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.  

2016 is upon us!

Written by Lisa Baggio — January 12, 2016

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! 2016 is looking to be another busy year for us, with the renovations still underway at our Clayton store as well as many new products to launch, and more events and courses to get involved with. One of the first big events for 2016 that we'll be involved with, is the Melbourne Tomato Festival on Sunday 21st February. See flyer below for all the details - so save this date in your calendar and pre-purchase your tickets now before they sell out like they did last year! Click on the flyer below to be taken straight to the ticket sales page :) 

Reminder: that the Clayton store will be closed for renovations until approximately 20/1/16. Please get in touch with our Reservoir store for all purchases or enquiries in the meantime.

 

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 :)

 

It's all happening this weekend in Melbourne...foodie heaven!

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 24, 2015

You have to love Melbourne's food and wine culture! Sunday 1st March, 2015 is going to be a massive celebration of homemade food and beverages. Immerse yourself into foodie heaven and experience one of these great events. Whether it's the inaugural celebration of the humble tomato, the art of salumi making or secrets in homemade sausages, cheese and winemaking, there will be something to delight the foodie within!

 

 ~ A Taste of Italia @ Home ~

As part of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Home Make It will be joining forces with Mister Bianco Restaurant, That's Amore Cheese, Dal Zotto Wines and Canning's Free Range Butcher for a unique Masterclass experience and shared lunch. The Italian Masters will be coming together to teach the art of homemade sausages, wine making and cheese making. Book your tickets at A Taste of Italia @ Home.

 

 

~ The Art of Salumi Making ~

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is also featuring on the 1st March 2015, The Art of Salumi Making. Romulus and Remus Restaurant in Richmond will be hosting this unique demonstration and shared lunch in conjunction with Salumi Australia and Home Make It. The demonstration will be followed by a spectacular feast and specially selected wines. You can book directly ONLINE

 

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival ~

The inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival will be held at the stunning and historic Farm Vigano. The festival will showcase local farmers, Italian food and artisan produces, guest speaks in agriculture, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Bring the kids along for a fun filled morning or afternoon. This is a ticketed event only, so book ONLINE

Our Home Make It team will be running four fun-filled, hands on Passata Making Workshops throughout the day. Gather your family and friends to participate in one of the workshops and take home your very own bottles of passata. 

 

~ Food & 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 one of our hands-on workshops.

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 freshly made 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.

 

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! 

~ Homemade Wine Season ~

If you are getting ready to make your homemade wine, we can highly recommend Morgan Vineyards in the Yarra Valley for great quality Pinot grapes that are ready for picking this Sunday. 

Pick Your Own Grapes 

Yarra Valley Pinot
 
Sunday 1st March
 
Bring your family and spend a lovely day amongst the vines in the beautiful Yarra Valley.
 
Pick Grapes to make your own wine
From one of the oldest vineyards in the Yarra Valley.
 
$2.50 per kilo
 
Picking buckets and snips supplied
 
Toilets and picnic tables on site.
 
Cellar Door will be open for wine sales
 
Morgan Vineyards est 1971
30 Davross Crt Seville
 
Call Simon – 0422 396 356 or email
morganvineyards@gmail.com
if you have any questions

 

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We hope to see you at one of these fabulous foodie events on this Sunday 1st March!

 

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)

LINA’S PRESERVING OLIVES RECIPE 1995 – NOW FROM “ROSE CREEK ESTATE

Ingredients:

- 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)

Method:

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.

Enjoy!

**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. 

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 ~ 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 info@amateurwine.org.au

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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 :)

 

 

 

 

You say tomato, we say passata!

Written by Lisa Baggio — January 28, 2015

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato" - Lewis Grizzard 

On behalf of the team at Home Make It, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, and that 2015 brings you good health and new opportunities.

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival ~

2015 is set to be another exciting year for Home Make It! With the "tomato season" fast approaching we are thrilled to be sponsoring the inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival, which will take place on the 1st March, 2015 from 10am until 6pm. The Melbourne Tomato Festival is a celebration of the humble tomato and the preservation of artisan Italian culture, including the age old tradition of making passata. The festival will be celebrated at the historic and iconic Farm Vigano, also rich in Italian culture and set against the backdrop of six acres of community farmland.

