A celebration of homemade food and beverages....

Written by Lisa Baggio — April 12, 2016

“Happiness is homemade”

- Anonymous  

~ Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival ~

If you share our passion for homemade food and wine, then get your diaries out! This is a not-to-be-missed week-long festival for the most discerning of foodies! The City of Darebin shines as it play host of the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival between 9th-15th May, 2016 at venues across the region.

The main event, "Meet the Makers" will be held on Saturday 14th May, 2016 at Preston Shire Hall, Gower Street, Preston from 1pm - 4pm. This is an opportunity to meet the local homemade food and beverage makers, enjoy the beer and wine tastings, attend some cooking demonstrations and workshops and enjoy of rich culture of community, and multicultural culinary traditions. Be sure to come along and say hello to the Home Make It crew at our pop-up store.  

We are thrilled to be a major sponsor again of this iconic community festival. A unique festival that celebrates sustainable food practices and food traditions. Check out the full program and get your diaries out! Several of the events are free, but bookings are also essential for a lot of the workshops or demonstrations. Home Make It will be facilitating several events, including:

Preserving Vegetables at home workshop; as part of The Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival

Learn how to preserve your own vegetables at home. The workshop covers everything you need to know to get started including ingredients, preparation, sanitising jars, preserving and more. Cost $60.00 Follow link to book your ticket.

Become your own winemaker! The session will cover wine basics & equipment, crushing & fermentation, pressing, malolatic fermentation & storage, racking, oak, finings and barrels, wine adjustments, faults and blending, filtration and bottling. Everything you need to know to get started. Free but bookings essential - Follow link to book your spot on Eventbrite

Learn how to make mead from scratch and impress your family and friends! The workshop covers everything you need to know to get started, including recipes, equipment, additives and methods. Cost is $80. Take advantage of the special Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival price which includes a Making Mead book valued at $44.00.

Making Mead-Complete Guide to the making of Sweet & Dry Mead

 

 

Make. Talk. Drink. Beer. Merri Mashers Brew Club and Home Make It join up to take you through a step by step process of brewing your own beer at home. This informal event is the perfect introduction to home brewing over a glass or two of beer from the huge selection of Carwyn Cellars. Free, bookings not required.  

~ Store Trading Hours ~

  • Saturdays - 9.00am - 3.00pm (March until July)
  • Sundays - 9.00am - 1.00pm (March & April only)

~ 2016 Vintage Season ~

 

The 2016 Victorian climate has not be ideal for quality grape growing, so it's more important than ever that you purchase your grapes from reputable grape growers and wineries, and also bring in samples of your juice / wine for regular analysis and expert advice. We provide free sample analysis at every stage of the wine making process including crushing, pressing, racking and bottling. And remember, we add additives, not chemicals. Life is too short to drink bad wine! So if you or your relative pride oneself on making homemade wine to share with loved ones, come in-store for regular sample analysis and enhancement.  

 

~ End of Passata Season Massive Sale  ~

Take advantage of the 2016 end of passata season massive sale on selected equipment. Get in early for next years' passata season with a huge saving of 20% off mouli's, manual tomato machines, kits, burners and electric tomato machine attachments. Sale until 30 April, 2016 or until stock runs out. 

~ Mother's Day Gift Ideas  ~

With Mother's Day just around the corner, why not consider a Home Make It Gift Voucher and Course Gift Voucher for your loved one. Available In-store or ONLINE

It's a tad cheeky but we're happy to recommend some Mother's Day gift ideas that keep on giving... Wouldn't mum just love dishing up homemade pasta at the next family dinner? Or fresh homemade arancini, or homemade pizza, roasted chestnuts or traditional Italian waffles? What about a copy of our very own first book, The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners? 

 

The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners

 

Imperia Pasta Machine And Motor

Arancini Maker Moulds - Pyramid 160gm - Slim Range

Pizza Oven Electric "NAPOLI" Red 31cm Diam

Chestnut Roaster Pan

Chestnut Cutter Manual

 

 Waffle / Pizzelle Maker - Round, 4 Section Flower Design - Electric

~ Food & Beverage Workshops ~

Our In-store 2016 calendar for food & beverage workshops is action packed! Click on the links for all the course dates, venues and details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

Courses & workshops for 2016 include:

~  Cade's Brew News ~

 

~  The Craft & Co ~

Keep up to date with "What's On" at The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood or subscribe to their Newsletter.

 

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! 

 

It's a sea of red!

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 19, 2016

 

 "There are only two kinds of people, Italians and those who wish they were".

- Anonymous

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival 2016 ~

It's here! The Melbourne Tomato Festival has finally arrived! This Sunday, 21st February, 2016, the leafy green suburb of Eltham will be turned into a sea of red! Guy Grossi, his family and the Melbournese Movement pay homage to the humble tomato as a celebration and preservation of the Italian tradition of preserving tomatoes for their use throughout the year.

The Melbournese Movement defines our place, where Italian and Australian heritage come together and where food culture and traditions are ingrained as part of our identity. Rooted from generations before us, Italian culture is one that reflects its regions, produce and its people and their lifestyle. Melbournese is a movement, which preserves the strength, and pride of our Italian culture while evolving to create new traditions that respect our current home" (Melbournese Movement).

So today, you don't have to be born in Italy to be Italian or wish you were :) We can all be Italian for a day this Sunday at the Melbourne Tomato Festival and "National Italian Day", celebrating the humble tomato and all things Italian. There'll be Italian food and beverages, music, entertainment, guest speakers, farmers produce markets, celebrity chefs, a tomato growing competition, cooking demonstrations and hands on passata making workshops. 

The crew from Home Make It will be running back to back, hands on passata making workshops throughout the day, so be sure to get in early to book your spot. And please, come and say hello and introduce yourself to a member of the Home Make It team. We'd love to meet you! 

The Melbourne Tomato Festival will be held on Sunday 21st February, 2106 at Edendale Farm in Eltham between 10am - 4pm. Tickets available for pre-purchase only until sold out. You can purchase your tickets ONLINE. The inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival was a sell out last year, so avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets now! Adults $25, Children 6-13 years $10 and Children 5 & under FREE.  

