Welcome to the Eighteenth Edition of the Hakubaku Newsletter
Hello to all of our registered members.
Did you see Autumn this year? Okay, I know I often start off blathering about the weather, but seriously, it has been so changable this year that I can't help but comment on it. After years of complaining about the lack of rain, we received it in tankerloads, and this has caused as big a problem as the lack.
In this month's newsletter we have a letter from our Managing Director to our customers and a quick and simple soup recipe for Ramen. Be sure to ask for Hakubaku Organic Ramen at your local supermarket if it is not already on the shelf but you should be able to find it in the larger supermarkets.
We would like to again thank everyone who took part in the online survey that was run in February/March 2011. The information provided has been very interesting and very useful and we are very grateful for all who took the time.
Our Seasonal Recipe Competition
We have received many entries for the Autumn Seasonal recipe competition and I am now starting to wade through them all. The winner will be announced in the July newsletter. We encourage everyone to enter their favourite recipe using seasonally available produce. See our website for all competition details.
Start thinking of the great winter vegies available and let us know how best you like to eat them with Hakubaku Organic noodles.
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Shoyu Ramen Soup
A Message from our Managing Director
Dear Hakubaku’s valued customers
This letter is to provide our valued customers with information about Hakubaku Organic noodles that we will produce from May 2011 toward early part of 2012.
Eastern Australia experienced record breaking rain falls in late 2010. Some of you may know about this from news coverage of the unfortunate flood in state of Queensland Australia. These extreme rain events coincided with the harvest of the wheat season. In this season, Australia harvested 26 million tons of wheat. This is a standard amount, however due the detrimental effect of rain just before harvest, half of these 26 million tons were downgraded to use as animal feed only. In total there is only 13 million tons of wheat available for human consumption. This means a very small amount of organic wheat is available to us.
The quality of authentic Japanese noodles is largely dictated by the quality of wheat flour. Every year Hakubaku spends time and money to secure premium quality organic wheat to produce premium quality organic noodles.
Due to these extreme weather conditions the organic wheat we are sourcing this season is low in protein and high in moisture. Low protein flour makes weaker noodles. This means it is very difficult to actually make strong enough dough to make noodles. However Hakubaku’s manufacturing team is working hard to overcome this issue. The high moisture makes the milling process very difficult. It is much harder to mill flour which will deliver the creamy whiteness that is characteristic of our Japanese noodles.
As a result of these wheat conditions, our organic noodles manufactured after May 2011;
1. may look a little darker than normal due to milling difficulties created by high moisture levels in the grain
2. you may find very small specs on noodles due to minute husks remaining in the flour
3. the surface of noodles may feel a little rough (instead of smooth) due to the low protein levels
Once noodles are cooked, apart from being a little dark, the taste and texture are the same as currently supplied.
Due to this general shortage of wheat, wheat price is high. This is very tough time for organic farmers, millers and Hakubaku, however what we produce is still high standard, so we trust you keep enjoying our organic noodles.
We are one of the biggest single organic wheat purchasers in Australia where half of global certified organic farm land is situated. We support organic farming in Australia. It only takes one day to become non organic farmer but it takes at least three years to be an organic farmer. Organic farmers of Australia need more support than ever in this tough season. You are supporting organic farmers stay organic.
Managing director / CEO
Hakubaku Australia Pty Ltd
The regular markets are an enjoyable outing with plenty to see and buy. Other upcoming markets include: