1. Trick or treat the Vacuvita way

    Whatever you want to call it it’s right around the corner. For many (this writer included) Halloween is the end all be all in celebrations; it is, if you will, our prom and most of us treat it accordingly. With crisp fall air giving birth to excitement as we prepare ourselves and our little ghosts and goblins for the big night. There isn’t another celebration that consistently brings out the kid in us quite like Halloween does. From planning our costumes…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  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. Bring saffron into your culinary life

    Store saffron in Vacuvita containers

    Saffron is extracted from the species ‘Crocus Sativus’ and it’s crimson threads are absolutely the most expensive spice in the world. It grows almost exclusively in a belt stretching from Spain to India with 90-95% of all saffron coming from Iran. It is hand harvested on plantations where it has been growing naturally from the beginning of time. Hand picking the crocuses is imperative to preserving and protecting the delicate threads which naturally vary in quality; meaning it also takes…

  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. 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…

  9. How to store caviar

    black caviar storage vacuvita

    Caviar is one of the most luxurious foods in the world. It is acquired from fish with the best one coming from sturgeon. The eggs are harvested from mature fish, no less than 10 years old, intercepted, on their way up river to spawn. The most expensive caviar ever harvested what was said to have been from a 100 year old fish and that her eggs sold for no less than $1000 an ounce. This is food to be savoured!…

  10. Non food sealing for long term protection

    non food sealing vacuvita

    In the past, to protect documents and identification people would laminate them. Unfortunately, due to increased security features on such documents and general pickiness, this is a no-no. In fact, it’s destruction of government property and comes with a fine. ‘But it’s my drivers license!’ No, it isn’t; that’s why it can be revoked. Marriage licenses. Divorce settlements. Property Deeds. Wills. Birth certificates. Warranties. Your first love letter. Photos; even money, should you actually have an excessive amount of it…