It's promising to be stunning weather this Sunday, so hop on your bike or catch a ride in on the train or bus. Parking is available, however will be limited. 

Photo: Justin McManus. Cade and Bonnie Butler teach their son Odin how to do it yourself. 

In the lead up to the Melbourne Tomato Festival, Journalist, Suzanne Carbone, The AGE wrote a fantastic article this week titled, "Hipsters squeeze out the Italians in the art of making passata at Melbourne Tomato Festival". Follow the link to read the full article.  

Photo: Justin McManus. Cade Butler and wife Bonnie fill bottles with homemade passata. 

The article features our very own Cade Butler and his lovely wife Bonnie Halliday.Their passion for homemade produce has been dubbed as "saavy DIY hipsters", and much to Cade's horror they are creating new traditions in their family making passata, salami and preserving olives. It's a family affair proving you don't have to be born in Italy to make Italian food and drinks!

The article also features the upcoming CERES Fair Food, community Crowdsaucing Day on 30th April, 2016 in neighborhoods all over Melbourne. Crowdsaucing Day is an opportunity for communities to come together to bottle locally grown and organic tomatoes to be used throughout the year. Crowdsaucing promotes sustainable food practices and fairly traded produce. Follow the link to CERES Fair Food if you want to sign-up for the Crowdsaucing Day or join their fair food movement.   

 

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

If you can't get along to the Melbourne Tomato Festival this Sunday you can join us at The Craft & Co on Sunday 6th March, 2016 for the  Craft Day Out where we will be running more passata making workshops throughout the day.

Image: The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood

The Craft Day Out is a unique "foodie" event as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. And what a day out it will be! If you have ever wanted to learn how to make artisan produce such as passata, salami, cheese, wine and beer. There will be a full day of interactive workshops, demonstrations and appreciation sessions with the masters of their trade including That's Amore Cheese, The Meat Room, Rob Dolan Wines, FB*PROPAK, Archie Rose Distilling Co. and of course, the crew from Home Make It

Photo: Anu Kumar

Enjoy a shared table feast lunch comprising of freshly made produce by The Craft & Co, Head Chef, Dom Marzano.  The Craft & Co is the newest kid on the block at 390 Smith Street, Melbourne. If you're into unique food and beverage experiences, then you'll love this venue and concept. All under the one roof, a brewery, distillery, deli, cafe`/restaurant, retail space, bottle shop, cheese and meat rooms. 

Don't miss out on this fabulous event, limited spots available so book your tickets via the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program ONLINE now.

 

~  Cade's Brew News ~

Hi Brewers, I can't believe it's almost the end of February already, so much to tell and on the horizon!

 

I was like an excited kid at Christmas when we received some new and fresh hops from the Crosby Hop farm in the USA. We got in Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and a couple of experimental hop varieties: Idaho #7 and Idaho #6. So if you want some fresh big USA hops for your next recipe, you know where to go!   

Along with those we have an extensive range of Wyeast and Whitelabs pure pitch yeast. We even have a few sour beer inducing Lacto & Brett bugs in there too for those adventurous brewers out there.  

Starting at our Reservoir store soon, we will be expanding our equipment hire range to include an all grain brewing kit. The amazing SS Brewtech Mash Tun & 38L kettle, this will convert any extract tin brewer to the All Grain side of the force in a single afternoon.  

Home Make It are proud to team up with Melbourne's newest brew club, the Merri Mashers and fab new venue The Craft & Co to bring you the BREW FC Competition. This is a home brew comp with a difference, instead of brewer vs brewer this is club vs club! We are pitting Melbourne's best brew clubs against each other in a test of Stouts & Porters for a chance to win bragging rights and a chance to win a tap takeover at The Craft & Co. Let's get ready to ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumble! 

Happy Brewing!! 

 

~ Food & Beverage Workshops ~

Our in store 2016 calendar for food & beverage workshops is action packed! Click on the link for all the course dates, venues and details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot  ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

Our line up of Workshops include, but not limited to are; 

 

~ A new look and concept at our Clayton store ~

Our newly renovated Clayton store is almost ready to roll out all the new facilities that will be available to our customers. Only a few more weeks and we'll be ready! I don't want to give too much away, but I can give you a few clues.  Think coffee, panini, sit, play, learn, create... Without giving anything else away, I can also show you some recent pictures of the renovated store.  

~  Wholesale & Trade Division of Home Make It ~

Home Make It has recently expanded to include a Wholesale & Trade division which has been launched to help supply businesses nationwide with quality, unique food and beverage making equipment – be it for the consumer or the trade-user. Our broad product range has been developed to help supply every type of business, from home brew stores to breweries, from kitchenware or bar-ware to shops and restaurants. Follow the Wholesale link to learn more about it.  

~  Specials ~

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

Check out our Gift Vouchers and Course Gift Vouchers also available instore or ONLINE

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

Enjoy the weekend and all this glorious weather! And if you are heading over to Edendale Farm on Sunday for the Melbourne Tomato Festival, be sure to come and say hello to the crew!   

Homage to the humble tomato...

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 5, 2016

 "You say tomato, we say passata!"

- Home Make It crew, 2015 

 

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival 2016 ~

It's that time of year again when Melbournian's pay homage to the humble tomato thanks to the passion and vision of Guy Grossi, his family and the Melbournese Movement. The iconic Melbourne Tomato Festival, now in its second year and growing in popularity and magnitude, is quickly becoming one of Melbourne's most popular culturally driven foodie festivals. 

The Melbourne Tomato Festival will be held on Sunday 21st February, 2106 at Edendale Farm in Eltham between 10am - 4pm.

The festival is a celebration of the humble tomato and the preservation of Italian food, traditions and customs and authentic cooking. The Melbourne Tomato Festival will play host to a gathering of local farmers selling their produce, celebrity chefs, guest speakers, agriculturalists, demonstrations, workshops, artisan food and wine, and entertainment. Be inspired by the man himself, Chef Guy Grossi in this cute little clip

Image: Guy Grossi and volunteers of the Melbourne Tomato Festival

Image: Passata making workshop in progress at the 2015 MTF

Image: Passata making workshop in progress at the 2015 MTF

The festival would not be complete without the hands on passata making workshops, and that's where the crew from Home Make It come in! We'll be running back to back passata making demonstrations all day long, so join in on all the fun and learn to make some authentic passata with us. 

