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4th of July Tips
- When planning your menu, think “variety.” Serve foods with an assortment of colors, flavors and textures. Also, consider a combination of grilled and cold items, so you don’t run out of space on your barbecue.
- If serving cold dips, potato or pasta salads, make them a day in advance. Not only will this reduce your kitchen prep duties on the day of the party, but also the flavors will improve with the overnight refrigeration time.
- Food safety is important! Remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold when serving them at a party.
- To keep your burgers from bulging in the center as they cook, make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. As the meat cooks and expands, the depression will disappear, allowing the burger to retain its shape so it can be topped without the ingredients sliding off the burger.
- Freezer pops are not only a kid favorite, but are perfect for a summer party because the prep can be done a couple days in advance. Then all you have to do is pull them from the freezer before serving.
- Make sure you take advantage of the fruits of the season, which just so happen to lend themselves nicely to the red, white and blue theme. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are a great place to start and are good for you.