With independence day falling in the middle of the week, many people spent this weekend shopping and preparing for their patriotic festivities.
Jacque Bolger was one of those people doing her party shopping Sunday morning at Rockford’s Pinnon Foods, at 2324 N. Court Street.
“I love the choice of all the different meats.” Bolger continues, “chicken is wonderful, their pork is wonderful, so anytime I’m cooking dinner for a special occasion, this is where I’m going to come”.
Jacque Bolger was one of many customers at Pinnon’s shopping for the up coming Fourth of July holiday.
Meanwhile, employees were busy behind the counter filling order after order.
Kyle Young, the manager at Pinnons, says, “It’s one of the busier holidays, walk in holidays for burgers, brats, hotdogs, steaks and chops. We make hundreds of pounds everyday.”
Even with a packed store, customers still waited in line to snatch up some of the season’s classics.
Jacque Bolger says, “Italian bread is phenomenal, I’m Italian and it’s really great, the ham salad,” are some of her favorites to bring to a Fourth of July party while Young enjoys “Our homemade baked beans and potato salad, those are, those are summer favorites, without a doubt”.
Shoppers loaded up on all of the store’s meats that make for a good barbeque, especially the brats.
But that doesn’t come without a warning. Young has some advice on how to grill them, especially if it’s your first time.
“If you’re doing them on the grill, I suggest indirect [heat] first, use your grill as an oven. Basically off to the side and then finish them off over the flame. That way you have least amount of grill flare. It usually takes twenty, twenty-five minutes to do” explains Young.
For those still deciding on a Fourth of July party menu, take some advice from a professional. Young says you can’t go wrong with “Brats, and hotdogs, and burgers for sure and if they have steak, that’s a bonus”.
It’s estimated that consumers will $6.9 billion on food for their Fourth of July celebrations this year.