• 9 best German beers
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    9 best German beers

    Clinking steins of beer, raucous singing, noisy oompah bands, plates of sausages and well-worn liederhosen: if you want to tick off German clichés then get yourself to a German beer festival because they’re all very much in evidence. The most famous of all beer festivals, Munich’s much celebrated Oktoberfest, has strict beer entry criteria: breweries must come from the city and uphold the 500-year old ‘Reinheitsgebot’ beer purity law, meaning that only booze containing water, barley, hops and yeast can officially be sold as beer. Some modern brewers may curse its restrictive measures, but centuries worth of brewing experts have adhered to it and created a vast range of beer styles.

  • 9 best multi-cookers
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    9 best multi-cookers

    One of these nifty products does the work of a roasting tin, slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer and frying pan – all in one. A quality multi-cooker is quick and simple to use – often coming with a choice between pre-set programmes and manual overrides, and a timer setting so you can have your meal ready for when you walk through the door.

  • 15 gin gifts for the G&T lover in your life this Christmas
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    15 gin gifts for the G&T lover in your life this Christmas

    It's not Christmas until someone brings out the G&T

  • Marks & Spencer's Christmas drinks range features crème brûlée white hot chocolate
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    Marks & Spencer's Christmas drinks range features crème brûlée white hot chocolate

    And a ready-made Mince Pie Martini cocktail... From Country Living

  • 10 best free-from recipe boxes
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    10 best free-from recipe boxes

    If you’re keen to improve your culinary skills but don’t have the time to spend hours trudging around the supermarket, recipe boxes offer an ideal solution. With new recipes and all the ingredients delivered directly to your door, they not only offer inspiration but also help reduce food waste and make sure you devote time to cooking real food in the kitchen. Over several weeks, we trialled the latest free-from recipe boxes on the market and tested them for recipe variety, price, taste and suitability for a range of different allergens.

  • Back to school: Healthy packed lunch ideas your children are guaranteed to love
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    Back to school: Healthy packed lunch ideas your children are guaranteed to love

    As  children  across the nation prepare for another school year, there’s a lot on a parent ‘s to-do list from bagging a whole new uniform to helping out with any last-minute summer projects. So who’s even found the time to think about their packed lunches? With nut-free policies in a growing number of schools and a few fussy eaters in every class, it’s proving harder than ever before to ensure your child doesn’t come home with half a soggy sandwich left in their lunch box. But we’ve tracked down the recipes designed to make the nightly prep a little easier. From last-minute wraps to moreish treats you and your family can enjoy baking, look no further for go-to inspiration this September. We can guarantee you’ll be taking your own lunchbox to work after taking a look at some of these easy-to-follow recipes… Follow us on   Instagram  and   Facebook  for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow  @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: The science behind taking children on a term-time holiday John Lewis releases predictions for top 10 toys this Christmas  Should parents buy new school uniform every year?  

  • 9 best plastic-free teabags
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    9 best plastic-free teabags

    Most teabags contain plastic – who knew? About 96 per cent of teabags are made with polypropylene – a synthetic resin – which is added during the sealing process. Fortunately, there's such a thing as plastic-free teabags – and we've found some of the best.

  • 10 best fruit beers
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    10 best fruit beers

    It’s doesn’t seem long ago that in order to obtain a decent fruit beer you would have to travel to Belgium, where the marriage of sweet fruits and sour beers has a proud history. Sour styles, such as Lambic, Berliner Weisse or Gose, may be the most obvious fit for fruity additions, where the flavours of ingredients such as cherries and raspberries naturally enhance the sharpness created by wild fermentation. Citrus and tropical fruits, in particular grapefruit, orange and mango, have similar flavour profiles to some modern American hops making them work well in pale ales, whereas autumnal ingredients including plums and blackberries compliment the richer flavours and aromas of dark porters and stouts.

  • Aldi's £7 pumpkin spice liqueur is back for another year
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    Aldi's £7 pumpkin spice liqueur is back for another year

    Boozy pumpkin spice, anyone?

