Gift Inspiration for Father's Day

Celebrate Dad, Grandad or your father figure with Dualit by getting them a gift that they'll never forget. No matter the budget, it really is the thought that counts and we have a whole host of options for you to make your Dad smile.

You'll be sure to find the perfect present with our handy gift guide, complete with thoughtful ideas and gift inspiration for even the most difficult Dad!

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Ice Cube Infusions

With Summer fast approaching and the temperature rising, keeping yourself cool and hydrated is becoming a top priority. Infused ice cubes make the perfect addition to your favourite cocktails, mocktails or even plain water, adding a subtle extra flavour to really enhance your choice of beverage (with the added bonus of being visually aesthetic too)! You can either freeze ice cubes then simply pop into your drink, or you can even blend or crush them to form a slushy texture.

They're perfect for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, family get-togethers, or to make any gathering or simple occasion feel extra special. We've collated some of our top picks for the best fruits, herbs and flavours that you can try experimenting with to liven up your drinks.

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All About Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented drink made from sweetened tea and a live culture known as 'SCOBY' (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts) that becomes a delicious alternative to other carbonated beverages such as lemonade. It is largely classified as a functional beverage, meaning that it is a non-alcoholic drink that contains vitamins, amino acids or other nutrients.

Originating in Northeast China (and historically referred to as Manchuria) around 220 B.C, Kombucha is renowned for its healing properties, including probiotic benefits that encourage gut bacteria diversity and aid digestion. Despite a slight dip in international popularity during WWII as a result of tea and sugar supply shortages, Kombucha saw sales surge following a 1960s study conducted in Switzerland that compared its 'powers' to that of yoghurt.

We'll be discussing how Kombucha is made, some of the incredible benefits of this drink and how to spice up your own Kombucha with a whole host of flavour recommendations!

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Pickling Made Easy

Pickling is a method of preserving food in order to extend its shelf life by immersing it in either vinegar or brine. The acidity of the solution means that bacteria cannot survive in the environment, meaning the food doesn't rot or mould.

We've put together a simple guide on how to create your own pickled goods, top tips and tricks for ensuring that you get the most out of your home pickling and a selection of our favourite recipes for you to add to salads, sandwiches and stir fries!

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Fully Loaded! Dualit's Best Sandwich Recipes

Popularised in England in 1762 by British statesman, John Montagu, the modern sandwich combines bread with spreads, meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and other foodstuffs to form a wholesome, hearty and flavour packed brunch, lunch or dinner option. From its portability and ease of eating to the array of incredible flavour combinations that it can make, the humble sandwich may have to be one of the greatest food inventions ever to have been created.

In the UK we spend over £8.2 billion each year buying sandwiches, but the best ones have to be homemade! We honour the ever-popular sandwich with our favourite recipes and top tips, taking inspiration from all over the globe to help you ensure you're lunching the right way.

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Meaty Marinades for a Brilliant Barbecue

What better way to make the most of the warmer weather than outside in the sunshine, in the company of good friends and family, enjoying the smoky delights of the humble barbecue? It's time to dust off the grill, get out the tongs and start preparing some marvellous marinades to impress your guests this summer.

Marinating is the best way to make your choice of protein mouth-wateringly tasty. Originally, marinating involved the treatment of food with brine or coarse salt in order to tenderise meats. Over time, this process evolved to include a wider variety of ingredients such as an oil, herbs, spices and often an acidic element that worked to not only tenderise the meat, but also add depth and flavour. Now, the marinating process can take anywhere from one hour to several days depending on the protein and is used across a plethora of cuisines.

Check out some of our favourite marinades below:

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Sustainability for Success

"Switching focus to cater increasingly to a UK lockdown has been on the agenda for most hot beverages and cold brew suppliers during 2020 - and many are facing 2021 confidently, with strong plans to back their brands." - The Grocer Guide to Hot Drinks & Cold Brew

We spoke to The Grocer about the trends that we've seen in the coffee industry over the last year admidst a global pandemic, as well as our plans for the future of Dualit and how we are working to become an increasingly sustainable and forward thinking company.

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Preparing for a Picnic

With Summer fast approaching and the promise of sunshine and warmer weather, what better way to relax and enjoy the outdoors than by dining out in the open with a homemade picnic hamper, full of sweet treats and savoury surprises for a delicious brunch, lunch or dinner!

These picnic boxes make the perfect choice for a socially distanced gathering once COVID restrictions begin to ease, enabling you to spend some quality time with a small group of your nearest and dearest. They also make great gifts for friends and family that you haven't been able to see - simply drop at their doorstep on special occasions to show them a little love and appreciation.

From simple salads, sandwiches and scotch eggs to energy balls, granola bars, baked goods and jellies, the possibilities for picnic hampers are endless. We've put together a selection of our favourite summertime recipes for you to add to your bag, alongside some suggestions for how you can pack up your food in an easy, sustainable and mess-free fashion.

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How to Make Pour Over Coffee

At its simplest, Pour Over Coffee is made by pouring a slow, steady stream of hot water over coffee grounds through a filter, directly into a cup. Whilst seemingly simple, the process requires practice, patience and precision. From the temperature of the water and the speed with which you pour to the grind and volume of the coffee - there are numerous factors that go into making it correctly. However, it's well worth spending the time perfecting the art of making Pour Over Coffee, as the finished product is a full-flavoured but delicate cup of coffee with more nuance and subtlety than you'd get with a traditional coffee machine.

We've put together a handy step by step guide to help you unleash your inner coffee connoisseur and make the process easier than ever.

We've used our Pour Over Kettle and Drip Through Coffee Filter to make ours!

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Gift inspiration for Mother’s Day

Spoil Mum with something extra special this Mother's Day or simply treat yourself or a loved one to something new!

No matter the budget, it really is the thought that counts and Dualit has a host of options for you to make your Mum smile.

Read our helpful gift guide with thoughtful ideas to show Mum, or someone special, how much you care.

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