11 Summer Grillmaster Essentials
Although we may not be having the big backyard barbeques we usually crave during the cold winter months, we can still get excited to work our magic on our grills. To prepare for the upcoming weekends with weather that’s finally staying nice, we’ve put together a list of 11 grillmaster essentials to keep your grill cooking all summer long!
Kosher Salt: If you ask us, Kosher Salt is the #1 seasoning salt out there. It’s a must-have for any barbeque!
PICS Vegetable Oil: Vegetable Oil is our go-to option for lubricating the grill. It’s inexpensive when compared to alternatives like peanut and corn oil while still maintaining a very acceptable smoke point.
Olive Oil: Good Olive Oil, like Filippo Berio, will add a nice boost when drizzled on veggies and meat after you take them off the grill.
Versatile Seasoning: A versatile seasoning, like McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning, is important to enhance the flavor of meat, fish, chicken, or veggies.
All-Purpose Rub: An all-purpose rub, like Stubbs BBQ, goes great on ribs, pork, or chicken!
Skewers: Skewers are essential! Go with your preference when choosing between wood and metal options.
Tongs/Spatula: Of course, a good set of tongs and a spatula are important grilling tools.
Meat Thermometer: A meat thermometer is an excellent resource for knowing when your meat is done cooking and ready-to-eat. They’re key for preventing over and under cooking.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Combined with your favorite BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar creates a tasty mop sauce or glaze for a kick of flavor. Add it in in the final 10 minutes of grilling chicken, pork, or veggies for the best result.
Aluminum Foil: Aluminum foil works well as a makeshift smoker packet on the grill. Also, it’s useful for wrapping up your vegetables, ribs, fish, and more for a different method of grilling.
Let your grill skills shine now that nicer weather is upon us. These 11 essentials will have you on the grillmaster fast track. Visit your local store or head to our website to pick up these items and more to prepare for all the grilling ahead!
Quick & Easy Grilling Solutions
You don’t have to be a grill master to create super-simple grilled favorites. This summer, take advantage of your grill and experiment with basic cuts that offer quick, easy and satisfying solutions. Utilize less extravagant, familiar meats that are easy to prep and deliver smoky, mouthwatering meals.
Beef sirloin steak is an excellent entry-level cut that’s easy to grill. For a hearty entrée, prepare rib-eye or strip steaks with your favorite spice rub and grill to perfection! These cuts can typically feed a crowd; grill, slice, and serve them family-style. Add sirloin steak to salads or these light and flavorful Summertime Steak Lettuce Wraps. For a fun, interactive meal, grill seasoned cubes of strip steak on skewers alternated with chunks of red and green peppers, onions and cherry tomatoes.
Bone-in or boneless chicken breasts and thighs are grilling favorites that are also easy to work with. Pack a punch of flavor with spice rubs or marinades; refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to penetrate. Try a smoky, tangy teriyaki marinade, as seen in this Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe. For a simple dish accented with bright seasonal flavors, grill chicken breasts marinated in onion-poppy seed dressing and serve them over romaine and baby spinach in this Grilled Chicken Strawberry Salad. Chicken wings are also a grilled classic. Ready in minutes, this Grilled Tex-Mex Wings recipe is a perfect dinner solution for any casual or special occasion.
Cooking quickly and easily, pork shoulder steaks are an extremely underrated cut. They are half the price of traditional pork chops, and many believe them to be twice as delicious! And since they’re quite thin, they don’t take long to grill. Baste pork shoulder steaks with BBQ sauce or your favorite dressing during the last few minutes of grilling, and you’ll have a tender, hearty centerpiece.
Looking for more grilling inspiration? Find grilled recipes, videos, tips and more here!
Homegrown sweet corn is one of our specialties and just one example of how we celebrate the flavors of the Northeast. We team up with a variety of Northeast farms to choose seed varieties that produce the most tender, flavorful corn you’ll find anywhere. Here are some great ways to make the most of one of our region’s best agricultural products!
