Category: Appliances

Sourdough at Home

Whether you want to make your sourdough the traditional way or simply get your hands on a ready-made kit, The Essential Ingredient Rozelle has the ingredients, equipment and know-how to turn you into a homemade sourdough pro!...

Mastering the Art of Stock

The foundation of so many winter recipes is a quality stock. While liquid stock is readily available from grocery stores everywhere, there is a certain satisfaction that comes from preparing your own. The general recipe for making a stock is relatively simple and the results often taste better than anything you can buy in a carton. We outline the 3...

The Prehistoric Origins of Salt

At the sprightly young age of 250 million years, salt remains at the foundation of flavour. From low lying marsh, to desert lakes, subterranean striations and mountaintop mines, salt is sourced from a host of exotic locations, each adding its own unique flavour. In this article we explore 4 of our favourite prehistoric salts and take a look at thei...

Easy Hands-Free Slow Cooking

What do casseroles, braises, roasts and hearty soups all have in common? Their key ingredient is time. The slower the cooking process, the better the results for these hearty winter favourites. What's so Good About Slow Cookers? Too often we blame a lack of time for our poor results, but what if you could walk away for hours from your recipe with...

Cooking Exotic Mushrooms

While fungi foraging is a popular Autumn/Winter activity, many of the special varieties of mushrooms are commercially unavailable in Australia. Fortunately, French and Italian producers have perfected the art of drying mushrooms, and this means we can enjoy them year round by adding texture, flavour and complexity to many dishes. The Essential Ingr...

Simple Fermenting at Home

Fermentation requires very few ingredients. All you need to get started is a clean jar, some vegetables, a pack of non-iodised table salt and a warm, dark place to store it all. Fermenting becomes a little more complex if you use whey and starter culture, but this article will focus on the simple approach. Choose a vessel Your fermenting vessel c...

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a drink of many origins. Brewed for centuries in China, Korea, Russia and Japan, it is fast becoming an important staple of the Western diet. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink with powerful probiotic properties and is simple to make at home with some basic kitchen equipment and ingredients. Kombucha is made using a combination of green...

The Vitamix Range

Since the company’s beginning in 1921, the popularity of Vitamix has spread to more than 80 countries and is now the preferred brand of blending equipment for cooking enthusiasts, health and nutrition experts and some of the finest chefs around the globe. Both the commercial and household machines are still built at the world headquarters in Cle...