Create the Perfect Charcuterie Board!
What is better for snacking than a big, beautiful charcuterie board? Whether you are having a friend and family gathering, holiday party, or some sort of celebration, a charcuterie board is a great option. The best part is, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to create one, and you can theme the board to match the occasion.
What exactly is a charcuterie board? A charcuterie board typically contains some type of assortment of the following: Meats, cheeses, crackers, artisan toasted bread, fruits, veggies, olives, nuts, dips, desserts and whatever else you choose! Of course, you tailor your board to what you and your guests prefer. Additionally, with the holidays right around the corner, there are many fun desserts you can sprinkle onto your board.
Unsure of where to begin? We have you covered. The volume of items you need depend on how many guests you are providing for. Here are a few popular items for each category:
Meats: Prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, ham, smoked salmon
Cheeses: Goat cheese, Feta cheese, Swiss cheese, blue cheese, Brie Cheese
Crackers: PICS Oil & Herb Crackers, Wheat Thins, Ritz Crackers, pretzels
Artisan Bread: Ciabatta, sourdough, French, rye
Fruits: Grapes, blueberries, raspberries, apricots, figs
Veggies: Carrots, celery, snap peas, grape tomatoes, broccoli, pickles
Olives: Castelvetrano olives, Kalamata olives
Nuts: Walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans
Dips: Hummus, cream cheese, salsa, guacamole, honey, fig spread
Desserts (for holidays or any occasion): Chocolate covered strawberries, jellybeans, mints, candy corn, Hershey kisses, mini cookies, mini candy canes, peppermint bark, M&Ms
Charcuterie boards are a fun way to let your creative mind flow, as well as giving your guests something to admire. Enjoy!
home.grown. Prolong Your Garden with Pickling!
Summer is the best time of year for fresh produce. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we partner with a wide variety of local farmers in the region, but we know that many Northeasterners enjoy growing their own produce. If you fall into this category, your garden may just be overflowing, and you can only give away so many tomatoes! Pickling could be a good alternative for you and your veggies. We have exactly what you need from mason jars and lids and other canning and pickling essentials like large-size vinegar. Read below on how to pickle if this is new to you, and then stop in your local Price Chopper or Market 32 to get the supplies you need!
What exactly is pickling, and is it just for cucumbers?
Pickling is the process of preserving food in a brine solution in order to extend its shelf life. By brining certain foods, bacteria are not allowed to grow. There are so many food products that can be pickled, and just a few are listed below. Some may even surprise you!
Cucumbers, garlic, pork, beets, carrots, eggs, strawberries, blueberries, radishes, shrimp. onions, squash, peppers, beef, and mangoes.
History of Pickling:
Pickling foods is nowhere near a new concept. According to archeologists and anthropologists, they believe that ancient Mesopotamians pickled. Later, pickling was a necessity for families to have food throughout the winter months and was crucial for sailors on long voyages.
How to Pickle Your Garden Veggies:
Fresh vegetables without bruises from your garden are ideal to pickle. The shape you choose to cut your produce is up to you, but cherry tomatoes are best when left as a whole and carrots work well when cut into spears.
- Prepare your mason jar by washing it with warm, soapy water and then rinsing out completely. Dry thoroughly with a towel.
- Cut your vegetables into the shape of your choice and trim the ends. Add in any spices if you choose or garlic.
- Pack your vegetables tightly in the mason jars. Ensure that there is some room from the top of the vegetables to the rim of the jar.
- Prepare your brine by following the steps below:
- Combine: 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar of choice, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Poor into a small pan over high heat and bring to a boil
- Continue stirring to ensure the salt and sugar dissolve
- Pour brine into mason jars
- Let vegetables cool for at least one hour before enjoying. The longer they sit in the brine, the better.
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Happy Hydrating with 2Natural Blends!
