BY Coffee: The new kids on the block.



Loose Produce have started stocking a new coffee this month.

It’s BY Coffee (Backyard Coffee) and it’s Organic, Fair Trade, Locally Roasted and very hard to stop at one cup.

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BY Coffee works hard to ensure, first hand, that all their beans are ethically sourced.

“We will continue to find new ways to know our coffee producers through visiting their plantations & communities, learning about growing principles and sharing in healthy international relationships.”

Then they take the beans and roast them right here in WA!

“We employ a ‘hands-on’ approach to roasting our coffee so that you get coffee that you love. Roasting locally means that everyone who uses our coffee, experiences the delight of the intricate, delicious flavours within freshly roasted beans.”

They know & love their coffee and trust me,  it shows.

We are currently stocking three fabulous different blends:

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Come in and have a look (and a smell) it’s smooth, it’s rich and it’s fantastic!

 

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Coconut Oil



A friend of mine asked me why I had two 1 Litre tubs of Coconut Oil in my kitchen and one in my bathroom.

‘What on Earth do you use all that for?’ She asked…

‘What don’t I use it for?!’ I replied. ‘I use it for EVERYTHING!’

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It has been called The Healthiest Oil on Earth, The Fountain of Youth, The King of Oils, Nature’s Drugstore and The Miracle Oil (to name a few) and I can honestly understand why.

I have replaced every oil in my kitchen with Coconut Oil and food has never been so light and tasty. Fried food no longer makes me feel sick and my raw food would be lost without it. My smoothies are now extra, extra smooth and home baking has become a relatively guilt free eating experience.

In the bathroom, all my moisturisers are obsolete and my skin has never been so clear and soft. My leave-in hair conditioners have found new homes and my hair is obviously grateful. I use it in place of nappy cream, to treat eczema, small wounds and burns, dandruff, dry cuticles, cracked heels, even to keep fleas off my pets!

I use it for EVERYTHING.

Thanks to our friends at Niulife here is a little look at where this incredible product comes from and how it is produced…

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It really is a wonder of ancient science. See for yourself!

Come in to Loose Produce and grab a tub today.

<3

 

 

 

Healthy Hot Chocolate!? Whaaaaaaat?



It’s getting colder. Brrrrrrrrr.

That means it’s time to pull out the hefty winter doona, time to light the fireplace, time to put on 2 sets of PJ’s, a beanie, socks and ugg boots and curl up with your favourite pets, people or pillows.

AND… it’s Hot Chocolate time!

Pity they’re so unhealthy… :(

But what is this?! They don’t have to be!!?? :D

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Here’s a little Hot Chocolate alternative for you to try…

This recipe makes 2 regular mugs or one extra large mug and can be made to suit any dietary need including; vegan, dairy free, sugar free and even nut free (if you replace almond milk for soy or rice milk)

 

What you’ll need:

2  x Cups Almond milk

1/2 x Cup of Water

2 x Teaspoon Coconut oil

2 x Tablespoons Raw Cacao powder

1 x Vanilla Bean

4 x Cloves

A pinch of Cinnamon

A dash of your choice of natural sweetener (Maple Syrup, Agave, Coconut sugar, Honey, Dates)

Tiny pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt

(It can be fun to add a little chilli powder for a spicy kick!)

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Coincidentally, all ingredients used in this recipe can be found at Loose Produce! How convenient :)

 

Method:

Place Almond milk, Water and Coconut oil into a medium sized saucepan.

Place on a low heat.

Slowly add Cacao powder and stir through as the liquid comes to a gentle bubble.

Now add Cloves, Cinnamon, Salt and Vanilla all the while stirring and keeping the mixture at a simmer.

Next, add a dash of the sweetener and keep on stirring.

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Once the completed mixture has been simmering for roughly 3 minutes, remove saucepan from heat and let rest for about a minute.

At this stage, if you have a blender, blend your mixture on high for about 30 seconds. (Remember: If your blender has a glass jug, pre warm the glass before placing hot liquids inside! Especially on cold days as it could shatter due to the sudden change in temperature.) (If you’re lucky enough to own a Vitamix/Thermomix, just place all your ingredients in the unit and blend on high for about 5 minutes, strain and serve!)

