Easy Tips and Tricks for Perfect Grilling

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A delicious, smoky flavor, and a nice char, makes everything taste a little better — especially when cooked on a grill. Whether you’re an experienced grill master or are picking up tongs for the first time, these grilling tips can help elevate the flavors of your summer menu. Get the perfect sear A nice sear is the key to perfectly grilled meat. Steaks should have a good char on the outside with some pink on the inside. You can achieve this by patting off any marinade so that the steak is nice and dry. Then, simply leave your steak alone until it’s time to flip. The longer you leave the steak untouched, the more the char will develop. Add some flavor A simple glaze can impart tons of flavors into a variety of meats. For a super easy glaze, try melting one of our Farmstand Fruit Spreads onto the grill or brushing on our Cranberry Mustard. Make your burgers nice and juicy A great burger starts with even cooking. Because burgers tend to puff up in the middle as they cook, this can be a bit difficult. By creating a small indentation in the middle of your burger before placing on …
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Throw a Fun Ice Cream Social This Summer!

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Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Not that most of us need an excuse to eat some ice cream, but the folks at Hickory Farms thought that inviting some of your friends over for an old-fashioned ice cream social would be an excellent idea. With our entertaining tips, both adults and teens can have a blast throwing their own ice cream social this summer. Sending invitations lends an air of formality to a tradition that has roots running all the way back to the 18th century. These invitations are trendy and unique, but still invoke a touch of nostalgia for your party. If you have antique heirloom crystal, this is a great time to use some pieces for your social. You can also hunt for parfait glasses, tall sodas, tulip sundaes and banana boats at flea markets and second-hand stores for a nice, vintage touch. It can be hard to estimate how much ice cream you’ll need, but this is a good rule of thumb — for two scoops of ice cream a cup for 30 guests, plan on a minimum of two gallons of ice cream (buy half pints for more varieties), seven half-cup varieties of sauces, …
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Host a Patriotic Block Party for Independence Day

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A good way to get to know your neighbors this Fourth of July is to host a patriotic block party, and Hickory Farms has a few entertaining tips to get you started! If your neighborhood has a community gathering spot – like a clubhouse, pool, or ball field – make that your central location. If not, each family can pitch in offerings from their grills and turn it into a long, meandering block of camaraderie. Decorations Red, white and blue decorations are a necessity, of course! And fly those flags high for our country’s 238th birthday. The beauty of a festive block party is its individuality, so make sure to do your own creative thing. Activities A neighborhood parade can be the day’s highlight and involve everyone from tots and teens to proud veterans. Organize a small parade with decorated bikes, wagons, 4-wheelers and golf carts interspersed with walking groups and maybe even a few horn players and drummers! You probably don’t need a city permit, but a larger parade involving vehicles might, so be sure to check first. Kids enjoy sack races and a good game of horseshoes. You can even get adults involved with a pick-up softball game before the fireworks begin. Refreshments …
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