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist
Water is essential – we cannot live without it. Our bodies feel and function best when well-hydrated, and water is the top pick to meet that need. We also need water to support good performance in sports or any physical activity. But, we struggle to stay hydrated – busy and distracted, whether working or playing – dehydration sneaks up on us, and is not easy to detect. Have you ever felt fatigued mid-afternoon even though you rested well the night before? Dehydration is often the culprit. Children are particularly vulnerable – and younger ones often uncooperative with parent efforts. Adding fruit can inspire better water intake. Cutting fruit up, finding a container that keeps the fruit in and lets the water out, making it easy to grab and go – those were tougher problems to solve, until a mom from upstate New York put it all together. Denise Wist tapped into a natural spring in her small town of Morris; invented a special recyclable bottle; and infused the spring water with cut fruit. Now a woman-owned business, 2Natural Blends infused spring waters deliver a fresh take on healthy beverages. Busy moms, anyone looking for hydration options that are calorie-free or no added sugar will love exploring flavors like lemon-cucumber and pineapple-mango. Simple water, with a twist! We love supporting exciting, Northeast-based food business and we are happy to be the first retailer to share these fun refreshers! When it’s made or grown here, we get it here. Learn more at http://2naturalblends.com/, and if you’re in the Oneonta area, sample each of 2Natural’s unique blends at our Oneonta store, every Saturday in April from 11am-2pm! Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs January 7, 2018
GoGo Squeeze Gimme FiveAt GoGo Squeeze, quality is at the heart of everything they do. They source all of their fruits and veggies from evolved farms that use only the best practices to grow and harvest. Their pouches are made with nothing but real, fresh fruit and veggies and a splash of juice. Their proprietary manufacturing process can get an apple into a pouch in about an hour. There is no added sugar, no HFCs and no other added color or flavors. GoGo Squeeze products are vegan and have been certified as GMO-free by the non-GMO project, North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance. They made applesauce on the go, yogurt on the go and Fruit and Veggies on the go – all packaged in convenient pouches that are sold in 4 packs, 12 packs and 12-pouch variety packs. You can find all the GoGo Squeeze products in the Canned Fruit aisle. Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs October 15, 2017
DOLE ORGANICSAfter 167 years of trusting DOLE, fall in love with new refreshing DOLE Organic Frozen Fruit. DOLE’s family tradition is simple – bring the sweetest juiciest sun-ripened fruit from the farm to your home – so that you can nourish your family with the best that nature has to offer. For over four generations, DOLE has been committed to the environment, their growers and the communities in which they operate. To learn how, please visit doleintlcsr.com. DOLE Organics are available in the following varieties: Pineapple Chunks Blueberries Strawberries Mango Chunk Look for Dole Organics in the Frozen Fruit section of the Frozen Food aisle. Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs October 8, 2017
DOLE ACAI BOWLSIntroducing Acai Bowls from DOLE, a frozen acai blend topped with tangy fruit and crunchy granola. With three delectable flavors and non-GMO ingredients, it’s a light and refreshing snack you can take anywhere. Just grab, go and enjoy! ORIGINAL Taste the refreshing blend of acai, bananas and honey topped with strawberries, blueberries, honey oat granola and coconut. With only 210 calories, it’s the perfect snack for any time of day. PROTEIN The Protein variety blends acai, bananas, honey and almond butter and is topped with pineapple, blueberries, honey oat granola, protein crisps and almond bits. It packs 5 grams of protein with only 230 calories for a tasty pick-me-up. TROPICAL The Tropical variety starts with a blend of acai, bananas, honey and dragon fruit. It’s topped off with kiwi, mango, honey oat granola and coconut for a light and refreshing snack that’s only 220 calories. For more information go to: dolesunshine.com/acai Look for Dole Acai Bowls in the Frozen Fruit section of the Frozen Food aisle. Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs July 30, 2017
