Cheat Beets: Pickle Your Home Grown Veg in No Time

If you’ve never pickled vegetables but you’d like to give it a go, there’s a few things you’ll need to consider. Here’s our rundown of quick tips that will have you pickling like a pro in no time!


Focus on: The New CDA 3 in 1 Instant Hot Water Tap

CDA’s new 3 in 1 instant hot water tap is not only a stylish addition to the kitchen but also a functional kitchen tool. It is packed with innovative features to update the way you use your kitchen…

The CDA Boiling water tap has a unique heating system that improves performance by way of a water separator within the tank. This allows cold water to enter at the bottom to replace the hot water being dispensed from the top of the tank, maintaining an even temperature of hot water flow.

A Showroom to Shout About

With the space to showcase the expanding range of CDA appliances, sinks and taps, the brand new showroom at our HQ in Nottingham is certainly something to shout about…

With an open plan design and two demonstration kitchen areas, the new CDA showroom has been completed. Available to view, by appointment, you can see the exciting and technologically advanced range of kitchen appliances we offer. Just contact us to book your visit.

Product experts are on hand to guide you through the functions and features to find the signature built-in oven, hob, extractor hood, washing machine or integrated dishwasher model that will fit into your lifestyle.

Top Expert Recommends Wine Coolers

Buying a special bottle of wine to save for an anniversary, big birthday or family celebration is a fun idea – but the latest research suggests that unless the bottle is stored in cellar conditions it might not be worth drinking when the big day comes.

Wine kept in a cupboard at home ages four times as quickly as that stored in a temperature controlled wine cooler – so people buying premier cru wines without facilities to store the bottles properly may be wasting their money.

Dr Fulvio Mattivi who led a study at the Edmund Mach Foundation wine academy in Trentino, Italy said, “people think, this is the year my child was born, I will buy a bottle and save it for ages. It is not a good idea.”  The study showed that even slight variations in temperature are enough to alter the quality of wine.

The researchers stored 200 bottles of Tuscan red in a professional cellar between 15-17°C (the temperature range available on CDA’s range of wine coolers) and another 200 in domestic conditions between 20 and 27°C. After 2 years the wine stored in domestic conditions had aged faster and had a poorer flavour than the wine stored in cellar conditions.

The authors of the report suggested that people who don’t live in a house with a cool cellar could invest in a wine cooler. ”For 30 bottles you can get something small, around the size of a washing machine,” said Dr Matti.

CDA offers an extensive collection of freestanding and built in wine coolers.

If you like to mix things up with the wine you drink, our double door wine cooler will hold 40 bottles and can be set for different temperatures in the right and left zones – so both reds and whites can be kept in perfect condition. It has professional style wooden slide out shelves, electronic temperature control, UV protected smoked toughened glass doors, LED interior lighting, temperature memory function, over temperature alarm, 2 humidifiers so the corks can’t dry out and the temperature range in each zone is 5-22°C.

Fight the Food Waste Battle

Can you really afford to throw away £60 a month? Probably not, but according to the latest Government report on food waste, this is something that most of us are doing. That £60 is the equivalent of 24 meals – and as well as the cost to you there’s the associated costs from collection, landfill and the effect on the environment.

The annual report by WRAP the government’s advisory body provides estimates of the amount of food and drink wasted in the UK. Almost half of what we waste is going straight from fridges or cupboards into the bin. One-fifth of what households buy ends up as waste, and around 60% of that could have been eaten. Bread, potatoes and milk were the top three food types thrown away within the avoidable food waste category (by weight). If you look at it by food groups fresh vegetables and salads are at the top (contributing to 19% of avoidable food waste). And if you were to look at it by cost, meat and fish tops the list followed by home-made and pre-prepared meals.

On a recent edition of You & Yours, top chef Aldo Zilli suggested running the kitchen like a business – pointing out that useable food that is binned represents profit thrown away to a restaurant. In the war against waste, clever planning, batch cooking and making friends with your fridge and freezer can cut the costs.

Here’s our top tips to slim your bin

·         Freezer space reduces waste. If you’ve bought ready meals you know you won’t eat by the sell by date, put them in the freezer for future use. A big freezer with easy to organise drawers – such as a freestanding full height freezer which can be used alone or paired with a freestanding full height fridge –is a real friend.

·         If you don’t want to cook chicken, mince or any other fresh meat or fish offer straight away, divide it into portions, bag up and freeze. You’ll find some great ideas and recipes for batch cooking at – just search under batch cooking.

·         Bread and potatoes top the waste charts, Cut unsliced bread into chunky cubes and freeze for croutons. Turn sliced bread into crumbs – if you have cheese that is past its best or herbs, throw into the processor with the bread to make a savoury topping for all kinds of dishes. Par boil potatoes and freeze, ready for roasties, mash for Shepherd’s Pie topping or for fishcakes. Odds and ends of cheese can be grated into the mash. Buy one get one free milk is a popular offer – milk freezes well so put one in the fridge and one in the freezer. The same applies to sliced bread and packs of rolls, crumpets or muffins.

·         Turn uncooked vegetables and even bagged salads into soup or stock and freeze.

·         Keep track of what is in the fridge – especially if you internet shop.

·         Chicken carcasses make great stock as a base for soups or casseroles. If you are short on time, take a tip from top US cook Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) and wrap the carcass in clingfilm to freeze for future use.