The gifts that keep on giving....

Written by Lisa Baggio — December 9, 2015

"Giving opens the doors for receiving"   -  Florence Scovel Shinn

~ Our Top 5 Gifts..that keep on giving ~

Here at Home Make It, we believe the best kind of gift is the gift that keeps on giving and giving! We hope to inspire you and your family and friends with some great ideas, superb kitchen equipment, new culinary skills and healthy homemade produce to share with others. Keep on giving and sharing the love everybody and just watch it all come back to you.

Check out our top 5 gift ideas this festive season;

5 - Vinegar Making Demijohn 

The beauty of this "gift of giving" is that if you keep up the wine additions, the red or white wine or balsamic vinegar never runs out! The mother culture will continue to improve with age. Your friends and family will be so appreciative that they'll keep you in a lifetime supply of homemade vinegar. How good does that sound!  

I'll share with you the vinegar recipe as featured in our first ever book, titled The Makers, by Rita Erlich. This is the recipe of Lou Baggio, the original founder of Home Make It, who knows that not everyone has the time to make real vinegar the old fashioned way, but understands that people still want good quality vinegar to enjoy with their salads and as a stable in their kitchens. So here is his vinegar recipe with a modern twist.  

Homemade Vinegar Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml wine (red or white) 
  • 250 ml sterilised water (boiled then chilled) 
  • 1 jar of mother vinegar - 'starter' culture
Equipment required:
  • Demijohn with a wide neck and stand or large jar with spigot on its own stand 
  • Tea towel or gauze 
  • Wooden blocks for ageing effects (optional)

Method:

  1.  Pour 750ml of wine (red or white) into the jar 
  2. Add 250 mls of sterilised water. The water will lower the alcohol content and ph level to 3.8-4, which will allow the bacteria to grow.  
  3. Add the jar of mother culture 
  4. Add the wooden blocks to approximate the effects of wood-aging (optional) 
  5. Cover the jar or demijohyn with a tea towel or gauze. This will allow the mixture to breath and the bacteria to grow. 
  6. Keep the vinegar somewhere warm to get it to over 24 degrees, which will enable the bacteria to grow. It will take around 6-8 weeks for the vinegar to be ready, less time in warmer weather.   

TIP: 
Once you've made the vinegar, you don't want it to run out. Continue with wine 'additions' whenever you draw the vinegar i.e. if you take 200ml of the vinegar, replace with 150ml wine and 50ml of sterilised water. This will keep the mother culture going. The vinegar flavour will improve with age if you keep the additions going.

 

4 - Cheese Making Kits

Who doesn't love cheese! Whether it's Ricotta, Feta, Halloumi, Blue Vein, Camembert or Mozzarella, we can never get enough. The passionate foodie will love trying their hand at homemade cheese making and the process has been made simpler with these awesome Cheese Making Kits. A little hint...pick the style/flavour of cheese you enjoy, so when they give you the gift of homemade cheese in return....you get to relish and enjoy it!

3 - Arancini Mould

You can just read the mind of Inspector Montalbano, can't you? Do you think he's thinking "OMG, how good are these!" His lady friend looks like she's beside herself with amazement at the delightful taste.

We let the cat out of the bag about Italy's best kept secret, the Arancini Moulds a few months ago, with out dedicated news blog titled "Italy's best kept food secret". If you missed it, you can catch up here. The blog included everything you need to know about making arancini, including a You Tube clip by the makers of Arincinotto, easy to follow recipe and step by step images.

These arancini moulds have been a best seller since. And by popular demand, we have now imported the 80gm and 120gm hand-crafted pro range of arancini moulds. I must warn you though, they are on the pricey side. However, they are hand-crafted and part of the professional hospitality range. If you get in before Christmas, you can take advantage of the 20% discount we are offering for a limited time or until the stock runs out. Details for the 20% discount below.  

Anyway, back to the gifts that keep on giving. You give the mould, and hopefully in return they'll give you some scrumptious, perfectly shaped arancini balls.

  

2 - Home Brew Kits

Home Brew - Beer Kit - "Deluxe"

With Summer here, some days the only real way to quench that thirst is with a cold, crisp beer! And what mancave doesn't need a homebrew kit? The beauty of the gift of giving a homebrew kit, is that it includes all the start up equipment needed to brew beer. All they need to then do is choose their flavour/style of recipe, and get brewing. They'll be so grateful that they'll be giving you slabs of beer in no time :) We also have a massive range of recipe kits to compliment the equipment kits

 

1 - The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners

If you know your family and friends are really into homemade food and beverages, but you don't know for sure what they would like to make, then consider the gift of The Makers, by Rita Erlich. The gives a lovely history of European immigration to Australia and the influence the migrants have had on our food and beverage culture. The book also includes recipes and processes to make homemade passata, salami, wine, beer, cheese, pasta and preserved olives. These recipes have been provided by the Home Make It community who are preserving traditions of their homelands, or starting new ones. 
 

