As at 30th March we are operating with a reduced team.
Everyone is going as fast as they can and our number one priority is for staff to remain healthy and stay safe in their own bubbles. To do this we need to manage baking and packing activity.
We also consider that couriers are stretched very thinly. Easter is coming and 4 day weeks are always difficult to manage. Deliveries are often interrupted, even in normal times.
Ingredients are extra precious at the moment and we do not want our beautiful bread to be wasted due to delays in delivery, so we are restricting what and where we send to over the 2 short weeks.
We are baking as usual
Orders will be baked and sent out on Monday 6th only.
All orders need to be with us by 9am Friday 3rd April
This is always a very difficut week for couriers and one in which we always get many delays and non deliveries reported. Therefore we shall not be sending any orders to the North Island.
SOUTH ISLAND ONLY orders will be baked and sent out on Wednesday 15th April
Orders need to be with us by 9am Thursday 9th April
We intend to bake as usual. Review of the Alert Level 4 is due by Wednesday 22nd so we wait to see what the situation is then.
From 24th March 2020 we will temporarily be packing all breads in our standard bags. There are 2 reasons for this;
This will not be a permanent arrangement and as soon as we have the resources we will revert to paper wrapping for online sales.
Please make best use of the bread bags by using them for veggie and other chilled storage where their special perforated properties will allow longer life for fresh fruit and veg.
The recycling situation in New Zealand is rather dispiriting once you start to investigate it.
Here is an excellent overview of some of the challenges > https://www.noted.co.nz/planet/recycling-china-shut-plastics-paper-how-nz-stem-tide/
The soft plastic recycling initiative which was rolled out, withdrawn and then partially revived in NZ has had a bumpy ride and is now only operating in the Auckland area. Breadman bags are of course suitable for the scheme.
You can read about the wider Government approach to waste management here;
And here is another excellent overview of the wider challenges and issues (sit down with a stiff drink before reading, its depressing)
We need packaging that is;
As a small business we need to order in big numbers (for us) to get a good price, so we do not need to order very often. Before we re-ordered our latest supply we took the opportunity to talk to our good friends at Ristrom Packaging, who are a locally owned business who produce packaging themselves right here in our home town of Christchurch. There are many, many options for packaging products and distributors in NZ but few of them actually make their products here. Much of the packing used in NZ is made in China, sent here and then repackaged and sold as if it was made in NZ. Like a lot of things.
The packaging we currently use is
We have been asked why we don't use a compostable option and we have looked at this very carefully. At this stage there is no product which meets our needs plus, and it's a big consideration - anything which has been printed or had a label stuck on to it has likely been treated with some sort of plastic coating to allow the dye/adhesive to stick to it, and therefore is not composable. The compostable bags which are currently available are still pretty fragile and not suitable for commercial food packaging - yet. But we look forward to when they are.
In July 2018 we partnered with Commonsense Organics to try paper packaging and you can read what happened on our blog, linked here
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.
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.
Once your bread is at home it will be quite happy in its own bag, wrapped in a clean tea towel, a cotton bag or even a sheet of paper.
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.
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. Now that we will all be running out of plastic supermarket bags, a compostable bag firmly secured on the outside of our perforated bag has worked well for us, as will a thick wrapping of news or other paper if well secured. If you're clearing out old tshirts and the like they can easily be used as wrapping. 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, unwrapped at cool room temperature, out of the sun
Once defrosted, treat as for fresh bread
Do not refreeze previously frozen bread
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;
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.
We don't have any sugar in the bakery. The muesli is 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.
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.
From the 1 November 2018 we have Vegan Certification for all our products which has been awared by the NZ Vegetarian Society. You can read about the accreditation programme here >>>>