Image: Melbourne Tomato Festival crowd enjoying the atmosphere

This is a ticketed event only, until sold out, so don't miss out! The event was a sell out last year, so avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets online now!  

 

~  Craft Day Out - Melbourne Food & Wine Festival ~

We are thrilled to be joining the collaborations of all collaborations at this years' Melbourne Food & Wine Festival for the Craft Day Out, it's happening at the newly established and unique artisan food and beverage venue, The Craft & Co at 390 Smith Street, Collingwood on Sunday 6th March, 2016.

The Craft & Co incorporates an onsite brewery, distillery, cured meats and cheese preparation rooms, training facility, retail and gift store, bottle shop, deli and cafe/restaurant. It's truly amazing to see all these things under the one roof, make sure you drop in to check it all out.

 

Image: The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood

The Craft Day Out is a series of rotating appreciation and workshop sessions with some of Melbourne's best artisan producers including That's Amore CheeseArchie Rose Distilling Co.Rob Dolan Wines & Winestock, The Meat Room and FB*PROPAK.

Come along for a unique culinary experience in cheese making, winemaking, sausage making, distilling and passata making. Members of the Home Make It team will be again facilitating the hands-on passata workshops. You'll also enjoy a shared table feast lunch comprising of freshly made produce by Head Chef, Dom Marzano.

Don't miss out on this fabulous event, limited spots available so book your tickets via the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program ONLINE now!

 

~  Food & Beverage Courses ~

Our instore 2016 calendar for food & beverage workshops is action packed! Click on the images below for all the course dates, venues and details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, all you need to is book your spot  ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

  

 

~  A new look and concept at our Clayton store ~

On behalf of the team, I would like to thank all our Clayton customers for their patience and support during our recent store closure over the Christmas period. Those who have returned to our store since its reopening last month will have noticed lots of changes already! But there's more to come, so watch this space! I would love to give away all the secrets of our new store, but you'll have to wait just a little bit longer. It'll be well worth it, I promise! 

 

~ The Makers: A story of Food, Family and Foreigners ~

If you're inspired to try your hand at passata making this season and looking for a good recipe, we have included two very different methods in our very first book titled The Makers: a story of food family and foreigners. Whether you're into the raw method or the cooked method, you'll be inspired by the stories of the Gangi, D'Aquino and the Merrett family passata days. These families are friends of Home Make It and share their recipes, processes, tips and stories.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it all together! The Makers: a story of food family and foreigners makes a great addition to the kitchen library as well as the perfect gift for lovers of Italian foods and traditions. Copies available for purchase at our Reservoir and Clayton stores, ONLINE  and at The Craft & Co

Image: Donato & Lucia D'Aquino - Passata Makers.

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

Check out our Gift Vouchers and Course Gift Vouchers also available instore or ONLINE

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

We look forward to seeing you at one of the many events and workshops coming up in February and March! 

Enjoy the weekend everyone.  

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 :)

 

Preserving Springtime

Written by Lisa Baggio — October 8, 2015

"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." 

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld  

 

~ Preserving ideas ~

Springtime evokes the desire to preserve the sweet fruit and vegetables that have been in abundance such as strawberries, pineapple, melons, mandarins, rhubarb, blood oranges, beetroot, spinach and artichokes. Preserving our favourite foods means we can keep enjoying the goodness of these fruits and vegetables long after the harvest is over. Traditional preserving methods include canning and dehydrating. But the quickest and simplest way to preserve fruits and vegetables is freezing.  

I found this wonderful blog by The Kitchn, that features simple tips for preserving. One is as simple as freezing fresh herbs in olive oil. How good do these look! TIPS FROM THE KITCHN

 

If you're feeling inspired, check out The Kitchn's blog 10 Ways to Preserve Summer Fruits & Vegetables without Canning. There's some great tips on making pesto, fruit vinegar, freezing Summer fruits and roasting tomato sauce and garlic.

If you do want to try your hand at dehydrating your favourite fruits and vegetables, take a look at our range of dehydrators online and in store. The range includes the EZIDRI Classic Everyday, EZIDRI Snackmaker and the EZIDRI Ultra FD1000.

                    

Vacuum sealers are also a great way to extend the lifespan of your preserved fruit and vegetables, especially when using the freezing or dehydrating method. Vacuum sealers preserve food 3-5 times longer than food stored in plastic bags or containers. Preserved fruit and vegetables once vacuum sealed and frozen will last for 2 to 3 years. Vacuum sealing your preserved foods also eliminates the unpleasant taste of 'freezer burn'. 

For the highest quality domestic Vacuum Sealing Machine, take a look at our Italian Made SICO Vacuum Sealing Machines. We have a large range that caters for every purpose and budget.  

  

 

~ Australian Cider Festival 2015 ~

Don't miss out on all the festivities at this year's Australian Cider Festival. It's all happening this Saturday 10th October from 12noon - 8pm at the beautiful Ormond Hall, The Village Melbourne. There will be numerous styles of ciders to sample, tasty cider and food pairings to relish, cider master classes to participate in, all whilst enjoying the live entertainment and more.

Visit our display stand at the festival this Saturday at 2pm as Home Make It teams up with cider judge and author Claude Jolicoeur during his tour in Australia. Come by to meet Claude and grab yourself a signed copy of his latest book The New Cider Makers Handbook, which is an invaluable and comprehensive resource for home cider makers.

 

To help celebrate the Cider Festival, we are squeezing in one more Cider Making Course for 2015 at our Clayton Store on Wednesday 18th November, 6-7.30pm. If you are keen on cider; then book in your spot online now to learn first hand about setting up your own backyard cider making equipment and be on your way to producing fresh homemade cider in time for Summer! More Cider Making Course dates for 2016 to be released soon.

