Archive for January, 2010

If You Love Non-GMO Foods Read This

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

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Megan Johnson from the Non-GMO project just let us know about this and we felt it was worthwhile for you to know about.

Here is her announcement for you to read…


Hi Non-GMO Project Participants!

We are in the final days of Whole Foods Market’s New Year’s Resolution Facebook app. This is a great chance to promote your participation in the Non-GMO Project!

In case you haven’t seen the app yet, here’s the deal: On December 28th, Whole Foods launched a new Facebook application geared toward inspiring consumers with New Years resolutions and supporting non-profits, including the Non-GMO Project.

Every time someone resolves that “This is my year to know where my food comes from and support the Non-GMO Project,” the Project gets a vote and is a step closer to doubling a $10,000 donation from Whole Foods.

Users can vote once per day, and voting closes January 31st, 2010.

By helping us spread the word, you can simultaneously promote your connection to the Project AND increase our odds of winning funding that will go directly towards building non-GMO awareness.

Below is some suggested language for spreading the word through social media channels. If you want to put out an e-newsletter, you can pull content from this link and from this link If you want more ideas, let us know!

Also, remember that simply engaging everyone at your company by inviting them to vote every day can make a huge difference. The contest is close right now!


Join us in a commitment to the Non-GMO Project! Show your support on Whole Foods’ new Facebook app between now and 1/31/10

Go Here To Download Facebook App

Thanks so much for your help, and for your participation in the Non-GMO Project!


Succulent Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Monday, January 25th, 2010

By Cindy Widder, General Manager of Berlin Natural Bakery

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As the hustle and bustle of the holidays is winding down, I am sharing this delicious recipe for Raspberry Cheesecake that will delight all of your friends and family. Whether for a New Year’s celebration or “just because”…this dessert makes a spectacular display and tastes even better than it looks.

I used to think that making cheesecake would be so difficult, and for that reason, I didn’t even attempt it for many years. Thankfully after finally giving it a shot, I found out that the belief that making cheesecake is difficult is a total misconception.

The directions may look daunting, but give it a whirl. Just take it step by step and you’ll be done in no time. I think you’ll be delighted with the results. I know your family and friends will be!

Raspberry Cheesecake


For the crust:

* 3-4 Berlin Natural Bakery oatmeal Gem Spelt cookie crumbs (1 1/2 cups)
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 6 tablespoons butter, melted

For the filling:

* 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature (5-8oz pkgs)
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 5 whole extra-large eggs, at room temperature
* 2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
* 1/4 cup sour cream
* 1 tabelspoon grated lemon zest (simply grate the outside peel of 2 lemons)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the topping:

* 1 cup red jelly (not jam), such as currant, raspberry, or strawberry
* 3 half-pints fresh raspberries (I used approx 1 1/2 cups)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the crust, combine the Oatmeal Gem cookies, sugar, and melted butter until moistened. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan. With your hands, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

To make the filling, cream the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed of the mixer to medium and add the eggs and egg yolks, 2 at a time, mixing well. Scrape down the bowl and beater, as necessary. With the mixer on low, add the sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly and pour into the cooled crust.

Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 225 degrees F and bake for another 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and open the door wide. The cake will not be completely set in the center. Allow the cake to sit in the oven with the door open for 30 minutes. Take the cake out of the oven and allow it to sit at room temperature for another 2 to 3 hours, until completely cooled. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the cake from the springform pan by carefully running a hot knife around the outside of the cake. Leave the cake on the bottom of the springform pan for serving.
To make the topping, melt the jelly in a small pan over low heat. In a bowl, toss the raspberries and the warm jelly gently until well mixed. Arrange the berries on top of the cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: I actually used a larger springform pan (at least 10-inch) as this makes a large cheesecake. If you use a 9 –inch, it will just be thicker.

Enjoy! If you’ve never attempted to make cheesecake before, you won’t be sorry you tried this.

For our next recipe, I’m going to move away from desserts and give you a recipe for a scrumptious breakfast casserole. You will need the following ingredients: bacon, ham, onion, a loaf of Berlin Natural Bakery spelt bread (any kind), potatoes (or frozen hash browns), cheddar cheese, eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce and ground mustard. This is another recipe that can be assembled ahead and then baked the next day.

