1. Cook and store fresh oysters the right way

    Oyster is the common name for a number of different molluscs that live in marine habitats. With many variations of the species it’s best to leave the harvesting to professionals because only a few types are commonly consumed. Cooked or raw, oysters are and always have been regarded as a delicacy and heralded as an aphrodisiac. So go to your local fishmonger as he/she knows what’s good. Now; what to do with them? Typically when we conjure up imagery of oysters…

  2. Beginners guide to use leftovers

    In the age of convenience it’s easy to forget things. Until you’re faced with some unknown horror in the back of your refrigerator. Some unidentifiable something or other that has evolved into another life form. The Leftovers. Sometimes you buy food with the intention of making something in particular which gets postponed and then it goes bad; or you didn’t need all of what you bought. If there is a supermarket out there that sells celery by the stalk or…

  3. Sous vide rack of lamb made easy

    Rack of lamb is already one of the most tender meats out there, however it can be a bit more difficult to obtain a perfect temperature due to its varying size. Sous vide eliminates those grey bands of overcooked lamb on the outside and leaves you with a perfect medium rare chop. Simply set your sous vide machine to 132F for the best lamb you’ll ever eat – seriously, try this once and you’ll never cook lamb any way other…

  4. 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…

  5. Vacuvita Chef: Cheese tart with peach jelly

    Peaches are one of the most flavored and juicy fruits out there and this week I was lucky to probably find the last harvest of this year. They can be used in a huge variety of dishes but work best in deserts. So this time I thought about stepping away from the classic cheesecake and make a tart instead with cheese and peach jelly. Vacuvita TIP: Buy extra peaches, vacuum seal it (peeled and sliced) in a Vacuvita bag and…

  6. 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…

  7. Red wine poached pears

    sous vide pear vacuvita

    Whether you’re aiming to impress a date or simply looking for new dessert recipes to try, this red wine poached pear is a go-to sous vide dessert. Fruit is a staple of many desserts due to its abundance of natural sweetness, so we limit the added sugar in this recipe to just 1 cup since the pears already contain quite a bit and the dry red wine will help level out the sweetness. While it may look like a work…

  8. Kobe beef extravaganza

    Kobe beef is undoubtedly the tastiest meat in the world and if you’re a beef enthusiast it is considered to be the epitome of fine dining. It comes from a breed of cattle called the Tajima-gyu, (Japanese Black) hailing from the Hyōgo region where Kobe is the capital. They were domesticated for use in agriculture centuries ago and kept isolated in Japan’s mountainous landscape. It was this geographic isolation and circumscribe diet which account for the unique taste and texture…

  9. Let’s make ice cream!

    homemade strawberry ice cream vacuvita

    Young and old alike, most people turn to ice cream when the weather is hot. It is available in every supermarket and it comes in every flavour and combination conceivable. But did you know how incredibly easy it is to make; and that with a little bit of time and very few ingredients you can make ice cream with your kids at home? What You’ll Need * 1 serving  – You should provide the following for each participant. Ice cubes 1…

  10. Making smoothie packs for daily usage

    smoothie recipe vacuvita

    Making great tasting and healthy smoothies is a very simple and fun process, but how about making smoothie packs for daily usage? Preparing them up front on the weekend or when you have some free time would transform the entire preparation process into a very easy one. There are a few things to consider before making smoothies and probably the most important is that you may include plenty of ingredients: fruits, vegetables, tofu, yogurt, fruit juice, milk, and pretty much…