"The Melbourne Tomato Festival 2015 will be a gathering of local farmers selling produce, speakers, agriculturalists, master classes, Italian food, artisan producers, special guests, history, workshops, entertainment and passata making". Book your tickets to this great event Online now. Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out!

Come along and meet some of the Home Make It team at the Passata Making workshops we will be running throughout day. We will also be officially launching our new Homemade Tomato Sauce making kits which will available for purchase. 

Guy Grossi and Home Make It's Frank Bovezza promoting the Melbourne Tomato Festival

 

~ The Italian Home Cook Olympics ~

 

Join our very own "Italian Master" Frank Bovezza at the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Italian Home Cook Olympics on the 1st March at the Sicilian Mister Bianco Restaurant in Kew. Melbourne's Italian Masters, including Giorgio Linguanti from That's Amore Cheese ,Michael and Christian Dal Zotto from Dal Zotto Wines will be joining Frank from Home Make It. They  are coming together for a unique hands on master class and workshop to teach the art of homemade sausages, winemaking and cheese making. The workshop will conclude with a stunning shared table lunch and specially selected wines by Dal Zotto. 

 

~ The Art of Salumi Making ~

The 1st March 2015, is shaping up to be a very busy day! Steve Lamberto and his team from Home Make It will  be assisting Romulus and Remus and Salumi Australia at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Art of Salumi Making event. The workshop will be held at Romulus and Remus in Richmond and will focus on the traditional art of salumi making, followed by an Italian feast and a special selection of wines by Distillery Works

  

~ Introducing our new team members ~

We are also excited to be kicking off 2015 with the expansion of our team. Super excited to introduce our new specialist home brewer, Cade Butler. Cade is a passionate home brewer with over 10 years experience and specialises in all grain brewing. He has been brewing up a storm at our Reservoir and Clayton stores, expanding our product range and sharing his knowledge and experience. We will keep you up to date with all the news from Cade, including beer recipes, and we can't wait to launch a very special project that Cade is currently working on. We guarantee that our passionate home brew customers are going to be thrilled! Cade will be working at either our Reservoir or Clayton stores from Monday to Wednesday. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with his daily news and location. 

We are also very pleased to introduce you to our newest recruits Carmel at our Reservoir Store and Lou to our Clayton store. Carmel is a passionate foodie, and eager to share with you her knowledge and experience in making homemade food. Lou is also a passionate foodie and specialises in homemade wine. He is a member of the Eltham and District Wine Guild and will expertly guide you through all the stages of the wine making process. Lou will be joining us on the 9th February, 2015.  

Cade Butler

Have a go at this great summer beer recipe!

Bottle Blonde 

Ingredients:

- 1 kg Home Make It Light Malt
- 1 Tin Morgans Blonde
- 500g Ale Malt
- 1 pkt Morgans Finishing Hops – Saaz
- 1 pkt Morgans Premium Ale Yeast

    Method:

    Steep the 500g of Ale malt in 3 litres water at 68°C for 1 hour.

    Strain the steeped water into the fermenter. Fill with boiled water to make up approx. 2 litres and mix in tin and the light malt powder until totally dissolved.

    Pour the finishing hops in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes and put the bag and water into the fermenter. Then top up with cold water to 19 litres.

    Take measurement of the original gravity, it should be around 1050. Then add your yeast to the fermenter at approx. 24°C.

    When brew has finished fermenting, open fermenter, remove a flask full and test with a hydrometer (should be around 1010 – 1015). Now taste, as one would any favourite recipe prepared in a kitchen. At this stage mild adjustments can be made, depending on your taste buds.

    Bottle and enjoy!

