Test kitchen Tips and skills

How to sterilise glass jars

To sterilise jars for jams and preserves, wash them in hot soapy water, then rinse and dry. Place the jars upturned on a baking tray in a warm oven preheated to at least 120° C for approximately 15 minutes until completely... Continue reading

How to make jam

I find the idea of making jam deeply satisfying in the sense that it makes me feel terribly accomplished in the old-fashioned housewife sort of way. It’s one thing to whip up a cake or bake a pie, but nothing... Continue reading

Pudding Steamer Review

We sent Kate Liquorish of Undomestikated a KitchenKraft Masterclass Non-Stick Pudding Steamer to test drive. This is what she had to say. “For me Christmas is about food…people-yes…wine-definitely…but mostly food, food, food! I don’t really care for presents or lavish... Continue reading

Making Espresso with a Moka Pot

Making an excellent cup of coffee yourself is a delightfully thrilling thing. Kate Liquorish of Undomestikated sent us some lyrical thoughts on (and beautiful pictures of) her new Bialetiti Moka Pot: “You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a... Continue reading

Coffee art, you can do it

We recently challenged the hardcore coffee consumers in our community to bust out some skills, make art in their coffee and post photos on our Facebook page. This is not at all limited to the baristas of the world – the... Continue reading

Pods for perfectly poached eggs

Bridget McNulty – a passionate foodie, heart-shaped egg maker and excellent writer – sent us a review of her Fusionbrands poachpods: “I have a confession to make: although I consider myself a burgeoning foodie, I have never made a poached egg.... Continue reading