FAQ's

Are you Certified Organic?

No, the Bakery is not a certified organic site. The reason for this is that we need to have flexibility to use non organic ingredients in certain circumstances. For example, if there is no Organic Rye available; a situation which is more and more likely as droughts affect local crops in NZ and Australia. Farmers can run out, their crop may not be up to standard or any number of other things can happen which mean that we have to choose between ceasing production or sourcing alternative ingredints which may not be organic.

If this happens the products will be cleary marked to say that a non organic ingredient has been substituted.  

Under normal curcumstances the ingredients we use are all from certified organic producers.

How do I keep my bread fresh?

No Preservatives - No Additives! How to keep your bread fresh

All our breads are packaged in perforated bags which allow them to breathe. As living breads it is important that they do not get too hot so the perforations allow air to circulate, keeps bread fresh, allows the bread to mature as well as minimising the chance of mould developing.

In warmer weather breads need to be kept in a cool airy place out of direct sunlight. Humid conditions will provide a great enviroment for mould to develop so make sure that you are not keeping it in a bread bin on the bench in the sunlight!

Gluten Free breads and those with Nuts and Seeds in are particularly suceptible to mould in wam and humid climates, so will last better in the 'warmest' part of the fridge.

Freezing

Many customers buy bread in bulk for freezing. To make sure your bread stays in perfect condition follow these simple tips;

  • If you are the only one in the the house hold eating it, slice the loaf in half, or even individual slices, before freezing so that you can defrost small amounts at a time

  • Firmly DOUBLE WRAP bread before freezing in a frost proof bag and seal it as tightly as possible. Perforated bags are good for keeping fresh bread fresh, but not good for keeping frost out in the freezer. Plastic supermarket bags are perfectly adequate. The point is to stop moisture getting in and forming ice.

  • Mark outer bag with the date it was put in the freezer so you can keep track and use the oldest first without having to unwrap it.

  • Whilst bread freezes very well, like most things, the sooner you use it the better it will be. We recommend that frozen bread is used within 4 months of freezing for optimum quality retention. 

  • Defrost naturally at cool room temperature, out of the sun   

  • Once defrosted, treat as for fresh bread

  • Do not refreeze previously frozen bread

Extra Tips for keeping your bread mould free in hot weather - applies especially to the Gluten Free, Four Seed and Hazel & Walnut breads;

  • Remove the bread from the bag ASAP as the area under the label is susceptible to becoming humid and it is there that mould often first forms
  • Store it in the warmest part of the fridge either in a brown paper bag, cooking paper or something similar which does not become 'clammy' or damp
  • Slice and freeze either in individual slices or just in halves - be sure to wrap well in the freezer, our perforated bags do not work!
  • Pre order from your lovely local retailers so that they get it as fresh as possible!

Is Everything Gluten Free?

NO!!!!! We are not a dedicated gluten free bakery. We make a range of products which ARE gluten free as well as those which are not.

The gluten free products are;

  • Buckwheat and Corn Breads
  • Cassava and Cassava fruit Breads
  • Crunchy Corn Crackers

The Bakers take extreme care to ensure separation between gluten and non gluten products by using dedicated equipment and manufacturing in a  specific way to avoid any cross contamination. We have a regular testing regime to check that the gluten freeproducts do not contain gluten.

However, we are a bakery and not a laboratory. We use bread bags which are perforated and not airtight sealed because our bread is alive and needs to breathe. 

For those with extreme gluten intolerance / Coeliacs Disease general advice is to avoid any product which is not made in a dedicated gluten free plant. 

We are not a dedicated plant.

What about sugar?

We don't add any sugar to our breads or crackers. The muesli is no longer toated with honey but sweetened with date paste which we make ourselves.

The sugar content of the bread and crackers is simply that which is in the grains themselves.

 

Vegan v Vegetarian

From January 2017 everything in our bakery is Vegan. No animals are harmed in the production of our bread and the only ones 'tested' on are the feathered friends we feed any leftovers to. 

Previously, the starter which we used for the backferment breads - Four Seed and Hazel & Walnut - contained a minute amount of honey in their starter, which was itself a small part of the overall bread. We also used to toast the muesli with honey.

Now we use dates to sweeten the muesli and the bakers are making their starters without honey.

And of course there are no eggs or dairy in any of our products.

Can Packaging be recycled?

The recycling situation in New Zealand is rather dispiriting once you start to ask investigate it.

In some parts of New Zealand household plastics are collected, but they are not then recycled within New Zealand. Materials collected at our gates maybe sorted, compacted into bundles and shipped off shore for "further processing" - what that means is not clear. Maybe it goes into a poorer country's landfill? We have not been able to find any commercial incineration or recycling to handle collected plastics in NZ. In other areas of NZ they simply go into our landfill.

On a more positive note, a new initiative is being rolled out throughout NZ to enable the recycling of soft plastic bags into new plastic objects. You can read all about it here and it is perfect for all Breadman Bags.

http://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/soft-plastics

 

You can read about the wider Government approach to waste management here;

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/waste

 

And here is an excellent overview of the wider challenges and issues (sit down with a stiff drink before reading, its depressing)

http://www.recycle.co.nz/problemsize.php

 

We would be delighted to package bread in simple paper bags, closed with a sticker but the food safety implications are the problem. There is legislation around packaging besides which it needs to be robust enough to withstand travelling, tampering and storage in stores.

As part of our ongoing committment to ethical practises we are planning a review of all our packaging in 2017. We will be looking for options which are have as small an impact on the environment as possible whilst still complying with required legislation. If the recycling procedure for bags is in place we may even find that what we currently have is about as good as it gets. It's not flashy but it is effective and we pride ourselves as bakers, not marketers!!