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 :)

 

 

 

Give the gift that keeps on giving...

Written by Lisa Baggio — May 7, 2015

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

- Charles M. Schulz

 

~ Mother's Day Gift Ideas ~ 

With Mother's Day fast approaching we have some great unique gift ideas. We're sure your mammas won't think it too cheeky if we recommend some gifts that keep on giving and giving! Imagine your mamma cooking you heavenly homemade pasta at your next family dinner, or a spread of scrumptious homemade pizza. And just how awesome would it be to have her make homemade sizzling sausages or fresh homemade cheese! The possibilities are endless...

Or maybe you would like to spoil your mum and have a go at making some healthy 'old school' style food and beverages for her. It can be very rewarding, well worth the effort and she'll love you for it. 

Check out Home Make It's Top 6 Mother's Day gift ideas;

We have a massive range of pasta machines with different attachments for different shapes and styles. 

Our electric Napoli pizza oven is Italian made and cooks pizzas to perfection in under 5 minutes! Temperature heats up to 470°C. We also have a large range of pizza making accessories

Our Cheese Making Kits make a unique Mother's Day gift. The extensive range of kits include Ricotta and Mozzarella, Greek Feta, Camembert and Blue Vein, and a Premium Cheese Making Kit for all varieties of cheese.

We have recently launched our own complete Sausage & Salami Equipment Kits and Sausage Recipe Kits which will make a fun Mother's Day gift idea that will delight any foodie mum all year round. If you're extra nice to your mum, she may even make you some salami this winter!

If your mum enjoys a good cook book, we can highly recommend the newest in the series by Mangia! Mangia! Gatherings: The Spirit of coming together. We have an extensive range of books for foodies, including Chees Making, Preserving, and Cider Making that will compliment any cooks kitchen library.

For other unique and fun gift ideas for this Mother's Day, check out our ONLINE store
Still don't know what to get mum this Mother's Day?  What about a Home Make It Gift Voucher? You can't go wrong with a Gift Voucher. Our Gift Vouchers can also be used for our Food and Beverage Courses
 
 

~ What's On ~ 

- Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival

The City of Darebin will be a buzz next week with the commencement of the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival. The Festival commences on Monday 11th May, 2015 with nightly workshops, demonstrations and cooking classes throughout the week around various locations including Preston, Northcote, Reservoir, Thornbury and Fairfield. It will conclude on Saturday 16th May, 2015 with the Meet the Makers Showcase from 1pm - 4pm at Preston Shire Hall. Many of the events are now fully booked out, but you can still register for others. Check out the Full Program and availability here.  Home Make It will be facilitating some events including:

Introduction to Homemade Winemaking & Appreciation: Hurry only a couple of places left!

- 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: **FULLY BOOKED**

**You may wish check out our other Homemade sausage making courses in August and October 2015

- 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


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

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


- Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston



Make Your Own Feta at Home:


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


- Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston


- Free. Bookings not required.

The Salami Sessions
With the Melbourne Salami Festa. Assisted by Home Make It.

Celebrate the garage to plate philosophy practised by Melbourne’s salami makers and learn to make salami with the Melbourne Salami Festa 2014 champion Bernard Holbery. Sessions include breaking down a pig and a hands-on salami making lesson that finishes with a meal and important advice on curing techniques.

Saturday 16 May: 8am – 12noon or 2pm – 6pm
Sunday 17 May: 8am – 12noon or 2pm – 6pm
Northcote Town Hall (Civic Square)
189 High Street, Northcote
$175 + booking fee per person (Classes of 10 people with a minimum of 7)
Tickets: Melbourne Salami Festa.

 

- Halloumi & Ricotta Cheese Making - May and June, 2015

Learn how to make halloumi and ricotta cheese at home with this fun and hands-on workshop with Gerard, a Cheese Maker from a Victorian Artisan Cheese Company. Halloumi and Ricotta Cheese Workshop held at our two convenient locations, Clayton 26th May, 2015 and Reservoir 2nd June, 2015. 

Salami & Cured Meats Courses & Sausage Making Courses

For those disappointed that they missed securing their place at the Hot Spanish Sausage Workshop at the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival, we will be running several workshops with butchery expert, James Mele in-store at Reservoir and Clayton throughout the winter months to have you making your own delicious and fresh sausages, and curing your salumi like a professional! Check out all the dates for our Salami and Cured Meats Courses and Sausage Making Courses at our Reservoir and Clayton Stores.

 

Click on our sale banner above 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.

We couldn't let Mother's Day go by without a tribute to recent Internet sensation Nonna Paola. Italian Mother's and their sons. But we're not stereotyping :)  Enjoy!  

On behalf of the team at Home Make It, I would like to wish all the mums a very special Mother's Day, filled with love, homemade food and great wine this Sunday.

