Frequently Asked Questions

What is BPA?

BPA (bisphernol A) is a chemical that is added to may commercial products, including food containers and hygiene products. It was first discovered in the 1890s, but the chemists in the 1950s realized that it could be mixed with other compounds to produce strong and resilient plastics. These days, BPA containing plastics are commonly used in food containers, baby bottles and other items. BPA is also used to make epoxy resins, which are spread on the inner lining of canned food containers to keep the metal from corroding and breaking.

What is ferrous gluconate?

Ferrous gluconate is Iron sulfate, a food additive when processing black olives. There are also olives without ferrous gluconate that are still black. But they aren’t uniformly black. They are kind of greyish, blackish, somewhat spotted olives. This is how olives normally look after they are cured. Which is why ferrous gluconate is added – to make them all look the same. We offer both kinds in our product line.

Are your coconut cream and milk BPA free?

Our Coconut Cream and Milk are NON-INTENT BPA.
BPA (Bisphenol A) is a plasticizing chemical found in the epoxy linings of some cans,
and in many other consumer products. The internal lacquer of our coconut cans and ends
were confirmed by our supplier to be FREE FROM BPA (Bisphenol A) in the formulation.
Why do we call it NON-INTENT BPA and what does this mean? Why isn’t it just BPA FREE?”
Because of it’s widespread use, BPA persists at low levels in our environment (water, soil, air)
and it cannot be 100% eliminated. What if the BPA was removed, what replaced it?”
The linings of the cans for our retail coconut milks and creams are made from a BPANI (BPA non-intent) modified polyester.

Is our hominy produced with lye?

No, we do not use Lye. Some conventional hominy is processed with Lye. Our hominy is produced with a safer and organic alternative: Nature Peel. Nature Peel is potassium carbonate and is used in place of lye to remove the skin of the corn. It is basically an organic way to achieve the same result as lye. We also DO NOT add sodium bisulfite (retains the white color). This means that our hominy is naturally more tan in color, and closer to the original corn.

What kind of water is in our coconut milk? How is it filtered?

The water in our retail coconut milk and cream, (both organic and pure) is deep well water that is processed via reverse osmosis filtration.

What else should I know about your retail coconut?

The Answer: We don’t add anything extra. There is NO added sugar, NO carrageenan, NO guar gum, NO sulfites (retains the white color). The ONLY ingredients in our retail coconut are coconut and purified water (deep well water purified by reverse osmosis). How Do I Store It? Because the ONLY ingredients in our retail coconut are coconut and purified water, it does need a little special care: Coconut milkfat tends to solidify (and separate) at cool temperatures so, depending on your recipe, you may need to SHAKE WELL before use. DO: Store in a cool, dry place. Shake well (if needed). Refrigerate after opening. Refrigerate any unused portion in a glass or plastic container and enjoy within three days. DO NOT: Freeze

Why does your ingredient list say coconut extract? What is it?

Coconut extract means we take the coconut, remove the husk, take the coconut "meat" that's left, puree it, and add water (deep well water purified by reverse osmosis). That is what our retail coconut milk is. Nothing else is added.

Where can I find a list of organic certification for your products?

You can find a list of organic certification for our products in our product catalog on our website.

Where can I find a list of kosher certification for your products?

You can find a list of kosher certification for our products in our product catalog on our website.

Where can I find the country of orgin list for your products?

You can find the country of origin list for our products in our product catalog on our website.

Is BPA used in paper goods plactic encasing?

The answer is no. The plastic wrapper is a #4 recycling symbol, and it is virgin, not recycled LDPE, a low-density polyethylene. BPA is in everything today...pipes, water, the air we breathe. So nothing is BPA free.

What is the sponge packaging made of?

Our sponge packaging is made with BOPP. BOPP is a popular label material made of plastic. It stands for Biaxially-Oriented (BO) Polypropylene (PP). Biaxially-oriented refers to the production process that stretches the film over two directions, making it stronger and more transparent.

Are Sponges compostable or biodegradable?

The answer is no. Sponges are not compostable because there is plastic in them. Sponges must be thrown away.

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