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 :)   

It's that time of year when garages become food factories...

Written by Lisa Baggio — July 8, 2015

“I KNOW HOW TO MAKE SAUSAGE, AND NOW THAT I'VE SEEN HOW LAWS ARE MADE, I'LL STICK WITH SAUSAGE.”  - TOM COLICCHIO
 

There is nothing more satisfying than being part of a salami and sausage making weekend. To be part of the process of making the finished product after de-boning, mincing, mixing, filling, tying and hanging. One of the benefits of making homemade sausages or salami is that you know exactly what goes in them. You control the fat content, salt and all the herbs and spices. You also know that there are no artificial preservatives or additives.

With the salami season is full swing, it reminded me of a YouTube video that was made by one of our customers, the Pomponio family at 13 Acres, and their salami making day tradition last year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Get inspired!   

The Pomponio family have been busy again this year preserving their family salami day tradition. You can read Brenda's account of the day in her recent blog titled, "A Salami Day Success".  It really is a beautiful account of the significance it holds for the family, their process and not to mention, some stunning photography! 

 

~ Sharing photos from your own salami day ~ 

It's so lovely when our customers email us with photos from their own salami day to post on our social media, or just to share with the team. We would love to see your special photos of your own traditional salami day and hear about your process. If there is one thing we know, there's not likely to be too many salami day traditions that share the same process. It really is fascinating to learn all the different methods of making and curing salami, along with all the different recipes. Please feel free to email our team with stories and photos of your own day or post to our Facebook Page or Twitter feed. 

Posted on Home Make It's Timeline by Murray Lincoln - "Just a few of our home made salami's. Much more to come!! Bring it on!!"

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers,

We have been very busy in store with some fresh ingredients gracing our shelves!

First up we got a nice new dedicated hops/yeast fridge at our Reservoir store. Just in time for some new hop arrivals & a fresh White Labs yeast order. We have just had a fresh batch of Galaxy, Chinook, Equinox & Mosaic hops arrive at our stores, so come on in and grab some for your next recipe.

We also have had a fresh batch of White Labs yeasts arrive late last week, they will be on our shelves this week. Get them while they’re fresh!



Our grains are looking impressive at the moment, with an ever growing range on offer. Don’t forget we offer full 25kg sacks of base grains now too in-store for very reasonable prices :) The “Intro to All Grain“ brewing demos that were to happen in July have now been moved to August - Saturday 15th at Reservoir & Saturday 22nd at Clayton. Both are 4-6pm. So if you are a home brewer looking to move to grain brewing, or know anyone who is, check this demo out. We’ll run through the basics & do a hands on brew on the day.
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 favorite styles of grain beers. Book ONLINE.  

~ Cultural Cooking Demonstration with Societa` Isole Eolie ~ 

You have less than one week to book your ticket for the annual Cultural Cooking Demonstration with Guilia Biviano and the Societa` Isole Eolie. Home Make It will be presenting a salami making demonstration and Frank can't wait to share his salami making tips with you all. You'll also see Letizia Terlato from "A taste of Sicily" sharing a cheese making demonstration, including ricotta. Giulia will be delighting all with traditional foods and sweets from Aeolian Islands, Italy.

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 all the demonstrations. 

~ Rose Creek Estate - Open Garden on 30th August, 2015 ~ 

Don't forget to call into Rose Creek Estate Open Garden on the last Sunday in August, 2015. We'll be there too with a pop up store. This place truly has to be seen to be believed, so don't miss out! Can you even begin to imagine a winery and olive grove in the middle of the suburbs, and in a suburban street? It's been described as "Tuscany in East Keilor". There will be fine food, home-made 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! 

Address:   2 Craig Street, East Keilor

Date:         Sunday, 30th August, 2015

Time:        11.00am until 5.00pm

Cost:        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.  

~ Facebook & Twitter ~

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

To kick off the weekend, here's another Youtube video of Melbourne's coolest nonna, Nonna Paola making her homemade lasagna sheets and tagliatelle pasta with an Imperia Pasta Machine. We should seriously be talking to Nonna Paola about becoming the official mascot for Home Make It! Love her :) 

Have a great weekend! Bring on another weekend of salami making :) 

 

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.  

