Cooking Hacks & Tips

We are always looking for new and better ways to do things and use items we already have.  And so this is our inspiration this month for our Cooking Hacks & Tips – a small collection of the best tips we have seen this month!

  1. Grate your butter block – when your butter has been in the fridge and is too hard to use, try grating it! It is perfect for use on jacket potatoes and veggies and great to use in recipes when making scones and biscuits.
  2. Freeze leftover sauces in ice cube trays – don’t let leftovers go to waste, simply freeze in ice cube trays and freeze ready for another day.
  3. Peel your hard boiled eggs – grab an empty jar (with a lid), fill it ⅔ with water. Place boiled egg in the jar and secure the lid. Now shake vigorously. The egg will peel itself! Easy as that. Once the shell has come away simply remove and rinse your peeled egg before use.
  4. Roll your lemons and citrus fruits before you use them – simply roll your lemons applying gentle pressure before you then cut them and juice them. This breaks the cells in the skin meaning you’ll get more yummy juice.
  5. Make perfectly clear ice cubes – cloudy ice cubes be gone! Try these steps to make ice clear cubes – 1. Fill your kettle with filtered water. 2. Boil the water and allow to completely cool. 3. Boil again and fill ice cube tray. 4. Freeze – and that’s it!

What are your favourite cooking hacks or tips? 

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Moving on….ready for the year ahead

 

The main event has been and gone, now to plan for the rest of 2016 and make sure that is the best year it can be.

Many people will find that they didn’t budget very well for Christmas, that they have overspent more than they realised and they need to make their money go further for the first few months of the year until they can get back on track. Check out some of the tips we have found below – not only for those that have overspent but some really good ideas for making the most of your money.

  • Plan your menus – if you plan your weekly menu before you shop, you will be able to go to the shop with a clear list and only purchase the items you need. Don’t be tempted by special offers, they are only a saving if you were going to be buying them anyway! This is also a great way to stick to any new diets you might be starting this new year – stick to your shopping list and be clear with yourself that you are not to be tempted by sweet treats and goodies that aren’t on your list!

 

  • Do you normally buy your lunch? – stop! Making your own packed lunches tends to be a much more frugal option than buying your lunch from a shop every day. It is also an ideal way to use up any leftovers from the night before! Rather than eating leftovers up by having second helpings, save your waist and your pocket by having for lunch the following day.
  • Walk/cycle to work – walking or cycling to work, even if it is just a couple days a week can really help your fuel bill not to mention your health! Why not try once a week, then gradually build up.
  • Cook your own takeaways! – we all know that takeaways can be very expensive but did you know that it can be really easy to make your own, often much healthier, and hugely cheaper at home yourself? You only have to take a look on Pinterest of do a Google search and you have great recipes at your fingertips! Why not make it a weekly family challenge to make your own takeaway dish? All the family can involved in this from the planning through to the cooking.
  • Buy your presents for 2016, now! There will be lots of items reduced heavily in price in the coming weeks. If you are happy to and have the space to store things ready for next Christmas, why not take the opportunity to buy now and save some money and time in the lead up to Christmas 2016?

 

You can take a look here at our sale items – perfect for saving money and putting back for next Christmas or the year ahead! Plus you’ll feel super organised and smug when everyone else is running around next December!

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Jingle all the way to Christmas!

So we are now in December and the big day is fast approaching. Are you ready? Presents purchased and wrapped? Amazingly some people will have been ready for months. If you are not one of the early birds, panic not, you still have plenty of time to prepare. Have a look at our favourite tips below:

