Frequently Asked Questions

To help answer your queries we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you’d like to know more you may like to read About Anathoth Farm or email us directly.

Can I re-use the pot?

Yes!  Our pot is perfect for re-use and re-purposing.  It makes a great container for food leftovers.  The pot is microwaveable and dishwasher safe.  Please note it’s not watertight, so keep your leftovers upright in the freezer.  The pot is also handy in the shed to store hardware supplies, the children’s bedroom for storage of crayons or Lego pieces.  They are also handy in the garden as seedling pots – just drill some holes in the base for water drainage.

Can your pot be recycled?

Many of our customers tell us they like our plastic pot for its re-purposing qualities, but we are also aware that it’s not perfect. We purposely chose our polypropylene (#5) pot as unlike most other plastics, it’s food safe for hot filling which allows us to make our traditional Anathoth Farm jams and chutneys without preservative.

Our business has been on a journey to better understand our overall impact on our environment including energy use, natural resources and waste.  We have taken the following steps and wish to update you on recent findings;

  • After researching the NZ recycling infrastructure we confirm that Polypropylene (PP or #5) is actively being recycled within NZ and made into low grade plastic items.  It is also still being shipped off shore to select markets.   Most of the larger councils accept #5 plastics in kerbside collection.
  • We continue discussions with our NZ plastic pot manufacturer about integrating post consumer PP waste into our plastic pots and lids.  After much debate and brainstorming, we regret to advise it is not a viable option to use post consumer PP waste in our pots or lids as its not deemed food safe.  We appreciate this is contrary to what other grocery manufacturers packaged in PET have been promoting.  Food safety is of paramount concern to us.
  • We have debated moving to alternate packaging types.  We recognise that while glass has the advantage of being easily recyclable, it is more energy intensive to make and freight than our plastic pots.  Our plastic pots are manufactured locally and shipped a short distance to us.
  • Our international connections continue to research technologies and processes to help us better understand the future of sustainable plastic packaging.  We take these learnings and then assess whether NZ manufacturing practices and infrastructure can support.  Sadly, this is where many barriers are identified.

So we continue to focus on finding a sustainable, long term solution and listen and engage with our customers.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

More detailed information about local council recycling can be found here

How much fruit is in Anathoth Farm jams?

Just like home-made jam, the fruit content in Anathoth Farm jams is 50% (with the exception of Blackcurrant Jam and Plum Jam, which both have 45%). Most commercial jams contain 40% fruit (which is the legal minimum) and concentrated fruit juices and purees are sometimes used as a low-cost way of boosting fruit percentage. But even using high levels of lower quality fruit doesn’t deliver great tasting jam. Anathoth Farm uses only whole fruit purchased from local growers and reputable fruit suppliers.

Are Anathoth Farm products gluten free?

We’re proud that all our products are gluten free. Our jams are naturally gluten free as we only use fruit and sugar and we've chosen to make our pickles with gluten free ingredients.

Do Anathoth Farm products contain preservatives?

No, Anathoth Farm jams contain no preservatives or artificial colours or flavours. For our Anathoth Farm pickles, chutneys and relishes we use real spices like turmeric, chilli powder, mustard seeds, celery seeds and mustard flour to enhance the flavour of the real vegetables that we use.

We often declare 'spices' in our ingredients and don't detail all the specific spices. We do this for two reasons.

  1. Sometimes there are many and we don't always have enough space on the label
  2. It would give away our secrets for our great tasting products

But, if you contact us needing to know about a specific product we'll be happy to give you more information.

How long will unopened products last?

The best before date is stamped on the lid of every pot. Our jams, marmalades and fruit mince will last up to 2 years and our curds, pickles, relishes and chutneys up to 18 months.

For our pickles, relishes, chutneys and curd we use oxygen barrier labels which protect the ingredients inside. This provides a similar level of protection to glass. The oxygen barrier label limits oxygen movement through the sides and bottom of the plastic and keeps the product inside fresher for longer.

Our jams don’t require an oxygen barrier pot as the inclusion of sugar acts as a natural preservative which protects the colour and flavour of jam.

Why is there mould on top of my Anathoth Farm jam, this has never happened before?

As we don’t add preservatives to our jams, it is sometimes possible for mould to grow after opening. We recommend that you store your jams in the fridge and always use a clean spoon or knife.

To reduce the risk of yeasts or mould growing, Anathoth Farm products are heated to over 100°C during processing and hot fill in a clean environment. The tamper evident foil seal is applied to the pot immediately after filling while the product is hot. If there is any visible yeast or mould growth when you open it, it's likely that the foil hasn't sealed perfectly onto the pot. Seal failure is a mechanical issue which may happen very occasionally. If it does happen to an Anathoth Farm product that you've purchased, please let us know and we’ll happily replace it for you. You can contact us here.

Why have I found something in my Anathoth Farm jam that’s not supposed to be there?

Stone fruits can often cause problems because the only way to remove 100% of the stones is to sieve them and that removes all the fruit texture. So the odd stone may slip through, just as it does when stone fruit jam is made in a home kitchen. For all our stone fruit jams we’ve put a warning on our labels, eg: “Despite our best efforts to remove all fruit stones, please take care as you could come across the odd fragment”.

With berries, due to their picking process, our berry suppliers can’t always completely eliminate plant matter from the fruit supplied to us. While it's rare, the odd berry thorn or twig may slip through because we're are unable to sift the jam. Although stalk complaints are rare, we take these matters very seriously and continually seek to reduce plant matter in our product.

Please rest assured that we have stringent controls in place for foreign matter; our company operates under a Food Safety Programme that is approved by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, we have invested in a metal detector, and our factory is inspected on a regular basis.

What do I do if I have a comment, question or concern about an Anathoth Farm product?

We always enjoy hearing from our customers. All you need to do is enter your details in our Customer Care Form and we’ll respond to you promptly.

Who owns Anathoth Farm?

Anathoth Farm is made by Barker's of Geraldine, an experienced and well known condiment manufacturer operating from a corner of the original family farm, 8km from Geraldine, South Canterbury. In August 2015, Barker's was purchased by a French private company Andros. Michael Barker and several other long time local managers still own shares in the business which continues to make the same products on the same farm site with the same people.

How do you pronounce Anathoth?

Anathoth means 'new beginnings' and we believe the correct pronounciation is “Ah-na-tot”, but you can say it anyway you like!

How many products does Anathoth Farm make?

We make a total of 28 products (Jams, Curds, Marmalades, Chutneys, Pickles, Relishes and Fruit Mince).

I note you are adding fruit pectin derived from citrus fruits in your jams. I take heart medication and understand there can be an interference with grapefruit on some medications?

The natural chemicals in grapefruit which interfere with heart medication are polyphenol compounds, including the flavonoid naringin and furanocoumarins. These compounds are stripped from the citrus pectin during processing. If any residual polyphenol is present in the pectin, it would be in extremely low levels which have no impact on heart medication.

We notice that you add citrus fibre to your Breakfast Marmalade and Marmalade with Ginger. What is this?

Citrus Fibre is used to help improve the consistency and set of our marmalade. Just like we add fruit pectin to some of our jams, we chose to use citrus fibre in our Breakfast Marmalade and Marmalade with Ginger. Just like fruit pectin, citrus fibre is a by-product of the orange fruit juice process. Once the juice is squeezed there is some fruit pulp left behind. The pulp is then dried and processed using mechanical means (ie drying and milling) to produce the citrus fibre. This process uses no chemicals - it is a physical process only. Citrus fibre contains 65-70 % total fibre. The fibre also includes the pectin naturally present in the fruit.

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