VALUE INCREASING JOURNEY OF SINGLE-USE PACKAGING

Packaging is made at low cost to contain, provide information and support the product’s transportation. After fulfilling their purpose, they become useless and create negative impacts on our environment and health. However, we can change things and add more value to single-use packaging by doing some simple daily tasks. We – PRO Vietnam and Annam Gourmet, will introduce you to the negative impacts of plastic waste and what we can do to increase value for them.


Single-use packaging can bring infinite value if we sort and recycle them properly

How does packaging waste affect us? 

Impacts on the environment

Mostly single-use packaging is made from materials that are hard to decompose in the natural environment. It takes around 450 years for PET bottles to break down naturally. While plastic bags need 1000 years and Used Beverage Cartons need at least 5 years to go through this process (Source: Averda). As The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2016), by weight, plastics will be more than the fish in the ocean if nothing has been done, by 2050.

Impacts on human health and other species

Millions of animals are killed by plastic waste every year, from birds, marine organisms to land-based animals (Source: National Geographic). Plastic isn’t biodegradable, it breaks down into smaller pieces – microplastics and nano plastics, remain in the environment and go into our bodies in various ways. They contain petrochemicals extracted from oil and natural gas, which are toxic to our bodies, potentially causing cancer and DNA cell damage. (Source: Weforum)

Human are consuming microplastic and nano plastics every day

Impacts on the economy 

The negative impacts to the environment from plastic waste lead to bad effects on countries’ economies. Plastic waste in the ocean directly affects the revenue of fishermen and tourism. Countries, organizations and companies spend huge amounts of expense for cleaning up beaches, coastlines and disposing of waste. And it is hard to quantify the welfare costs including human health impacts and loss of ecosystem service. (Source: MEAM)

Creating value for single-use packaging by sorting properly. 

Instead of mixing all the garbage and leaving them in landfills, we can recognize and sort them properly.

Packaging wastes that can get recycled

Do you know that there are many single-use packaging we see everyday that can be recycled? To implement the circular economy, at PRO Vietnam, we are collecting and reprocessing these 3 kinds of packaging wastes:

  • PET bottles (water bottles, soft drinks, etc.): made from Polyethylene terephthalate, are light, see-through. They have a recycle signal with the number 1 /PET at the bottom.
  • Laminate (confectioneries and snack packaging): packaging is made of multiple raw material layers (such as paper, aluminium, and cellophane).
  • Used Beverage Cartons (Cartons of milk and juice): packaging is made of many layers and has 2 main layers: paper and aluminum. 

3 kinds of packaging wastes we are collecting and recycling at Pro Vietnam are PET bottles, Laminate and UBC (Used Beverage Carton)

How to sort single-use packaging 

Waste sorting will be fast and efficient if we can do it manually at the household, companies or schools. Waste-separation guidelines are fairly different based on each local or organizational standard. However, these packaging waste-sorting simple tips may speed your process:

  • Do it regularly as your daily habit to maintain a clean house and save time. 
  • Wash and let packaging dry when sorting. For used beverage cartons, you should wash through the inside, then make them flat or open and let them dry.

How to sort single-use packaging 

You can find a guideline Learn About 3Rs for waste sorting on the PRO Vietnam website. It is a simple guidebook with colorful images, which is helpful to educate the children about the 3Rs and “green activities” to become global citizens. 

Post-consumer packaging wastes should be sorted and recycled. If not, we are wasting an opportunity to have an infinite resource for other industries. Let’s join hands with PRO Vietnam and Annam Gourmet to sort and recycle packaging waste. With us, you are joining the circular economy and building a green, clean and beautiful Vietnam.   

 

THOUSAND EXCLUSIVE GIFTS TO WELCOME OUR NEW STORE IN FELIZ EN VISTA (THU DUC CITY) ON 9/12

To bring the premium shopping experience closer to our customers, Annam Gourmet will officially bring our new space at Feliz En Vista shopping mall on 9/12 and treat you thousand exclusive gifts:

🎁 For the first 1000 customers,

Become our gold member

Get 1 FREE Annam Gourmet’s reusable bag when purchasing a bill value from 1,000,000 VND

Get 1 FREE Lucky GingerBread

🎁 1 FREE Gourmet Homemade Pate Jar For each customer, when purchasing 1 bottle of wine.

🔰 Only applicable at Feliz En Vista store.

🔰 While stocks last.

🔰 Valid from Dec 9th to Dec 19th 2021.

