Prisco’s Family Market

1108 Prairie Street, Aurora, IL 60506 | 630-264-9400

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Act Now to Assure Your First Choice for Thanksgiving.- Tuesday, November 7, 2017

As in the past we will be taking advanced orders for locally raised, fresh, never frozen Thanksgiving turkeys from the Kauffman Turkey Farm in Waterman, IL -- about 25 miles straight west of our store. If you go to our website, there is a link on the homepage that will take you to the easy-to-use order form. If you want to preorder another type of turkey or roast for your Thanksgiving holiday, call our meat department at 630-264-9400.

We are also taking pre-orders for our popular Farmer's Market homebaked fruit and holiday pies. We added something new this year and have an assortment of five cream-filled pies for the cream pie lovers out there. Believe it or not, we now offer a selection of over 30 premium pies!

Having trouble deciding what to get? We also offer 1/2 pies for most choices, so go ahead and order half a dozen 1/2 pies. If you would like to get more details on the selection of pies we have to offer we will have a brochure available in store this week and an electronic version is available on our website now, click here. If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without a selection of several homebaked pies and we have just what you need. If you’ll be a guest elsewhere, be a hero and volunteer to bring the pies. Everyone will love you for it.

As you make plans for your Thanksgiving meal don’t forget that we at Prisco’s can take some of the stress and hassle out of preparations by providing you with pre-made mashed potatoes, dressing, turkey gravy, and cranberry relish...to name just a few things. Stop in the deli and meet with my mom, Beth, my sister Bridget, or myself and we can help you make this one of the most stress-free holidays you have ever entertained for.

See you in the deli! And if you’re lucky, I might be handing out samples of fresh pies. YUM!

 

Jacquie

How You Store Your Spices Does Matter.- Tuesday, November 7, 2017

If you want to get the most shelf life from your spices and have them give you optimum flavor, where your store them is critical. Often cooks like to have spices in the cabinets closest to their stove so that they can quickly reach in and grab what’s needed while keeping a close eye on what’s cooking on the stove. While this is certainly convenient, it is not the best place to keep them. This is because spices and herbs will begin to break down when exposed to the moisture and heat from the stove.

Another common location for kitchen spices is in a spice rack on the counter. Again, not a good thing for the spices if the rack gets any direct sunlight.

What about keeping them in either the fridge or the freezer? Well, every time you take them out they have to warm to room temperature. Or when they were first added to the fridge they had to "cool down". These temperature changes often cause the spices to pick up moisture and condensation. Both will shorten the life of your spices. You should also be aware that temperature fluctuations may cause unwanted condensation, and possibly mold.

The ideal storage temperature for your spices and herbs is one that remains fairly constant and right around 70° F. So, for optimum flavor and shelf life you should store these away from the heat of the stove, heaters, or the direct sunlight. If you have a pantry that is dark most of the time this is your best alternative. Some folks prefer amber glass jars with airtight lids to keep the moisture out.

As a final word of caution on condensation build-up, be aware of how you use your spices around the stove. Don't shake directly into a pot or pan over direct heat as the moisture goes right into the bottle. It is better to shake the amount you want to add into the palm of your hand and then add that to the pot or pan.

 

Community Food Drive Brings Out the Best in All of Us- Tuesday, October 31, 2017

For 10 years, the Aurora Area Interfaith Holiday Food Drive has provided food to struggling families in our community. Since its inception, Prisco’s has been a supporting sponsor of this critically important food drive and as always we will be a primary donation point for the program.

The drive traditionally runs from the beginning of November through the day before Thanksgiving. This year Thanksgiving comes early, so the 10th Holiday Food Drive will begin November 1st and run through November 22nd, meaning it will be shorter by a few days.

"The goal is to get a year's worth of food," said Marilyn Weisner, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry executive director. "The good thing about the food drive is it gives us good, solid staples." That means things like macaroni and cheese, rice, cooking oil, peanut butter, canned soup, canned tuna, and cereal.

One thing that has not changed much is the need. Weisner said some 6,500 families come to the pantry each year. The pantry distributes about 3.7 million pounds of food to about 23,000 people a year. "Aurora is a successful town, but there are still 29,000 people or so living in poverty," she said. "We have to meet the needs of those people. No one should go hungry."

Weisner pointed out that the pantry often deals with people who are newly poor or temporarily without work. So people come to the pantry for a while, then find work and drop off the rolls. In the meantime, new people come onto the pantry's list. She said the pantry distributes about $115 worth of food to a family in a week. That is money the family can save to use on other items, such as utilities, rent, clothes for children, or even to keep a car maintained so a family member can get to work. "We get people who we give food to, they get back up on their feet and become donors," she said. "It happens all the time."

To enhance the offerings for our neighbors in need this year, in addition to the usual premade bags of food available for purchase and to donate, our customers will also be offered the opportunity to buy food drive certificates. The cash from these certificates will be used to purchase the exact items most needed throughout the year.

As we head into this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season, most of us have a great deal to be grateful for and this food drive is one way of giving back to our community and helping those who have been a bit less fortunate. On behalf of our family and employees, I’d like to thank you in advance for your generous support of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry Drive.

