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Birthday bash: Total Food Equipment

Total Food Equipment is turning 11! Owner Sandra McLay is celebrating this milestone with a birthday sale and in-store demonstrations of hero products. Pop into the Moorhouse Avenue store to see the below products in action.


Instant Pot 5.7 and 8 Litre Duo Electric Pressure Cooker: Cooking is made easy with this one pot wonder. A multi-tasking maestro, it is seven appliances in one. From pressure and slow cooker to sauté pan, steamer, rice cooker, food warmer, and yogurt maker – it even has a free app loaded with hundreds of recipes to try.







A2500i Vitamix Ascent Blender Slate: Get ready for smoothie season with this blending bad boy. A blender with one program? Boring. Whether you are making smoothies, hot soups, or frozen desserts, the Vitamix has a program for it. Press and walk away from the machine thanks to the digital timer for no more guesswork or phone alarms.







Bamix Classic Magic Wand and Wet Dry Processor: Every good kitchen wizard needs a wand. Cast a spell on your cooking with this multipurpose blade so popular more than 15 million have sold worldwide. Praised for its versatility, its ergonomic grip makes it usable for both left and right handers. Add on the Wet Dry Mini Processor attachment for added mincing and mixing!






Equipped for anything: Total Food Equipment

For kitchen and cooking lovers, walking into Total Food Equipment is like a kid walking into a candy store: It’s hard to know where to look. With a gadget for everything from bakeware to cookware, the name Total Food Equipment makes total sense. It is Total Food Equipment owner Sandra McLay’s firm belief when buying cookware, you should buy once and buy right. She tells us her top in store picks.



KITCHENAID MIXER: Comes in awesome colours such as Dried Rose (pictured) or a Fresh Linen shade – yes you read that right. If you were wanting to mix it up, the inclusion of the attachment hub can transform your appliance into a pasta maker, food grinder, vegetable slicer, sausage maker and much more. Appliances having more than one function is trending.





WACACO NANOPRESSO: Get coffee on the go. If you’re an espresso fanatic and want to be able to whip one out of your pocket – literally – at any time, then this is the machine for you. All you need is ground coffee, hot water and the Nanopresso for a perfect espresso shot every time, and you don’t have to be a qualified barista to do it.








INSTANT POT 5.7 AND 8 LITRE DUO ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER: Wow what a mouthful but it sure will keep all of the mouths full at home. The store is the only independent stockist in Christchurch of this amazing multi-cooker with seven appliances in one: pressure, slow and rice cooker; steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer. Get one that does it all!





Be the hostess with the mostess: Total Food Equipment

Whether you want to make entertaining effortless or find the best gifts for the foodie of the family, Total Food Equipment has it all.

Here are eight of our favourite tools for the job.


The Masterchef Magimix 3200 XL Food Processor Red


The Health Nut Vitamix A3500i Ascent Blender Polished Copper – Limited Edition


The BBQ Master Maverick BBQ range


The Baker Kitchenaid KSM177 Mixer Satin Copper


The Cocktail Mixer RBT Ice Bucket with Tongs


The Butcher Wusthof Crafter Knives


The Coffee Connoisseur Bezzera Espresso Machine Mitica Top Rotary Pump


The Breakfast Chef Dualit 4 Slice Toaster in Copper


  • Everything you need for a traditional Christmas Dinner to a Summer BBQ
  • Gift Vouchers for that hard to buy for person
  • Free Parking
  • Complimentary Gift Wrapping

Address: 218 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch Website: Phone: 366 6912




The total kitchen collection: Total Food Equipment

The joy of the four seasons is celebrated at Total Food Equipment where Owner Sandra McLay has ensured the store is bright, warm and welcoming on chilly mornings, making it a brilliant place for an extended browse.



The winter season calls for slow cooking and you won’t do it better than choosing from the new shipment of French Staub cast-iron enamelled cocottes or dutch ovens. Cocottes are used for any dish that takes a while to cook. Their weight keeps temperatures even; tight fitting lids keep moisture in and they are able to reach heat levels needed to create a crust or crispiness.

A Staub cocotte will make you smile every time you bring it from oven to table, with hard to resist colourways and fresh, witty designs. There are grenadine pieces the colour of Pinot Noir, pumpkin shaped cocottes in orange, tomatoes in, of course tomato red, and a fish shaped dish in La Mer, a rich teal. You can even celebrate a significant event this year with a cocotte imprinted with the Chinese Year of the Pig, in one of this year’s lucky colours. Every piece is so durable, it comes with a lifetime guarantee.