~ Facebook & Twitter ~

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 weekend and happy salami days!  

 

We're nuts for chestnuts.....

Written by Lisa Baggio — May 22, 2015

 

"Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts."

- Anonymous

Most Italians who migrated to Australia will have strong childhood memories of castagne (chestnut) festivals in their piazza (town square). As the weather gets colder and Winter is looming chestnuts are in abundance throughout Italy and ready for harvest. The month of October will be filled with chestnut festivals all over Italy, to celebrate the humble chestnut. There will be communal roasting fires, music, dancing, food and wine. Below is a short video of a festival in Italy that will give you a taste for la castagna in festa! Click on the image below to view. 
 
Still not convinced? Maybe Melbourne's newest and iconic Nonna Paola can convince you to get yourself some chestnuts to roast. Enjoy her latest YouTube Video.
 
 

~ How to roast chestnuts ~

Chestnuts need to be rinsed and dried before roasting, and a small slit or cross must be made in the skin or they will burst. Most methods of roasting will take approximately 8-10 minutes. Once roasted, wrap the chestnuts in a tea towel to keep warm. Enjoy!

~ Getting started ~

Are you convinced now? If you are, here's what you need to get you started. It's so simple.... all you need are the chestnuts and some basic equipment. 
 
We can highly recommend purchasing your chestnuts from Alpine Chestnuts. You can source Alpine Chestnuts directly from the Hawthorn Farmer's Market and the Abbortsford Farmer's Market. Alernatively, you can purchase them directly from the farmer, John by contacting him on 0423 286 720 and picking up the chestnuts in Kew or at his farm in Myrtleford. John will also deliver free within a 5km radius of Kew. You can currently purchase Alpine Chestnuts for $6.00 per kilo. The chestnut season will be over within four to five weeks, so don't delay!
 
We highly recommend the purchase of a chestnut cutter that will gently slice the chestnut, without slicing your finger, as so many of you would have already experienced previously with a knife. 
 
Our Italian made 'Napoli' electric pizza oven will roast your chestnuts to perfection in 8-10 minutes, not to mention cook a delicious pizza in 5 minutes, reaching temperatures up to 470 degrees. John from Alpine Chestnuts is a big fan of our electric pizza oven, using the pizza ovens to roast his chestnuts at the Farmer's Markets and festivals throughout Melbourne. In fact, to quote him, "the pizza oven is as good as any other roasting chestnut method." 
 
Or for the more traditional method of chestnut roasting methods if you don't live in Italy and can't attend your local piazza for the communal roasting, get yourself a chestnut roasting pan with wooden handle, and roast your chestnuts over a gas stove, or over a fire. 
 

~ Recipe ~

For the already converted chestnut lovers, you may want to try out an Italian Lentil and Chestnut Stew Recipe that I found on the net at closetcooking.com. Looks delish!
 

~ Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival ~ 

On behalf of the team I would like to congratulate the City of Darebin for hosting another wonderful Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival. It was a week long celebration of homemade food traditions and sustainable food practices. The workshops and demonstrations through the suburbs of the City of Darebin were mostly booked out and there was a massive attendance at the "Meet the Makers Showcase" on the Saturday to conclude the festival. 

I would also like to congratulate all the winners of the "Judge's Choice" and "People's Choice" who entered their homemade wine, beer, passata, olives and ajvar. Too many to name them all, but here's a snapshot. 

A very big welcome to all the new subscribers to our newsletter from the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival. l look forward to keeping you up to do with all the exciting news from the team, events, courses, recipes and products and specials. 

Congratulations to STEVE BARNETT winner of our raffle from at "Meet the Makers Showcase" on Saturday. Steve is the proud new owner of a Sausage & Salami Equipment Kit and Hot Continental Sausage Kit, valued at $158.00. Enjoy Steve!   