Blending is not essential but is highly recommended for maximum flavour.

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Now, strain the mixture into your serving vessel, add a dusting of cinnamon, and you’re done!

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Trust me, this is the bees knees.

Even though it takes a little more effort than instant store bought powder and a kettle, it is sooo much tastier and better for you.

This is definitely one to keep in the family recipe vault. Future generations will praise your name for a million years.

You will not regret it.

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CHEERS!!

Tess x

Kitchen ants, BE GONE!!!



AAAAAAAaaaargggghhhh!

Do you have kitchen ants? If you do, you know how frustrating they are and how quickly these pesky little buggers can swarm onto the tiniest little crumb or drop left on the floor or bench. So, unless you don’t mind using poisons, don’t ever have food in your house or have the all the patieANTs and time in the world to sit and one-by-one usher these teensy ANTichrists off to a better place, you also probably know how hard they are to get rid of.

Having cats and a toddler at home, and not being one that enjoys killing other creatures in the name of conveniANTs, it was important for me to find a safe and friendly alternative to all the insecticides and poisons that can be found on the market. After a bit of research, a few different trials and some help from my good ol’ friend Mr Dustbuster. The ants are finally gone and yet to make another appearANTs (sorry for the ant puns, I couldANT help myself.)

Here is a list of DeterrANT ingrediANTS that the crawlies cANT stand:

 

1. Black pepper/ Cayenne pepper

2. Fresh garlic 

3. Cinnamon

4. Mint

5. Cucumber

6. Citrus oils/ Lemon juice

7. Coffee grounds

8. Vinegar

 

Basically, anything that is strong smelling will mess with the ants senses. They get all flustered and confused and will eventually pack their things and leave for crumbier, less smelly pastures.

I started out by observing the ants. What were they eating? Where were they going? And most importANTly, Where were they getting in?. I then vacuumed all the ants I could find. Then, I rubbed fresh garlic along the ant trail and anywhere that I had seen them. I also stuffed some small slithers into their entry points. This worked for a few days, making sure to use fresh garlic everyday and repeat the process. Then, I upped the ANTy. As well as the garlic, I scattered black pepper around the spots where I had seen them coming and going. Ants, unfortunately, are pretty small and are able to dodge and weave their way around the tiny cracked black pepper asteroid field. Still, I noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of ants willing to put up with this. Next, I bought some organic cinnamon sticks (Organic tends to be a lot more fragrANT.) The ant jerks were beginning to get the message. Finally, a week after I first began my crusade, I bought myself some Organic ground Cinnamon and stuffed, sprinkled and spread it wherever I could! The fine powder fits like a dream into small cracks and crevices, the ants didn’t stand a chance. They had finally had enough!

Since then, with the use of ZERO chemicals, poisons and pesticides, I still have ants… BUT I can count them with one hand.

Anton, Anthelda, Anthony, Ants Mcgee and Phillip do not cause any trouble and are barely noticeable. I have actually grown quite fond of them…

 

-Tess x

 

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Next week…..

I take on the Pantry Moths.

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Eco Pups



So, you make every effort to give your human family the healthiest, freshest, tastiest most sustainable and ethical food and lifestyle possible, but what about your furry family? More often than not, our puppy pals get a bit shafted when it comes to getting quality food products and accessories. We’ve all been guilty of grabbing a can or two of the cheap, processed, mushy stuff or dry biscuits, but is that because there’s usually no alternatives in the supermarkets?

It’s ALL cheap, processed, mushy, dry stuff!!

Next time you’re at Loose Produce, why don’t you check out our Pet range? We have locally sourced mince and treats such as Mondo’s Pet Mince, Organic Dog’s Dinner or Waggy dog bakehouse bones as well as eastern states BioPet products who even do VEGAN dog food!

We also stock Enviro Pet skin and allergy wash for paws with sensitive pores
and BioBag dog waste bags which are biodegradable and compostable! 

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Whatever your Doggy desires, Loose Produce strives to source healthy, sustainable and organic products for you AND your canine buddies.

Let’s keep those tails wagging!

xx

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