DIY Butchery: A Better Quality Eat

As we’re sure you already know, meat prices are going through the roof. This is causing a lot of people to rethink how (and where) they source their meat. And through our strong ties with local hunting groups, we’ve even seen a resurgence in people learning how to process their own animals as was traditionally the way for those on the land. 

We’re long-time believers in the health benefits, quality, and the cost savings that can be gained from home butchery, and many we’ve “mentored” during our time have even turned it into a hobby, not just a money saving exercise. Because there’s enjoyment and satisfaction in becoming the “hunter” – creating and perfecting butchery, sausage making, meat smoking, and other essential skills common to a time before supermarket conveniences…

So let’s dive into our range of home butchery & meat processing supplies that can take you on a journey out of isle 4 to re-connect with the great outdoors…

Butchery Supplies a Cut Above the Rest

Yep, we went there. Gotta love puns!

But seriously, if you need ingredients or supplies to get your meat from paddock to freezer to plate, then look no further. 

  • Packaging
  • Knives and saws
  • Meat slicers and mincers
  • Hooks and gambrels
  • Marinades and seasonings
  • Smoking and curing supplies
  • And much, much more.

And if you don’t know what some of that even is, then you’re in luck…

It doesn’t happen often, but we’ve got a whole animal butchery class coming up on April 11 & 12 where you get to experience the full nose-to-tail butchery of the meat of your choice (24-26 kg of either lamb, beef, or pork) over a comprehensive weekend workshop.

Things you’ll learn are:

  • Knife sharpening and correct equipment selection.
  • Learning the different types of cuts – bacon, sausage, and the best roasting pieces.
  • Sausage making.
  • Bacon and kabana making.
  • Meat smoking.
  • Correct packaging and storage.
  • And more!

All supplies and equipment required for production are included within the class fee.

At the end of the session you’ll take home all of the meat freshly prepared during the class, ready for cooking, refrigerating or freezing in preparation for your next dinner party, barbecue or picnic. You’ll also get a 15% discount on all of our butchery equipment and ingredients, redeemable on the day of the class.

Come learn the ropes with us!

If you’ve ever considered getting your caveman (or woman!) on and trying out the way of the hunter-gatherer, then now is a good time to try. With our upcoming workshop which will introduce you to the craft of butchery, you can get a taste of what it means to eat the meat you’ve run off its feet.

We think you’ll love it.

See you in class!

Say Hello to a Better Lifestyle

It’s the beginning of a new week, and you feel inspired to make your house into a more comfortable, entertainable home. This usually means a trip to a local homewares store or Bunnings *shudder*…

Until now.

Introducing My Slice of Lifestyle –  a complementary sister business we created to focus on premium lifestyle products that truly enhance your slice of ‘outdoor life’. Same location, same great service, double the product range!

Whether it’s preparing culinary delights or entertaining guests in style,
our comprehensive offering: My Slice of Life + My Slice of Lifestyle, has you covered.

So as a new weekend dawns, let’s take a sneak peek at how we can now take your leisure to a whole new level of “Chic”.

The Best Brands, Brought to Your Home

Australia is seen as the mecca of outdoor living. Now, we can get you there.

Family, fire, and food are the key pillars of our new product range. Think indoor/outdoor heating, BBQ’s/outdoor kitchens, and furniture. All the essentials you need to have an inviting outdoor area where you, the family, and your guests can spend plenty of quality time! 

We pride ourselves in offering a higher end range of lifestyle products.
We think that they are showpieces as well as being functional devices
that bring you a better quality of life. We have partnered with the worlds best outdoor living brands such as:

🍖 Big Green Egg
🍖 Green Mountain Grills
🍖 Hark BBQ
🍖 Flaming Coals
🍖 Napoleon
🍖🔥 🍳 Gasmate
🍖🍳 Euro Appliances
🍕 Ooni
🍕🔥 Buschbeck Australia
🔥 Euro Fireplaces
🔥 Modern Flames Australia
🔥 EcoSmart Fire
🔥 ADF Wood Heaters
🔥 Heatscope
🔥 Outback Heating
☂️ Instant Shade Umbrellas
🍳 Robam Rangehoods

These brands give you longevity, value, and timeless style for your home. 

Remember, we offer free freight within 100km and ship all products Australia wide – nothing is too big for us to freight to you!

