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How to keep your produce fresh, not funky

There’s a very simple joy that comes from the snap of a fresh broccoli stem or the crunch of a raw carrot. And while you may revel in your new bounty, the moment tends to be short lived as the struggle to keep pesky perishables perky settles in.  Our founder, Julia Schaffer, challenged me to take on the task of researching and uncovering the best strategies when it comes to storing fresh produce. And let me tell you, it’s been a journey and then some! From kitchen mishaps to experiments gone right, my eyes have been opened to the myriad of ways that my produce could be saved from ultimate rot.  With that being said, here’s what I found: Start...

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10 Traditional New Year's Eve Foods for a Prosperous 2022

When it comes to festive holidays, Christmas tends to reign supreme. Between the gifts and glitz and the delicious dinner spreads, it’s a difficult celebration to compete with. New Year’s Eve, however, is a great contender for the spot of ‘fave holiday’. Not only is it the final celebration of the year, but it’s also a moment to reflect while welcoming a new beginning. And even though it might present the perfect opportunity to dress up and boogie down, it’s also a chance to celebrate a few traditions as well.  As we get ready to ring in the new year, we’d like to delve into culinary heritage from across the world and discover the deep, layered meanings behind some of...

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Restore nature, one shrub at a time

  The Earth’s temperature is rising every year. Wildfires are spreading and water is growing increasingly scarce. But spekboom can help. Portulacaria Afra, commonly known as “spekboom” is a succulent plant indigenous to South Africa. This sprawling bright green shrub could be the key to offsetting carbon emissions and helping to restore balance to our planet.  By acting like a carbon sponge, one hectare of spekboom can absorb between 4 and 10 tonnes of CO2 per year and is 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rainforest.  In addition, this evergreen wonder plant grows without formal planting and can do so using very little water. It is also fire-resistant and can live for up to 200 years.  This...

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The Spaza Guide to a Green Cleaning Routine

After a year of acclimatising to the "new normal", it's safe to say that your home probably needs a little TLC. And with Christmas fast approaching, now is a better time than ever to clean up and start the new year on a squeaky clean foot.  Before you get all your cleaning supplies out and start wiping down every surface in sight though, it might be worth considering your cleaning routine and looking at ways you could make better choices regarding the health of not only your household, but the environment as well.   From eco-friendly swaps to DIY solutions, we’re here to help you on your way to green cleaning success. Let’s get into it… Ditch the disposables Did you...

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Spotlight on Expert Knitter, Colleen Babb

Colleen Babb spotted us on social media 5 years ago and called to see how she could get involved. We are so happy she did because this is just the kind of magic that makes Spaza products so special.  Having started her knitting career at the age of 7 years, Colleen has a lot of stitches behind her and she doesn't give up for anything so there are many more to come.

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