Introducing...the HotmixPRO

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 13, 2015

Home Make It is delighted to be offering the Italian-made, HotmixPRO Professional Cooking Gastro; the kitchen appliance that does it all! Chop, cut, mix, knead, cook and more…at home or in the professional kitchen the HotmixPRO has so many unique features, that it out performs any other thermal mixer out there.

Watch it in action in this Youtube video. The temperature reaches 190°C which is suitable for the home cook and those who are time poor, but want to create healthy meals with ease. Also suitable for food businesses, professional chefs, production kitchens or molecular gastronomy.

To learn more and to see first hand what this amazing and time-saving appliance can do, come along to our free in-store demonstrations on;

We look forward to seeing you at the demonstrations, where you will also see how quick and easy it is to make pastry cream, hollandaise, zabaglione and more..

Hotmix Pro at Home Make It



~ Melbourne Tomato Festival ~

The inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival WILL be a sell out! With less than three weeks to go, there are less than 400 tickets left, so if you are planning to join in the celebration, get ONLINE today and purchase your tickets. This is a ticketed event only!

Our Home Make It team will be running four fun-filled, hands on Passata Making Workshops throughout the day, so hopefully you'll be able to join us for one of them. If you're keen, be sure to get in early to secure to your spot.

For our passionate passata enthusiasts, come along to the Melbourne Tomato Festival Gala Dinner at Merchant Osteria Veneto on Friday 27th February, 2015. Enjoy a four course dinner, including canapés, wine and drinks. Be inspired by Guy Grossi and guest speaker, Teresa Oates, co-author of Mangia Mangia.

~ What's On ~

A hands on Master Class by the Italian masters in homemade sausages, cheese and wine, plus a shared table lunch at the stunning Mister Bianco Restaurant. Purchase your ticket ONLINE to participate in this special event.

Home Make It is joining forces with Romulus and Remus Restaurant and Salumi Australia for a traditional hands on workshop in The Art of Salumi making, followed with a feast of Italian food and specially selected wines from Distillery Works.

~ Food and Beverage Courses ~

Advanced Homemade Winemaking Course - Run over six nights from March - November covering all the stages of the winemaking process. Book now and take advantage of the pre vintage special price!

Homemade Cider Making Course - Learn the art of making homemade cider to enjoy with family and friends at a hands-on workshop.

Passata Making Course - We'll have you ready for this year's passata making season. A fun, hands on workshop with a shared pasta supper. 

Pizza Making Course - Learn the art of pizza making by Brunetti's Executive Savoury Chef, Michele Circhirillo. Workshop will conclude with a feast of delicious pizza. 

Salami and Cured Meats Courses - Learn the ancient art of meat processing and curing with this informative and interactive course, led by the cured meats and butchery expert James Mele.

Salami Making Courses Learn the art of homemade salami making with this hands on and informative course, led by the salami and butchery expert James Mele.

Sausage Making Courses - Learn the basics of sausage making. If you have ever thought about making fabulous homemade sausages then this is the workshop for you! 

 ~ Preserving Olives Recipe ~

We've had several requests lately for a recipe to preserve olives, so here is one of our favourites (given to Celeste Baggio by Lina Siciliano)



- 5 kg fresh olives (green or black)

- 5 litres of water

- 500 grams salt

- 4-5 lemons for acidity

- Garlic cloves (depending on your palate)

- Firm green chilli peppers to taste

- 2-3 tablespoons of oregano (more if desired)


Place olives in a large container and fill with fresh water until olives are well covered. Change water every day for 10-12 days.

Drain the olives and place them in airtight containers with lots of oregano, thick slices of lemon, garlic (to own personal taste), green hot chilli pepper (optional).

Continue to layer the olives and herbs until the container is almost full.

Boil the 5 litres of water with 500 grams of salt and let cool. Pour the cooled liquid over the olives so all is well covered. Seal the container.

It’s always been traditional to the Mediterraneans to coil some wild aniseed, so it will keep the olives under the brine and help with the flavour.

Keep the container sealed for 6-8 weeks for black olives and 8-10 weeks for green.

Tip #1 – If you forget or miss a day changing water, don’t worry, just continue the process for an extra day.

Tip #2 – If mould begins to form on the finished product, remove it and place 4-5 slices of lemon and more oregano on top of the olives.

Salt suggested 100 gram for 1 litre of water and 1 kilogram of olives for brine. (Recommends sea salt semi-fine.) 

More tips recommended by my Italian connections:

Pricking olives with a needle or sharp knife also will introduce the salt into the olives, giving them extra flavour.

Other recipes recommend fresh mint instead of oregano; for black olives only still use garlic and chilli pepper or bay leaves with oregano.


**This recipe has been used successfully over the many years and life of Home Make It. Recipe adapted by Celeste Baggio.

~ The Wine Season is coming ~

With the wine season just around the corner, grapes will be ripe for picking very soon. You've no doubt heard the saying "if you want to make good wine, you need to start with good grapes!" We can confirm it's true!  We'll be keeping you up to date over the next couple weeks with details of local wineries where we know you will get great quality grapes. Don't forget, we offer a complimentary service for juice/wine analysis at all the stages of the winemaking process. Bring along a sample in store for testing by one of the team. 