 

~ Home Make It presents the Melbourne Salami Festa ~

Not long now until the Melbourne Salami Festa! Block out the entire weekend in your diary! Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October, 2015. Check out the full program guide. It's going to be massive. And if you have entered your prized homemade salami into the competition, we wish you all the best! See you at the Festa :) 

 

~ Beer & Bangers Classes ~

Learn to make home brew and sausages from the experts! Join Steve Lamberto and Cade Butler from Home Make It with James Mele from The Meat Room and enjoy a fulfilled day making home brew and fresh sausages at these brilliant Brew & Bangers classes. These are full day classes and you will get to take home the freshly made home brew and sausages. There will be pizza from the wood fired oven for lunch, morning tea provided, unlimited tea/coffee and home brew tastings are included as well. All equipment and ingredients will be supplied.

Bookings are still available for the following class;

Duration: 9:00am to 4:00pm 
Location: 26 O'Gradys Rd, Kilmore East
Cost: $240.00 per person

Bookings and payment can be made by phoning Kathy on 0419 242 815 or emailing info@themeatroom.com.au to reserve your spot today!

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers, 

This weather is making me thirsty! Fortunately, the same weather is also perfect for brewing and fermenting. So in honor of this we are taking 10% off our entire Grain range, Online and in-store

To follow on with your brew we have a great range of WyeastWhite Labs, Brew Cellar yeasts  and approximately 20 hop varieties all in our fridges, waiting for your recipe. 

Some nice fittings recently landed to help you along on your brew days. We have just got in some malt mills, high temperature pumps, high temperature silicon hose and matching 13mm barb fittings to connect all your brewing equipment. 

Happy Brewing  :) 

 

~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Preserving Vegetable Courses - Pickled & Marinated Eggplants

We are thrilled to be releasing details and dates for the newest of our in store workshops! Join us for a hands-on workshop in Pickled & Marinated Eggplants with Dario from L'Arrosticino Stick on Grill at our Clayton store on 9th November, 2015 and Reservoir store on 10th November, 2015. Book ONLINE to secure your place.  

Sausage Making Courses

We have now released new dates for our Sausage Making Courses at both our Reservoir on 21st October, 2015 and Clayton store on the 28th October, 2015. James Mele will teach you everything you need to know to make fresh, tasty, healthy sausages all year round. Book ONLINE now to secure your place.   

Intro to All Grain Home Brewing Course

Join us for an introduction to  All Grain Home Brewing Course in October at both the Reservoir and Clayton stores. Learn all about equipment needed, grains, hops, yeast, how to mill, mash and all maturation/fermentation and bottling techniques to make your favourite styles of grain beers. Book ONLINE.

 

 

~ Eltham & District Winemakers Guild - 46th Eltham Wine Show ~

If you love a good drop of red or white wine, and have an interest in homemade wine, then don't miss Eltham and District Winemakers Guild's 46th Annual Eltham Wine Show. Due to the huge success, the show will again be held at the Veneto Club in Bulleen on Sunday 15th November, 2015 from 10.30am for the Wine Show Public Tasting, concluding at 2.30pm with the Awards Presentation at 12pm. Home Make It will also be there facilitating a Sausage Making Demonstration. If you are planning on entering your homemade wine into the competition, the closing date for entries is the 10th October, 2015. You can pick up an entry form from either our Reservoir or Clayton stores or you can enter ONLINE.

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

Check out our new look 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

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend :)

 

 

 

We're brewing up a storm!

Written by Lisa Baggio — August 28, 2015

“There is nothing more romantic than Italian food.” - Elisha Cuthbert

 

 ~ Home Make It proudly presents the 2015 Melbourne Salami Festa! ~

It's official! We are super excited to announce that Home Make It is the presenting partner of the Melbourne Salami Festa this year. Follow the link to check out the full program for 2015.Tickets go on sale on the 15th September, 2015, ensure to book your tickets so you don't miss out! And if you think you've made this year's winning salami then be sure to get your applications in! Applications close on the 4th October, 2015. Follow the link here for all the application details. This year there will be an Amateur Entry and Professional Entry. We can hardly wait to see who will win the prized "Homemade Salami" award this year!

So lock-in the Melbourne Salami Festa date in your diaries everyone! It's all happening on Sunday 18th October, 2015. 

 

 ~ Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne ~

We are thrilled to have been part of the Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne series now showing on SBS, Thursdays at 8pm. Rachel visited with Frank Bovezza and family to join in on the fun at their annual passata making day. Nonna Rosa Bovezza also shares her spinach and ricotta ravioli with passata recipe and shows how to make it the "old fashion way."

Watch the show, season 1 episode 6 on SBS on Demand if you missed it and have a go at this simple and delicious spinach and ricotta ravioli recipe. Dust off your pasta machine and pasta cutters or pick some up online or in store. Enjoy!

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers,

We have been brewing up a storm in the last few weeks, with our Intro to All Grain courses being recently held at our Reservoir and Clayton stores. The interested students came along, had a hands on view of just how easy it is to take the jump over to all grain brewing. I’ve already spotted a few of these students in store, excitedly gearing up for their first mash. Great to see!

A while back we had a brew day with the Merri Masher Brew Club and I decided to test the version hopped with Amarillo hops. I give it a huge thumbs up, the smooth chocolate malts with the hoppy touch really warmed me up. Although the 8% ABV might have helped a touch.

We had the ever popular Wyeast nestle into our fridges at the end of last week, right next to our White labs range. So whether you’re a Wyeast or White Labs brewer, we have you covered. Also, note the White Labs have started filtering in, in it’s new "pure pitch" packaging.

With father’s day coming up, I have a few ideas for a gift that Dad will really love. For a short time we have dropped the prices off our range of Beer Recipe Kits a whole 30%, and with over 15 types of beer recipes to choose from it’s a steal at that price! And if that father in your life is an all grain brewing kind of Dad, how about you go all out and get him a bulk grain sack? We also have good stocks of the SS Brewtech range in store. I’m sure Dad would be forever grateful if he received one of these shiny fermenters or boil kettles.

Happy Brewing ! 

  

~ The SICO Vacuum Sealing Machines are back! ~

Due to popular demand, we are stocking the SICO Vacuum Sealing Machines again! Made in Italy and of the highest quality domestic machines. If you have made salami this winter, then no doubt you will have been religiously checking them to see if they're ready. Are they feeling firm? Have they lost 30% of their original weight? Are they smelling like salami? You've cut one open and it looks ready to go! What do you do next?