Terms and conditions apply. Ask us for details!

Got a Life Changing Renovation in Mind?

To make a home a castle takes a lot of dreaming. And there’s only so much you can DIY.

So, where do you start?

Fear not. For the bigger home additions like pizza ovens, kitchens, and rangehoods, we’re happy to offer our expert knowledge and trusted contractors that we’ve tried and tested for our own projects.

Get quality products and the confidence you need to build a castle worthy of any noble in your realm…  

You asked, we delivered. With the addition of My Slice of Lifestyle to our location, we’re set to transform your home with products that you, your family, and your guests will LOVE!

Remember, if you have questions on anything culinary or lifestyle related, our experts are a phone, email, or drive-by away. So make your life one that you love with the best advice, kitchenware, and leisure products on the market. 

Happy entertaining!

DIY Workshop Showcase

Ever watched those cooking shows and Think: “I wonder if I could I do that?” (Or WTF are they doing!?!?)

Wonder no longer.

We hold a number of fun, educational, in-house workshops run by industry-trained professionals. And don’t think it’s all about sitting there listening. No, these are hands-on workshops where you’ll be getting dirty smoking, curing, and cutting! They cover a range of topics and are sure to take your lifestyle to a whole new level of awesome.

No matter what background – men, women, young, and old are welcome to these tantalising training sessions that will ensure you’re the life of your next backyard BBQ…

What Workshops, You Ask?

Foodies, farmers, and hunters, rejoice! Learn more about food production and garner more skills you can use at home with topics such as: 

  • Sausage Making
  • Bacon and Kabana
  • Butchery
  • American BBQ
  • Salami
  • Charcuterie
  • Home Brewing
  • And more!

Get in quick! Early bird booking specials are now on.

We only run these classes a couple of times a year so we highly encourage you to book ahead so you don’t miss out.

Hail From A Land Far Away?

Whether you’re just down the road or even if hail from another state, why not make a trip of it and visit our beautiful region? Wangaratta lies right on the Hume FWY and there is so much food, wine, and scenery to enjoy. 

We really are the home of lifestyle transformations in the North East, and think you are going to LOVE learning how to up your game with our workshops. 

Remember, we’ve got a range of culinary supplies that would make a Michelin chef weep with joy, and if you have questions, our experts have got your back. So take your cooking (and lifestyle) to the next level with only the best advice, kitchenware, and leisure products. 

See you at a class soon!

It’s Passata/Preserving & Wine Making Season!

Welcome to 2020. First of all, we hope that you and your family are well after the devastating fires that rocked our nearby neighbourhoods. We hope the remainder of the summer is kind to all.

Despite the unfortunate weather, crops are producing a bounty of flavourful produce that, in some cases, is too much to eat! So why not kick your preserving game into gear?

Let’s take a look at how to take advantage of your abundance with some good ol’ fashioned preserving of these popular local crops…

Got Excess Tomatoes?

‘Tis the season to be preserving, saucing, and turning your abundant harvest into lasting pantry goodies!

Whether you’re jamming, canning, or planning a saucy sensation, we’ve got you covered.

And when it comes to traditional Italian passata, the only way you’ll come close to a creation “just like mama used to make it”, is to use the right equipment. Whether it’s bottles, jars, or presses – we’ve got you covered.

Start Whining!

Well, not literally..

We think that the fruit of your labour is best served in a glass with friends, which is why we stock a comprehensive range of wine-making supplies.

And in addition to a full range of products, we offer FREE pH and alcohol testing, and an equipment hire service for those wanting to test the waters, first. 

It doesn’t matter what level you’re at – we cater to all. So come in to see your local experts in all things wine making and let us make sure your next drop a memorable one – for the right reasons! 

Despite the heat, tomatoes and grapes are ripe for the picking, so be sure to get in while the flavours are ‘bellissimo’, preserving them for lasting enjoyment by all.

Remember, our experts are just a phone call away should you get stuck. That’s why we’re here – to take your cooking (and lifestyle) to the next level with only the best advice, kitchenware, and leisure products for your home. So in 2020, expect to see more news from us, more handy tips, and a growing range of products from your favourite, local,culinary experts. 

Until our next update, Live it up!

Now Open 7 Days!

