Is EDEN Sauerkraut pasteurized and does it contain live Lactobacillus bacteria?
Yes, in pasteurization lowered amounts. EDEN sauerkraut is heat packed and contains substantially lowered amounts of Lactobacillus bacteria. It does contain lactic acid and vitamin C, as well as other very important nutrients. Pasteurization is not sterilization. The aim and effect of pasteurization is to 1.) reduce the bacteria in a food that causes spoilage and 2.) eliminate the bacteria that are pathogenic.
In contrast to sterilization, pasteurization is not intended to kill all microorganisms, only those that can cause illness or disease, and those that would cause the food to spoil. All sauerkraut merchandised unrefrigerated is heat-packed (pasteurized) to provide shelf life without refrigeration. Research has found that organic acids such as lactic acid found in EDEN sauerkraut aids in digestion of cabbage and aids in digestion of food in general. The process of fermenting cabbage also produces isothiocyanates, a class of antioxidant-like compounds. Other research shows that cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, collards, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts are the best source of nutrients called indoles. Sauerkraut that is not heat-packed is found in the refrigerated section of markets and does contain live bacteria, but it does not keep for long and must be consumed shortly after purchase. It is not uncommon that some refrigerated sauerkrauts are also heat treated or pasteurized, but do not indicate this on their packages.
Why amber glass for tomatoes?
The driving force for Eden packaging tomatoes in amber glass was the avoidance of bisphenol-A (BPA) in high acid food cans, and the failure of can manufacturers to make suitable BPA free cans for high acid foods such as tomatoes, other than some cheap alternatives using PVC.
Light rays damage color and flavors of food by causing chemical change. Photo-oxidation (light damage) is systemic in food stores where fluorescent lighting that is particularly damaging reduces food quality. Amber glass is difficult to get and more costly, but it best protects food. Eden offers the only tomatoes in the U.S.A. packed in amber glass, protecting flavor and nutrients from light damage. These are organic EDEN Spaghetti Sauces, Pizza Pasta Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes, Crushed Tomatoes with Sweet Basil, and Crushed Tomatoes with Roasted Onion & Garlic. More information can be found here.
What's so good about Eden Tomatoes?
Eden Tomatoes are organically grown on a third generation family farm in the Thames River Delta of southern Ontario, Canada. We use only the finest tomatoes ripened to redness by Nature alone. Immediately after harvesting they are taken to our processor just 45 miles away, where they are cleaned, uniformly small cut (referred to as fancy cut), and cooked within hours of harvest to capture their garden fresh flavor. The Canadian Inspector/Grader for canned tomatoes had this to say about Eden Organic Tomatoes, "The nicest tomatoes I've ever seen." They are rich in antioxidant vitamins C and A, provide 4 to 15 percent daily value of potassium and they're canned without salt added.
How is Eden Organic Sauerkraut made?
It's made from organic cabbage, chosen especially for its sauerkraut making qualities and fermented with Eden Sea Salt for six weeks, in stainless steel vats. During fermentation, the vats of sauerkraut are tended in a manner similar to a fine winery. Over seventy years of experience, traditional methods, and one family processing from soil to the jar gives Eden Organic Sauerkraut its homemade, old world character.