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  • Preserving

    Preserving is a great way to enjoy the season’s best flavours at any time of the year. Pick what’s in ample supply (e.g. berries and stonefruit in Summer, pears in Winter) and preserve to enjoy year round.

    The aim of preserving is to slow down the activity of microorganisms and enzymes or destroy them altogether. Here’s a few common methods of preserving:

    Freezing - the colder the food, the slower the rate of deterioration. Freezing only slows down enzyme activity so vegetables must be blanched in boiling water first.

    Heat - boiling or blanching at high temperatures destroys enzyme activity and almost all microorganisms. Boiled preserves must be sealed in airless conditions to prolong their shelf life.

    Strong Concentrations - alcohol, acid, salt and sugar in high concentrations either prevent or destroy microorganisms. The method used will depend on what you’re preserving.

    Essential Equipment
    - Small ladle for potting all types of preserves.
    - Slotted spoon for poaching and skimming
    - Wooden spoon for stirring
    - Tongs for removing items when heat processing
    - Jam/sugar thermometer for accurate temperature taking
    - Hydrometer - useful for brewing to measure the alcohol content
    - Wide mouth funnel for potting up preserves
    - Long spouted funnel for bottling drinks and sauces
    - Cheesecloth for filtering and straining liquids
    - Jelly bag for straining fruit pulp
    - Muslin cloth for straining, wrapping meats or making spice bags
    - Food processor to save time and effort when mixing, blitzing, mashing or pulping
    - Large plastic container with drip tray for brining and curing meats
    - Stainless steel preserving pan— a specialist, non-reactive, heavy based pan for rapid boiling.

    The right container can make all the difference when preserving. Containers must always be in good condition and steralised before use.

    - Clear glass bottle - used with an airtight cork these are perfect for wine, cider and cordials
    (alternatively use a swing stopper bottle)
    - Ice cube box for freezing small portions of herbs
    - Plastic freezer containers for freezing jams, fruit, vegetables, purees and sauces.
    - Jam jars for storing jams, chutneys, jellies etc. A new lid or waxed disc is essential every time.
    - Corks for stopping home brews.
    - Ramekin dish for potting up meat and fish or butter, cheese and jellies.
    - Specialist preserving jars - heat resistant, with non-corrosive lids and replaceable seals.

    - Salt - draws out the moisture in food. Can be used for preserving vegetables, meat and fish.
    - Sugar - just as effective as salt when used in high concentrations (60% +). Mostly used to preserve fruit or used with vinegar to preserve fruit and vegetable mixes such as chutneys.
    - Fats - not a preserving agent but used to protect some preserved foods by forming a protective  seal.
    - Vinegars - prevents the growth of microorganisms. Mostly used to preserve vegetables as  pickles, relishes and sauces.
    - Lemons - used when making jams. Adding lemon draws out the pectin, helping the mixture set.
    - Spices and flavourings - enhances flavour of preserves and can even actively help the  preserving process.

    Check out our selection of preserving books, tools and equipment available online for delivery nationwide or visit our Variety Departments for the full range.

    Featured image: Apricot Tangelo Marmalata from Rowan Bishop 'With Relish'. Photograph by Carolyn Robertson.

  • Tomboy Mousse Cake

    Tangy sweet berry mousse perfectly paired with a simple sponge base, this cake will go down a treat at any festive celebration.

  • Dragonfly Char Siu Lamb Ribs

    This dish uses a classic Cantonese marinade, char siu. Its simplistic translation means ‘fork/roast’. Char siu typically has a distinctive red glaze and is a combination of sweet, savoury and sticky. Serves 4, generously.

  • Megan May's Cacao & Raspberry Summer Torte

    Not only beautiful to look at, this raw torte manages to be delicious, decadent and good for you all at the same time. It’s a great dessert to take to a dinner party and the perfect finish to any summer feast!

    Recipe by Megan May from Little Bird Organics & The Unbakeries.

  • J. Bush & Sons Honey

    Celebrating 100 years in business.

    J. Bush & Sons is a family owned and operated business of Apiarists (Beekeepers) based in Blenheim.

    Third generation Peter and Murray Bush are currently at the helm and manage 2000 beehives spread all over Marlborough.

    It all started in 1916, when Horace Bush (Peter and Murray’s Grandfather) needed bees to pollinate an apple orchard he was involved in. Horace soon discovered he enjoyed bees more than apples, so established enough beehives to earn a full time income.

    One of Horace’s sons, John, started working with the bees as a young child, eventually running the business in his own right alongside his wife of sixty years, Joy Bush. He is now 84 years young, and still enjoys being around the bees when time allows.

    J. Bush and Sons specialise in small scale production that targets and harnesses the special flavours found in honey collected from different trees and pastures in the South Island.

    Every flower or plant produces a different type of nectar that determines the flavour, texture, and colour, and the J. Bush & Sons team work hard to ensure the hives are at their best when each flower is ready each summer.

    From light delicate Molesworth Blue Borage collected in the mountains of inland Marlborough, to the robust flavoursome Manuka and Alpine Beech Honey Dew, there is a flavour for everyone.

    None of Bush’s honeys are heat treated during processing and packing, meaning all the wonderful nutritional properties of honey are retained.