     

     

    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    

             

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     Was: $82.00  Now: $49.50

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    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!

       

       

      Life's too short to drink bad wine...

      Written by Lisa Baggio — April 10, 2015

      " Wine is sunlight, held together by water."  Galileo Galilei

       

      ~ Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival ~

      We are delighted to be sponsoring the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival again for 2015! The Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival is a community celebration of sustainable food practices and the preservation of food and beverage traditions. The spirit of the festival resonates so strongly with the ethos and philosophy of Home Make It, and we are thrilled to be presenting several of the workshops and demonstrations that will be showcased over the course of the festival.

      The full program is now out, pick up a booklet from our Reservoir Store or check it out online and pencil in to attend the array of great events in your calendars, it's all happening from Monday 11th - Sunday 17th May. There will be lots of unique cooking demonstrations during the week in various locations around the City of Darebin. Most events are free, however it is essential to register online. Book in early as places will be limited. 

      If you have made homemade wine, passata, preserved olives or ajvar or are a keen home brewer, we would love you to enter your prized produce into the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival competition. There are great prizes to be won, including Home Make It vouchers and hampers. To enter your wine, beer or passata, just follow the link for the ENTRY FORM. Entries close 6th May, 2015.

      Get involved and participate in the following popular workshops and demonstrations being facilitated by the fabulous Home Make It team;

      • Introduction to Homemade Winemaking & Appreciation with Steve; Tuesday 12th May, 6.30pm at Preston Shire Hall. Free event however registrations are essential. 
      • Hot Spanish Sausage Making Course with Steve; Thursday 14th May, 6pm at Home Make It, 265 Spring Street, Reservoir. We are offering a special price of $70 for the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival, every booking will also receive a FREE Sausage Recipe it valued at $33. Register via Home Make It, and ensure to use the discount code "SAUSAGE" when checking out (after Paypal payment process). 
      • Home Brew for Beginners Workshop with Cade; also as part of the Good Beer Week; 12.00pm, Saturday 16th May at Preston Shire Hall. Free event, however registrations are essential. 
      • Make Your Own Feta at Home with Cade; at Saturday 16th May, 3pm at Preston Shire Hall. Free event, bookings not required.

            Salami Sessions 2015 supported by Home Make It and presented by Melbourne Salami Festa are also part of the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival program this year; with sessions being held Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May at the Northcote Town Hall. For more details about these sessions or to book online visit the Melbourne Salami Festa website. Here you will also find details of more salami sessions being held over most weekends in May 2015.

            Meet the Makers will be showcased on Saturday 16th May at the Preston Shire Hall from 1pm until 4pm. Come along and meet the locals who have entered their homemade wine, passata and homebrew into the competition. The winners will be announced on the day. There will be free wine and beer tasting and demonstrations running throughout the afternoon. Enjoy the music and entertainment and much more.  This is a free event and bookings are not required.  

             

             

            ~ It's Wine testing time! ~

            If you are making homemade wine this year, then ensure to make wine testing an integral part of your winemaking process. Feel free to bring along a small sample of juice for testing at either our Clayton or Reservoir stores. We recommend doing this at all the main stages of the wine making process including, crushing of the grapes, pressing the grapes, during the racking processes and before bottling your wine. For your convenience, our stores currently have extended trading hours on Saturdays until 3pm and Sundays from 10am until 2pm. So do yourselves a favour and make time to bring in your samples for analysis and receive some expert advice along the way :)

             

            ~ Helpful tips for Homemade Winemaking ~

            When you go to the expense and huge effort of making homemade wine, you want good quality wine outcomes to be proud of every time! You don't want to leave it to chance from one season to the next! Here are some helpful tips that will assist you to make great quality and drinkable wine from one vintage to the next;

            1.  To make good quality wine, you need to start with good quality grapes;

            • know which region your grapes come from,
            • know with certainty the variety of grape you are buying, and
            • know with certainty when the grapes were picked.

            Note: If you have purchased your grapes from the market, side of the road or off the back of a truck, you really won't know with certainty, any of the above. 

            We recommended our customers to buy their grapes directly from wineries. The winery will be able to let you know when the grapes should be picked and the variety of grape you have purchased. 

            Visit our Reservoir or Clayton stores for recommendations and details of good quality grape suppliers in your area. You can book your grapes in advance, pick your own grapes or organise home deliveries. 

            Tip: Yes, you may pay more initially for grapes purchased at wineries, but you'll spend less on your overall winemaking process in the long run. 

            2. When making homemade wine, you must sterilise all your equipment! This does not mean just washing your equipment with warm water. You must use food grade sterilising agents. Any contaminants and bacteria present is the single biggest reason for producing poor quality wine. So sterilise, sterilise and sterilise!