Have a wonderful New Year. Until next time….Happy Baking!!

6 Negative Side Affects To Eating Genetically Modified Foods

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Genetically modified organisms also known as (GMO’s) can be found in as many as 60-70% of the foods in the US.

As we have written about in the past dangers of GMO’s, a genetically modified organism according to The Non-GMO Project are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE).

This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a lab, creating combination’s of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. The use of genetically modified organisms in foods was recently banned in Europe, but the US isn’t to that point yet due to the highly political nature of what is keeping GMO’s on the market and in our food.

Here are six of the dangers that have been discovered by consuming genetically modified foods…

1. Food Allergy Symptoms Increase Dramatically

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According to scientific research, it has been shown that those who eat genetically modified foods tend to see an increase in their allergic reactions to the types of foods they are already allergic too. By eating these genitically modified foods people also form allergies to foods which they were never allergic to before.

2. Bodily Toxicity Increases

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As individuals ingest more and more genetically modified foods and organisms into their body it has been shown that the bodies toxicity increases which leads to a ton of other potentially serious health problems. As stated by it has been shown that there is a definite link between Obesity, Cancer and Toxicity.

3. Negative Reproductive Effects


In lab tests done on animals there were cases where once the animals ingested genetically modified food they became completely sterile in a matter of weeks. What was interesting in fact was that in some cases these animals were force fed the food because they didn’t want to eat it themselves naturally.

4. Negative Effects To Digestive System


They are finding that GMO’s are a breeding ground for bacteria and virus’s and since the digestive system is where the body is exposed when ingesting these harmful foods, reversing the damaging effects of these foods is nearly impossible. In other cases on mice and rats, there is documented proof that the digestive system grows bigger for some strange reason.

5. Unknown Genetic Effects On Humans


The jury is still out on all of the known causes about how Genetically Modified Organisms will negatively affect the greater human race, so it would be best to avoid them at all costs knowing the long term health risks of ingesting these foods on a regular basis.

6. Death


In some cases death has also been a challenge in working with GMO foods where rats and mice die in a matter of weeks by eating genetically modified food.

As everything adds up over time, and the more these genetically modified foods are pushed on us as Americans, knowing the dangers going in and actively speaking out against it may save more lives now and in the future.


Special Note: We at Berlin Natural Bakery make our products from 100% Genuine German Spelt created from certified seed that is 100% all natural and GMO FREE.  We are proud to be a part of the Non-GMO Project.

NEW Product Announcement From Berlin Natural Bakery

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

alb gold pasta

We have formed an exclusive relationship with one of the highest quality spelt pasta producers in the world, and are now carrying their high quality and great tasting Spelt Pasta products for you to purchase and enjoy!

To visit our online store to see for yourself…

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Here are some more details about this new line of products…

The company we chose to exclusively partner with is named Alb-Gold.

Alb-Gold is known to be one of the highest quality certified organic and Non-GMO spelt pasta manufacturers in the world, and also uses the SAME exact spelt grain that we use in our bread.

We promise that if you love our bread, you will definitely love this pasta!

Order Today!

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There are 11 varieties for you to choose from between normal pasta and egg noodles, and we are even giving you the option to mix and match your product order giving you greater flexibility throughout the ordering and product selection process.

We at Berlin Natural Bakery are excited about this strategic partnership with Alb-Gold and know from our heart to yours that it is the best possible spelt pasta product we could offer you to purchase.

We look forward to serving you!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us! We would be happy to assist you.


Joy Schrock
Berlin Natural Bakery

P.S. As always orders of $34 or more qualify you for free UPS ground shipping.

German Egg Noodles & Pasta…the ULTIMATE Foodie’s Food!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

By: Joy Schrock, President of Berlin Natural Bakery

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There is no doubt that being of Amish (German & Swiss) descent pretty much means the only food you love as much as bread is noodles. Any self respecting Amish cookbook is loaded with recipes for casseroles using noodles.