      

    ~ Tomato season is getting saucy ~

    The Gangi family of Melbourne have brought the "sauciness" to family passata days! Our recent post of this pic on our Facebook page went viral and got some hearts aflutter, with over 15,000 views! Only a few weeks now until Melbourne garages will be turned into tomato sauce factories and an abundance of fresh passata to last the whole year round will be made. Have you got your equipment and supplies ready? For all your equipment and supplies come and see us at the Reservoir or Clayton stores, or shop Online

     

    ~ Summer Food and Beverage Courses ~

    Advanced Homemade Winemaking Course - run over six nights from March - November covering all the stages of the winemaking process. 

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

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

    We will be releasing details and dates of more food and beverage workshops shortly, including the popular sausage and salami making workshops. 

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    We are delighted to be offering the Italian made, Hotmix Pro Professional, 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, it out performs any other thermal mixer out there. You can watch it in action in this Youtube video. The temperature reaches 190 degrees. Suitable for the home cooking and those who are time poor, but want to create healthy meals with ease. Also suitable for food businesses, professional chef’s, production kitchens, molecular gastronomy.

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    Looking forward to sharing more exciting news from the team with you. We'll hopefully catch up with you somewhere on the 1st March, 2015 whether it's The Tomato Festival or the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show, The Italian Homecook Olympics or The Art of Salami Making. Have a great week :)

     

     

     

    Bringing a taste of Italy into our homes

    Written by Lisa Baggio — March 7, 2014

    Check out this fantastic video that has been produced, showcasing the "10 Things We Love About Italy from The Perennial Plate". Its enough to make you just want to jump on a plane and head there this weekend :)

     

    This video really does capture the things that our Home Make It team are passionate about. Whilst we are not all fortunate enough to spend time in Italy, it doesn't mean that we can't bring the same precious foods/drinks into our homes, wherever we may be. That's what our store concept is all about! Supplying the equipment, supplies and knowledge to make all our favorite traditional Italian food and beverages at home with family and friends. Whether it's mozzarella, wine, salami, sausages, pasta, pizza, passata, biscotti or olive oil, it all can be made in our own homes.  

    With the "Tomato Season" in full swing, we have recently enjoyed our own annual family "Passata Day". Our local tomato farmers tell us that there is likely to be another three weeks of Roma tomatoes available for passata-making. So if you haven't already made your years supply of fresh homemade tomato sauce, it's not too late to start!

    You can check out our pics from our very own "Passata Day" by clicking on our Facebook Page or by reading about our day from a recent blog "Passata Day...It's Child's Play". 

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    It looks like the wine season has arrived, with grapes ready to be picked from some regions in Victoria. Our homemade wine enthusiasts will be eagerly awaiting the commencement of the first step in the process for their 2014 batch of homemade wine.  

    Here's some helpful tips from our Reservoir store crew, Pina and Celeste, for making great homemade wine:-

    "WINE MAKING IS A SCIENCE, THEREFORE THESE ARE THE BASIC STEPS OF GOOD HOME WINE-MAKING PRACTICES"

    (by Celeste and Pina)

    1. It's all about the base. To make good wine, you need to start with good quality grapes! We can recommend great quality grapes around Victoria.  

    2. Sterilisation of equipment is essential! Use a good quality sterilising agent to clean all your equipment.  

    3. A good pH 3.5 to 3.7 is necessary.  

    4. A base analysis is important to understand the sugar, pH, acid and tannin content of the juice. The 3 major ingredients of good wine!

    5. Recommended minimum of 4 wine tests in a vintage season. Your juice should be tested/analysed during the four stages of the wine making process:

    (1) Crushing (2) Pressing (3) End of fermentation/transfer and (4) 2nd transfer before bottling.  

    So if you are making homemade wine this vintage season, please feel free to bring your juice in during the four stages of the winemaking process for FREE testing by one of our expert retail assistants.

    To purchase good quality grapes from the Yarra Valley, we can recommend contacting Martha on 0419833609 or Bill on 0418557269. They specialise in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz varieties.  

    Another source of good quality grapes in the Yarra Valley is Scott Willams from Easthill Estate. 0418 358 358.

    Come in store or call us on 9460-2777 (Reservoir) or 9574-8222 (Clayton) for recommendations in your local regions.  