            3. Ensure to use good quality equipment and wine storage containers that are food grade. We've seen all sorts of equipment used from home and storage containers that are loaded with bacteria and contaminants. 

            4. After the grapes have been crushed and on-skins, you would ideally plunge the skins every 3 hours, for best results. At a minimum we would recommend plunging three times a day, before the pressing of the grapes.

            5. When making homemade wine, as opposed to homemade cooking, exact measurements of all ingredients and additives is important! "A little bit of this and a little bit of that" rule does not apply to homemade winemaking. Be accurate and proud! Use exact measurements and avoid experimentation. We can assist you with the correct quantities of yeast and additives for your wine batch.

            6. Bring samples of juice in for testing at all stages of the wine making process. Get your sugar level and ph levels right, and be sure that the fermentation process has completely finished. Know when it's time to bottle. Use the correct yeast for your grape variety. Add additives to correct or enhance your wine. Use fining agents when necessary. Take advice! And remember, we don't use chemicals we use additives. They are all naturally made. Our expert staff will guide you to correct any wine faults or enhance the quality of your wine. 

            7. Look at the temperature at which you store the wine during the fermentation process. A cold or hot environment will damage the quality of the wine. A warm environment for the fermentation process to occur is best (22°C to 24°C is optimum). Use thermometers to monitor the temperature of the room that you are storing the wine during the fermentation process. There are many options to warm or cool down your storage containers; from immersible heaters, blankets, electric blankets or bags of ice for cooling etc.

            8. Racking is an important process in the wine making process. The racking process separates the sediment that accumulates at the bottom of the storage container and needs to be separated from the liquid. The racking process should be done at the very least 2 to 3 times during the wine making process.  Make sure to use a food grade siphon the liquid from one storage facility to the next, leaving the sediment behind. 

            9. Patience is a virtue! Don't bottle too early. Bring in a sample for testing/analysis and get advice as to when your wine is ready to bottle. Allowing your wine to mature further in the bottle will also give you more optimum results, however, we completely understand the temptation to drink it all too soon :)

            10. Take advantage of our equipment for hire! Take the manual hardship out of the grape crushing process with our electric crusher-destemmer. Also available for hire is our quality, Italian made press and corker. Call our Reservoir store on 9460 2777 or Clayton store on 9574 8222 for more information, availability and hire bookings. 

            ~ Food & Beverage Workshops ~

            Pizza Making Workshop with Michele Circhirillo, Executive Savoury Chef of Brunetti on the 7th May, 2015 at our Clayton store only! 6-8pm.  The workshop concludes with a shared pizza feast. 

            Salami and Cured Meats Courses in May, June and July, 2015. 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. Book ONLINE.  

            Sausage Making Courses in August and October, 2015. Learn how to make delicious homemade sausages with our hands on workshops. 

            ~ Cade's Home Brew News ~

            Hi Brewers,

            Busy Easter weekend of brewing and bottling for you all I hope. We have some new products coming into store in the next couple of weeks.

            brew master bucket

            Firstly, our Swap n Go CO2 bottles are in store now and at $25 per swap for the 2.3 & 2.6kg bottles, it’s a real bargain.

            Secondly, the SS Brewtech range will grace us with it’s presence next week. So for all your shiny fermenting and brew boiling needs, come in and see us. And last but not least, we will soon be popping some of the highly regarded Gladfield speciality malts onto our shelves to spice up your recipes.  

            Happy brewing & hope to see you soon! 

             

             ~ Weekly Specials ~

            With the tomato season all but over for another year, take advantage of our huge "END OF SEASON, PASSATA  SPECIALS". 

            ~ Facebook and Twitter ~

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

            For all our Nonna Paolo fans, here's another You Tube clip on of the iconic internet sensation, asking SIRI  "the time in Italy"on her IPHONE". Very entertaining! Have a great weekend. 

            Wine Testing time!

            Written by Frank Bovezza — April 8, 2015

            Come visit Celeste and the Home Make It team for your FREE wine testing this season! We have a wide range of wine making equipment, supplies and expertise to keep your vintage on track this year...

            "Red, red wine...stay close to me"

            Written by Lisa Baggio — March 25, 2015

            "RESISTANCE IS FUTILE, WE WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO MAKE GOOD WINE
            NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES!" Steve Lamberto, Home Make It 2014

             

            The wine season, or as we refer to it at Home Make It, the "silly season" is here! The next few months will see our team run off their feet, analysing juice and wine samples, adjusting sugar and ph levels, correcting wine faults, assisting people to make great homemade wine and all the usual enthusiastic customer service :)

             

            I wanted to share this You Tube video by Tony and Maria, on How to Make Homemade Wine. Maria and Tony are passionate about homemade wine and look like a beautiful family. Tony uses old fashioned winemaking equipment and is quick to point out that he makes wine using a traditional method that does not include the use of "chemicals" as he puts it. We don't tend to use the word "chemicals", in fact if you refer to "chemicals" at the Clayton store, you'll be fined! Instead, we use the word "additives" because they are all completely natural products that can correct faults in wines or improve them. There's nothing worse than having to politely sip your dad's, relative's or friend's really bad homemade wine or vinegar. 

