Keep Your Food and Family Safe This Summer!

food safety blog.jpg After a long winter and cool spring, temperatures are finally warming up making everyone eager for outdoor picnics and barbecues. While these temperatures are ideal for that, they also provide a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly and cause foodborne illness. You can help prevent harmful bacteria from making your family sick by avoiding the “Danger Zone” and following the “Core Four”. The Danger Zone:  temperature range between 40°F and 140°F Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate   Chill: Refrigerate promptly Never taste foods you think might be unsafe.  Most food poisoning bacteria are tasteless, colorless, and odorless.  When in doubt, throw it out! Written By: Mark Larose from Garden State Growers 177350518 Happy June to you gardeners! Summer is in the air. By now, you should be enjoying some of the fruits of your labors, or annuals of your labors! Color is abounding in your garden, and on a warm day with a nice breeze, your yard or home has the fragrant scent of Spring in it. Now is the time that many people are ready to do their summer planting. June is the time of year where the past meets the present along with a glimpse of the future. How so? Many of your flowers are just finishing up their bloom, while others are fully strutting their glory, and then again, some are just ready to burst with a rainbow of colors! One hint that you may not have tried is to include a bed of succulents. They add a sturdy and hardy base of color and are beautiful to look at as well. If you need some other suggestions to enhance the color spectrum of your garden, consider some Coreopsis, Marigolds, Periwinkle, Hollyhock, Sunflowers or Shasta Daisies. Also, try to do your watering at cooler times of the day after dusk to prevent quick evaporation. It’s not only the wise thing to do, but will help with your water bill as well. Don’t forget to pay attention to your lawn too. I’ve heard tell that so much attention is being paid to the garden, that sometimes, the beauty of green grass is lost in the mix. Remember that gardening is a wonderful family tradition for many. If you have children, consider including them in this seasons planting. Remember to take pictures of your garden for Facebook and show it off to your friends. Either way, have fun. Happy Gardening! Want a chance to unwind with a  $200 gift card to the spa? Open your world and unwind at Sanctuary Spa in Saratoga Springs! Part 3/4 of the spectacular summer giveaways sponsored by Heineken starts today! Comment below and on our Facebook page and tell us your favorite way to de-stress after a long day to enter to win a $200 gift certificate to Sanctuary Spa in Saratoga Springs. Every Thursday in August we will be posting a new contest-so be sure to check back with us each week for updates! After a long and stressful week, what could be better than enjoying your choice of body treatments, getting pampered, and just having some time to yourself? We’ve partnered with Heineken to give you an opportunity to win a relaxing, luxurious day at the spa!  Sanctuary Spa of Saratoga Springs  uses  state of the art nonsurgical aesthetic technologies to provide each of their clients with a truly unique experience!  Sanctuary Spa has a wide variety of body treatment services available. A few of their body treatments include: seaweed and green clay mud masque and wrap, infrared sauna therapy, hydrotherapy, facials, manicure & pedicure, massage, threading, and waxing (visit Sanctuary Spa’s website for a comlplete list of services). To enter to win, comment below AND on our Facebook page by August 21st at 2PM and tell us your favorite way to de-stress after a long day! One randomly selected winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to Sanctuary Spa in Saratoga Springs. The winner will be announced on August 22nd. Read official rules here. Want a chance to win two tickets to Chicago and Doobie Brothers concert at SPAC?! Open your world with Chicago and Doobie Brothers! Part 2/4 of the spectacular summer giveaways sponsored by Heineken starts today! Enter to win two tickets to Chicago and Doobie Brothers show at SPAC on August 21st! Every Thursday we will be posting a new contest-so be sure to check back with us each week for updates! Does listening to Chicago and the Doobie Brothers bring you back to the good old days?  We have two tickets to their show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center that you could win!  To enter, leave a comment below AND on our Facebook page by August 14th at 2:00PM telling us your favorite song from the ‘70s and why you love it!   The Chicago and Doobie Brothers concert at SPAC will be on Tuesday, August 21st at 7:30PM. Along with the two tickets to the show, the winner will also receive a preferred parking pass.  The winner will be announced on August 15th. Read official rules here. Want to win four tickets to a major league baseball game? Tell us which baseball team your family loves to cheer for! Is your family looking for some exciting ways to get out and celebrate the last weeks of summer? What better way than to enjoy America’s favorite pastime with your family! We want to give you a chance to win four tickets to a Yankees, Mets, or Red Sox game*-your choice! Simply comment below AND on our Facebook page and tell us who your family roots for! Are there any family rivalries, or is your family loyal to the same team?! We want to hear about it! To enter to win, comment below AND on our Facebook page by August 1st at 2:00PM. Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy time with your family. Bayer understands how important it is to keep your family healthy…especially in preparation of a new school year starting up! To help keep your family strong and energized (so you can all proudly root for your team!), check out our Facebook page for an exclusive coupon for $2 off any Bayer One A Day multivitamin or Flintstones vitamin.