    There are many wide and varied uses for honey including sweetening drinks or baking, as a remedy for sore throats, soothing scrapes and burns or even as part of your daily beauty regime. You can’t beat a classic though - toast remains the number one destination for honey!

    For an extra special treat Murray Bush recommends trying Bush’s Comb Honey on a cracker with a soft white cheese, (or blue if you prefer), and a glass of wine to really cap it off.

    J. Bush & Sons Honey is available from all Moore Wilson’s stores. The Bush family have been a valued supplier of Moore Wilson’s for many years and we are thrilled to see them reach the milestone of 100 years in business.

    Pictured: Murray Bush presents Moore Wilson’s Director Julie Moore with a delicious fruit cake to celebrate J. Bush & Sons centenary.

  • Alan Brown's Asparagus, Shallot, Feta and Egg Pizza

    To celebrate the launch of Alan Brown’s new Recipes from the Kiwi Pizza Oven, we have a very simple recipe from its pages – and it coincides nicely with asparagus season!

    Not everyone has the space for a wood-fired pizza oven, and Alan’s recipes reflect that – but we have something exciting to show off too. Check out the new Firebox BBQ Pizza Oven, the ultimate gift for pizza lovers and a great excuse to bring out the barbecue.

    As with most pizza recipes, you’ll need to get any oven as hot as you can – 350+ degrees C in a wood oven, or 250+ degrees C in a conventional one. The recipe below is for one 10” pizza.

  • Classic Mojito

    Imported by Wellington's iconic Havana Bar, Ron Varadero 3 Year Old White Rum is ideal for making a classic Cuban Mojito!

  • Ārahi Alcohol-Free Beverages

    Non-Alcoholic Drinks with style and sophistication.

    Ārahi is a unique new range of non-alcoholic drinks made to satisfy adult tastes and suit their social needs.

    The idea came about when David Wilson, who describes himself as a 'bit of a foodie' and lover of good wine, met and began spending time with Jo-Anne Short, a non-drinker who didn’t enjoy or need alcohol to socialise.

    David began to notice that Jo-Anne was often offered an inferior experience than his when they visited restaurants or bars. David would have numerous options for wine, all served in fine stemware, while Jo-Anne would end up with fizzy drink or juice in a tumbler.

    Jo-Anne became the inspiration for Ārahi when David decided to right what was wrong in the market. He drew on his many years of culinary experience to create a multitude of drinks they could share over dinner and when friends came to visit. The most challenging aspect was length of palate, a flavour journey from the nose to a lingering finish, just like a good wine.

    With the help of a winemaker or two (including Hawkes Bay’s Rod McDonald), David crafted the Ārahi range using the cold-pressed juice of super-premium wine grapes. Only the finest parcels of grapes were used which is one of the critical things that elevates Ārahi from the group of low-priced grape juices that are made from reconstituted table grapes. Also important was the blending process used to turn the super-sweet juice into a refreshing and multi-dimensional experience.

    David, along with the winemakers and a food technologist, worked tirelessly to create a sophisticated and balanced drink. “It took months and many failed methodologies until I finally began to produce drinks that were worthy for us to enjoy together” says David, “I’ll never forget the first night Jo-Anne and I had dinner together like two grown-ups, sharing a bottle of Sparkling Karera from an ice-bucket at the table”.

    Jo-Anne, who cofounded Ārahi with David, was influential in the naming, look and feel of the finished product – all of which reflects her Māori heritage.

    Two Ārahi non-alcoholic beverages are available online and in store at Moore Wilson’s Wine, Beer & Spirits:

    Ārahi Sparkling Karera: When served chilled in an elegant flute this Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc delivers a premium experience that is bursting with flavour. This is a lively and special celebratory beverage that makes alcohol-free drinking a pleasure.

    Light straw in colour with a fine and vibrant bead. The palate is long and racy with kiwifruit and apple. An off-dry style with a lingering finish.

    Food pairing: shellfish, cheese, berries, pasta and seafood.

    Ārahi Kuratea: Named after the Māori word for red, the colour of the rich Merlot grapes from which this gourmet beverage is made.

    Floral on the nose with blackcurrant and vanilla on the palate. A beverage with nicely balanced sweetness and a dry, slightly tannic finish.

    Food pairing: game meats, blue cheese, Asian dishes, beef, beetroot salad.

  • Scallops with a Citrus Marinade

    New season fresh Whangamata Scallops available now from Moana NZ inside
    Moore Wilson's Fresh! 

    Try this simple marinade to bring out the delicate flavours of fresh NZ scallops.
    Serves 3-4 as an entree.

  • Mini Matcha Cheesecakes

    Matcha is a special variety of green tea, stoneground into a fine powder.  Considered a “super food”, matcha is packed with antioxidants, the super chemical compound that prevents aging and several chronic diseases. One cup of Matcha is reported to have the nutritional value of up to 10 cups of regular green tea and over 100 x the antioxidants!

    Matcha powder can be used in just about anything – smoothies, juices, desserts, or simply enjoyed as a nourishing tea or ‘latte’. Matcha adds a wonderful, natural colour to baking (or un-baking!) – as you’ll see with these beautiful mini cheesecakes.

    Makes  10 | Ready in  45 minutes + freezing time.

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