Reser's Offers Tips for Tailgating on a Budget

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As football lovers gear up for tailgating parties at home or near the stadium this season, Reser's Fine Foods offers advice on party planning, affordable grocery shopping and food safety, from two leading experts.

As football lovers gear up for tailgating parties at home or near the stadium this season, Reser's Fine Foods offers advice on party planning, affordable grocery shopping and food safety, from two leading experts.

Party Planning
Reser's Chef Barb says you can turn your next tailgating party into a sizzling success by following these tips:

Main course: Make food the centerpiece. Be creative and create flavors specific to a certain region. For example, a Texas-themed party would include beef brisket that's been cooked over smoke and low heat for hours.

Sides: Serve up savory sides such as potato salad, macaroni salad or coleslaw. Buy freshly prepared salads from your local grocer and personalize by adding your favorite herbs and vegetables.

Veggies: For non-meat-eating guests, include plenty of grilled veggies. Chef Barb recommends tossing green and red peppers, eggplant, and zucchini with Stonemill Kitchen's Artichoke Parmesan dip, then wrapping in heavy duty foil and tossing on the grill until crisp.

Dessert: Think classic Americana. Apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is sure to please and don't forget the fun and colorful gelatins for the kids!

Affordable grocery shopping
Americans are hungry to save money on household bills this fall more than ever. Reser's Chef Barb offers three painless tips for trimming your grocery bill:

Create a List and Shop the Perimeter. Planning ahead and making a specific grocery list will eliminate unnecessary grocery purchases. Bread, meat, dairy and vegetables are usually located around the "perimeter" of a store. Always fill your cart with these items first. Next, pick up the rest of the items on your list. And as a bonus, perimeter items tend to be fresher than their 'shelf-stable' counterparts found in the center of the store.

Go to manufacturers' websites for coupons. Consumers can go directly to manufacturers' websites to find downloadable coupons. Coupons are often provided with new products because manufacturers want to entice consumers to sample products. For instance, you can find coupons at http://www.resers.com and http://www.stonemillkitchens.com.

Build a $marter meal. Splurge on your main course. Select a great cut of meat or a homemade main dish and then supplement with easy, convenient and cost-effective ready-to-serve sides, salads, and desserts often found in a store's refrigerated deli or meat department.

Food Safety
While you're enjoying your pre-planned, affordable tailgating food, Reser's food safety expert, Steve Loehndorf advises to use safe food handling and preparation techniques. It's easy for food-borne bacteria to quickly multiply, spoiling food and causing illness. To stay safe, Loehndorf advises:

Follow the 3-C`s. Keep products Clean, Cold, and Covered. Use clean serving dishes and utensils, keep products in coolers or on ice whenever possible, and protect against exposure to insects and direct sunlight.

Transport food in the passenger area of your car. The trunk of a car can reach a sweltering 150 degrees F, so transport coolers in the passenger area of your car.

Keep your cool. Put a blanket over the cooler and place it in the shade to maintain cold temperatures. Minimize the number of times you open the lid by placing beverages in a separate container.

Wash your hands. If no hand washing facilities are nearby, play it smart and pack moist towelettes.

Loehndorf also points out that the presence of mayonnaise in summer salads and coleslaws actually contributes to the product's safety. Why? The high acidity of mayonnaise protects against bacterial growth and the potential for food poisoning.

By following the advice above, consumers are sure to have a fun, affordable and worry-free tailgating party so they can focus on cheering for their team during the game instead.

About Reser's
Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Reser's has more than 2,000 employees and 1,000,000 square feet of space in 12 production and distribution facilities across the country. The company's leading brands include Reser's American Classics™ deli salads, Reser's Sensational Sides™ side dishes, Baja Café® Mexican Foods and Stonemill Kitchens® premium dips. Reser's remains a family owned and operated company that is dedicated to creating delicious, wholesome meals that nourish family ties and sustain family traditions. For information, visit http://www.resers.com.

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