 

Well I hope that I've inspired you with some ideas to spoil your loved ones this XMAS. And don't forget it's 'the act of giving that opens the doors to receiving'. Cheeky I know! 

 

~ Collaboration with The Craft & Co ~

There's a lot of buzz about the opening of The Craft & Co in Smith Street, Collingwood. We're especially excited as we look forward to teaming up with them and utilising their onsite 10 hL brewery, purpose built cheese and cured meat rooms and training facilities. Watch this space to learn more about our upcoming collaborations in all things artisan food and beverages!  

Keep up to date with all the news about the newest kid on the block, by joining The Craft & Co mail subscription. You can also keep up to date with all the exciting venue news by following them on FACEBOOKTWITTER and INSTAGRAM. Be sure to get on down to Smith Street and enjoy The Craft & Co experience. You may also be able to tick off a few gifts from your Christmas list! They have a fabulous range of locally produced and artisan food and beverage products in their retail spaces.

 

~ XMAS 2015 DISCOUNT OFFER ~

With Christmas only two weeks away, you may be still pondering over your list of loved ones that you want to give a special gift to. If your family and friends share your passion for creating homemade food and beverages, then why not spoil them with one of our unique gift ideas? 

Our gift to you this Christmas is a HUGE 20% discount across the entire store only for a limited time and only while stocks last! Excludes food & beverage courses, gift vouchers, brew tins and essences.

To receive the 20% discount, you must enter and apply the discount code “XMAS” at the final stage of check-out (after processing payment via PayPal). 

Happy Shopping!! 

 

 

~ Food & Beverage Workshops 2016 ~

Image: Sausage Making Workshop - A Hen's Night with a Twist!

We have now released dates for our delicious line-up of 2016 Food & Beverage Workshops and are now taking bookings ONLINE. They make a wonderful Christmas gift, and if you're lucky, they will show their thanks in return with some delicious homemade goodies for you to enjoy ;) 

We have introduced some fantastic new courses in the 2016 program that are sure to inspire all foodie types, and of course the usual favourite courses are still part of the program too. 

2016 Food & Beverage Courses; 

   

~ Craft Day Out - 2016 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival ~

We are thrilled to be joining The Craft & Co for a collaboration of all collaborations for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Craft Day Out on Sunday the 6th March, 2016, at The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood.The Craft Day Out will delight, inspire and educate the discerning foodie within, with a series of interactive appreciation and workshop sessions to learn the artisan craft of making beer, spirits, passata, cheese, salami/sausages and wine.  

The artisan line-up for Craft Day Out in 2016:

* Spirit appreciation and tasting sessions by Archie Rose Distilling Co
* Wine appreciation and tasting sessions by Rob Dolan Wines & Winestock
* Cheese demonstration – That’s Amore Cheese
* Sausages/Salumi demonstrations – The Meat Room
* Passata workshops with Home Make It
* Beer appreciation and tasting sessions by FB*PROPAK
* Lunch on the day: curated and created by Dom Marzano - The Craft & Co

Tickets selling ONLINE now. Get in early! 

 

~ Cade's Home Brew  News ~

Hi Brewers, 

We have had a big pre-xmas shipment of big boy toys come into us this week and I'm excited! 

This is the interior of the new SS Brewtech Infussion mash tun. Has to be seen in the flesh and picked up to be truly appreciated. It's built like a tank. We have also got the 38, 57 & 76 liter SS Brewtech Kettles back into stock, so include those on your Santa wishlist. To add to this, these are 20% off too for a limited time, it's a no brainer! 

 

We had a wonderful time with James Mele at The Meat Room in Kilmore last weekend. With our powers combined we gave a "Beer & Bangers" experience for some lucky customers. As well as learning the processes, they took home the fruit of their labours, with everyone hauling away their own handmade sausages and beer bottle by their own hand. A good day had by all!

Come along to learn how to set up your own backyard home brewery by booking into one of my Intro to All Grain Brewing courses in 2016. 

Viking Malts have started to hit brew set ups this week as word gets out about the new kid on the block and it's ridiculously competitive price! We did a bulk buy to some local brew clubs, so look forward to some Viking in a glass near you soon. 