This contest runs from Monday, July 30th to Wednesday August 1st at 2:00PM. One winner will be randomly selected and will receive four tickets to the baseball game of their choice. The winner will be announced on Thursday, August 2nd. Read official rules here. *This promotion only applies to regular season games.
 
Written by Tyler Blance
Produce Merchandising Intern
 
 
 
 

Farmer Dave Shaul with his lettuce and summer squash!

Price Chopper has been buying from local growers for over 75 years. Currently, we do business with over 70 local growers; some deliver to our warehouse, some deliver directly to our stores. An important part of our locally grown program is Price Chopper’s involvement with 4H, a youth development organization that gives children the opportunity to grow and sell fresh produce in their communities. The Golub family has been supporting 4H groups since 1965. Children who belong to 4H can plant, grow, and sell their produce in our stores. Locally grown 2012 has been off to a great start this year. I’ve journeyed out to three local farms so far: Each farm has been an important part of our locally grown program each summer and fall. Shaul Farms, located right outside of Middleburgh, NY, has been working with Price Chopper since 1985. Back then, Dave and Jim Shaul would load up a pickup truck of straight-from-the-ground produce and head over to our Cobleskill, NY store (after a days work on the farm was completed) and bring in their fresh crops. These days, Shaul Farms supplies a number of Price Choppers all around the Capital District and Oneonta. Currently the farm is shipping lettuce to our stores, so keep an eye out for locally grown Shaul Farms lettuce! Davandjer Farms in Pine Island NY started with a simple 10 acre plot of land. The farm has grown into a much larger operation; currently they have around 190 acres of crops! Andrew Gurda (owner) and his team supply Price Chopper with onions, although some stores carry his lettuce and baby red potatoes. Look for the greyhound label on certain onion bags; it’s from Andrew and his farm! In addition to being an established local grower, Andrew supports and donates to Produce for Kids: an organization that encourages healthy eating among kids and families. [wpvideo 4t4F9Hbx] Paul Mazza Farms in Colchester Vermont has been in Price Chopper’s locally grown program for ten years. Paul Mazza (owner) has been farming on his own for 27 years: starting with 20 acres and growing his farm to 250 acres! Currently, Mazza Farms supplies Vermont area stores with fresh, delicious strawberries. “Vermont strawberries have more taste than Florida or California berries. There’s nothing like Vermont strawberries!” Mazza confidently claims. Price Chopper’s locally grown program will continue to run all throughout the summer. Local farmers have been working hard to provide people with fresh, flavorful produce, so enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor! I will continue to update you on locally grown happenings, so check back to see what’s growing on near you!

Farmer Paul Mazza and his daughter displaying his juicy strawberries!