The best way to store your cured meats made this winter is to vacuum seal them. That's if you don't succumb to the temptation to eat them all at once of course. Vacuum sealing your salami in bags and placing them in the fridge will give salumi maximum shelf life. The process of vacuum sealing is even more important to do with your homemade sausages. This will keep them fresh and moist, even when stored in the freezer.  

Also in store is a massive range of vacuum sealing bags.  

But, we've had to make room for them on our shelves, so we're offering 40% off all ELEGEN Vacuum Sealing Machines until stock runs out. These are also Italian made and also of the highest quality. These are massive savings! 

  

~ Home Make It Gift Ideas for Father's Day ~

A vacuum sealing machine will make the perfect gift this Father's Day if your dad has made salami and/or sausages this winter.  

Our Gift Cards are also popular gift ideas for the fussy Father. They can also be used to purchase any of our Food and Beverage Courses.  

 

Spoil dad this Father's Day with his very own Homebrew Equipment Kit and Recipe kit.  We have an extensive range of Recipe Kits to choose from.  

Home Brew - Beer Kit - "Super Upgraded"

Beer Recipe Kit - Yat Fak Ale

For more unique Father's Day Gift Ideas, check out our ONLINE store for inspiration. 

~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Sausage Making Courses

We have now released new dates for our Sausage Making Courses at both our Reservoir and Clayton stores. James Mele will teach you everything you need to know to make fresh, tasty, healthy sausages all year round. Book ONLINE now to secure your place.   

 

Haloumi and Ricotta Cheese Making Course

Learn how to make Haloumi and Ricotta cheese at home at our fun, hands-on workshop with Gerard, a cheese maker from a Victorian artisan cheese company. Courses will be held at our Clayton store on the 18th August, 2015 or the Reservoir store on the 1st September, 2015. Book ONLINE

Halloumi and Ricotta Cheese Making Course

Camembert Cheese Making Course

Learn how to make Camembert cheese also at our hands on, informative and fun workshops with artisan cheese maker, Gerard. The workshops will be offered at both our Clayton store on the 22nd September from 6pm until 9pm and our Reservoir store on the 29th September, 2015 from 6pm until 9pm. Book ONLINE

 Camembert Cheese Making Course

 

~ Rose Creek Estate Open Garden this Sunday ~ 

 

Rose Creek Estate, is in the heart of suburban East Keilor. It's been described as "Tuscany in East Keilor"and really needs to be seen to be believed! 

The owners, Tony and Lina Siciliano are opening their garden to the public this Sunday. An olive grove, winery, and magnificent garden hidden away behind a suburban home. Rose Creek Estate has won many awards for it's fine olive oil and wines.  

Date: 30th of August 2015 

Where: 2 Craig Street, East Keilor

Time: 11am to 4:30pm

Entry: $5 - Proceeds go to the Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation

There will be wine and olive oil and olives from the estate for tastings. There will be coffee, music, oven baked bread and pizza. Watch the baby chickens, guinea fouls and peacock. Accompany Tony and Lina on a tour around the beautiful gardens, olive grove and vineyard.  

Be sure to come along and say hello to the crew from Home Make It. We'll be there with a small pop up store with our specialty products include equipment to preserve olives, olive oil, make homemade vinegar, arancini, roast chestnuts and much more.  

 

Click link below to check out this week's Specials. You'll be sure to find more Father's Day gift ideas too.    

 

On behalf of all the team, I would like to wish all the dad's out there a very happy Father's Day!

Enjoy the weekend :)   

Smile...say cheeese!

Written by Lisa Baggio — August 14, 2015

"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese." 

- Luis Buñuel

With the salami making season almost over, our homemade food and beverage enthusiasts will be contemplating their next home crafted food challenge. We have just the idea! How about trying your hand at cheese making? It really is something we can all do at home. The process has been made even easier with this fantastic range of homemade Cheese Kits from Epicurean. Whether it's Ricotta, Feta, Mozzarella, Blue Vein or Camembert cheese you love, there's a kit available for every style. 

Premium Cheese Kit

 

Greek Feta Cheese Kit

 

 

Camembert and Blue Vein Cheese Kit

 

Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Kit

 

Home Cheese Making Book

 

~ 13 Acres' Cheese Adventures ~ 

Be inspired by Brenda from 13 Acres as she has a go at making her very own Camembert cheese at home, following her training and participation in our Camembert cheese making course. Brenda has also written a lovely blog capturing the step by step process of her cheese making adventure. You can watch her video by clicking here

Below are some images from Brenda's 13 Acres blog. We hope you'll love'em! And yes, it really is that easy!

We are also in the process of expanding our range of cheese making equipment and supplies to keep up with demand. So, watch this space! New products arriving in our stores in the next fortnight. Click here to check out our current range ONLINE

~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Sausage Making Courses

We have now released new dates for our Sausage Making Courses at both our Reservoir and Clayton stores. James Mele will teach you everything you need to know to make fresh, tasty, healthy sausages all year round. Book ONLINE

 

Haloumi and Ricotta Cheese Making Course

Learn how to make Haloumi and Ricotta cheese at home at our fun, hands-on workshop with Gerard, a cheese maker from a Victorian artisan cheese company. Courses will be held at our Clayton store on the 18th August, 2015 or the Reservoir store on the 1st September, 2015. Book ONLINE

Halloumi and Ricotta Cheese Making Course

Camembert Cheese Making Course

Learn how to make Camembert cheese also at our hands on, informative and fun workshops with artisan cheese maker, Gerard. The workshops will be offered at both our Clayton store on the 22nd September from 6pm until 9pm and our Reservoir store on the 29th September, 2015 from 6pm until 9pm. Book ONLINE

 Camembert Cheese Making Course

All Grain Home Brewing Course

Cade will be launching his very own introduction to All Grain Home Brewing Course in August at both the Reservoir and Clayton stores. Learn all about equipment needed, grains, hops, yeast, how to mill, mash and all maturation/fermentation and bottling techniques to make your favourite styles of grain beers. Book ONLINE.

 

 

~ Home Make It's Top 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas ~ 

#5

Spoil dad this Father's Day with a Gift Card from Home Make It. Our Gift Cards can also be used to purchase any of our Food and Beverage Courses.  

