The Kitchen Gadget Arsenal – part 2

This second part of ‘The gadget arsenal’ introduces gadgets that address some of the most FRUSTRATING problems in the kitchen.


The Jarkey

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Capturing summer in a jar: jam making and preserving

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The last weeks of summer are often synonymous with a bounty of beautiful fruit and other …


Caring for your knives

A good knife is a true investment, and the chef’s most important tool in the kitchen. Your quality knife, or set of knives, can serve you well for many years, providing you take the right steps to care for it.

The materials used to make your knife can affect the care …

TEI Prahran vinegars

Using quality vinegars

TEI Prahran vinegars

Quality vinegars are designed to stimulate the taste buds. They should amplify, enhance or contribute a complexity of flavour to your foods. Developed to maintain a strong acidic profile while having an intense & robust flavour, quality vinegars should have a strong impact …


Win a Melbourne food lovers’ experience


The Essential Ingredient and Melbourne Food & Wine Festival are giving you and your guest the opportunity to discover something new …

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – a celebration of new-century cuisine , served up in a …

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Mint Choc-Chip, Vanilla, Boysenberry… what’s your favourite ice-cream?

As we get closer to the end of summer (unfortunately), I know my way of cooking will change. Less salads, more roasted vegetables. Less sandwiches, more soups & I can not wait for the slow cooking to start. But, my ice-cream maker will remain in use, even in the cooler months. 

There is always homemade ice-cream in our freezer at our house. …

Image from The New Charcuterie Cookbook, Jamie Bissonnette

Taste the rockstar lifestyle… #shopwithBiss

Please note this competition is being run by The Essential Ingredient Prahran Store.

Boston’s most exciting chef, Jamie Bissonnette, a charcuterie plate to end them all, a glass of plonk or two & $1500 to spend on whatever you want from our shelves. Sound good?

We’ll …