my ever changing life is my passion for preparing meals for Shabbat and Chagim (hebrew for holidays), and organization is the key to getting it all done. At DebsDelicacies.com you'll find hints, advice, kosher recipes and menus to help you make your shabbatot and chagim delicious, beautiful and prepared without stress - no matter if you're a full time working mom or have a teeny-tiny kitchen!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Pesach Prep - Step 3 - The Shopping Lists for This Year and Next Year
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