 

#4 

What dad would not want one of these!  5lt Copper Still with condenser and thermometer.  

Copper Bar Still 5Lt with Copper Condenser and Thermometer

 

#3 

Get dad busy in the kitchen with our Sausage and Salami Making Equipment Kits.  

Homemade Sausage & Salami Equipment Kit

 

#2 

We have a massive range of Salami and Sausage Recipe Kits to compliment the Equipment Kit.  

Homemade Sausage Recipe Kit - DOLCE ITALIAN 

#1 

Every man cave must have one of these! We have a huge range of homebrew kits and recipe kits.  

Home Brew - Beer Kit - "Super Upgraded"

Beer Recipe Kit - Yat Fak Ale

 

~ Rose Creek Estate Open Garden

 

Come along and see for yourselves one of Melbourne's hidden treasures! Rose Creek Estate, in the heart of suburban East Keilor is opening its garden to the public. Rose Creek Estate has been described as "Tuscany in East Keilor". You truly have to see it, to believe it! An olive grove, winery, and magnificent garden hidden away behind a suburban home. 

Date: 30th of August 2015 

Where: 2 Craig Street, East Keilor

Time: 11am to 4:30pm

Entry: 5$ - Proceeds go to the Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation

There will be wine and olive oil and olives from the estate, taste the latest releases, the Victorian Herb Society will be there, coffee, music, oven baked bread. Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation will cook delicious wood-fired pizza. Watch the baby chickens, guinea fouls and peacock and accompany a tour around the beautiful gardens.

Our Home Make It team will be there too with a pop-up store of all our popular and unique equipment and supplies, including our new range of Arancini Moulds.  

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~

Hi Brewers,

Hope you have all been tucking into some nice smoky porters and roasty stouts to ward this Winter weather off. We have been all kinds of busy at Home Make It!

If you remember back to last newsletter we had the gents from the Merri Mashers Brew Club over to brew up an all Gladfield malt Baltic Porter on our 100 litre brew system at Clayton. We split the end product up and Reservoir and Clayton stores each have had a fermenter bubbling away since. At Reservoir we dry hopped it with Amarillo hops, and for Clayton we went for American oak chips. I bottled both this week and after a sneaky  "quality assurance" taste I must say WOW! I cannot wait a few months for this to be ready.        

Last Saturday, we pulled up to the Royal Exhibition Building for the Top Shelf boutique drinks festival. We sidled up to the "Tasting Den" area to give a short presentation on Home Brew and how it’s changed over the years. We even gave the punters a few tasters of some quality Home Brew and got the thumbs up all round.      

We are also happy to announce that the widely regarded Wyeast yeast range have arrived in our warehouse. Many brewers say they’re either a White Labs brewer or a Wyeast fan. Now we have both covered.  

With Father's day coming up, we have cooked up a nice special for our Beer recipe kits. With just under 20 different recipes, lovely packaging and ingredients including malt extract, yeast, brewing sugar/malt mix and even hops, these will be the perfect present for Dads on Father’s day. These will be on SALE for an amazing 30% off the whole range! So get in quick and tick that Father’s day present off your list.   

Happy brewing!

 ~

Click link below to check out this week's Specials. You'll be sure to find more Father's Day gift ideas too.    

To kick off the weekend, we hope you get a giggle out of this brief video. It's an oldie but a goodie! Enjoy the weekend :) 

Italy's best kept food secret...

Written by Lisa Baggio — July 24, 2015

“When life throws you risotto, make Arancini!”
  - Adam Roberts
Inspector Montalbano - "How do you say...OMG, how good are these!" in Sicilian? 

~ Introducing the new Arancini Maker Moulds ~

Hot off the press! Our Italian-made arancini maker moulds have just arrived in-stores! Ever wondered how Italians make the perfect arancini with seemingly no effort at all? Well, Italy's best kept food secret is now out! Now we can all make the perfectly shaped and superbly flavoured arancini; with a just little bit of time, the right ingredients and an arancini maker mould! You can even choose between round shaped moulds and pyramid shaped moulds.
Check out this You Tube clip by our Italian supplier and you'll see just how easy it really is.  
 

 Pyramid shaped arancini maker mould

~ Simple Arancini Recipe ~

Ingredients

RISOTTO:

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (15 oz) arborio rice or long grain rice
  • 4 oz white wine
  • approximately 30 oz chicken stock
  • salt
  • 1 egg

FILLING:

  • mozzarella or pecorino cheese cut into 1/2″ to 3/4″ cubes
  •  bolognese sauce (optional)
  • cooked peas (optional)

COATING:

  • all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • breadcrumbs

Method

To make the risotto, add the rice to the heated oil in a large saute pan, stirring quickly for one or two minutes to coat the rice in oil. Stir in the white wine until evaporated. With the heat on medium high, begin adding the chicken stock a little at a time, stirring continiously, until all the stock is finished and the rice is cooked (al dente). Add salt to taste. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Flatten out on a large plate to cool.  

Then add an egg to the risotto and mix in. Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours to cool, or even overnight.

To make the arancini, follow the process as shown in the You Tube clip using your Arancini Mould. Fill with mould with rice, bolognese sauce, cheese and more rice to finish.  

To coat the arancini, remove the arancini from the moulds. Roll in flour and then roll them in the beaten egg and then roll in breadcrumbs. Optional to add Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs.  

To cook the arancini, heat the oil in a deep fryer or pan until hot. Add the arancini, turning quickly until brown all over. The arancini will cook quickly.

To serve the arancini, reheat them in the oven on baking paper for 5 to 10 minutes at 180°C.  

 Enjoy! 

~ Società Isole Eolie, Cultural Cooking Demonstration ~

I would like to thank the Societa`Isole Eolie Club in Melbourne for inviting us to join them for their 2015 Cultural Cooking demonstration on the 12th July, 2015. We all had a great day, with Frank thoroughly enjoying himself (and all the attention) for the salami making demonstration. We learnt heaps during Letizia's tuma and ricotta cheese making demonstration and can't wait to try out Guilia's recipe for conciglie ripieni. We met heaps of new people and would like to welcome all the new subscribers from the event to our newsletter/blog. We look forward to keeping you all up to date with news from the Home Make It team, new events, recipes, products, courses and more.  