            Whilst there can be resistance from older generations to embrace new ways of making homemade wine, we are discovering a real growth area in "the next generation" of homemade wine makers who are wanting to produce beautiful wines to share with their family and friends. At Home Make It, we still embrace the idea of preserving by traditional methods, however, we also encourage the use of new techniques mixed with the traditional methods for the optimum homemade wine results every season. 

            Italianicious Magazine , March/April 2013 edition featured a story about Home Make It, titled "Mixing The Old & New", interviewing Frank Bovezza who talks about the advantages of mixing old and new techniques for making homemade wine. It's a great read and includes a step by step process to making homemade wine.

            “Some people are still against adding anything to their wine. They want to stick to tradition so aren’t interested in any new processes,” Frank explains. “But we are finding that more people are embracing these better ways of making wine. There are many that have stopped making wine at home as they have gotten older, now their sons are taking over and continuing the tradition, however they are embracing these modern ways of making it. We’re finding that the whole family enjoys drinking the better wine and that makes them more eager to keep getting better at it.” (Italianicious Magazine). To read the full article, get your hands on a copy of the March/April 2013 edition of Italianicious


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            We are thrilled to announce the commencement of a new member of the Clayton team, Matt Drew. Matt is a member of the Frankston Amateur Winemakers Guild and will be assisting us with the wine analysis and customer service a few of days a week. Matt is passionate about making homemade wine and is also an enthusiastic foodie. He's an all round expert on homemade salumi and enjoys annual passata making. 

            Our stores provide a complimentary wine testing/analysis service to all our customers for all the stages of the winemaking process, including crushing, pressing, racking and bottling. So please feel free to bring in a small sample of your juice or wine for analysis. 

            If you haven't purchased your grapes yet, just ask someone in the team to guide you in the right direction for good quality grapes in your area. 

            ~ Extended Trading Hours ~

            We have also extended our trading hours to manage the busy wine season. Our Reservoir and Clayton Stores are currently open on Saturdays from 9.00am until 3.00pm (until end of July) and Sundays from 10.00am until 2.00pm (until end of April). 

            ~ And the Winner is... ~

            Congratulations to Phillip Collings, the winner of our Subscription Competition from the recent Melbourne Tomato Festival.  Phillip is the proud new owner of a Sausage and Salami Equipment Kit valued at $125.00 and a Dolce Italian Sausage Recipe Kit, valued at $33.00. 

             

            ~ Cade's Home Brew News ~

            "Hi Brewers,

            I went along to the Good Beer Week Gala Showcase & Program Launch not too long ago and had some wonderful beers and chatted to a few brewers. Saisons were everywhere and I had a really nice raspberry sour beer. I was inspired and went home and started a raspberry saison. Soon enough the combination of Wheat malt, Pilsener and White labs Saison mix 2 were bubbling away in my carboy. The raspberries went in today, pictures of this next week!

            On the product front, the Reservoir and Clayton stores are well stocked with tins, grain, hops and all the hardware you will need to make great home brew. We will also be seeing Swap & Go CO2 bottles hitting the stores by the weekend. And get ready for some nice shiny stainless steel brew hardware landing in stores in the coming weeks too :)

            Happy Brewing"

             ~ Food & Beverage Courses ~

            Pizza Making Course -  We are very privileged to have Michele Circhirillo join us for a unique and hands on homemade pizza making workshop at our Clayton store on 7th May, 2015. Michele is Italy born and currently Brunetti's Executive Savoury Chef. He'll teach you all the tricks of the trade and share at the end of the evening, a feast of delicious homemade pizza. Places are limited, so book your ticket ONLINE now. 

            Salami and Cured Meats Courses in May, June and July, 2015. 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. Book ONLINE.  

            Sausage Making Courses in August and October, 2015. Learn how to make delicious homemade sausages with our hands on workshops. 

             ~ Weekly Specials ~

            Click on the banner below to discover our weekly specials

            ~ Facebook and Twitter ~

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

            ~ Tomato Season ~

            With the tomato season coming to an end for another year, I thought it may be nice to end the season with a lovely little Youtube clip of Melbourne's most popular internet sensation, Nonna Poala.  Nonna Poala is doing a happy dance because it's her annual passata day and she's feeling happy. Enjoy! Have a great week!

             

            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!

             

            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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            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 :)

             

             

             

             

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