 

Best Wishes,

Andy

What you may not know about cranberries!- Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Most folks don’t know that our neighbor to the north, Wisconsin, is the leading producer of cranberries in the US. Some 60 percent of all cranberries packaged and canned in the US come from 20 counties in central and northern Wisconsin. Actually, the cranberry is Wisconsin’s official state fruit. Cranberries are the state’s number one fruit crop, both in size and economic value. The sand and peat marshes in central and northern Wisconsin create the perfect growing conditions for cranberries.

Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water, but they are harvested using water. I know, we’ve all seen too many Ocean Spray commercials. A perennial plant, cranberries grow on low running vines in sandy bogs and marshes. In Wisconsin, cranberry marshes are flooded with water to aid in harvesting. Because the tart, tiny berries contain a pocket of air, when the marsh is flooded, the berries float to the surface to be picked up by harvesting equipment. Cranberries are harvested each year from late September through October.

Cranberries score among the highest of all fruits in antioxidants. Diets including fruits and vegetables with high antioxidant values, like cranberries, may help support memory function and coordination.

  • Cranberries are a cholesterol-free, fat-free and low-sodium food, and help maintain a healthy heart.
  • Cranberries are part of a healthy diet and contain antioxidants that may help maintain a healthy immune system.
  • As part of a healthy diet, cranberries can be added to low-fat vinaigrettes, whole grain pancakes, and yogurt.
  • Cranberries are ingredients in more than 1,000 food and beverage products on the market, and only 5 percent of Wisconsin's cranberry crop is sold as fresh berries.

 

Introducing a NEW apple variety well worth tasting – Ambrosia Apples- Tuesday, October 24, 2017

An Ambrosia apple is a sweet modern apple variety from western Canada, quite similar to Golden Delicious. It was discovered as a chance seedling in an orchard in British Columbia.

Aptly named after the mythical “food of the gods”, this stunning apple is a delight for all the senses. When you first set eyes on the Ambrosia apple, you will be drawn to its glossy, bi-colored good looks. It has an attractive conical shape and smooth, flawless skin with a bright, almost fluorescent pink blush over a creamy-yellow background. As you draw closer, you will become aware of its distinct perfumed aroma. Then, as you bite into the Ambrosia apple’s tender, juicy flesh with its fine, crisp texture, the apple’s honeyed flavor will saturate your taste buds, leaving you refreshed and satisfied.

It's little wonder that this sweet, low-acid apple consistently rates at the top in taste-tests and sensory panels, and is a hit with both children and adults alike. And because of its low acid content, it's easier for children and older people to digest.

The Ambrosia apple is great in salads, baking, and main dishes.


Prisco’s Expands Catering Service- Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We never consciously planned to enter into the field of catering services, it just sort of happened. We have always offered our standard catering menu that is posted on the website which focuses primarily on party trays and entertaining items that customers order for special occasions. Within the last few years, however, we have had a number of good customers approach us asking if we could cater an event for them beyond the standard cold cuts, finger sandwiches and vegetable dips.

Fortunately, I’m blessed to have my two daughters, Bridget and Jacquie, who both work in the deli and whom I can rely on for this sort of thing. In the past few months we have hosted several funeral luncheons, bridal and baby showers, and other local events, and they have all been exciting opportunities which have resulted in some great customer comments -- and in many cases, new catering business from pleased attendees. Recently I asked both Andy and Dave Michaels, our store manager, to get more involved, and together we’ve been coming up with new ideas that can take our catering efforts to greater heights and it’s really quite exciting.

The next time you plan on entertaining a group, large or small, take some of the worry and anxiety off the table. Give Bridget, Jacquie or I a call or simply stop in at the deli and tell us what you are thinking about and we'll put our collective heads together to come up with a party you and your guests will not only enjoy, but will be thinking of with fond memories for years to come.

 

See you in the deli!

Beth

Please Pardon our Dust!- Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This past week we have been hard at work in the center of our store making additional space for some categories where we previously had too little space, like bottled water and paper products. We're also cutting back in other sections where items were not selling fast enough to warrant the space they had.

Unfortunately, it seldom if ever works out that the category that needs additional space is situated next to a category with too much space. That would be ideal, of course, but not the case most often. As a result, there were a number of categories that had to be moved from one aisle to another in order to make the changes needed.

Nobody likes it when we move things and we try to do it as little as possible, but please be prepared to find that some of the items you are looking for have been relocated. Fortunately, being a little store, no matter where an item got moved to it's never a long walk to its new home. Once we finish the moves, plans are in place to replace the aisle markers and to add additional signage to help familiarize you with where things are now located.

Meanwhile, we have put together a product locator sheet that is available at the front of the store. Ask any employee for a copy if you can’t find one with the ads when you walk in.

Please stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks as there are a number of exciting new surprises on the horizon.

 

- Andy

Pomegranates – one of our lesser known Super Fruits- Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Are you looking for refreshing alternatives to sugary sodas? We suggest you try enjoying pomegranates, both in their natural state and as a juice. Yes, recently pomegranate has become increasingly popular, popping up on trendy salad and martini menus everywhere, but there are good reasons for this...