Form meets function perfection in the authentic Japanese Miyabi knife range, where every knife blade is exceptionally sharp, made from 100 layers of steel that encapsulate the hard core, while the work-of-art handles are the traditional D-shaped birchwood. There are ten different knives in the range, including the starter two-pack of Chef and Utility knife which is bound to kick-start a lifelong collecting habit.

The genuine Spanish cazuelas bring the essence of rustic feasting to your cooking. The cazuela is a versatile dish that can be used on the stovetop or barbeque and in the oven or microwave. Made from fired clay, glazed inside, cazuelas have been in use for thousands of years. There is a variety of sizes in store, they all keep food hot and even continue the sizzling at the table.



Even on a cosy night in, there is such a thing as food smells extending just too far around the house. A must-have product is the Chef’s Candle, which eliminates cooking odours. New Zealand made and 100 percent soy wax, the candles are scented with lemon and vanilla. “It’s amazing how they just absorb everything,” Sandra says.

One more reason to celebrate the chill is the start of mulled wine season and making a delicious batch couldn’t be simpler. Simply combine a bottle of red and a cup of orange juice with the sachet of blended spices from Total Food Equipment, heat and you’ve just won winter! Visit Total Food Equipment at 218 Moorhouse Avenue.


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Heavenly & hands-on gifts: Total Food Equipment

Milestone events, ‘big’ birthdays, and of course weddings are occasions to be marked by meaningful gifts. The ideal gift is not only beautiful, but also useful – infusing every day with a souvenir of a significant event and a thoughtful loved one.


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Total Food Equipment is a magpie’s paradise of the shiny, the stunningly beautiful, the useful and the quirky. The team knows their treasure and will help you find the perfect gift for every occasion and at the right price too. Owner Sandra McLay says providing items for a couple’s wedding register is a specialty. The prospective bride and groom simply come in and fill a trolley with pieces they would like to receive as gifts, in all price ranges. The team will write it up as an attractive list to be distributed to guests.

“Creating a wedding register is a smart move for a couple,” Sandra says.  “It ensures they receive the items they actually want, while their guests are safe in the knowledge that their gift will be absolutely appreciated.” A quality knife is a life-long treasure in the kitchen and the range available means every cook will find their perfect pairing. “A knife is a very personal thing; it’s the weight and how it feels in your hand,” Sandra says.

Brands Arcos, Victorinox, Kai Shun, Wusthof, Sabatier and Miyabi are available, and the huge selection ensures the right blade for every job. Staub cast iron cookware is always sought-after, and added to Graphite and Cherry Red is new colourway La Mer. The ocean-dark bluey-green is the stuff of kitchen-to-table dreams, and the range includes wok, rib grill, cocotte and of course the fish kettle and the mussel pot! Henkel brushed and polished stainless steel is a study in sturdy elegance, while WMF cookware cuts a stylish dash, adding a slick of scarlet to every piece.

The very latest Kitchen Aid mixers come with two bowls and four types of attachment – dough hook, flat beater, flexi beater and wire beater, and a range of colours. Maxwell Williams boxed dinner sets are a great price and if someone in your life is flying the nest to go out on their own, they are hard to beat.  Quirky, fabulous and indispensable items will bring joy on the big day, but also a smile to faces for years to come.


The fabulous Dame Edna-style onion-chopping glasses will turn tears to giggles every time and Sandra says everyone loves the Garject garlic press. Chef’N have a range of gadgets you’ll wonder how you lived without: the pomegranate prep tool is joined by the cauliflower stalk chopper, plus you can love your avos with a range of savers and containers. When nest adornment is in order, smart birds fly to Total Food Equipment.



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Total Christmas Experience: Total Food Equipment

Christmas is bliss at Total Food Equipment, where even the grumpiest Grinch will find their heart melted by the beautiful, the subtle, the stunning and, of course, the practical at this gorgeous store.


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The gift-hunting end of the rainbow, it is also the saviour of feet sore from searching for the flawless cooking and serving items for the picture-perfect day. With parking at the door and seven-day opening, this treasure house lays the best of Christmas joy before you and is firmly established as a seasonal ‘must-visit’. Items at Total Food Equipment are selected for longevity and made to last the distance. You’ll find the pieces achieve heirloom status and become old friends, and that family will compete to position them in their special spot year after year.

