1. How to store parmesan

    Italians use parmesan like salt. Or that’s what we’re lead to believe. It is said that all households in Italy have a chunk of the stuff laying around which can be used with virtually anything as a garnish or seasoning. It isn’t just cheese, it is the king of cheeses and at any rate the people of Italy do not mess around with their parmesan; like, in the way that football fans don’t mess around about their teams. Parmesan is available…

  2. How to store gluten free products

    There are plenty of people who eat gluten free, for plenty of different reasons. Whatever your reason is you certainly don’t go to the trouble or making or buying the gluten free products only to have them contaminated with glutens. Especially if you actually have someone in your family with a gluten intolerance Celiac Disease. These poor gluten free souls can get so sick from something as simple as cutting bread on the same cutting board. The cross contamination could send a…

  3. How to store fresh basil

    ‘Sweet’ or Genovese basil has a subtle peppery flavour which gives way to a slightly sweet, aromatic flavour. When used in cooking it should be added at the end; as heat removes the flavour and cooking it for too long makes it bitter. Basil, is extremely popular in Italian cuisine but is notoriously difficult to keep fresh, turning black and wilting at a most astonishing rate. However we have ways of keeping it fresh. #1 The Very Best Method Hand’s…

  4. Best way of storing fresh fish

    Nothing beats eating fresh fish; but did you know that fresh fish, properly prepared and packaged will last in the freezer for up to and exceeding two years? Here is how. Step 1: Get your hands on some good fish. Pro tip: Buy your fish from a specialist. They will have handled it with the upmost care and respect up to and including point of purchase. Intermediate pro tip: Don’t be tricked into buying garbage fish. If you find a…

  5. Dried fruits for long-term storage

    dried fruit storage vacuvita

    Squirrels work tirelessly stockpiling food for winter; why don’t we? Let’s say hypothetically you’ve been to the market; like the urban squirrel you are, bought all the seasonal organic fruits, berries and veggies you could carry. Now you’re sitting there with enough food to feed an army; but, you have a normal sized family and they cannot eat so much. So unless you do something about it, you’re going to have to throw it all away. Then the third world…

  6. Vacuvita Chef: Delicate summer-fall transition with chowder soup

    chowder soup vacuvita

    I can easily say chowder is my favorite soup and if you haven’t tried it before, now is the time to do so. It is not just a soup; it is the Holy of soups. Hearty and warm, nourishing to the soul and if you are looking for a starter to impress your friends, look no further than the recipe below. Variations of chowder can be seafood, fish or vegetable but what makes it special, is that the ingredients are boiled in milk…

  7. Make sushi the proper way

    Sushi recipe by Vacuvita

    Sushi. We wouldn’t go so far to sat that it’s easy but it’s not too hard. It is however what you call a labour of love. It requires patience, and understanding and fresh clean ingredients. The food originated from Japan and has become exceedingly popular in recent years allowing for hordes of ‘all you can eat’ sushi joints and ready-made supermarket produce. While the idea is nice and they’re bringing sushi to the masses it’s also being filled with preservatives…

  8. The ultimate cherry pie challenge

    homemade cherry pie vacuvita

    Life is like a bowl of cherries until you’re faced with some trivial problems like metric conversion. Set your heart on making a particular recipe and you pull out your measuring utensils and are met with frustration and confusion. Your instruments are metric. . . your recipe is imperial or vice versa. . . and now what? What is a cup and how can you be expected to know how to convert this information without ruining this cherry pie you’re craving…

  9. Next level picnicking with Vacuvita

    fresh food picnic vacuvita

    Ever wanted to go on a picnic with a friend, your partner or loved one? Painstakingly you’ve planed a meal and thoughtfully placed it into little plastic boxes, stacked and transported everything to the perfect spot. The place with the perfect view over the park and the fountain, were you plan to eat a nice meal and watch the sunset and fireworks. Or it was a beautiful sunny day when you wanted to hit the beach? You planned and packed…

  10. Matcha tea and how to keep it fresh

    Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. The green tea plants for Matcha are shade-grown for three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed. During shaded growth, the plant Camellia produces more theanine and caffeine accounting for the calm energy people feel from drinking it. Matcha has come to the forefront recently for its many health benefits and we thought we’d explore a few, so why not make yourself a…