 ~ Home Brew News ~

Our newest member of the team, Cade Butler has been busy expanding our range of home brew equipment and supplies are our stores and ONLINE. Come in to our Reservoir or Clayton store to meet him, swap recipes or learn the art of grain brewing. Cade's a passionate home brewer and will be only too happy to share his knowledge and experience in all things home brewing. 

~ Tomatoes for Sale ~

Ripe, lush Roma tomatoes are now in abundance! We can highly recommend Tony and Maria's tomatoes at 22 Lawson Crescent, Thomastown. Call Maria to order your boxes on 9460 1209 or just drive up, load up and drive off. 

~ Eltham and District Winemakers Guild, Mead Workshop ~

Members of the Eltham and District Winemaker's Guild will be running a series of Home Make It, sponsored Mead Workshops in 2015. Learn the step by step process to making mead and take home your own batch. If you would like to learn the art of mead making, contact the Eltham and District Winemakers Guild for more information at

~ Weekly Specials ~

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~ Facebook and Twitter ~

It's a busy time of year for our team at Home Make It.  You can keep up to date with daily news, recipes and events by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

Now, we have probably missed the boat on this one, as it seems to have gone viral in the last few weeks around Melbourne, but we thought we would kick off your Friday evening with a giggle, by sharing a little YouTube clip titled, Nonna Tells Grandson, NO Tattoo.

Have a great weekend and happy passata days to all the families making passata this weekend :)





When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...

Written by Lisa Baggio — April 22, 2013

Into making your own pizza at home? Here's some great footage of "Pizza-Making" with Melbourne's own Johnny di Francesco from 400 Gradi in Brunswick. He's got a few handy tips for us all! Click the image below to play video...

We all live such busy lives these days, juggling households, work, family, friends, kids activities, and more. In our family, it's really important that we make the time for some "down time". One of our favourite ways to do this to have regular pizza and movie nights with the kids. We have started our own family tradition of making pizzas together for our movie nights. It's lots of fun, the kids just love it and they taste sensational. They're made just how we like them (thin base) and we control the fat content & ingredients! There's nothing better than eating them straight from the pizza oven.        

Just arrived on our shelves direct from Italy are our new electric Express "Napoli" Pizza Ovens. They have been made with pure refractory stone cooking plates (same used for wood fired pizza ovens). They're equipped with a thermostat for temperature regulation, to cook pizzas to perfection in only 5 minutes! Household ovens just can't generate the same heat. There are heaps of other great features too. They look great on your kitchen bench, are easy to clean and can be used for cooking other meals too. They are included in this weeks "Weekly Special", so don't miss out.    

Now is the perfect time to preserving olives.

Here's a family recipe you may like to try:  

  1. Pick the olives fresh from the trees if possible, but olives from the markets would be fine (or side of the road where they sell grapes for wine making season).  
  2. Make a cut length way on each olive with a sharp knife (or our handy olive cutters).  
  3. Place in a bucket with fresh water and then change the water each day for 7 days.  
  4. Make a brine using 100gms of salt to each litre of water (the water level should just cover the olives).
  5. Bring the brine to boiling point.  
  6. Allow the brine to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Place the olives in steralised sealable jars.
  8. Cover with the brine, seal and leave for 1 month.
  9. Before using a jar of olives, wash off the brine, cover in olive old, add fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, and leave over night for the flavours to go through the olives.

(Fennel, fresh chill are also nice flavours.  Always keep the jars topped with olive oil to cover the olives).  Enjoy!   

We have just released some new dates for our Cider Making Workshops at our Reservoir Store on the 26th April, 2013 and our Clayton Store on the 27th April, 2013. Learn the basics and tricks of the trade to brew your own homemade Apple Cider. Places are limited. More Food and Beverage Workshops will be released soon. 

Our homebrewing range of supplies and equipment is growing! Just arrived on our shelves are our Grain Mills for cracking husks. We now have an massive range of grain varieties to choose from, and our Grain Mills are available in store to use as a complimentary service.  

If, like us, you are getting excited about the 2013 Melbourne Salami Festa, then don't miss next weeks Newsletter. We will be sharing all the latest news direct from the Melbourne Salami Board! Stay tuned! 

Registrations to enter your award winning Wine, Beer, Passata and Avjar for the 2013 Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival close on the 9th May, 2013. This is a great community event that celebrates food traditions and sustainable food. The festival will be host to food demonstrations & workshops, tastings, international music and entertainment.  

Up Coming Events and Festivals not to be missed!  
*Introduction to Homemade Wine Making on Tuesday 14th May at 6.30pm at the     Intercultural Centre, Community Kitchen. Bookings Essential.

 *Homemade Pasta and Beer Brewing Demonstrations on Friday 17th May at   6.00pm at the Reservoir Civic Centre. Bookings Essential.

 *Salami Making Demonstration on Saturday 18th May at 2.30pm at Preston Shire Hall, Kitchen. Bookings Essential.  
Our trading hours will continue to be extended for the month of April, 2013 to take us through to the end of the Wine Season. Our Reservoir and Clayton stores will be open from 9am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 3.00pm on Saturdays, and 10am until 2.00pm on Sundays.  

Mother's Day is approaching fast! If your mum is passionate about homemade food and beverages, then we have some great gift ideas. These include our new range of pasta making accessories, homewares, coffee-making accessories and much more. Gift vouchers are also available.    

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Have a great weekend! And if you've had a bad week, and in need of a good laugh, then check out this YouTube clip, "Skype with a Calabrese".  I'm sure some of you have had similar experiences!