Don't forget our last day is 24th December, and we open again on the 6th of January, 2016. So if you want to brew over the break, come in and fill your santa sack beforehand. 

Happy Brewing & don't forget to leave one out for Santa!  

 

~ Festive Season Trading Hours ~

We also wish to advise you of the upcoming festive season trading hours: 

Home Make It Clayton and Reservoir Stores will close on the Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December, 2015 at 5pm and will re-open as per usual on Wednesday 6 January, 2016.

Please note also, that any online web orders made between Saturday 19 December, 2015 and Thursday 7 January, 2016 may not be processed and fulfilled until Friday 8 January, 2016.

Click the link below to check out this week's Specials.     

Check out our Gift Vouchers and Course Gift Vouchers also available in store or ONLINE

  

~ The tomato season and the Melbourne Tomato Festival ~

We'll be seeing red on our return from the festive season. Our favorite season is fast approaching! The humble tomato season. Are you ready? The Roma tomato also means that the Melbourne Tomato Festival is just around the corner. Be inspired by founder of the Melbourne Tomato Festiva, Guy Grossi in this brief video sharing his inspiration behind the Melbourne Tomato Festival.  

 

 

Remember, you can keep up to date with all the daily news from the team, recipes and events by following us on Twitter or Facebook

Have a great week and enjoy the lead up to the festive season.

 

Get Crafty with Home Make It this Christmas...

Written by Lisa Baggio — November 24, 2015

"When I refer to Melbourne's food culture, I include wine and beer...."   - Rita Erlich

~ The Makers Book Launch ~

It's finally arrived! Home Make It's very first book, The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners is now available for purchase at either our Reservoir or Clayton Store, and ONLINE. The Makers, written by acclaimed food writer and journalist, Rita Erlich tells a story of European migration to Australia and the influence on Melbourne's food and beverage culture. The book includes the history behind Home Make It and shares stories, recipes and processes from the Home Make It community. The Makers is a celebration of food and beverage traditions including passata making, salami making and wine making. We hope you'll enjoy it.
  

We were delighted to officially launch the book last Wednesday night at The Craft & Co in Smith Street, Collingwood. This venue is going to be big! If you're a passionate foodie, brewer and love artisan produce, then you'll be inspired, entertained and enthralled by The Craft & Co. Keep up to date with all the opening news by joining their mail subscription. You can also keep up to date with the very latest developments by following them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. The opening is literally days away! So be sure to get on down to Smith Street and enjoy The Craft & Co experience.  

Here's a few pics from the book launch at The Craft & Co. If you'ld like to see some more highlights from the evening, check out our Facebook Album.  

Image: The Makers book launch at The Craft & Co.

Image: Paul Baggio officially launching The Makers.

Image: food writer and author, Rita Erlich.

Image: Lou and Celeste Baggio with Rita Erlich.

Image: the Salami Makers, BSG Group, winners of the inaugural Melbourne Salami Festa 2012 and featured in the book.

Image: the wine makers, Two Brothers and an Outlaw featured in the book.

Image: the passata makers, featured in the book. 

Image: The Craft & Co's Head Chef, Dom Marzano and team. 

Image: The wine maker's wives and guests at the book launch. 

 

~ The Makers Book Giveaway ~

We have a winner for our book giveaway... Congratulations goes to Liz Giusti from NSW! We hope you enjoy your copy of The Makers.  

 

~ XMAS 2015 DISCOUNT OFFER ~

With Christmas only weeks away, you are no doubt pondering over your list of loved ones that you want to give a special gift to. If your family and friends share your passion for creating homemade food and beverages, then why not spoil them with one of our unique gift ideas? 

Our gift to you this Christmas is a HUGE 20% discount across the entire store only for a limited time and only while stocks last! Excludes food & beverage courses, gift vouchers, brew tins and essences.

To receive the 20% discount, you must enter and apply the discount code “XMAS” at the final stage of check-out (after processing payment via PayPal). 

Happy Shopping!! 

 

 

  

~ Our Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas ~

Here's our top 5 unique Christmas gift ideas for your foodie enthusiast friends and family. 