Firstly, set the scent scene at home with New Zealand’s own Surmanti hand-crafted, long burning eco candles in organic coconut wax, in iconic Christmas Lilly, or Peonies, Peppers and Tuberose, and complement with the Our Beautiful Obsession diffusers. Hand and nail treatment cream with SPF15 comes in the dazzling scents of Sandlewood and Patchouli, Lime and Coconut, Roman Camomile and Cassis Royal.  Drink in the visual with the stunning array of stylish decorations that will complement any scheme, but you can transport yourself back to where decorating officially began, when Prince Albert first carried a fir tree into an English Palace, with afternoon tea served on historic Burleigh china. Established in 1851, Burleigh is celebrating 50 years of its stunning Calico pattern with limited edition mugs in green, red, teal, and orange in addition to the traditional navy. You’ll find the complete set here: cake stand, milk jug and creamer, sugar bowl and serving plates.


The Scanpan Axis cookware range is frankly more-ish. The impossibly shiny stainless steel is complemented with a copper Plimsoll line around the outside. For use on gas, induction and traditional cooktops there is the dutch oven, the stock pot, saute and fry pan, and a selection of pot sizes. Staggeringly pretty to look at, it seems a shame to clutter the pieces up with food! Cooking becomes performance art with the Master Pro Portable Infusion Smoker. This bijou device will entertain your friends and dazzle their taste buds as you produce table-top smoked oysters and seafood cocktails, vegetables and cheeses, flavoured by apple or hickory woodchips.

Intriguing gifts are everywhere: the animal lover in your life will delight in the cat and dog celebration Christmas crackers, while the hedonist will be thrilled with the Soam shea butter Merry Christmas soaps. All budgets are catered for, and you can create a Christmas that is bespoke to you with the range of napkins, candles and table decorations. Like the man said, “I’ll be back”.


Find it at 218 Moorhouse Avenue. Phone 03 366 6912


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Totally Fabulous Existence: Total Food Equipment

All that you ever really need and want for your kitchen and cooking is likely to be at Total Food Equipment (TFE).


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It’s a mouthwatering destination. Sandra McLay of the Moorhouse Avenue store says the shop has long had a reputation for very high quality cookware and tableware, decorative items included. Because of this, it’s the store to frequent for those serious about cooking and meal quality. Using the right tools; cast iron, enamelware, or clayware makes meals deliciously successful. Many home cooks may not realise the tender effects that flow from long slow cooking in a perfectly evenly heated vessel, for instance. Or the fact that top-quality knives make their users less prone to injuries, rather than the reverse.

The team at TFE is trained in all of the technical aspects of their globally-sourced cookware, coffee-makers and appliances. They might even tell customers the temperature at which to cook certain dishes on their barbeques. Some of the pots and pans here are relative rarities, such as steamers with several tiers like multi-storey buildings.  Sandra says she personally doesn’t boil anything except potatoes; she prefers to steam her vegetables, thereby retaining texture and nutrition. So the denser vegetables go into the lowest steamer, and the more watery, thinner veges into the top tier. Cooking like this is also elegantly simple… it’s literally a vertical stack, freeing up kitchen and element space.

All of those items which make meal preparation simple and ergonomic are bound to be somewhere in the Moorhouse TFE.  Sandra says she supports local suppliers wherever possible. She points to a range of bread-or-cheese-board-looking ‘lynchboards.’ These are beautifully finished, silken-looking chopping or presentation-boards made here in Canterbury. They’re produced from recycled native beech and rimu, in thicknesses you’d struggle to find anywhere – even in currently produced high-end furniture. For those people keener on collating food, or in producing maximum-impact, minimum-effort meals, a visit to TFE will truly pay dividends. Not only is there gorgeous serve-ware and indie platters, there’s also the sauces, preserves, and grinds. In other words, here are the finishing touches in which the interesting and the tangy collide. These are the perfect items to ‘salt away’ for presents, no pun intended. This is the place to find marmalade containing whisky, jam made with riesling and lemon thyme, or salt for fajitas with the perfect ‘kick’ to make a meal memorable.

Later on in the calendar, when it’s becoming ok to talk about impending Christmas, this is the shop to put all gift dilemmas to bed. There’s gold-coloured cutlery, silicone casserole carriers; children’s bake-ware and cookie-cutter sets, not to mention candlesticks, cake stands, serviettes; even old-school pottery biscuit-jars. People who preserve lemons or any other fruit will find super-cool glass jars with different seal options here. Maybe TFE staff will even share their best-ever recipe into the bargain. TFE is at 218 Moorhouse Ave and has ample customer parking.

Visit, or phone 03 366 6912.


