Category Archives: Reader tips

Freezing cheese

JO from Waimate writes, Thank you for putting my question about cheese in your newsletter. In the meantime, I have tried to freeze some slices in a jam jar and they came out perfectly! Thank you!

Diswashing liquid and frugal living

Carolyn from Auckland writes: Dishwashing liquid – I do not have a dishwasher so grate good old Sunlight soap and it is great. I make my own laundry products from Binn Inn – Baking soda and again grated Sunlight soap and a few drops of essential oils where necessary, likewise I have a container of […]

Kerb app

Harriet from Brisbane writes, “Use the Kerb app to park or lease a space to save money on parking or earn money renting a space you don’t use!”

Too much plastic

JO from Waimate writes, “I have been thinking about: ‘Do we really need to use so much?’ This I apply to everything I can think of, especially if it benefits the environment. I have made a serious effort to reduce the plastic I buy. I noticed that nearly everything is packaged in plastic, especially in […]


JO from Waimate writes, “I too was happy with the New World Little Gardens. My kale has lasted me all year. Sure it got a bug and the leaves turned white, but after some hard frosts the new shoots are looking fresh, green and juicy, so I am cutting some leaves nearly every day.”

Storage containers

Linda from Dunedin writes, Storage containers – The containers that Anatoth jams and pickles come in are excellent storage containers. I use them to store nails and screws in the workshop, to store frozen soup, and now I am painting them to use as kitchen canisters. They are a perfect size to hold and the screw-top […]

The friendly butcher

Alchemist from Dunedin writes, Sometimes buying meat from a butcher is cheaper than the supermarket. Shop later in the day and make friends with your butcher. S/he will be happy to tell you how to get the best out of cheaper cuts.

Little Garden gone

A reader writes, I am looking forward to the next Little Garden promotion by New World. My kids love collecting the seeds and watching them grow in the raised garden we have created. The Little Garden website says they are planning some exciting things ahead. Can’t wait. Oily Rag Ed’ – Unfortunately in the last […]

Citrus juice

Peedeenz from Hastings writes, To get a better tasting citrus juice, do not – or try not to – get the oil from the skin in the juice. This is the stuff that they make into the citrus cleaner and is quite bitter. Next time you peel an orange or lemon, squeeze a bit of […]

Cleaning tips

Gaynora from Kapiti has a number of cleaning tips including using cardboard wine boxes for lining under-bench rubbish bins. Gaynora also has this idea for cleaning cloths: “Instead of buying cleaning cloths for specific tasks, cut up old tee shirts and use different colours for different tasks. Lubricate with white vinegar for hygiene. Use with […]