    • Plan your menu for the festive period NOW! Buy everything now that you can freeze, make ahead and store with long best before dates. Make a list of the other items you will need to purchase in the week before Christmas then you can head to the shop with a clear and concise list knowing that the bulk of your shopping has already been purchased and prepared where possible.
    • Open up all of the boxed toys that you have bought for your children/grandchildren – remove all of the fiddly fastenings and tags, insert batteries where required and wrap. The children won’t be left frustrated when they open their gifts and will be able to play with them right away.
    • Looking for a new outfit for Christmas parties or Christmas Day but feeling the pinch? Why not look at car boot sales or Charity shops – you can find some lovely items and put together a full outfit at a fraction of the usual cost. Even better – you can be sure that no other guest will have the same outfit as you!
    • Share the work! – Do you have lots of guests coming for Christmas lunch? Make everyone feel useful and let them contribute! – Make a list of the things that are needed, share with the guests in advance and give people the chance to bring something along. It could be after dinner mints, speciality coffees, a cheese board, or crackers to decorate the table. Some people might even opt for providing peeled potatoes or prepared veg – that would really lighten your workload and is a lovely idea to get everyone involved.
    • Make your own crackers – this is a great idea and so simple to do. Buy some cheap regular crackers – carefully open one end, purchase a small personalised gift for each dinner guest and reseal. Don’t forget to label the crackers so you know who is the intended recipient!

 

 

We have some lovely decorations as well as gifts available this year. It’s not too late to order, you can see our range here.

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Bonfire Night – Enjoy with some yummy Toffee apples!

Halloween has been and gone and next in the diary is Bonfire Night. Be prepared and help your night go with a bang with this recipe. Make your own toffee apples to enjoy while watching the Fireworks.

Toffee Apples

You Will Need:

7 Apples

7 Lollipop Sticks

Boiling Water

Baking Sheet

Baking Parchment

Pan

100ml Water

400g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vinegar

4 Tablespoon Golden Syrup

Sprinkles or any other decorations you want to use

 

Place the apples in a large bowl and cover with boiling water.

Dry the apples and take off any stalks.

Push a lollipop stick into each apple.

Lay the apples out onto a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper.

Place the sugar and 100ml water in a pan and cook for 5 minutes – allowing the sugar to dissolve.

Add vinegar and syrup to the pan. Bring to the boil and allow to cook for approx 10 mins.

Dip each apple into the toffee mix and turn it to coat it completely.

Place on the baking sheet, add sprinkles if using and allow to harden.

Once cool, enjoy!

TIP: Why not sprinkle with popping candy for an extra surprise for the kids? Or once hardened, melt chocolate and cover the toffee apples with the melted chocolate. Allow to harden before enjoying.

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Betterware takes part in BBC 2’s ‘Back In Time For The Weekend’

Have you ever seen the BBC2 Series ‘Back In Time For Dinner’?  It followed the Robshaw family experience 5 decades of trends in British cuisine, where the family had to ‘live’ the decade and prepare and eat typical food of the day – using cooking utensils from whichever era they were living during each episode.  You try making food for a family without a microwave or modern cooker! Over 3 million viewers enjoyed each episode when it aired on BBC2 in March this year. The series was so popular that the BBC has commissioned a 2nd series entitled ‘Back In Time For The Weekend’ following a different family on a time-travelling adventure to show how the way we spend our spare time has undergone a revolution over the last 65 years, transforming our homes, our hobbies and our family dynamics along the way.

The BBC  were keen to include a section in their next 60’s episode about how women were choosing to do more with their spare time than be housewives at that time and were taking up part time and full time work with companies like ours.  They contacted us and asked us if we could find a lady who worked for Betterware in the 60’s as they were keen for us to take part.

Rosie Smith, Head of Communications for Betterware said

“We searched high and low for a lady who had worked with us in the 60’s and thanks to retired RSE Doug Moye we traced a former ‘Betterwear Sales Agent’ who was with us from 1963 – 1971. Helen Watson  worked in the Norwich area and remembered the time fondly; she was a mine of information but nothing we could do would persuade her to ‘go on the telly!’  So I was nominated to take part .”

The filming took place in London at the beginning of August and will be seen in the new series which airs in Spring, 2016. 

