News — Kitchen RSS



Kombucha Basics for Beginners

I’ll admit it - kombucha was something that I never really had much interest in. Given that it’s quite a pricey beverage, it was never something that I was tempted to splurge on. I always thought of it as the drink of the hippies and health freaks and honestly, the thought of a SCOBY floating atop my drink just put me off entirely. Then came the day when I took a dive straight into the unknown and tasted it. The tart, vinegary deliciousness that covered my taste buds was almost ethereal and after finding out about all the probiotic benefits of this fizzy favorite, I was sold!  Although I enjoy the refreshing taste of kombucha, brewing it was something that...

Continue reading



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...

Continue reading



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...

Continue reading



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...

Continue reading



Conscious Cleaning #01 | How to clean a burnt pot

To be conscious means to be aware of one's surroundings and to have knowledge of what you are doing. Another important element of consciousness is to slow down and to be mindful of the process. With our Conscious Cleaning blog post series, we will empower you to tackle the most troublesome problems in your home with some easy eco-friendly solutions - allowing you to slow down and leave the chemicals at the door. Our first challenge will be cleaning a burnt pot or pan. Let’s be honest - we’ve all burnt a pot. It happens. All it takes is a few moments of distraction for things to go wrong. ‘One festive season I borrowed a stainless steel pot from a family...

Continue reading