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April 6 2016

Vacuum Packer

I received some information from First Food Machinery the other day, about a Vacuum Packer for food products that might be of interest to my readers who are in the Food Production industry (and I know there are some of you out there).

Vacuum Packer

Food Machinery is one of the UK’s premium suppliers of vacuum packers to the food industry and even further afield. Food Machinery knows that vacuum packing extends the shelf life of food products such as raw meat, fish, cheese and even cooked food. A vacuum pack machine can ensure that food is kept in a safe condition and any potentially harmful effect to people’s health is extinguished.

Vacuum Packer

Vacuum Packer

A vacuum packer seals products in an airtight bag, and this function of extracting the remaining air has been extended to many additional areas of food preparation. For example, the sous-vide method of cooking, in which food is sealed then placed in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times to cook the item evenly, demonstrates the versatility of a vacuum food sealer.

Food Machinery’s table-top packer is ideally suited for this, ensuring that the inside of the food is properly cooked without overcooking the outside whilst retaining the product’s moisture.
When a vacuum packer extracts the air from around the product which has been placed in a suitable package (such as a vacuum bag or barrier pouch), oxygen is naturally extracted too. Aerobic micro-organisms in food that would usually spoil the product are therefore deprived of oxygen and so their effect is significantly reduced.

The principle of a vacuum packer itself is fairly straightforward – the vacuum bag that contains the product is positioned in the vacuum chamber, the open side of the bag lies over the sealing bar. Once the lid is closed, the vacuum pack machine automatically carries out the four phase vacuum process: extracting the air, injecting gas (optional), sealing and aerating with soft air. All of Food Machinery’s vacuum packers carry out their tasks with consummate ease, which is considered to be a sign of the quality of the machines they supply.

March 22 2016

Whiskey Around the World

Was sent this interesting infographic the other day.

Whiskey Around the World on Retale.com

March 9 2016

Watch meets Booze

Received some news in my inbox the other day about a rather cool but undoubtedly extremely expensive watch with some booze in it!

This is taken from the Wealth Solutions website.

Armin Strom’s Cognac Watch Contains drop of the WORLD’S OLDEST Cognac

Private ownership allows Swiss watch manufacturer Armin Strom the freedom to explore novel concepts and unusual projects. As a result of the cooperation between Armin Strom and its new partner – Wealth Solutions, a highly unusual wristwatch was created.
The movement of the Swiss mechanical timepiece features a liquor treasured in a capsule. Moreover, it is not just any liquor but a cognac from the year 1762- the oldest authenticated cognac sold at a public auction. This alcoholic beverage was the Wealth Solutions’ collection item purchased by the company in 2014.

Armin Strom chief horologist Claude Greisler devised a concept that protects the movement while incorporating the rare spirit. A sealed sapphire crystal disc positioned at 5 o’clock captures the rare Cognac. On the backside, a hand-engraved design of a bunch of grapes decorates the base plate. Manual wind with this anusual capsule will be produced in a limited edition of 40 pieces only, in stainless steel, 18k rose gold and titanium cases. The watch will be presented for the first time on March 20th, during Baselworld 2016.

Armin Strom Cognac Watch

Armin Strom Cognac Watch

1762 Gautier Cognac

1762 Gautier Cognac

February 18 2016

5 Exotic Wines Every Woman Needs to Try At least Once

f you are over the age of 21, chances are you will see many wine memes come across your social media pages. This is for a good reason. There are many types of wines to try, from simple to exotic. If you are interested in trying out different types of wines as a hobby, there are some exotic wines that you should try out.
Here are five exotic wines that you should give a try that won’t make you take out guarantor loans in order to try.

1. 40 Karat
While most wines are made out of grapes, there are also wines that are made from other berries. Even more exotic are wines that are made out of other vegetables. 40 karat wine is made out of carrots. Thought the wine is a vegetable wine, is a white wine that is just as savory as other wines. This wine tends to go well with foods that are spicy, so you can try it with your favorite exotic food.

2. Laxas Rias Baixas albariño
Wines that try different fruit flavors tend to turn out to be unique. Laxas Rias Baixas wine can be described as slightly creamy and light. This wine is made more like a soda, with the light fizz and bubbles. For people that are attempting to enter into the world of wine but do not like the taste of traditional reds and whites, this will help you to transition a little easier.

3. Arneis
If you like grape wine, you can try the white grape wine Arneis. This wine is created from pears and almonds. The wine is described to have a crispy taste. If you want a unique wine with an upper class feel and taste, this wine is one of the best forays into exotic wines.