N.B.T.F. Nothing But The Fruit Real Fruit BitesN.B.T.F. Fruit Bites are made with 100% Fruit picked, pureed & pressed into delicious bites for a convenient way to get one full serving of fruit on-the-go. They’re Non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free with NO refined sugar, corn syrups, artificial preservatives, fillers or waxes. Here at N.B.T.F., they’re determined to find new ways to enjoy nature’s perfect food – FRUIT! They blend, mix and experiment and sometimes they come up with something truly fruitful – like their Real Fruit Bites. N.B.T.F. is proud to be a part of the National Grape Cooperative – 905 American family farmers who grow sustainable farmed Concord and Niagara grapes. These grapes contain antioxidant plant nutrients called polyphenols – that’s why they put them in all their fruit bites – it’s polyphenol power! Real Fruit Bites are the perfect balance of sweet & tart. Look for N.B.T.F. Fruit Bites in the Fruit Snack aisle. Flavors: Concord Grape, Raspberry Chia and Mixed Berry – 5 pouches per box. Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs July 23, 2017
DEL MONTE FRUIT & CHIA CUPSIntroducing Del Monte Fruit & Chia Cups from the Del Monte Foods Company The only Chia snack made with chunks of delicious real fruit Nutritious snack with 800mg of Omega 3’s and a good source of fiber No artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup 4 great tasting varieties in single serve cups Single serve fruit continues to grow, driven by consumer meaningful innovation and fueled by healthy snacking. Fruit & Chia Cups are nutrient packed with 800mg of Omega 3’s, 4g of Dietary Fiber and Antioxidant Vitamins A & C. Chia products are growing much faster than non-Chia products at a current 66% growth rate. Available in 4 flavors: Peaches in Strawberry Dragon fruit flavored chia, mixed fruit in tropical flavored chia, Pears in Blackberry flavored chia and Mangos in pineapple flavored chia. Look for all varieties of Del Monte Fruit & Chia Cups in the Canned Fruit aisle. February is American Heart Month, and we are inspired to enjoy some delicious recipes that showcase pears. Winter fruit intake is so important to heart health, especially fruit in season – pears fit the bill. Certified by the American Heart Association, pears add Vitamin C and fiber to your heart smart cart, and complements so many foods. A little history – pears have long been lauded for their sweetness – the description “gift of the Gods” was coined in Roman times. Pears were excellent travelers, and made their way around the world on traditional travel routes. In America, they landed on the Eastern shores and then made their way via the Lewis and Clark trails to the Pacific Northwest. Pear production in those states is over 550,000 bushels per year, and the pear is officially Oregon’s state fruit. Pears have had some excellent research show they are a very good choice for vascular health – pears, along with other white-fleshed produce, were shown to reduce risk of stroke in the Women’s Health study. Stroke 2011;42:00-00 The median intake of white-fleshed produce, including pears, apples, and vegetables, showed that each increase of 25 grams (over base intake of 118 grams per day) lowered risk of stroke by 9%. Powerful results! Enjoy some wonderful winter recipes that include pears – check these out, and find more at the USApears.org website. Remember to check the neck for slight give – that shows it is ripe for a delicious snack or recipe. http://usapears.org/recipe/hearty-oatmeal-with-pears/ http://usapears.org/recipe/tangy-pear-and-cabbage-slaw/
Written by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs
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- Look for Clorox Smart Seek Bleach in the Laundry aisle.
- All Dole Fruit & Veggie Power Smoothie Shakers are 180 calories and have 5 grams of protein. They are easy to make and convenient.
- Dole Blue Power Shakers contain Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic Acid. It is made from Blueberries, Bananas and Red Beets.
- Dole Red Power Shakers contain Vitamins A & E. It is made from Strawberries and Raspberries with Red Beets and Purple Carrots.
- Dole Yellow Power Shakers contain Vitamin C. It is made from Pineapple, Mangoes and Sweet Potato and Carrots.
- Look for Dole Fruit & Veggie Power Smoothie Shakers in the Frozen aisle next to the Frozen Fruit.