Congratulations to Francis Maurici, who won the raffle for our Sausage & Salami Making Equipment Kit and the Hot Italian Recipe Kit. Congratulations to Tina Zampaglione, winner of our Stainless Steel Table BBQ.

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers,

This week we had a special brew session at our Clayton store using our bespoke 100L Italian nano brew system. I enlisted the assistance of Justin, Shannon and Mattias from the Merri Mashers Brew Club to put the nano brew system through its paces. We tested it out with a HUGE beer and Gladfield malt helped us out with some malts to put together the Baltic Porter recipe designed by Justin. If all goes to plan it will weigh in at a whopping 8.5%!

After much milling, mashing, sparging and some good old fashioned home brew Macguyver improvisation we hit all our targets, then divided the wort into four and each took some home to continue the brewing process. We will all use different hops and yeast to see how we can all make a personal variation on the same beer. We will be fermenting one in each of the Home Make It stores also. I can’t wait for the tasting session! 

 Justin, Shannon and Mattias from the Merri Mashers Brew Club

    

We are also heading towards our Intro to All Grain Brewing courses in August. We will be doing one at our Reservoir store on August 15th and our Clayton store on August 22nd. So if you’re interested in stepping up to all grain brewing, come along and learn how to get started. Call us in-store or book online to reserve your spot. Limited places, so get in quick. Should be loads of fun!

On a stock front, we still have really good stocks over all brewing areas. White Labs liquid yeast are sitting fresh in our fridges alongside our extensive hops range. Our grain shelves are full; from small bags of speciality grains up to our 25kg full sacks of base grain. Don’t forget we stock the shiny SS Brewtech range also. These boil kettles and  brew bucket fermenters make the brew day a lot easier.

Come along and see me at Top Shelf: Boutique Drinks Festival coming up on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of August. Catch me in the Tasting Den on the Saturday at 1pm, doing an Introduction to Home Brew presentation. Get your tickets to the Top Shelf Festival online

Happy brewing!

 

~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Sausage Making Courses

We have now released new dates for our Sausage Making Courses at both our Reservoir and Clayton stores. James Mele will teach you everything you need to know to make fresh, tasty, healthy sausages all year round. Book ONLINE

  

Cade will be launching his very own Introduction to All Grain Home Brewing Course in August at both the Reservoir and Clayton stores. Learn all about equipment needed, grains, hops, yeast, how to mill, mash and all maturation/fermentation and bottling techniques to make your favourite styles of grain beers. Book ONLINE.   

~ Rose Creek Estate - Open Garden on Sunday 30th August ~ 

 

Come and see Home Make It at the  Rose Creek Estate Open Garden on Sunday 30th August, 2015 between 11am and 5.00pm. Rose Creek Estate has been described as "Tuscany in East Keilor". It's a vineyard and olive grove right in the heart of East Keilor (2 Craig Street, East Keilor). There will be food, pizza, music and dancing. Join Tony and Lina Siciliano for a tour of the extensive gardens and vineyard along with a trek along the olive groves. Shop and eat until your hearts content! 

Entry: $5.00 per person. All proceeds from Rose Creek Open Garden are being donated to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, supporting pleasurable food education.  

Click on our sale banner above for this week's specials. Included in this week's specials are 30% off selected salumi casings and netting and 40% off Elegen Vacuum Sealing Machings.  

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I think we'll have to get in touch with Nonna Poala to promote our arancini moulds. I was so sure I would find a You Tube clip with Nonna making arancini. Maybe next week :) I did find a great video clip of Nonna Poala preparing her olives and I was convinced that we were going to get an education on preserving olives, however it was sadly high-jacked by her son Greg wanting her to try the new Cadbury Vegemite chocolate. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend :) 

The SALAMI season is here!

Written by Lisa Baggio — June 18, 2015

"In my family, there’s Christmas, Easter, tomato sauce day and then salami making, which you simply can’t miss.”

- Carlo Mazzarella, Director, Melbourne Salami Festa. 

Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall at someone's salami day? Well here's your chance :). Check out the YouTube clip from the winner's of the inaugural 2012 Melbourne Salami Festa, BGS Group (Bloody Good Salami) for their "best homemade salami". The BGS Group are a group of cousins from the North Eastern suburbs. Their salami day helpers comprises of three generations and it's all hands on deck, commencing just before sunrise and finishing well after sunset. Pot belly stoves are lit, coffee is made in the traditional caffettiera and bacon and egg rolls are cooked on the grill. They feast on a lunch from off cuts of the pigs which is transformed into a slow cooked pork pasta ragu`. The long trestle tables are be adorned with cheese, last years salumi, red wine, salads and crunchy bread.

The mincer machine is drowned out by the sounds of children's laughter and cheeky antics as they come in and out to offer small bouts of assistance. The uncles are quick to criticise the next generation and make comparisons of their own traditional methods of making salumi. Fortunately, this is mostly done in jest so the mood of the day is light and jovial.

18 hours later, there is enough salami and fresh sausages to last a year for all the families present. Notes are taken, ingredients measured and processes documented, in the event that they win or place again in the Melbourne Salami Festa competition, so that it can be replicated the next year. This group like so many families around Melbourne absolutely love their annual salami day! It's not just about creating homemade salami and fresh sausages, it's also about enjoying time together as a family, preserving traditions and creating life long memories for their children.  

~ Frank's Hot Italian Salami Recipe ~ 

For those that have already joined the "salami army", and been to one of our food & beverage courses, then now's the time to transform your suburban garage into a salami and sausage making factory! Try out Frank Bovezza's hot Italian salami recipe below, he's not shy in proclaiming it to be "the best"!  

Ingredients

- 1 kilo pork

- 28g - 30g fine sea salt (if using a curing compound, reduce salt to 18-20g)

- 5g sweet paprika

- 3g chilli flakes

- 1g cracked black pepper

- 20ml hot pepper sauce

- 30-50ml sweet pepper sauce (depending on dryness of the meat)

- 30-50ml red wine (depending on dryness of the meat)

- intestine or casing

If this all sounds nice and the image above has your mouth watering, but you have no idea how to do it, then you haven't been to one of our Salami Making Courses! Don't be fooled, there's nothing "simple" about making salami! Curing and storing your salami safely requires the correct knowledge, and we can teach you how! Join us for a fun, hands on and social workshop where you will learn all the tricks of the trade and everything you need to know to make awesome salami for your friends and family to enjoy all year around.  

