Cooking Safety Tips

On the day of your holiday feast, the kitchen is the most important room in your home. But between sautéeing, broiling and baking, accidents can happen. At Hickory Farms, we want to make sure everybody has a safe and joyful holiday season with these basic cooking safety tips.

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Take precautions for your holiday feasts.

A night or two before the feast and cooking, fire safety tips should be your priority. Walk around your home and check all of your fire alarms. If smoke from the cooking causes the alarm to go off, avoid the urge to remove the battery.

Before you begin cooking, scrub your range top and oven. Get rid of as much build up as possible to prevent unexpected flare ups. Also, make sure all of your supplies are approved by a recognized testing facility and keep a small fire extinguisher at the ready.

Dress to impress and show off your arms. Long sleeves with loose cuffs can easily catch on fire while cooking.

Be Attentive

With your guests talking and laughing in the living room, it can be tempting to leave the kitchen for just a moment to join them. However, unattended pans can quickly turn into kitchen fires.

Keep your working space clean. Avoid placing items, such as towels and pot holders, near the oven or stovetop where they can burn.

Know how to react

If a fire does break out, be prepared. If a fire breaks out on the stove top, turn off the heat and place a lid over the flames. Grease fires often require a fire extinguisher. For oven fires, keep the door closed and turn off the range.

If you follow these simple safety tips, enjoying this time with your family can be one of the best parts of your holiday celebration. Enlist some of your relatives to help you in the kitchen and put out a platter full of Hickory Farms’ pantry essentials to nibble on while you cook. But above all, enjoy a warm and safe holiday celebration!

 

Featured Basket – Here’s to the Holidays: Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

Are you planning on hosting a holiday cocktail party? With two varieties of our signature sausage, four of our delicious cheeses, a jar of flavorful Sweet Hot Mustard and a bottle of bold Lucinda & Millie organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Hickory Farms’ Here’s to the Holidays basket  is the perfect addition to a fantastic holiday gathering.

An introduction to pairing wine with food

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

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As a general rule, foods with more subtle flavor should be served with lighter wines, while bold or spicy foods should be served with robust wines.

Pairing wine with food from your basket

Gourmet sausage and cheese from Hickory Farms
When pairing a gourmet meat and cheese platter with wine, the most important thing to consider is balance. Each component should act in harmony with one another, bringing out additional complexities in the flavor profile.

Wine and cheese pairings are one of the easiest to master. Simply read the descriptions of each and look for similarities. The big flavors of your Cabernet, for example, will go well with salty, aged cow’s milk cheeses, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend. If you really want to bring out the spicy notes in your wine, try pairing the Cabernet with our Jalapeño Cheddar Blend.

Although you may not see it often, wine and meats are another natural pairing.The appeal of this pairing comes from a sensation known as “mouth feel.” While wine leaves your mouth feeling astringent and slightly dry, the natural fats in meat add a complimentary soothing touch. To maximize this sensation, take a sip of your wine and hold it in your mouth for a moment. Follow this with a bite of Hickory Farms’ signature turkey or beef sausage to really wake up your taste buds.

Another factor to consider is texture. Foods with contrasting textures create greater interest. Top your salami with a piece of creamy Swiss cheese for a rich textural treat.

Pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms

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With these simple tips and pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms‘ Here’s to the Holiday’s gourmet sausage and cheese platter, your holiday party is sure to be a huge success!


Don’t Guess People’s Taste – Give Them a Hickory Farms Gift Card

Hickory Farms gift cards
Hickory Farms understands that it can be hard to choose gifts for loved ones. Luckily, we’ve made gift-giving a breeze by offering Hickory Farms gift cards in amounts of $25, $50 and $100 for you to give to business clients, colleagues and friends.

To help you get a jump start on your holiday shopping, we’ve found some great gift suggestions for every taste and preference.

Gifts for Women

Family gift ideas from Hickory Farms

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This trio of hand creams by Tocca from Sephora will keep hands soft and sweetly scented all winter. Reasonably priced at $20, this item is perfect for a Secret Santa or office gift exchange with pre-set spending limits.

Corporate holiday gift ideas from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Petits Fours

A gift box of Hickory Farms petits fours makes a nice communal offering for your office mates and is on sale now for only 17.99!

Family gift ideas from Hickory Farms

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A warm alpaca infinity scarf will keep anyone snug and cozy on cold, windy days.

Gifts for Men

Hickory Farms gifts

Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag

Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag  is chock full of everything a man needs to snack on during football games — 100% beef summer sausage, two kinds of savory cheeses, two varieties of crackers and spiced almonds, plus a reusable tool bag for extra storage space!

Family gift ideas from Hickory Farms

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He’ll love a unique flask with its own shot glass stopper — especially one that’s a perfect hip pocket fit.

Hickory Farms gifts.

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A selection of dapper pocket squares will add the finishing touches to his business suits and keep him fashionable all season long.

Don’t stress over holiday gift-giving. Use our suggestions and finish your shopping early by purchasing a selection of gift cards or other Hickory Farm gifts,  so you’re never caught empty-handed by surprise. Stop by your local Hickory Farms store, order online, or call 800.753.8558 to make sharing the holiday spirit a little easier this year!