“It was a really interesting day because one minute we were meant to actually be in the 60’s and the next minute we were reflecting about how it had been in those days, so it took a bit of getting used to. The lady of the house had no idea I would be knocking on her door as her local Betterware lady, so her reactions are all absolutely genuine.  I was invited in with my vintage suitcase full of vintage products and we spent the next few hours talking about Betterware products of the era and what it was like to be a Betterware lady in the 60’s (spelled Betterwear at that time).  Thank goodness Helen had given me lots of background!  The BBC team were particularly impressed that we had been an equal opportunities company and that women earned exactly the same commission as men, which was extremely unusual at that time.  Although the BBC are very reticent to promote ‘brands’ on any of its TV or Radio shows and will no doubt do a lot of editing and voiceovers on what we recorded, there’s absolutely no way that viewers will be left in any doubt that the lady of the house is sitting having tea with a Betterware lady.”

Some of the 60’s products Rosie had in her suitcase…..

“We had a number of products from the 60’s era at head office, donated by customers for the most part and some we’ve managed to buy from Ebay.  The ‘Teliplate’ was used to clip onto teacup saucers so you could put your biscuits on them while watching TV, but try as the director might she couldn’t get one to fit a modern saucer.  In fact she tried so hard she cracked one of them, much to her horror!  The lady of the house loved the ‘Crinoline Lady’ brush set as well and particularly liked the avocado ‘Soup Bowls’.”

 

‘This is the leaflet I used in the filming and is one of the original leaflet/brochures which Betterware representatives would have shown to housewives.  They showcased the latest products the company had to offer and as many of the products were far too big to fit in a suitcase the Betterware lady or man would probably have had samples of them in his/her car.’

 

‘The hit product of the day with the production team and the ’60’s housewife’ was the ‘Betterwear Egg Squarer’.  Once you had boiled and peeled an egg you put it into the Egg Squarer, screwed down the lid and hey presto, after it had cooled you had a square egg.  Much easier to slice!’

 

It will be great to see our fantastic brand and sales team discussed and represented in front of millions of viewers, although I have to say I’m more than a little nervous about how I’ll look in HD TV!  Ah well, you can’t talk about vintage products without a few wrinkles, can you?’

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2 Clever uses for your slow cooker

Slow cookers can be a great help in keeping you organised and family meals ready for when you get home. Perfect for hearty casseroles, stews and soups – but what else can you use your slow cooker for?

Caramelize onions – simply place sliced onions in your slow cooker – fill it approx ½ full. Drizzle with olive oil.  Place on the lid and then select the lowest heat setting and longest time setting on your slow cooker. Onions left to cook for 10 hours will generally be lightly browned with a little bite left – for more camaralised onions, leave to cook for a further few hours with the lid slightly ajar.

Triple Chocolate Brownies – oh yes, we like the sound of this idea – Simply spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Mix flour, cocoa, salt & baking powder together. Place butter and chocolate in a microwave bowl and melt, stirring every 30 secs until smooth. Add sugar and eggs. Add the flour mixture, nuts and chocolate chips. Place in the slow cooker and smooth the top. Cook on low for 3 and a half hours, then uncover and cook for a further 30 mins. Remove in parchment paper and allow to cool on a rack for at least 2 hours. Then cut into pieces.

Ingredients you will need:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 block) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 8 oz chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup walnut halves, coarsely chopped
  • 6oz chocolate chips

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Ian Sees the Benefits Of Betterware

When Coordinator Ian Howe joined us as a Distributor, like many people around the UK he was on benefits and was using his Betterware earnings to top up his family income.  But unlike some people Ian wanted to get off benefits as quickly as possible and when Welsh Sales Leader, Jackie Elliott offered him a Coordinator role, Ian jumped at the chance and came off benefits very shortly after that. He is helped by his wife Jackie who has limited mobility but who manages to assist Ian in his Betterware business in many ways.

The BBC have been following Ian (and people from other walks of life) over the past 6 months, filming for a programme which shows just how hard some people will work to get themselves off benefits – it’s the exact opposite of Channel 4’s ‘Benefits Street’.  You may have seen the BBC filming Ian at our ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ conference in January where he was one of the final contestants.  The programme is in the editing stage and the makers hope it will go to air this Autumn.