The Pomegranate tree is native to Asia and has been revered among many ancient religions for medicinal purposes. Researchers believe that the fruit’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may be used to help certain heart conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack and congestive heart failure. Known as one of the "super fruits", pomegranates contain elements that can help prevent fatty deposits from building up around our arteries. Studies have found that consuming pomegranate juice can reduce the development of these fatty deposits, a problem commonly found in patients with chronic conditions (such as diabetes).

While drinking pomegranate juice is the easiest way to get the benefits of this super fruit, don’t overlook the fun and great taste that can be had eating the fruit as well. Whole pomegranate seeds contain a good amount of fiber, too, which is essential for proper digestive and heart health.

Don’t overdo it, however. These little red bombs are high in naturally-occurring sugar. Eat the fruit or drink this delicious ruby-red juice in moderation — a small dash of juice in a glass of regular or seltzer water goes a long way!

Unlike those bananas or navel oranges which are easy-to-peel-and-eat fruits, round, hard, tough-skinned pomegranates are a bit more difficult to break open. Here are some ways to master this fruit and get to the juicy seeds inside.

  • Option one: Quarter the pomegranate with a knife and place the pieces in a bowl of water. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl while the rest of the fruit’s pith floats!

  • Others cut open the top of the fruit (like you would before carving a pumpkin) and then cut the fruit into slices, scooping out the seeds and putting them in a strainer for rinsing.

  • Try your hand at peeling. Starting from the pointy end, try your best to peel back the sides. (You can use a knife to get the process started.) Once you’ve peeled back some of the skin, use those fingers to gently loosen the kernels. Peel back the white pithy membranes as you go, and discard.

Introducing Our "New" Full Circle Organic Foods Line- Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A few weeks back Andy announced that there were some big changes coming to Prisco’s. We are just about finished with the outside work (parking lot resurfacing and restriping and a fresh coat of paint), and this week's work begins on the inside painting.

Before the month of October is out we will be launching an exciting and very fun way to save more money by shopping at Prisco’s. Today I’d like to share a bit of information on our new line of Organic Products that we are excited to be offering called Full Circle Market. Some of the items have begun cropping up throughout the store and over the next few weeks we will be introducing dozens more Full Circle Market foods.

We chose the Full Circle Market line because it embodies all-around goodness. It means delicious food—mostly organic—to nourish your inside, and eco-friendly home and personal care items to nurture your outside. That, in a nut shell, is the philosophy behind Full Circle Market brand.

We realize that most shoppers today want better choices. The simpler the ingredients, the closer to nature they are, the easier it is to choose what’s best for you and your family. That is exactly what you will be getting with Full Circle Market.

So as you scan our ads and walk the aisles you will begin seeing lots of new Full Circle Market items being offered. I’d encourage you to try them and see just how wholesome, good for you, and good for our environment these products really are. As with anything we offer here at Prisco’s, we stand behind what we sell and we always want you to be 100% satisfied with any Full Circle Market product you buy. If, for any reason, an item doesn’t meet your expectations, we’ll happily give you a full refund. That’s our promise, the Full Circle Market Quality Guarantee.

 

See you in the aisles!

Dave – Store Manager

Healthy Snack Ideas That Kids Will Eat & Love- Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sometimes it’s awfully hard to come up with fresh new ideas and parents especially like new, good-to-eat, and good for their health ideas to prepare for their kids. We thought we would throw a few out there...Perhaps one or more might be a winner in your family.

Popcorn

Popcorn is a sure-fire hit with kids, and... it's a whole grain! Popcorn actually has 4 grams of fiber per 3-cup serving, which makes it a filling snack. Plus, it's endlessly versatile. You can transform air-popped popcorn with all sorts of toppings, including grated cheese, nutritional yeast, or cinnamon and sugar.

Peanut Butter

Natural peanut butter (no added sugars and other kinds of fats) is a great snack option. It gives your kids protein and healthy fats, and pairs perfectly with apples, bananas, celery and whole-grain crackers or toast.

Cheese

Cheese is super-flavorful and satisfying, and gives your kids protein and calcium. Just make sure it's not in every meal and snack. Pairing cheese with apple slices or carrot sticks (or whatever fruits and vegetables your kids like) is the ideal power snack.

Grilled Cheese

Snacks don't need to be made from snack foods. Serving a sandwich (or half of one) can be a smart solution for snack time. Even grilled cheese can be a good choice when you use 100-percent whole-grain bread and add in sliced apples for extra fiber.

Super Crispy Rice Treats

Everyone loves marshmallow and rice crispy treats. Give them a health boost by including dried apricots, apples or cranberries, some ground flaxseeds, and roasted unsalted hulled sunflower seeds. Use puffed whole-grain cereal to make them even better for your kids.

Healthy Chips and Dip

A serving of pita or tortilla chips is really fine nutritionally — it has filling fiber and can be a tasty vehicle for healthy dips, such as hummus, black bean dip or salsa.