4. Macadamia nut and honey wine
If you prefer your wine to have a theme, then a wine from Volcano Winery in is one of the best choices for a Hawaiian Wine. The white wine from this vineyard is called Macadamia nut and honey, and is made from both of these ingredients. The taste of this wine is perfectly suited for a luau meal or an upscale barbeque. Another exotic wine from this vineyard is called guava grape and is made from a tropical fruit blend for those who want something a little more sweet.

5. Mocha Coffee
If you have a love of coffee and you love wine, there is no reason why you can’t mix the two. A wine from Sweet Sunset vineyard, called Mocha coffee mixes coffee and wine. This is the perfect coffee and wine. This wine can be chilled and served on its own, or even be served mix into coffee in order to give it a bit of a kick. Coffee wine is exotic yet it may be more popular than other wines in the future, due to the love of fusion tastes.

December 15 2015

5 Great Christmas Movie & Cocktails Pairings

Here’s another excellent guest post from @MariaRamos1889, this time with a festive theme.

Nothing soothes the soul during the holidays quite like a watching some uplifting holiday classics. For an added bit of fun try pairing your favorite movies with some delicious malt liquors. Here are a few suggestions to start you off on your Christmas movie marathon.

Elf Movie

Elf Movie


In Elf, Will Ferrell plays an orphan adopted by Santa’s elves one Christmas eve. Upon discovering who his real father is he sets out into the real world and, of course, he’s in for a bit of a culture shock.
An Irish Coffee is the perfect accompanying beverage for this holiday comedy because when Buddy sees a co worker pouring whiskey (he assumes it’s just syrup) into his coffee, Buddy tries and becomes amusingly tipsy. Oh, what fun!

2 2/3 oz. Hot coffee
1 1/3 oz. Irish Whiskey
1 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 oz. Fresh Cream

Heat the coffee, whiskey, and sugar but do not boil. Pour and top with cream. Serve hot.


It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life is a heartfelt classic. George Bailey (James Stewart), down and out, contemplates suicide until he is sent a guardian angel (Henry Travers) to lift his moral and boost his holiday spirits.
Upon going to a bar George requests: “Mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves.” So, the drink of choice: Mulled wine, naturally.

1 liter dry red wine
2 (5cm) cinnamon sticks
1 dessertspoon whole cloves
1 dessertspoon whole allspice
1 large piece orange rind (avoid the pith)
1 large piece lemon rind (avoid the pith)
4 tps. sugar, or to taste

Gently heat everything. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar and once dissolved add more to taste.
Keep on medium to low heat for 20 minutes to flavor infuse the wine. Pour in a mug and garnish with orange peels. Zesty!

A Christmas Story

Based on a short story, A Christmas Story is about little Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wanting only one thing for Christmas: a red ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. This movie brings back fond memories of the anticipation of asking for certain gifts and opening them, or not, on Christmas. A Mudslide is a simple and perfect, childlike, adult milkshake for this holiday season.

1 1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/2 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Pour Hershey’s chocolate syrup around the inside rim of your glass. Mix Bailey’s and Kahlua, pour into your chocolate glass and enjoy!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas stars the charming Jim Carrey as the cranky pants Grinch and a young Taylor Momsen as little Cindy Lou Who. A reimagine of Dr. Seuss’ book and animated movie, under the same name. The Grinch, irritated by all the joyous singing and Christmas cheer down in Whoville, decides he’s going to ruin Christmas. However, in the midst of his plans he has a change of heart and decides to try to fix what he’s torn apart. A delicious Appletini is the perfect things to melt your grinchy heart, why? Because it’s green and it’s got a bit of a snap to it, like the Grinch.

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Green Apple Schnapps
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

Simply mix and pour.


Home Alone 2

Home Alone 2 once again stars the lovable little Macaulay Culkin as Kevin and this time, in the hustle and bustle of his large family’s Christmas vacation plans he accidentally boards the wrong flight. So, while Kevin enjoys his New York trip his parents once again frantically try to search for him. He also happens to run into everyone’s favorite wishy-washy burglars Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern). So, what better drink to have while watching Kevin explore New York than a Manhattan.

1 oz. Italian Vermouth
2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
(Optional) a maraschino cherry or a twist orange peel

Gently mix. Pour the strained mixture over a cherry and rub an orange over the rim of the glass.

These excellent pairings would be perfect for a holiday party or even a winter night in by yourself. And if you just can’t seem to find the movies you’re looking for you can catch great movies like It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf on cable TV (check your local details here or here) this season – heck you could probably catch all kinds of holiday movies right now, why wait? Mix a drink and enjoy.

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