If you too would like to join Betterware, why not get in contact to learn more about our opportunities. For further information about each role and to find out how much extra you could be earning by running your own successful Betterware business please call us on 0121 693 2671 or apply online. 

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Afternoon Tea – Perfect ways to display and transport your offerings!

Anyone for afternoon tea and cake? Show off your cakes, canapés and exquisite sandwiches with our range of cake stands.

This beautiful retro, two-tier cake stand will have you feeling like the perfect 50’s housewife as you serve up your skilfully decorated home-made cupcakes or mouth-watering sandwiches. A stunning addition to the table and great for serving a variety of foods.

Show off your home-baked goodies with this pretty and practical cake-stand, with a fleur-de-lys style trim. Perfect for celebrations, afternoon tea, or just if you fancy a bit of cake!

If you have to transport your cakes you will want to do so with the utmost care to prevent any accidents!

Transport your culinary delights with ease with this convenient lidded box – ideal for taking food to parties or picnics, or just for home storage. The roomy interior is great for ensuring delicate icing and decorations don’t get damaged!

Have your cake and serve it! Transport and store your cakes easily with this clip-lid cake box. The shallow base and deep lid make it ideal for serving cake and keeping the design on top neat and the cake fresh.

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In The Garden In September

Your plants and flowers have hopefully survived the summer heat and it’s time to prepare for the next season. As it starts to cool down this month and the days are shorter, there are still tasks to be done if you want to keep your garden in tip top shape for the rest of the year.

 

Your To Do List for September:

  • Harvest remaining fruit such as apples, pears and plums.
  • Cut back hedges.
  • Take cuttings of your favourite roses.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs.
  • Regularly top up bird baths.
  • Raise the cutting height of your lawn mower.
  • Dig up any remaining potatoes.

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Feeling the pinch? Cheap and free activity ideas

It is nearing the end of the School Summer Holidays and many families will be feeling the pinch after lots of days out to keep the children entertained during the holiday period.

There are lots of free or frugal activities that you can do – with a little planning and a few everyday items you will have plenty to keep the little ones busy and having lots of fun. Here is a list of our favourite 10 ideas to get you started. 

  • Go on a picnic – you can go anywhere, grab a blanket and head out – to the garden, beach, park, you choose!
  • Arrange a toy swap – most of our children have more toys than they need – why not host a toy swap? Each child brings a toy they are happy to swap for a new toy brought by another child – everyone goes home with a new toy to love!
  • Camp out – Pitch a tent in the garden and have a mini camp, at home! No need to worry about facilities and you always have the option of retreating to the house if needs be!
  • Make a toy ice block – fill an old ice cream container with water, add small plastic toys and pop in the freezer. Once frozen, children will have great fun attacking the ice block with toy hammers.
  • Make mud pies – use old pots and pans, plastic containers and let the kids have great fun making mud pies. You will be amazed just how long this activity will keep them amused for!
  • Make and fly a kite –  why not have a competition to see who can design and then fly the best kite? They needn’t be anything fancy, grab some scraps of paper, felt tip pens, string, sticky tape and sticks and get creative.
  • Press flowers and make a thoughtful card – collect some pretty flowers, press them between paper towels and heavy books until flat and dried. Then make a beautiful card for a loved one.
  • Paint birdhouses – either renovate old birdhouses or buy cheap wooden birdhouses that the kids can paint and hang in your garden. Not only will they look great, it is a good way to encourage children to be interested in nature and wildlife. These would make a perfect gift also.

  • Make water balloon piñatas – fill water balloons and suspend from a tree. Find a suitable pole to take it in turns to hit the balloons – who will get a soaking first?!
  • Attract butterflies to the garden – make a butterfly feeder by finding a suitable spot in the garden for a deep plate – make a mixture of sugar and water at a ratio of 1:10 – simply heat until the sugar has dissolved and allow to cool. Place a sponge in the deep plate and saturate with the sugar mixture. Place slices of over ripe bananas around the sponge. Watch as butterflies start coming to feed! Why not also plant a mixture of annuals and perennials which will blossom into vibrant flowers attracting the prettiest of creatures to your garden.

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