 For the Red Wine Category -

Mayor of City of Darebin, enjoying a taste of 3rd Place Winner, Nero D'Avola by Dennis and Kevin

1st Prize - Pasquale Scaringi (Petit Verdot)

2nd Prize - Francesco Costanzo (Merlot)

3rd Prize - Denis Slaviero (Nero DÁvola)

For the White Wine Category -

2nd Place Winners, Paolo and Dennis Mazzocato for the White Wine Category for their Waltham/Sultana Wine

1st Prize - Frank Galati (White Muscato)

2nd Prize - Paolo Mazzocato (Waltham/Sultana)

3rd Prize - Jose Jimenez (Maluasia)

For Beer - 

Joel Ellis, 1st Prize and People's Choice Award for his Brettanoyces Fermented American IPA

Encouragement Award - James Price

1st Prize - Joel Ellis

For Passata (Cooked)

1st Prize - Emmanuella Coco

2nd Prize - Jim and Kerry

For Passata (Uncooked)

1st Prize - Maria Spagnolo

2nd Prize - Catherine Talarico

3rd Prize - Rosario Iannella

Here are a few highlights from the day:-

Wine tasting at the Meet The Makers Showcase

Feta Cheese Making Workshop with Cade Butler

Home Brew for Beginners Workshop with Home Make It's Cade Butler and Justin from Merri Mashers

Enjoying the wine tasting at the Meet the Makers Showcase

Enjoying the home brew sampling at the Meet the Makers Showcase

If you would like see more photos from the day, check out our Facebook Page for the complete album. 

~ What's On ~ 

Salami & Cured Meats Courses & Sausage Making Courses

With Winter just around the corner, it's time to book into our Salami and Cured Meats Courses. Our resident butchery expert, James Mele 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

 

Click on our sale banner below for this week's specials.   

~ Facebook & Twitter ~

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 weekend and happy chestnut roasting :)  

Do you have what it takes?

Written by Lisa Baggio — April 24, 2015

"If baking is any labour at all, it's a labour of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation".

- Regina Brett


 

Can you whip up a chocolate cake with your eyes shut, make sausage rolls like a master and bake a dozen scones without a recipe?

If baking is your specialty, The Great Australian Bake Off  needs you!

Based on the highly successful BBC series, culinary icon Maggie Beer  and acclaimed chef Matt Moran are looking for passionate bakers to apply for the newest Australian TV series on The LifeStyle Food Channel. You'll be put to a series of baking tasks, and then only one will be crowned Australia's best amateur baker.

If you think you've got what it takes, then don't hesitate! Applications to be a contestant close on the 1st May, 2015. Apply ONLINE now!

We'ld love to see a Home Make It customer take out the winning title :)

 

~ MASSIVE PASSATA SALE ~ 


With the official passata season over for another year, we're making room on our shelves for all the salami-making equipment and other seasonal products. So take advantage of our 1 WEEK ONLY SUPER SALE with 40% off end of wide range of passata equipment and supplies for next year's season. You won't see these savings like this again! Sale ends 3pm on Friday 1st May, 2015. Click on our sale banner above.  Here's a sneak peek of some of the huge savings....

           

Was: $129.00  Now: $77.45    

         

Was: $67.95  Now: $47.99

     

 Was: $82.00  Now: $49.50

Was: $16.95  Now: $10.95

For more SUPER SAVINGS during our 1 WEEK ONLY end of passata season sale, click HERE.

 

~ What's On ~ 

- Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival Competition

Entries close on 6th May, 2015 for the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival Competition. Be inspired, get involved and enter your prize winning homemade wine, passata, olives, home brew or ajvar. You must reside or work in the City of Darebin to be eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on Saturday 16th May, 2015 at the Meet the Makers Showcase from 1pm - 4pm at Preston Shire Hall. Prizes include Home Make It vouchers and gift hampers :)

 

- Sausage Making & Beer Dinner - 6th May, 6pm

James Squire Brewhouse and Home Make It have come together for a unique collaboration with a fabulous sausage making workshop, a four course dinner and craft beer matching event!

