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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-25-2020

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10 SUMMER 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE 10 Prepare for Summer Naturally Sun • Bugs • Allergies • Injuries • etc. See our website for a list of classes and events 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI (401)305-3585 Tues. - Thurs. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out our Bulk Herbs, Teas and Spices Hemp/CDB Oil Local Honey & Maple Syrup Whole food vitamins, herbal and homeopathic remedies, allergy & pain relief products and more Massage Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Homeopathic Consultations Serving the community for more than 14 years Yoga & Tai Chi Classes Health, Energy & Spiritual Classes BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS FOR A PICNIC COMPLIMENT WITH A GLASS OR BOTTLE OF OUR GRAPE & FRUIT WINES Summer Hours: Thurs.-Sat.: 12-4 Sun.: 12-3 said, and facing the un-budg- ing limit of 12 steaks in a side, there's been an uptick in sales of other cuts. "Necessity is the mother of invention," he said. Just recently, said Dadekian, he helped someone pick out an eight-pound brisket for the first time. "The rise of the pel- let smokers" is definitely coin- ciding with increased interest in backyard smoking of meats, he said. Dadekian was tempted to join such a smoker, particu- larly after seeing his friends at GottaQ have success with a commercial grade version, but figured he probably shouldn't add to his collection of three grills and a smoker. The appeal of a smoker is "you set it (at 250 for six hours) and forget it," he said. Casual consumers can pick up a pellet smoker for under $500, he said. Trial and error has really become an avoidable process, said Dadekian, with so many resources out there such as laying out the science of BBQ and grilling and guiding people through the right steps. As people work from home and avoid large social gath- erings, staff at Depault Ace Hardware say grills and smok- ers have been some of the hot- test items of the year so far. Ace employee Emily Forte said she's seen a definite increase in the number of grills, smokers and griddles the store has sold in recent months. "One person came in yester- day and bought two griddles," she said. The griddles are a popular item, allowing people to turn their backyard patio into a professional kitchen area. Smokers are also increasing in popularity, Forte said, and customers often have fun play- ing around with different flavor wood chips, which come in flavors such as cherry, pecan and apple. "These are big right now," she said. "People are investing more money into their yards, and are planning more stayca- tions this summer." The decision on what to buy for cooking can be difficult, but employees said it helps to weigh needs. A smaller grill, such as a portable charcoal grill, might be better for a first-time griller and apartment dweller, who might later work their way up to a full-size smoker. Another factor to consider is the size of one's family. Forte said brands such as Weber, Traeger and Green Egg are the most popular, but if a customer has their heart set on a specific model not currently in stock, Depault's staff will do their best to order it for them. EMILY FORTE, an employee at Depault Ace Hardware, stands beside one of the store's popular grill models. (BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD) GRILLING From Page 9 SUMMER-CL-2020-Mel.indd 10 6/15/20 8:54 AM

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