Do you sell Scobies to make kombucha?

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Yes we do! We now carry Kombucha Mill's Kombucha making kits that contain a live scoby that came from Maui. Kits are for green or black tea kombucha. The how-to's are in the box. We even have glass kombucha jars that you can make your fermented tea in! It's full service here at Foodstuffs.

Or if you in a rush, we sell Rise Kombuchas in several flavours that are ready to go when you want them. 

Posted on April 13, 2018 and filed under You asked us.

How do you brew loose tea?

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There are so many great loose teas out there but how do you use them all? Well, here are some tips for making loose tea.

1. Use good quality water

2. Warm your mug or pot

3. Add about a teaspoon of tea per cup 

4. Here's the tricky part - some teas like cooler water, some warmer. Black tea needs to be on the boil. Most other tea needs to be off the boil. That means you let the water stop bubbling and cool for a minute or two depending on the type of tea you're using. Green teas like cooler water, herbal tea can take it a bit warmer but really only black tea should be poured over the leaves while boiling. 

5. Enjoy! Some teas can be re-steeped 2 or 3 times so don't throw out the leaves!

 

Posted on November 1, 2017 and filed under You asked us.

New Food Storage Containers

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New Rosti food storage containers are here and Bento Boxes! Rosti Mepal are made in the Netherlands and both are BPA free and so fun! Bento boxes come with freezable cooler packs and both come in several shapes, sizes and colours. Come check them out today for all your lunch/snack/life needs!

Posted on September 24, 2017 .

Inspirational Pewter Coins

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Inspirational Pewter coins come from Pugwash, NS and we love them! Here's why...

People ask us: "What's the deal with these coins?"

Well...They remind you of things you need to do - like be "grateful" or "relax" or "let it be". They jingle in your pocket or in a bowl and that's a happy sound... And they inspire the memories and fondness and strength that the people who give them want to share with the people in their loves.    

Posted on September 24, 2017 and filed under You asked us.

Why don't natural bug sprays say they repel bugs?

 Some of our skin soothers and outdoor sprays!

Some of our skin soothers and outdoor sprays!

Why don't natural bug sprays say they repel bugs? That's because insect repellents are considered pesticides so they must meet strict safety standards. If natural bug sprays claimed they repelled bugs they would be subject to the same strict standards of other large commercial bug sprays and that just isn't an option for most small manufacturer's in  terms of cost or data. 

So instead they say things like "outdoor ease' and 'campers comfort'. But look for ones that contain lemon eucalyptus oil! Consumer reports did some research and besides DEET and picaridin, lemon eucalyptus works the best. 

Check out the article here

Posted on July 5, 2017 and filed under You asked us.

5-HTP vs Melatonin

We get asked a lot which is better? 5-HTP or Melatonin. 5-HTP  and Melatonin are both hormones but they do different things.

Melatonin is stored in the pineal gland and is only released when there is low light. Melatonin seems to work best when people have low melatonin levels, not if their levels are normal. It is useful for jet lag, ADHD, insomnia.

5-HTP comes from L-tryptophan and increases seratonin production and seratonin increases melatonin production in turn. 5-HTP bypasses the brain's light-regulation system and crosses the blood-brain barrier. As it increases seratonin levels and not just melatonin levels, it has other positive mood enhancing benefits like feeling happier and more relaxed. 

Overall, it seems that 5-HTP can help you get a deeper sleep (because it increases your REM sleep) and can help you stay asleep if you have problems waking up and getting back to sleep. It also makes you feel generally happier. Melatonin seems best suited for specific situations and will not make you feel tired unless you are already low on melatonin. 

Talk to your Health Care provider for more information on what might work best for you and always check with your pharmacist to ensure you will have no contraindications from medication and supplement use.   

Posted on May 14, 2017 and filed under You asked us.