When it comes to summer, there’s nothing better than a juicy, flavorful rack of pork ribs to complete the perfect meal. Because pork is such a versatile meat, you can easily adapt any recipe for the occasion and your palate! In fact, it’s easy to change the flavor profile of any cut of pork cut, especially ribs, just by adding different dry rubs, liquid seasonings, sauces, or even a single ingredient. With all of the great combinations of brines, marinades (wet seasoning), rubs (dry seasoning), mops, glazes and sauces, the options are endless (and often overwhelming!).  Here are some quick tips and tricks to ensure your ribs are lip-smackin’ good: Marinades Marinades are a great way to add flavor to grilled pork, by enhancing the juiciness and complexity. In addition to using a base of oil (to lock in the flavor and keep food moist), standard marinades include salt, an acid (such as lemon juice, wine, vinegar or citrus) and other flavor-boosting ingredients. Quick tip: Adding sweet ingredients to the marinade can help form appealing caramelized, crispy coatings on grilled meats, but be careful not to add too many sweet components, since sugars burn quickly. Rubs Rubs are blends of spices, herbs and often salt, that are applied to the meat before cooking. Rubs (also referred to as dry marinades) are a great way to form a crust and add flavor to the meat. These blends are rubbed onto food 15-20 minutes before cooking. Quick tip: Don’t rub the seasonings too hard into the food – it can damage the texture and risk over seasoning. Instead, sprinkle the rub from side to side over the pork from about a foot above. This will help evenly distribute the rub. Pat gently for the seasonings to adhere. Sauces, Glazes and Spritzes Often inspired by regions including Memphis, Kansas City or North Carolina, sauces can help define your style of barbecue. Sauces are typically added at the end of cooking time to add an additional layer of flavor and moisture. Favorite bottled sauces are fantastic stand-bys – and also an opportunity to get inspired. For more tips and tricks, as well as hundreds of finger-lickin’ good rib recipes, visit http://www.porkbeinspired.com. It’s that time of the year where we’re all looking for that perfect, delicious but slimming summer treat! New Lipton Tea & Honey is a great tasting low-calorie drink that will satisfy your thirst and your sweet tooth! Lipton Tea & Honey reminds Hilary Scott from Lady Antebellum of their hit song “American Honey”. Scott says her fans really love this song because it “takes you back to your childhood”. Do you love Lady Antebellum? Want to win two tickets to their concert? Tell us why you’d love to go to their concert next week! Post your story below as well as on our facebook page by today at 2:00PM today to be entered. We will choose two winners to each receive two tickets to the Lady Antebellum concert next Wednesday, June 13th in Bethel NY. New Lipton Tea and Honey comes in six refreshing flavors: Mango Pineapple, Pomegranate, Lemon, Peach Apricot, Strawberry Acai, and Black Currant Raspberry.  Each Lipton Tea & Honey iced tea mix is only 5 calories per 8 fl. Oz. serving- so you can feel good about enjoying your tasty summer refreshment! Each Tea & Honey tea flavor is available in to-go easy to use packets that you can take with you anywhere as well as family friendly pitcher sizes to share with all your friends! Learn more about Lipton Tea & Honey at www.makinglifebetter.com. Read official contest rules here!
Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs
 
Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash Introducing Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash – lemon lime soda with a delicious splash of strawberry kiwi flavor.  Like Sierra Mist Natural, it’s a clear soda made with real sugar and natural flavors that shine through for a fruity and delicious strawberry kiwi flavor experience.  Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash is the perfect summertime beverage for the beach, the park or a barbecue.  Kick off the summer with natural flavorful refreshment!  Look for Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash in the beverage section of your local Price Chopper! Ensure Clear Ensure Clear is a refreshingly clear nutritional drink appealing to Boomers and Seniors. Ensure Clear comes in a four pack of 10 fl. oz. bottles and is available in two varieties-Blueberry Pomegranate and Peach.  Ensure Clear is fat-free, provides 9g of protein and contains 19 essential vitamins and minerals. Look for Ensure Clear – the refreshingly clear choice – with the other Ensure items in the Nutritional aisle. 
Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs
 
Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash Introducing Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash – lemon lime soda with a delicious splash of strawberry kiwi flavor.  Like Sierra Mist Natural, it’s a clear soda made with real sugar and natural flavors that shine through for a fruity and delicious strawberry kiwi flavor experience.  Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash is the perfect summertime beverage for the beach, the park or a barbecue.  Kick off the summer with natural flavorful refreshment!  Look for Sierra Mist Natural Strawberry Kiwi Splash in the beverage section of your local Price Chopper! Ensure Clear Ensure Clear is a refreshingly clear nutritional drink appealing to Boomers and Seniors. Ensure Clear comes in a four pack of 10 fl. oz. bottles and is available in two varieties-Blueberry Pomegranate and Peach.  Ensure Clear is fat-free, provides 9g of protein and contains 19 essential vitamins and minerals. Look for Ensure Clear – the refreshingly clear choice – with the other Ensure items in the Nutritional aisle.