Want to view our range first hand or have the ability to ‘çlick & collect’ your web purchases? No problem! Our retail store & warehouse is located at 159 Vincent Road, Wangaratta 3677.

We’re now open 7 days a week for your shopping convenience. We encourage our shop visitors to leisurely peruse all of our range at their own pace then speak with our staff about how we can assist with your next indoor or outdoor project. We take great pride in our many working displays and presenting all of our quality products in a clean, spacious environment. Our premises is also armed with ample onsite parking for trailors and longer vehicles, so don’t hesitate to stop by if you’re traveling through the area.

Click here for a virtual tour of our store.

Trading Hours

Monday-Friday – 8:30am-5:30pm
Saturday – 8:00am-1:00pm
Sunday – 9:30am-12:30pm

Salami Season 2019

Salami making season is upon us again. It’s time to dust off your sausage stuffer and order your supplies in anticipation of those first frosty mornings in June.

The 2019 version of our salami & sausage making price list is now available for download via the link below:

Click here to download your copy

This price list also doubles as an order form! Simply specify the quantities of each product you require, fill out your contact details and then return this form to us asap to secure your stock. We also encourage customers to utilise our online store to quickly and efficiently place any orders.

Make Your Own Ham This Christmas

There’s nothing tastier or more satisfying than serving your very own smoked ham for Christmas lunch. Here’s our step-by-step guide to making your own from scratch.

Ingredients & Equipment Required:

Curing your Ham:

1. Mix your maple ham cure with water to make the brine. You need approximately 130g of cure per Litre of water. You will need enough brine to completely submerge your ham in your container / tub.
2. Injecting your cure – use your brine pump or injector to inject your ham with cure/brine as deeply as possible. For a proper cure, you need to inject the equivalent of 25% of the weight of the ham. Eg. If your ham weighs 4kg, you need to inject it with 1 litre of cure/brine. Inject the ham all over until it won’t retain anymore brine, make sure you get right along the bone.
3. Completely submerge your ham in the brine, then place it in the fridge to cure. How long you leave it to cure in the fridge will be determined by a) how large your cut of meat is and b) how salty you like your ham. For a rough guide, cure your ham for 24 hours per half kg. So for that 4kg ham, leave it in the fridge to cure for 8 days. Turn every 24 hours. That said, 10 days is usually more than sufficient for any full leg of ham.
4. Remove from the fridge and rinse with fresh water. Soak in a tub of fresh water for 30 mins. Rinse again.
5. Put back in the fridge on a plate / rack uncovered for 24 hours.

Cooking your Ham:

1. Pre-heat your oven or smoker to 120°C. You can cook it slower or faster depending on your preference, but we’d suggest you stick within a range of 100-140°C.
2. If you’re using a smoker, we’d suggest Maple, Apple or Cherry wood chips or chunks
3. Test your internal temperature constantly. Your ham is ready when it is 68°C throughout internally.
4. Allow to cool for 2 hours.
5. Store wrapped in a tea towel or Ham Bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Shop Now – Enjoy Now – Pay Later

Did you know we offer the convenience of Zip & Afterpay for in-store and online purchases?

What’s not to love about taking home a purchase and then paying for it 2 months later! “Too good to be true”, “there’s gotta be a catch”, these are 2 common things we hear skeptical customers say, the answer? Nothing! Retailers pay sale commissions to these companies so they leave the hip pockets of consumers alone.

How it works:
  • Make and receive your purchases from our store as you usually would.
  • Choose Afterpay or Zip in the checkout process.
  • Afterpay – Pay over four equal installments, due every two weeks
  • Zip – No set payments, pay the day after your purchase or at the end of the next month
  • Pay nothing extra when you pay on time for both

Start ticking names off your Christmas gift list now………..and pay for it next year.

Wangaratta’s BBQ & Outdoor Cooking Paradise!

The smell of fresh cut grass and sizzling snags must mean Spring is in the air! Our range of gas BBQ’s, charcoal grills and outdoor cooking solutions just keeps getting bigger, we’re sure there’s something to suit every budget and backyard. If you’re in the market for a new BBQ make sure you pop in to our showroom and let one of our BBQ enthusiasts show you around. Not local to Wangaratta? We’ve still got you covered! You can shop our entire range via our website and have it delivered to your door. Talk about hassle free!