  • 10 best cake tins
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    10 best cake tins

    Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be returning as judges, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will be hosting, and we'll be dreaming about making those fantastic creations. To get you in the spirit, we’ve narrowed our excessive cake tin collection to 10 high-performers that will work for all your baking exploits. A loaf tin is easily my most-used piece of baking kit, because works for simple, unfussy cakes that don’t require ke a lot of effort to ice once they’re out of the oven – think banana bread or lemon drizzle – and it’s also great for shaping a classic loaf.

  • Top 5 healthy drinks to help you lose weight
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    Top 5 healthy drinks to help you lose weight

    Losing weight healthily and effectively is a long-term, disciplined process. And for getting the desired results, making certain essential lifestyle and dietary changes is inevitable. Talking about diet, there are a number of health-promoting drinks that, by enhancing metabolism, reducing hunger, and improving digestion, can help give flight to your weight loss plans. Here, we enlist top 5 drinks to help you lose weight.

  • 14 best Eastern European wines
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    14 best Eastern European wines

    There used to be a certain sniffiness about Eastern European wines. They were treated as unwelcome attendees at the wine lover’s party – OK if you wanted a cheap bottle of plonk but never granted a place at the top table.

  • 11 best rums
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    11 best rums

    The drink that really put rum on the map was the Daiquiri which pretty much introduced rum to the world. The Mojito is a disciple of the Daiquiri with the addition of mint and a Mai Tai swaps the sugar for Orgeat (almond syrup) and orange liqueur.

  • 10 best beers from Bristol and Bath
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    10 best beers from Bristol and Bath

    Any beer enthusiast looking for a weekend city break could do worse than head out west to Bristol. While some of those breweries (such as the new trio of Good Chemistry, New Bristol and Incredible Brewing) are less well known outside the city, others including Moor, Wiper and True and Lost and Grounded have achieved a national appeal for their innovative ales. For this list we’re focusing on those ales that are mostly available across the country, and have included a pair of beers from Bristol’s posh little neighbour, Bath, where the 20-year-old Abbey Ales has recently been joined by the exciting Electric Bear.

  • 9 best vegan milks
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    9 best vegan milks

    Whether you’re a full-time vegan, lactose intolerant or simply a flexitarian looking to make an easy daily switch, there’s a plethora of plant-based milk options to replace the regular cow’s milk many of us grew up with. Over the last six years, sales of plant-based milks have doubled worldwide and there’s a number of reasons people are making the switch. Dairy production contributes to climate change due to the high levels of greenhouse gas emissions it produces, so a plant-based milk is a better option for the planet.

  • 11 best proseccos
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    11 best proseccos

    The dependable, affordable luxury from north-east Italy befits a variety of situations, including endless summer picnics, birthdays and weddings, or dreary Tuesdays and midweek pick-me-ups. The Glera grape can be consistently relied upon to offer medium acidity, sherbet sweetness with pear-scented, floral freshness. Most prosecco is classed as extra dry, containing 12-17g/L residual sugar but many are dry, with 17-32g/L. Don’t let the terms mislead you into thinking you’re being frugal on the sugar intake, though.

  • 10 best reusable lunch boxes
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    10 best reusable lunch boxes

    The government is now considering banning the sale of single-use plastic cutlery and plates, with Defra recently announcing a study into the “significant negative impact” such items are having on the environment. Environmental concerns aside, there are other key reasons to invest in a good lunch box. There is an extensive range of styles available, from the traditional faff-free box with a lid, popular for a simple sandwich affair, to trendy bento boxes for those who prefer more variety.

  • 8 best salt and pepper mills
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    8 best salt and pepper mills

    One of the few pieces of kitchen equipment used every day, a set of freshly ground salt and pepper mills deliver a more intense flavour and can transform almost any meal. Peugeot built the first pepper mill with a metal grinder in 1842 (before that pepper mills were based on a pestle and mortar design) however, nowadays they are generally built with ceramic mechanisms because they are incredibly hard wearing and won’t corrode. There are a couple of key factors to consider when buying a salt and pepper mill. Perhaps the most important, is whether you mind a little overspill of ground salt and pepper left on a surface every time you put the things down.