Address: Annam Gourmet, RT 1-2-3 Ground Floor, Feliz En Vista, No. 1 Phan Van Dang, Thanh My Loi Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City.

Save the date with friends and family on December 9 to visit Annam Gourmet’s new store in Feliz and receive many exclusive gifts!

COOKING WITH KIDS: HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE FRESH FRUIT JAM AT HOME

Colorful fruit jams will be a happy choice so that mother and baby can go to the kitchen together and create a bond with family members. Made from fresh fruits, fruit jam has a natural light sweetness and contains healthy nutrients to help children eat better and improve health. Let’s go to the kitchen with your kids and make the simple fruit jam recipe below!

Fruit jam is rich in vitamins, which help improve the immune system and enhance health to optimize metabolism. People who eat jam daily will have good resistance, can avoid common diseases such as flu or cough. Annam Gourmet’s fresh VietGap, G.Gap imported fruits will give you a variety of choices for your jam.

Fruit jam is also one of the popular foods, which are paired with bread to create a nutritious and convenient breakfast. You can use homemade fruit jam to spread on a sandwich every morning so that the children can take it to school instead of buying snacks from the street.

Directions:

  • Cut the fruit into even pieces: Before you begin, quarter or half your favorite fruits, depending on their size.
  • Mash the fruit and sugar together: Mix the jam and sugar with a potato masher to release moisture from the fresh fruits while they simmer.
  • Boil the fruit for 20 minutes: Over medium heat, bring the fruit to a boil, stirring regularly. As the jam nears completion, the combination will begin with large, juicy bubbles and gradually transition to smaller, tighter bubbles.
  • Know when the jam is done: Simply trickle hot jam from the pot over the frozen spoon and let it cool for a few seconds. Run your finger through the jam – if it leaves a clear route and doesn’t fill in, you’ve got a solid set.
  • Jar and store the jam: Remove the jam from the heat after it has reached your desired consistency and transfer it to the clean jars. Before putting the jam in the fridge for long-term storage, cover it and let it cool fully.

Fresh fruits that meet VietGap standards are available at Annam Gourmet stores to give moms and kids a chance to go to the kitchen to make delicious jams and create many memorable moments together.

HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE SALTED RYE THUMBPRINT COOKIES

When mentioning chocolate cookies, we often picture round, fragrant, crispy, and sweet cookies. However, chocolate salted rye thumbprint cookies bring a new and unique taste, with barley flavor and bittersweet chocolate. This cookie is a great option for you to experience a whole new dessert taste. Let’s make these delicious chocolate salted rye thumbprint cookies with Annam Gourmet’s simple recipe below!

Thumbprint cookies are a type of pastry commonly eaten in the West, especially in afternoon teas in the UK, with a crispy crust and a soft sweet filling. However, with the balance between the bitter taste of black chocolate and flavorful Bob’s Red Mill Organic Dark Rye Flour, the chocolate salted rye thumbprint cookies will be delicious and healthy desserts for your family meal. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Dark Rye Flour also helps you to provide 4g of protein and a plentiful amount of fiber and iron.

Ingredients:

3 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate 

1 cup (135g) Bob’s Red Mill dark rye flour

1/2 cup (60g) All-purpose  flour of Bob’s Red Mill

1/2 cup (50g) dark unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup (110g) sugar, plus more for rolling

1 large egg yolk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Ganache:

3 tablespoons heavy cream

4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate (60-72% )

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Pre stage: In a small heavy-bottomed pot over low heat (or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave), melt the dark chocolate, stirring often to avoid burning. Whisk until smooth and set aside.

Step 1: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together both flours, cocoa powder and salt.

Step 2:In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat a few times to combine. 

Step 3: Scrape in the melted chocolate and beat until just incorporated. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Get a little bowl ready with extra turbinado sugar to roll the cookies in. Form balls using 1 tablespoon of dough for each, and roll in sugar. Place balls 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Step 5: Use your thumb to press gently into the center of each cookie to create an indentation – be careful not to press all the way through the cookie and be sure the indentation is wide enough to hold the filling. 

Step 6: Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and use your finger or the tip of a wooden spoon to reinforce the indentation if it’s started to puff back up in the baking process. Then place back in the oven and bake until cookies are just set, about 8-9 minutes (they will still feel soft; they’ll firm up as they cool). Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Make the chocolate ganache: 

Step 1: In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate with the cream, stirring until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool until the mixture is thick and spoonable, about 15 minutes.

Step 2: Gently spoon chocolate filling into the center of each cookie.