Last year when attending a natural health trade show, I ventured into the isles where the latest foods from other countries were being presented. The Germany section has always been one of my favorites. Decadent chocolates, assorted kase (cheese), stollen, strudel, pretzels, beer and my favorite German food of all time Spaetzle. I could not wait to discover the newest German foods that were finally going to be available here in the U.S.

There was one particular booth that I just had to stop at and investigate further. I noticed an entire line of spelt noodles and spelt pasta on the shelves in different shapes and sizes that I had not seen before. Upon further investigation, there it was in all its glory “Spelt Spaetzel”. I could not believe my eyes. I was so excited you would have thought I won the lottery.

Of course I had to stop and talk to these folks for a while. I love talking to German’s about spelt or what they refer to as dinkel. They grow up understanding its superior nutritional value. It is part of their heritage and it is their grain of choice. It’s never been crossbred with wheat varieties. It has been preserved in its original state because it migrated naturally to their region thousands of years ago. Spelt thrives there and is used to prepare all types of foods as well as treat all types of illnesses.

After only a few minutes of talking to the gentlemen from Alb-Gold, I realized that I had in fact met another manufacturer as fanatical about their standards as we are. This meeting although coincidental, felt more like fate. As much as I believe in what we do, it is at times very discouraging to watch others take short cuts that we are unwilling to take. Short cuts that reduce costs, increase profits, but in time will cause harm to the people that buy them. After all, our products are sold in natural health stores and purchased by people who make a commitment to their health. We are being relied upon to do what is right…regardless if it’s easy. Meeting the folks at Alb-Gold proved to me that a manufacturer could in fact reach exceptional success…without compromising the standards that made them successful in the first place.


They were kind enough to give me several bags of the spaetzel noodles to take home with me. The first thing I made was chicken & noodles and WOW…the only thing that exceeded their standards was the taste. Not only did they taste great, but they also held up well and reheated well. I was very impressed.

After exchanging several emails with the founder and CEO Klaus Freidler we very soon came to an agreement to work together in the U.S. with their spelt noodle line. Our products truly are complimentary to each other. We both use the same variety of spelt grain, both companies have exceptionally high standards and our products both promote the same health benefits. We are so proud to be working with the fine folks of Alb-Gold.

Below is an introduction and brief summary of what Alb-Gold represents, their standards, their products and their passions.

Alb-Gold Premium PastaQuality in harmony with nature.

Home of the Swabian Spaetzle and Pasta. Alb-Gold is a traditional family owned company located in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany. The company’s head office is situated in South Germany on the Swabian Alb- between the Black Forest, the city of Stuttgart and Lake Constance. This area is the home of the Swabian Spaetzle and the cradle of pasta-making in Germany.

Company Philosphy – Only the very best

As a food manufacturer, we take responsibility for delivering healthy products – that our customers must be able to trust us. We use only the best organic or GMO-free raw materials, which are carefully processed and made into the best premium pasta on the market. Only very few manufacturers can compete with our variety and high standards.

We are totally committed to ensuring that our customers enjoy healthy foods. We follow the principles of sustainable pasta production with goals like protecting the environment and the landscape, saving the pureness of our seeds and keeping the diversity for subsequent generations.

Alb-Gold is one of Germany’s organic pioneers when it comes to pasta. Over the past 20 years we have developed an extensive range of organic fresh and dried pasta/egg pasta (filled and unfilled). Optimizing the quality of our products to meet our customers demands is our daily challenge.

Raw Materials

Alb-Gold pasta is made by using high quality raw materials. The basis for our pasta are pure Durum Wheat and regionally grown German Spelt. The egg pasta is produced with free-range chicken eggs which are cracked open on a daily basis.

Our raw material suppliers are important to us – for years we have worked closely with the farmers who deliver our eggs and grain. Therefore we can guarantee that the products we use are the best quality available on the market. We are GMO-free chain of producers!

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Transparency in food production and in the supply chain are an important component of our philosophy. Our production centers in Trochtelfingen and Riesa are both glassed-in facilities. During daily tours, we show our customers exactly how we produce our goods.

In making this contribution we establish a well founded trustfulness and proximity with our customers. These solid foundations define our daily business – to provide high quality organic food.

The full line of Alb-Gold Spelt Egg Noodles will soon be available via Berlin Natural Bakery’s on line store.