Don't miss out on experiencing this unique event; Make Sausages and Match Beer Squire Brewhouse at The Portland Hotel on 6th May, 2015 at 6pm. For bookings call 9810 0064 or visit portlandhotel.com.au

- Pizza Making Course - 7th May, 6pm to 8pm

Pizza Making Course with Executive Savoury Chef, Michele Circhirillo at our Clayton Store will be running a hands on workshop to teach you the tricks of the trade for authentic pizza making. Book ONLINE.

- Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival - 11th to 17th May 

Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival. This is a wonderful community festival that celebrates sustainable food practices and food traditions.  Check out the full program and get your diaries out!  Most of the events are free, but bookings are also essential for a lot of the workshops or demonstrations. Home Make It will be facilitating some of the events, including;

Introduction to Homemade Winemaking & Appreciation:

- Tuesday 12 May, 2015 @ 6.30pm (120 mins) 

- Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston

- Free but registrations essential. Book here

Hot Spanish Sausage Making Course: 

- Thursday 14 May, 2015 @ 6pm (120 mins)

- Home Make It, 265 Spring Street, Reservoir

- Special price of $70  for the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival (Ensure to use discount code ‘SAUSAGE’ when checking out via Paypal to receive the discount).

- Session Includes a free Sausage Recipe Kit valued at $33)


- Book your tickets at Home Make It or call 9460 2777


Home Brew for Beginners Workshop (also part of Good Beer Week): 

- Saturday 16 May, 2015 @ 12pm (60 mins)


- Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston


- Free but registrations are essential.
 Book here


Make Your Own Feta at Home:


- Saturday 16 May, 2015 @ 3pm (30 mins)


- Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston


- Free. Bookings not required.

 

- Salami & Cured Meats Courses - May, June & July

Home Make It will be running a number of Salami and Cured Meats Courses at our Reservoir and Clayton Stores, with Butchery expert, James Mele.

- Sausage Making Courses - August & October

Home Make It will be running a number of Sausage Making Courses at our Reservoir and Clayton Stores with butchery expert, James Mele.

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hello all ,              

Busy week in beer land, with the SS Brewtech range hitting stores and now available online as well. To continue the beer making story right to the end, we now are carrying 19L Cornelius kegs instore and online to dispense all of your beer goodness. These can be carbonated with the Brewmate CO2 bottles we now carry also, how convenient!  

 

On the ingredient side of things, the hops fridge is bursting with a HUGE variety of hops, our White Labs range is extensive and our grain range is ever growing. As well as the pre-packed bags of grain we do, we will now be offering a select range of base grains in 25kg sizes for those brewers who like to buy and brew big. Please call our stores to check availability.  

 

On a personal note, I brewed a dark IPA last week that I will be entering into a speciality IPA competition in June at the Terminus in Fitzroy. Some 2Row, wheat, crystal and chocolate grains plus mountains of Summit, Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial hops went into this black beast, and will be finished off with some oak chips before bottling. This competition is the first run by the Merri Mashers, a wonderful brew club we work with. So if you’re a home brewer and do a decent IPA , round up all your hops and come along to sign up. Should be a great day!

Happy Brewing!

 

~ Vintage 2015 ~

Feedback from our team at Home Make It suggests that that 2015 Vintage has been one of the best vintages presented at our testing counters for some years. Our testing counters offer complimentary testing of juice/wine samples at all the stages of the wine making process, including crushing, pressing, racking and bottling. They attribute the high quality of samples they have analysed to our customers' purchasing good quality grapes. I'm sure you have heard members of our team preach to our customers "if you want to make good quality wine, you need to start with good quality grapes"! It seems our customers are listening, with many customers now purchasing their grapes from many of the suppliers that we have recommended as reputable wineries or grape suppliers. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the many wineries and grape suppliers that have supported our customers with exceptional quality grapes and service. Some of these wineries include;
  • Morgan Vineyard, Yarra Valley
  • Marcello's
  • Banovac Estate, Tallarook
  • Desiro Grapes, Mornington Peninsula
  • The Shiraz Republic, Heathcote

Be sure to get some advice from our team for the 2016 Vintage if you are looking for great quality grapes. 

