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. 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…

  3. What’s ‘in’ this autumn

    With fashion week drawing near many of us are anxious to see the showcase of new trends from emerging artists and designers all over the world. The most classic and cutting edge of all fall collections however, comes from Nature. Her bold colour palate never fails to impress even the most cynical among us. Besides the changing of the leaves a lot more goes on in the autumn showcase, that we don’t even realise. With every changing season her new…

  4. Dried fruits for long-term storage

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    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…

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

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    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…

  6. How to make a good espresso

    Recently people have entered the realm of ‘coffee elitism.’ Like micro breweries coffee shops have been popping up all over the place, each one like the next claiming to have the best melanges and brews, whether you like fruity aromas or something seriously dark and menacing, everyone has their favorites. Some people have even gone ‘coffee alchemist’ ordering beans from around the world creating and roasting their own blends at home. But do you know what it takes to make…

  7. Sophisticated French macarons in easy steps

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    French macarons are delicate weightless cookies with a crunchy exterior which gives way to a sticky, chewy texture in your mouth and can be filled with anything from frosting and caramel to curd and ganache. They are delicious and at €2 a piece they are pricey but they are worth it. Just on the off chance though that you wanted to try your hand at a centuries old patisserie technique though, we’ve done the honour of finding you a nice…

  8. Vacuvita Chef: Mini quiche to please the guests

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    Refrigerate a bottle of white or rosé wine, call your friends and invite them to your place. Meanwhile put your kitchen apron on and cook some tasty bites to suit with a relaxing atmosphere. By tasty I mean some mini quiche that I consider the best choice for a Friday in or any occasion you plan on a gathering with your friends. Preparation Rub between the fingers and then between the hands 125 grams of butter with 200 grams of…

  9. Non food sealing for long term protection

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    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…

  10. Five tips to reduce food waste

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    In addition to using our revolutionary and stylish vacuum system, we at Vacuvita would also like to share with you a little common sense to optimally use and keep your food, as well as save you a little money. Let’s talk about your groceries, the fridge and yesterday’s leftovers! Be Mindful. Plan your meals. Make a list and stick to it! Eat the food. Keep track of what you have in stock and use it! Don’t let things go to waste…