Step 3: Let stand until set, about 55 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of flaky salt across the tops of each cookie. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Buy Bob’s Red Mill Organic Dark Rye Flour now at Annam Gourmet to make your family meal more exciting and enjoyable!

CELEBRATE A PERFECT THANKSGIVING DAY WITH OUR AUTHENTIC SPECIAL TURKEY

Thanksgiving is a special occasion when the whole family members gather and enjoy the turkey as a traditional ritual for thankfulness.
A whole turkey, stuffed and basted with spices and pan juices perfectly roasted and simmered. The turkey is served with cranberry sauce, which makes the dish even more flavorful.
With the combination of fresh ingredients and premium herbs, Annam Gourmet’sTurkey will be the perfect flavor to gorge on this festive season with family and friends.
Pre-order Stuffed Turkey now to get a free exclusive Pumpkin Pie: https://shop.annam-gourmet.com/catering

HOW TO MAKE CLASSIC PUMPKIN PIE FOR THANKSGIVING

Pumpkin pie is a traditional dessert with a warm, nutty flavor, especially at Thanksgiving dinner. Every Thanksgiving season, families gather and enjoy sweet pumpkin pies. Let’s turn on the stove and make pumpkin pie with Annam Gourmet’s simple recipe below!

Pumpkin pie is a signature festive dessert pie with a spiced, pumpkin-based custard filling. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time when people have enough delicious food to enjoy and host cozy family parties. So Thanksgiving begins as soon as the harvest season ends. Thus, pumpkin pie has become the “Soul of Thanksgiving”.

Pumpkin pie includes McCormick cinnamon, ginger mixed with pumpkin, fresh potatoes and covered with Montclair shortcrust dough. It is easy to realize that the ingredients of pumpkin cake bring you depth and warm flavors.

Ingredients

1 Montclair Shortcrust Dough

1 15 ounce can Annam Gourmet pumpkin

1 teaspoon ground McCormick cinnamon

½ cup sugar

¼ cup pure maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup

½ teaspoon salt

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup milk

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 F. Prepare and roll out Montclair Shortcrust Dough.

Step 2: For filling, in a bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Add eggs; beat with a fork until combined. Gradually add milk; stir until combined.

Step 3: Carefully pour filling in pastry shell. Cover the edge of the pie crust with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes more or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours.

Buy now fresh ingredients to make delicious pumpkin pies available at Annam Gourmet for a warm Thanksgiving!

Special, you can get immediately delicious and crispy pumpkin pies at Annam Gourmet to enjoy your fullest Thanksgiving Day!

Incredible Benefits Of Extra Virgin Olive Oil That You Shouldn’t Miss

live oil is widely recognized as one of the world’s healthiest oils for wellness and beauty. However, few people know that Extra Virgin olive oil is the highest quality olive oil available today, extracted from olives without heat or chemical processes. Let’s find out the incredible facts and benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil below with Annam Gourmet to improve your health and beauty!

In particular, A L’Olivier Extra Virgin olive oil at Annam Gourmet contains more than 30 essential phenolic compounds, which neutralize the excess of free radicals. Extra virgin olive oil is packed with healthy vitamins, fats, and antioxidants, and these components can contribute to wellness and healthier-looking skin.

Olive oil in cooking:

  • Use olive oil to prepare salads: homemade salad dressing made with high-quality extra virgin olive oil can elevate even a simple salad of arugula, tomatoes, and black pepper to something exciting. You can drizzle olive oil over salads or make salad dressings to add flavor to your diet.
  • Olive oil is a healthy substitute for butter: we can replace butter with olive oil to minimize harmful fats, which cause obesity and increase cholesterol in the blood.

Olive oil for skincare

The best ingredient for vitamins: Olive oil contains many vitamins, including A, D, K, and E, along with phenolic antioxidant properties. Therefore, olive oil can slow down the skin aging process, limit the appearance of wrinkles, and prevent damage from ultraviolet rays. In addition, extra virgin olive oil also helps to moisturize and kill bacteria on the skin to clean pores, prevent acne.

Olive oil for hair care

Scientists rank olive oil as one of five hair conditioning ingredients, which help reduce pressure on the hair, soften and reduce frizz. We can use olive oil as a natural hair conditioner to moisturize and repair damaged hair.

Buy A L’Olivier Extra Virgin Olive Oils now at Annam Gourmet stores to feel healthy and beautiful inside and out!

CHOCOLATE ADVENT CALENDAR: ENJOYING CHRISTMAS SURPRISES

Are you ready to countdown to Christmas with Annam Gourmet?