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The craft of cookware: local culinary experts Total Food Equipment share their passions

The season for hygge is well and truly here and, if you’re a foodie, or just someone who likes to get cosy with the family and a bowl of homemade soup, then a visit Total Food Equipment is a must-do before you hunker down.

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The store is a gorgeous trove of all things cooking and baking. From oyster forks to cinnamon oyster tins, whatever is on your wish list, you will find it here and more besides. The baking section alone is extensive – a home baker’s heaven of tins and moulds to dream of, including friand, mini madeleines and, of the moment, donut tins.
A range of cast iron cookware made in France by Staub comes in red, orange, black, grey, and blue. It’s a lifetime gift to yourself or a friend and its strength and beauty goes from stove to table. You can braise, roast, cook, stew or fry with the range, in-oven or on the stove top with the frying pans, rib grills and mussel pots. The cocottes are round and oval, and the divine pumpkin and tomato shaped casseroles will redefine your batterie de cuisine goals forever.
Are you picturing a warm candlelit scene, the table alive with family and friends, good conversation and wine set off with a tasty display of tapas and sharing plates? At Total Food Equipment, the ranges available mean you’ll find a set to match your flair and flavours.

Total Food EquipmentThere is the versatile and ever-stylish cast iron option: small dishes in different sizes and in round and oval. Or bring colourful artisan élan to your table with the Regas range, made in Spain since 1821 from high quality fire proof terracotta clay. The cazuela is one of the oldest cooking vessels, used since pre-Roman times and still in use today in every Spanish kitchen.
It is used as a frying pan over direct heat on the hob, an open fire or barbeque. It is also oven-proof and makes a great baker and roasting dish for sweet or savoury. The organic nature of terracotta adds flavour to the food and the dishes go from oven to table. Choose from round, oval, rectangle, bowls and handled bowls, there is a choice of exterior colours too.
If the lashing rain and wind outside means mulled wine to you, take yours to the next level with The Herb and Spice Mill sachets of all-natural ingredients. The range of food safe presentation dishes of all types is huge at Total Food Equipment, so make it your first stop for themed parties or catering this winter too. Total Food Equipment is at 218 Moorhouse Avenue, with parking outside the door.

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Culinary mastery: the experts at Total Food Equipment keep us current in the kitchen

You can always count on Total Food Equipment (aka tfe) to be at the forefront of changes in thinking about homewares, cooking and kitchen accessories.

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New and efficient equipment to help create culinary masterpieces

We have been hearing a great deal about the amount of plastic that is finding its way into our planet’s oceans and about how we should reduce our use of the material. Total Food Equipment is definitely fighting the good fight on this environmental
issue. The store stocks multi-
coloured stainless eco-friendly
water bottles for hydration, along with stainless straws and reusable eco coffee cups. Look on another shelf and you will find bio-degradable storage bags, paper snack and sandwich bags and reusable paper towels. One roll of these replaces 18 rolls of conventional paper towels! No cling wrap or plastic bags in sight here. Tfe also has compact under-bench composting bins for saving food scraps and eliminating wastage.
But tfe is forward thinking in other ways as well, constantly searching suppliers and manufacturers for new and more
efficient equipment to help cooks create their culinary
masterpieces. Recently arrived in store is the MasterPro Sous Vide Precision Cooker. ‘Sous vide’ is French for ‘under vacuum’ and the method uses sealed pouches to cook vegetables, fish, poultry, red meat and more in a water bath, achieving succulent, nutritious and flavorsome results. The technique has been used by chefs for decades to lock in natural juices creating food that is evenly cooked from edge to edge. With the MasterPro Sous Vide Cooker we can all achieve chef level perfection.
Another new arrival at tfe is the MasterPro 12 in 1 stainless steel multi-cooker pressure cooker. This clever machine can take over all your cooking tasks and certainly help you to declutter your cupboards of pots and pans. The multi- cooker features six cooking functions (slow cook, sous vide, sauté, steam, yoghurt, pasta) and six pressure (rice, meat/poultry, bean/chilli, soup/porridge, canning,
potato) . There is also a ‘keep warm’ setting and a countdown timer so food is ready when you need it and an easy lock function keeps your pressure cooking safe. The MasterPro Multi Cooker makes
creating a wide range of hearty meals easier than ever.
Total Food Equipment is situated at 218 Moorhouse Avenue in the Mid-Way Moorhouse complex. The store is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am to 4pm and there is easy access with plenty of parking. Don’t forget the store’s wedding register programme while the wedding season is still with us.