# 1  The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners

# 2 Sausage & Salami Making Equipment Kit

 Homemade Sausage & Salami Equipment Kit

...including our Massive range of salami and sausage recipe kits  

# 3 Arancini Moulds 80g, 120g and 160g  (Round and Pyramid)

 Arancini Maker Moulds - Pyramid 160gm - Slim Range

# 4 Deluxe Homemade Beer Kit

Home Brew - Beer Kit - "Deluxe"

...including our Massive range of beer recipe kits

Beer Recipe Kit - Devil Golden Ale

#  5  Napoli Express Electric Pizza Oven

Pizza Oven Electric "NAPOLI" Red 31cm Diam

  

~ Food & Beverage Courses 2016 ~

We are excited to be releasing details and dates for our delicious line-up of 2016 Food & Beverage Workshops. We are now taking bookings, so check them out ONLINE now. Get in early and organise your foodie plan for next year, purchase your friends a Course Gift Voucher for Christmas and bring them along too. We have introduced some fabulous new courses in the 2016 program that are sure to inspire all foodie types, and of course the usual favourite courses are still part of the program too. 

2016 Food & Beverage Courses; 

   

~ Cade's Home Brew  News ~

 Hi Brewers, 

Busy times indeed in the Home Make It brew department! We have had the new to Australian shores Viking Malt hit the stores. Add to that this new "grain station" (pictured above) that we have set up in stores; we are now ready for any recipe you brewers throw our way! We also do the Viking Malt in sacks too at really good prices, call our stores for availability. 

And last but not least, we are seeing a new shipment of SS Brewtech hardware in any day now. As well as stocking up on brew kettles, we will finally be seeing their lovely new 38L Mash Tun. I can see this in my set up too! 

So get those beers brewing for the festive season and come and see us if you need a hand.

Happy Brewing :) 

 

~ Festive Season Trading Hours ~

We also wish to advise you of the upcoming festive season trading hours; 

Home Make It Clayton and Reservoir Stores will close on the Christmas eve Thursday 24 December, 2015 at 5pm and will re-open as per usual on Wednesday 6 January, 2016.

Please note also, that any online web orders made between Saturday 19 December, 2015 and Thursday 7 January, 2016 may not be processed and fulfilled until Friday 8 January, 2016.

 

Click link below to check out this week's Specials.     

 

Check out our  Gift Vouchers and Course Gift Vouchers also available in store or ONLINE

Don't forget, you can keep up to date with all the daily news from the team, recipes and events by following us on Twitter or Facebook

All the best and enjoy your preparations for the festive season :)

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Written by Lisa Baggio — December 18, 2013

On behalf of all the team at Home Make It, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would like to thank you for your continued support and loyalty in 2013. Our team would also like to welcome all our new customers over the last twelve months. We look forward to continue sharing our passion and knowledge for homemade food & beverages.   

2014 is shaping up to be another big year for Home Make It. You will see some new products on our shelves, new dates for our D.I.Y Workshops and more participation in Melbourne's most iconic festivals and community events.

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No Italian Christmas is complete without the pleasure of sharing a panettone with family and friends. In fact, the popularity of panettone in Italy has spread internationally, and Australia is no exception. We are told that more than one hundred million Italian-made panettone are now sold worldwide.  

Panettone literally translates to "big bread" and is a sweet fermented bread. But where did panettone orginate? The answer to this question and all the questions you ever had about traditional panettone have been answered in a recent article titled "What we don't know about Panettone and what no one will ever say". It's a fascinating history and account by Stanilslao Porzio who is a Milan-based writer and gastronomy expert.  

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Following the huge success of our Advanced Homemade Wine Making Course in 2013, we are now taking bookings for our 2014 Advanced Homemade Wine Making Course (Online or you can book directly with our retail assistants in stores). Take advantage of our "early bird" offer if you book and pay before Christmas. Normal price $495.00. Our special Christmas offer to you is $350.00. We will cap the bookings at 12 people per location, so don't miss out.

 

Additionally, we are also happy to announce some new 2014 dates for some of our other workshops:

- Feta Cheese

- Hard Cheese

- Cider

- Tomato Passata/Sauce -

Our retail trading hours over Christmas.

For all your last minute Christmas gift shopping, we will be open until 5.00pm on Tuesday 24th December, 2013.  We will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 6th January, 2014.  

If your family and friends share your passion for homemade food and beverages, then spoil them with a Gift Card from Home Make It.

We also have a huge range of products on Special that will make the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas. We are also offering Free Shipping across Australia until 20th December, 2013 (SO HURRY!). Enter the Disocunt Code "XMAS" at checkout to take advantage of the offer. Please be aware that all orders placed online between the 23rd December, 2013 and 6th January, 2014 will not be shipped until the 7th January, 2014.   

Click on the banner below to take you straight to our SPECIALS page...

Enjoy the festive season with your family & friends and stay safe. I look forward to sharing more news from the team at Home Make It in 2014!  

It's beginning to look a lot like XMAS!