Advent Calendars, originating in Germany back in the early nineteenth century, started life as chalk marks drawn on doors counting down to Christmas’s Day. Over time, those doors have changed enormously, from handmade wooden and picture printed versions to the chocolate-filled favorites we know and love today.

The first chocolate Advent calendar popped up in 1958, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that they became part of the festive furniture. At Annam Gourmet, you can choose for yourself versions of the chocolate advent calendar with distinct themes that give you a festive atmosphere. 

Galaxy Advent Calendar: contains smooth milk chocolate moulded shapes and a special Galaxy chocolate treat on Christmas Eve. The perfect Christmas calendar for family and friends, or even yourself!. Behind every door is a festive chocolate surprise.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar Display: This precious felt and knit calendar features a holly jolly Father Christmas, an array of pressies, and of course, Cadburys signature purple color. 24 individually wrapped chunks of whole nut, dairy milk & caramel, suitable for vegetarians.

Maltesers Merryteaser Reindeer Advent Calendar: consist of a roughly spherical malt honeycomb centre, surrounded by milk chocolate. The advent calendar contains milk chocolate moulded shapes and a mini reindeer. Maltesers are a little bit of naughtiness, but with a light hearted personality and a lot of fun. 

Come to Annam Gourmet to choose diverse chocolate advent calendars to count down to a warm Christmas with your family!

ITALIAN BEEF STEW – SPEZZATINO DI MANZO RECIPE

When referring to Italy, people mention a unique cooking method, achieving a masterful level of ingredient mixes, naming the beef stew – Spezzatino di Manzo. This classic hearty beef dish creates a blend of herbs that will bring your family to experience the quintessence of cuisine. Let’s share a family moment while preparing this delicious dish.

The value of Italian cuisine is more than method and ingredients but love and sharing. Thus, the signature dishes usually combine a lot of healthy and nutritious ingredients. Plus, the harmony of enjoying meals with those you love has always been a part of this country’s tradition. Italian beef stew – Spezzatino di Manzo has shown all these values ​​to create a burst of flavor among herbs in warm family meals.

Ingredients:

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 carrot, finely chopped

1 tablespoon rosemary McCormick

1 tablespoon thyme McCormick

1 clove garlic, sliced

1 stick celery, finely chopped

1 handful chopped mixed (marjoram, parsley)

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 pounds/900 g stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes 250ml white wine

2 tablespoons tomato puree

250ml hot water

5 to 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

salt, to taste

Methods:

  1. Add onion, carrot, garlic, celery and herbs to a saucepan with the oil. Place over medium heat and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the beef to the pan, bring to high heat and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the wine and simmer to let the alcohol evaporate. Mix the tomato puree with the hot water, then stir into the pan. Cover, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes and cook 20 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender. Season with salt, stir and serve hot.

Shop now for herbs and spices available at Annam Gourmet stores to create delicious dishes and share warm meals with your family!

MYSTERIOUS PUMPKIN SOUP RECIPE FOR THIS HALLOWEEN

If you want to host a warm family Halloween party, pumpkin soup will be a meaningful appetizer for you. This delicious dish will bring a special flavor with a bold western identity. Follow Annam Gourmet to find out the benefits and the recipe to cook this pumpkin soup!

Every year, on the night of 31/10, people believe that the ghost will return, so they will hang pumpkin lanterns in front of the house so that the spirits will have the light to find their way. Therefore, pumpkin has become a familiar symbol, which people use to decorate and prepare nutritious soups on Halloween. 

Pumpkin soup originated in North America, popularly used at Thanksgiving and Halloween in European countries. This nutritious dish is very rich in essential vitamins and contains low calories. Pumpkin’s vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin have a positive effect on heart health and protect your eyesight effectively.

Ingredients:

1tbsp olive oil

2 onions, roughly chopped

1kg pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-3cm chunks

1tbsp mild curry powder

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

700ml chicken stock, made using stock cubes

150g pack smoked turkey rashers, finely chopped

Method

  1. Place the oil and onions in a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 5 mins. Add in the pumpkin and cook for a further 6 – 8 mins until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in the curry powder and cook for 30 secs before adding in the garlic and stock.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins until the pumpkin or squash is tender.
  3. Whizz up the soup with a hand-held blender, food processor or liquidiser until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pan and simmer for 2 – 3 mins.
  4. This soup goes perfectly with crusty bread.

Pumpkin and fresh ingredients are available at Annam Gourmet stores. Let’s cook nutritious pumpkin soups for the family and celebrate this exciting Halloween with Annam Gourmet!

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