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Thanksgiving Day brings panic shopping as cooks look for those forgotten items

Posted at 11:04 AM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 14:04:19-05

For many people part of their Thanksgiving holiday tradition involves a search, a treasure hunt of sorts, that occurs each year.

With the massive effort that goes into putting together the Thanksgiving feast even if it is a little smaller this year it's almost inevitable that you will experience a "forgotten" ingredient.

Visions of the perfect Thanksgiving feast have existed probably since the first sit down between the pilgrims and Native Americans 400 years ago.

And with all that goes into that meal, it's understandable that something will be forgotten. There are a number of corporate grocery chains that are open on Thanksgiving morning along with family markets ready to help "save" that Norman Rockwell moment.

Luis Diaz and his niece Anabelle Diaz are the marketing minds behind the family-owned neighborhood market Carniceria La Carretta. The original location on Stine and one off Calloway. And come Thanksgiving morning they'll see an increase in panic shopping.

Baking soda, sugar, eggs, milk, the staples for making pies, broth, cranberry sauce are just some of the more common forgotten items. But with a host of traditional Mexican delicacies, it provides the chance to mix it up on this holiday with forgotten items like tortillas, Carne asada, and al pastor.

According to, the most forgotten items are Number 1: ice, as well as paper towels, beverages, leftover containers, aluminum foil, butter, heavy cream, and coffee.