Written by Lisa Baggio — November 21, 2013

With Christmas less than five weeks away, you are no doubt pondering over your list of loved ones that you want to give a special gift to. If your family and friends share your passion for homemade food and beverages, then spoil them with one of our unique gift ideas. Our gift to you this Christmas is FREE SHIPPING anywhere in Australia for any online orders made from Friday 22nd November, 2013 until Friday 20th December, 2013. This is the biggest online sale we've ever had and presents you the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars! On top of all that, we've discounted the price on dozens of products across the range!

To receive the FREE SHIPPING discount, you must enter and apply the Discount Code “XMAS” at the final check-out stage of your Online Store purchase.

Click the SALE banner below to check out some of our specials to get you started!

Happy Shopping!! 

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As some of you may know, we have recently expanded our team for our Reservoir and Clayton stores. On behalf of everyone at Home Make It, I would like to formally welcome, and introduce to you, Daniella Hogarth (Clayton) and Therese Murone (Reservoir). Our team of staff are all passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in making homemade food and beverages. Whether it's traditional homemade European foods such as sausages, salami, pasta, pizza, pizzelle, biscotti, and preserves; or traditional homemade beverages such as wine, beer, cider, or spirits, there will always be an expert on hand to assist you with recipes, processes and tricks of the trade. 

So here's a look at our new Home Make It team!

   

   

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I would also like to congratulate the newest graduates from our 2013 Advanced Homemade Wine Course. The students ranged from people wanting to learn to make homemade wine to amateur winemakers wanting to improve their knowledge and drop. The course ran over six evenings, spread out over the wine making season, from March 2013, through to early November 2013, and covered each stage of the wine making process.

It was a hands on and educative experience, covering all aspects of the wine making process including crushing the grapes, fermentation, pressing, racking, preserving, and bottling. If you would like to read more about our Advanced Homemade Wine Course, you can read Frank Bovezza's recent BLOG on the course. If our Advanced Homemade Wine Course sounds like something you would like to be a part of next year, or you know someone that would enjoy the course, you can contact one of our stores to register your interest, or book to secure your place for next years' course. They will be held at either our Clayton Store or for our Reservoir Store customers, the course is held at our Campbellfield Head Office. A minimum of 6 students will be required to run the course with a maximum of 12 students. The courses will commence when the grapes are ready which is usually March, and normally finishes in November, and are run over six evenings. The normal cost is $495 per student, however we have an early bird offer for our Newsletter Subscribers only that book and pay before Christmas for only $350 per student.  

Enjoy the weekend :) 

Are you ready for Xmas?

Written by Lisa Baggio — December 14, 2012

Why not book a workshop for your next team building day or special function with family and friends?

The Crew from Italianicious Magazine attend our Pasta Workshop. 

   

  

Check out more pics of this super fun pasta workshop on our Facebook page.  

Our Food and Beverage Workshops have come to an end for 2012.  We will be posting our 2013 schedule of workshops very soon, so stay tuned!  They are becoming very popular for corporate and team building events, as well as special occasions with family and friends, so keep us in mind for 2013!  

 

We have Xmas presents covered

We are very excited to be launching a new product range that is due to arrive before Christmas in kitchenware & accessories for making pasta, pizza, cheese and biscuits.  This range will also include the iconic Bialetti coffee makers. 

If you are still looking for fun and unique XMAS presents for your family and friends, then look no further!  We have a great range of gifts to suit everyone and would be perfect for the food and beverage "hobbyist".  If you still can't decide, then why not give them a Gift Voucher! Check out our Online Store or come visit us at one of our shops. Some ideas include Beer Making Kits, Cheese Making Kits, Pizzelle Makers, Pasta Machines, Sauce Machines, Mouli's, Ricers and much more.

A very large number of our customers are amateur winemakers, with some even making more wine annually than many wineries around Victoria.  If you have been toying with the idea of learning to make your own wine, here is a great article about the benefits and joys of wine-making at home.  "Why Anyone Would Want to Make Wine"

 

Reservoir Village News

Have you signed up for your Reservoir Village VIP Membership Club Card?  We can sign you up when you come in store. Home Make It will be offering a 10% Discount for all VIP Members!  Heaps of retailers in Spring Street and Edwards Street have signed up and offering great discounts, so start saving!  For the most up to date information about participating stores and special offers, follow Reservoir Village on Facebook.

  

Store Opening Hours:  Our stores will be open until 5.00pm on XMAS Eve for any last minute gift shopping, and then re-opening on the 7th January, 2013.

  

For further information on courses, events, competitions & specials, follow us on Facebook and Twitter! 

Have a great week :)  

 

Clayton Reservoir