Even Nonna Paola is getting in on the action in a recent YouTube clip

~ Getting started on your salami & sausage venture ~

Equipment required

Here's a list of all the equipment you will need to make great salami;

  • Meat Mincer (manual or motorised) - ensure it is suitable according to kilos of meat being processed
  • Salami/Sausage Filler - ensure it is suitable according to kilos of meat being processed
  • Salami pricker
  • Tubs with lids for holding cold meat
  • Boning knife
  • Sharp knife
  • Gloves
  • Cutting boards
  • Scales
  • String
  • Netting tube
  • Vacuum Sealing Machine (optional).  

You can view our equipment and supplies ONLINE. Our shelves are fully stocked! All of our equipment is of the highest quality and ITALIAN made. Why not get together with friends or family to split the start up costs, and start a new annual tradition. 

And for the enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers, we have expertly put-together Sausage & Salami Kits and the matching various sausage recipe kits as well as salami recipe kits. All our Home Make It kits come with instruction manuals which include all the traditional secrets and know-how so you can make it your way and become your own salumiere.

~ The SICO Vacuum Sealing Machines are back in stock! ~ 

Due to popular demand, we are stocking the SICO Vacuum Sealing Machines again! Made in Italy and of the highest quality domestic machines! 

But, we've had to make room for them on our shelves, so we're offering 40% off all ELEGEN Vacuum Sealing Machines until stock runs out. Also Italian made and also of the highest quality. These are massive savings! 

~ Store Opening Hours ~

Come in store this Friday or Saturday to stock up on all your equipment and supplies if you are making your salami this weekend. We are open until 5pm Monday to Friday and 3pm on Saturdays.  Feel free to call ahead if we can get your order ready for you beforehand. Call Reservoir on 03 9460 2777 or Clayton on 9574 8222.  

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers,

It’s been a busy time indeed here in the Home Make it beer world! Firstly, we had a nice sunshine filled home brew demo on my backyard deck. A nice winter warming dark ale was made (recipe below) and it will be ready for tasting in about a month, cannot wait!

We also headed over to see Christina's (editor of The Great Aussie Bite) beer, who wanted to make some beer. Being her first time, she and a friend each put together a Home Make It beer kit and the “battle of the beers" was on. Can’t wait to taste these battling beers! 

Speaking of battle of the brews, the Merri Mashers Brew Club held the worlds first ever "speciality IPA" beer comp at the Terminus on Sunday 14th June. Over a hundred beers from all over the country arrived and were judged. Very happy to say, a local Merri Masher member won the Home Make It sponsored White IPA section and I’ll be handing over the store voucher to Mattias at the next meeting. Congrats Mattias! 

On a store level, our grain offering is looking great. Be it full 25kg sacks of base grain, or little bags of Gladfield speciality malts, we have it. We have a new batch of White Labs liquid yeast hitting us late next week also, and good stocks of the shiny and wonderful SS Brewtech fermenters and boil kettles and new amazing STERILOCK waterless airlocks.
                
Fireplace dark ale recipe;

  • 23 litre batch 
  • 3kg Joe White Ale malt 
  • 1kg Gladfield manuka smoked malt 
  • 500g Gladfield toffee malt 
  • 500g Joe White Chocolate malt 
  • 500g Munich malt 
  • Single temp mash at 66c for an hour 
  • 1 Hour boil 
  • Whirfloc for last 10 minutes of boil 
  • 20g Summit for 60mins 
  • 30g Cascade for 30min 
  • 30g Cascade at flameout 
  • 30g Amarillo dry hop for 3 days 
  • OG  approx. 1050 

Happy Brewing!

~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Learn how to make homemade mozzarella cheese at our hands on, fun and interactive courses at our Reservoir and Clayton stores in June, 2015.  Bookings ONLINE.  

Salami & Cured Meats Courses & Sausage Making Courses

Our Salami and Cured Meats Courses have now commenced, and bookings are filling fast. Our resident butchery expert, James Mele (& now superstar! Did you see him on TV on Vassilis Garden to Kitchen this week?) will give you the confidence to make your own salami and safely cure your salumi before the Winter is out. Our courses are hands on, fun and interactive. Numbers are capped so don't miss out! For convenience, they are offered at two store locations, Reservoir and Clayton. Bookings ONLINE.

We have also released new dates for our Sausage Making Courses at both our Reservoir and Clayton stores. James Mele will teach you everything you need to know to make fresh, tasty, healthy sausages all year round. Book ONLINE

 

Cade will be launching his very own Introduction to All Grain Home Brewing Course in July at both the Reservoir and Clayton stores. Learn all about equipment needed, grains, hops, yeast, how to mill, mash and all maturation/fermentation and bottling techniques to make your favorite styles of grain beers. Book ONLINE.  

~ Cultural Cooking Demonstration with Societa` Isole Eolie ~ 

Home Make It is delighted to join the Societa` Isole Eolie for their annual Cultural Cooking Demonstration on 12th July, 2015 at 836 Lygon Street, Carlton from 12.00 until 5.00pm. Frank Bovezza will be entertaining all with a Salami Making Demonstration followed by a homemade sausage tasting. There will also be a Cheese and Ricotta Cheese demonstration by Letizia Terlato from 'A Taste of Italy' and Giulia Biviano will be delighting all with her Conciglie Ripieni recipe and Giggioni Al Lemone. Bookings are essential so contact Giulia Biviano on Mob: 0400 128 250 to reserve your place. $25.00 per per entry. Children $10 or free under 12 years. Pay at the door. Price includes recipes from the demonstrations. This will be a SELL OUT event, so book early to avoid disappointment :{ 

 

Click on our sale banner below for this week's specials.  Included in this week's specials are 30% off selected salumi casings and netting and 40% off Elegen Vacuum Sealing Machings.  

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Have a great weekend and happy salami days!  

 

Clayton Reservoir