- Make Fritters
In addition to eating corn right off the cob, try spicing it up with a recipe from our friends at Reeves Farm in Baldwinsville, NY – Reeves Family Corn Fritters
- Spice it Up
Try this Spicy Maple Mayo from our friends at Butternut Mountain Farm in Morristown, VT. Simply mix 1 cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup pre maple syrup, ½ juice from a fresh lime, and 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder together for a tangy twist. Spicy Maple Mayo is one of our favorite additions to corn on the cob. Check out Butternut Mountain Farm’s website for more info – Spicy Maple Mayo.
- Eat it Fresh off the Cob
Sweet corn is even sweeter when eaten fresh off the cob. Many of our local farmer friends, like the Eckhardt Family in Stephentown, NY, enjoy sweet corn raw as much as they enjoy it cooked. It’s a simple yet very tasty option to try this season!
4. Make Mexican Street Corn Salad
Looking for a fun twist on your corn this summer? Add this recipe for Grilled Mexican Corn Street Salad – Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad to your repertoire. A refreshing combination of flavors sure to satisfy your summer palate!
5. Kick it up with Parmesan Spread
Fire up the grill for this one! This recipe for Grilled Corn with Parmesan Spread & Basil – Grilled Corn with Parmesan Spread & Basil makes a perfect side dish for any summertime barbeque. Be prepared as your guests will be calling for more!
Here in the Northeast sweet corn is a summertime staple. Nothing says summer like that first bite into fresh, crisp corn on the cob. The classics are great, but we love to mix it up, and these are five great ways to do just that. Maybe you’ll even discover a new favorite! Whichever way you choose to enjoy your local corn this growing season, make sure to stop by your local Price Chopper or Market 32 for all of your summertime goods!
Written by Rainy McEwan, Jr. Business Analyst
It's officially here!
Summer is officially here! In the Northeast we know that means we finally get three lovely months of respite from the cold winter, so we have to make the most of it! Between beach trips, hiking, and days at the pool, there’s one thing they all have in common: they require energy! Instacart can save you time and energy by delivering your groceries straight to your door in as little as two hours! Now you can have a lovely picnic instead of spending that time at the store!
Time to pack up in preparation for a sunrise hike? You’ll want some protein on the way! Bring some granola bars or cheese and crackers to easily snack on and keep your energy up. Don’t forget plenty of water, too! Once you reach the summit, what better way to celebrate your accomplishment than a nice breakfast spread? Muffins, turnovers, or bagels, just don’t forget the coffee!
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mishaps, tight spots, and days where you really want to avoid leaving the A.C. this summer.
Keep Your Food and Family Safe This Summer!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
- Keep food out of this range as foodborne bacteria can grow rapidly to dangerous levels that can result in illness
- Always keep cold food COLD, at or below 40°F, in coolers or in containers with ice or frozen gel packs
- Keep hot foods HOT, at or above 140°F, on the grill or in insulated containers, heated chafing dishes, warming trays or slow cookers
- Reheat foods to 165°F
- Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food
- Clean kitchen surfaces, dishes and utensils with hot water and soap
- Have one cutting board for produce and another one for meat, poultry and seafood
- Use separate plates and utensils for raw and cooked foods
- Wash plates, utensils, and cutting boards that held raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs before reusing
- Marinate in the refrigerator and not on the counter keeping raw meat/poultry separate from any veggies you might be using
- If you plan to reuse the marinade as a sauce be sure to boil it first to destroy any harmful bacteria or make extra to set aside before adding raw meat/poultry
- Cook: Cook to safe internal temperatures
- Use a food thermometer to ensure food is thoroughly cooked
- Whole cuts of meat (steaks, chops and roasts) – 145°F with a 3 minute rest time
- Ground beef, pork, lamb and veal- 160°F
- Poultry, including ground poultry- 165°F
- Fish – 145°F
- Leftovers – 165°F
- Refrigerate perishable food within one hour in hot weather (above 90°F) and within two hours if temperatures are below 90°F
- Place leftover foods in shallow containers for quick cooling