    If you are thinking about a new hobby in homemade wine, then why not join us for one of our Advanced Homemade Winemaking Courses that are about to commence. You can learn more about our courses from our 2013 Advanced Wine Making Course blog.  

    And don't forget, you've got a few more days to enter our Agrarian Kitchen book giveaway. Details are found in last weeks blog post "I See Red…"

    Enjoy the long weekend and happy Passata Day to all the people making their sauce this weekend :)

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    Passata Day...It's child's play!

    Written by Lisa Baggio — February 26, 2014

    I can't believe a whole year has passed since last year's family passata day! Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that we transformed my parent's suburban garage into a homemade tomato sauce factory. And here we were again, doing it in 2014. 

    Fortunately we called ahead this year to book our boxes of tomatoes. When we picked them up we were told that ours had been put aside, but they were not able to get another delivery of tomatoes until after the weekend. You can only imagine the frustration of the farmers not being able to sell tomatoes in the peak of their tomato season! I made a mental note to make sure that we pre-order our tomatoes each year from now on. It does confirm however what we already suspected, that the "tomato season" is alive and well in Melbourne.

    This is one backyard food tradition from the homeland that is being preserved by many Italian families around Melbourne and across Australia. We see more and more in our stores, with the "next generation" coming in to purchase equipment and supplies to keep this tradition alive. We have also seen a growth in interest of young people from all nationalities that are conscious about sustainable living and sustainable foods, wanting to learn this traditional craft and start their own "passata days". 

    With all the grandchildren another year older, it meant that the nonni had to take extra care to ensure there was enough food to feed the growing and forever hungry crew on the day, so preparations were made ahead of time to plan the menu. The flip side to this though, was with the grandchildren another year older, we had more able hands to cut the tomatoes, and all round more man-power to get the job done as efficiently as possible! And we did! The kids were amazing this year! They seriously worked along side us all day. They cut the tomatoes, processed them through the machine, filled the bottles, capped the bottles, stacked the bottles and helped with the clean up at the end of the day.

    We made a head start on the Saturday afternoon, cleaning all the tomatoes, sterilising the equipment and crates, and setting up the tables and chairs.  

    By the time we all arrived on the Sunday morning, we had a quick espresso and settled into our seats to start cutting the tomatoes at about 10.00am. There were a couple of sleepy heads that didn't arrive until later, but they will remain nameless :) We decided this year that we would all initially cut the tomatoes to try to make real ground, before we started processing them through the machine. This seemed to work well and kept the machine working at full capacity, to keep up with the supply.    

    We rested for lunch around 1.00pm, having cut all the tomatoes which was a great effort by all. Lunch was lovingly prepared by the nonni and served in our makeshift restaurant in the garage, which only added to the authentic mood of the day. We were spoiled with not one, but two types of pasta, pork rolls, crackling and homemade salami. A few beers and some wine complementing the meal. 

    After lunch it was back to work to finish processing the tomatoes through the machine, bottling, capping and boiling our bottles of fresh homemade tomato sauce. We were all done and dusted by 3.30pm which was a fantastic effort. Everyone chipped in to get the cleaning done as quickly as possible. All there was left to do was eat a delicious afternoon tea and the kids enjoyed a well deserved dip in the pool.  

    Our family of 16 managed to survive the day working together and enjoying quality family time. I know how precious days like these are for my parents. This is one day of the year when their children and grandchildren are all in the same place at the same time, safe and happy, working together to produce something that is simple, natural and fresh. But we're not perfect... Just like any other family there was the usual sibling squabbles and a bit of ribbing. And no passata day is complete without a tomato fight and a water fight. We worked hard, had heaps of fun and now we will reap the benefits of a years supply of homemade tomato sauce to use as a base for all our favorite pasta dishes and home cooked meals. There's no limit to what we can do with our liquid gold!

    If you would like to see more photos from our family passata day, you can view them out on our Facebook page

    You can also read about other recent "Passata Days" by viewing our previous News and 13 Acres Passata Day.

    All the equipment and supplies used for our passata day are available in our Reservoir or Clayton stores or Online

    Clayton Reservoir