Don't forget to bring in samples of your juice/wine for analysis and advice following fermentation, during the racking process and before bottling. 

 

~ Facebook & Twitter ~

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

Have a great weekend!

     

     

    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

     

    ~ Weekly Specials ~

    Click on the banner below to discover our weekly specials

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

     

    Be your own Salumiere or Brewer! Make It Your Way...

    Written by Lisa Baggio — October 31, 2014

     

     

    ~ New Home Make It Kits Have Arrived! ~

    There's now no excuse why you can't become your very own salumiere or brewer. The days of dreaming about making your own salami or beer are behind you. It doesn't get any simpler with the launch of our complete range of Homemade Sausage & Salami and Beer Kits. Our new Home Make It™ Kit range includes simple recipes and all the basic equipment supplies to make your own sausages and salami and home brew.

    For more details or to be one of the first to purchase and try out our new kits, follow the links below;

     

    Our range of new Beer Kits start with the basic beginners kits, through to the super upgraded kits.

    The Beer Kits got the seal of approval by some local home brewers at the recent Melbourne Salami Festa.

     

    ~ Eltham and District Winemakers Guild ~ 

    If you're passionate about homemade winemaking, or consider yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur, then join us on Sunday 16 November, 2014 at the annual Eltham and District Winemakers Guild, for the Amateur Wine Show, on from 11am until 2.00pm at The Veneto Club. The show is entering its 45th year and arguably Australia's largest amateur wine show, featuring:-

    • over 500 wines for tastings,
    • a separate professional "boutique" category,
    • an Awards ceremony,
    • artisan cheese and olive oil sales and sample,
    • and workshops and demonstrations in Food and Wine Matching (11.15am) and Homemade Sausage Making with Steve Lamberto of Home Make It (12.45pm).   

    We must admit, we're super excited about this year's Amateur Wine Show moving to The Veneto Club in Bulleen, and we're thrilled to be a Principle Sponsor of the show again. Good luck to all our Reservoir and Clayton store customers who have entered their homemade wine into the competition. 

    For more details about the Amateur Wine Show, click here. Tickets available at the door. Entry $15 per person and discount price for Veneto Club Members. The Veneto Club Bistro will be open for lunch, but be sure to book your table to avoid disappointment (03 9850 7111). Last booking 2.15pm. 

     

     ~ Melbourne Salami Festa ~ 

    Congratulations to all the winners who entered their homemade salami into the recent Melbourne Salami Festa!  

    • 1st Place for Judge's Choice Award - Bernard Holbery of the Winter Pig team
    • 1st Place for People's Choice Award - The DeFazio Brothers

    Whether you entered your homemade salami into the competition or just came along for the salami tastings, gourmet food, The Salumi Market or entertainment, it truly was a celebration of our much loved salami. Viva la salumi!

     ~ Fair Food Week ~

    We recently had the pleasure of sponsoring the Fair Food Week, Flavour Crusader Photo Competition. Congratulations to all the winners and Tracy Milchick of Queensland for the Most Creative category for her photo of the "life cycle of a little strawberry".

    (Photography by Tracy Milchick)

    The inaugural Fair Food Week was celebrated recently from the 10th - 19th October, 2014, and is co-ordinated by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA). 

    The Fair Food Week "... it’s a time to shine the light on the ‘new story of fairness’ across the food system, from paddock to plate. It’s a week full of intriguing and attractive events around the country".


    The Fair Food Week celebrates food sovereignty, fresh, local and community driven food enterprises, farming, community gardens, and invites communities to learn ways to cultivate a better food future. 

     ~ Shop Online ~ 

    Check out this week's Specials by clicking on the banner below. You can shop ONLINE at any time with the convenience and ease of PAYPAL.  

    Keep up to date with all the news from the team at Home Make it by following us on Facebook and Twitter.   

    Enjoy the long weekend and if you are lucky enough to be attending this year's Spring Carnival, have an awesome time! 

     

    Clayton Reservoir