Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

Shepherd’s Sourdough: Good Things Take Time

New additions to the Harvest Hub range

Bread was first “leavened” by Egyptians approximately 6000 years ago. Leavened bread begins with a “starter” of combined flour and water which is slowly fermented over many hours. It wasn’t until the 1950s that commercialisation of bread started to revolutionise the Making the Sourdoughbread making process.

Driven by mass production (and profit), large bread manufacturers started fast tracking the production process by adding the likes of commercial yeast, extra gluten, fats to improve crumb softness, reducing agents to help stretch the dough, emulsifiers to produce bigger, softer loaves and preservatives to extend the shelf life.

Affect on Modern Diet

Many have argued that processed (or fast made) bread has had an adverse effect on the modern diet and may have contributed to ailments such as gluten intolerance, obesity, diabetes and other allergenic conditions.

What is Sourdough?

Most of us have heard the term “Sourdough”, perhaps in fancy gourmet magazines or cook shows, but what exactly is it and why is it good for us?

Sourdough bread is made using a natural “leaven” (fermented flour and water) which contains wild yeast (in the air we breathe) and good bacteria (lactobacillus). The leaven isWhat is Sourdough added to the dough enabling it to rise in a slow and natural way, whilst producing a slight “sour” flavour. Shepherd’s leaven (often referred to as “starter”) is constantly replenished and has survived for over 20 years, giving Shepherd’s bread a distinct texture and flavour.

There is no legal definition of sourdough, however, Shepherd’s sourdough bread is made without the use of commercial yeast, refined sugar, dairy or egg products and is fermented for 8-12 hours. They use organic flour sourced from local farmers. The bread is skilfully scoured and dusted to give it a unique aesthetic appearance. They don’t add any preservatives, additives, colouring or emulsifiers to enhance the bread or give it a longer shelf life. You don’t need that stuff. We’ve managed ok for thousands of years. So, why change it?

Now available from Harvest Hub

After trialing the Easter Hot Cross Buns (as a one-off) and Gluten Free Banana Bread (as a permanent addition to the range), we’re now releasing 5 different sourdough loaves. None contain any artificial ingredients, and all of them are made using traditional sourdough methods.


We decided to only make them available as sliced loaves to increase the ‘convenience’ appeal for families.  We believe that kids should grow up eating good sourdough bread to help build an effective digestive system.  Avoiding commercial bread with artificial additives will help reduce the chance of developing diabetes and gluten intolerance.

Sourdough delicious to eatWhat can you purchase?

For now, we’re making available:

  • white,
  • a crusty Italian,
  • a wholemeal,
  • a 7-Grain loaf and
  • a German rye with sunflower seeds.

Gluten-Free & Spelt range coming

Over the coming weeks, we’ll add a Gluten-Free range as well as some Spelt-based loaves.

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Psyllium husks: Beautiful on the Inside

Psyllium husks: Beautiful on the Inside

Psyllium husks are one of the best sources of soluble dietary fibre we can eat.

Let’s compare it to oat bran:

100 grams of oat bran = 5 grams of soluble fibre
100 grams of psyllium = more than 70 grams of soluble fibre

Why is it good for us?  Dietary fibre helps prevent diseases like bowl cancer.
People with a regular intake of dietary fibre are leaner and have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

What’s in them?
The psyllium husks are full of soluble fibre, have no calories, zero energy, and gluten-free.

How does it work? The soluble part of soluble fibre means that psyllium attracts water in the intestine and slows digestion, helping us feel ‘full’ for longer, reducing sugar and cholesterol absorption.

How to eat it?
The husks should be mixed with liquid or they can become a choking hazard.  You can stir a tablespoon or two into your breakfast cereal milk, or drink stirred into a glass of water or juice, or through a bowl of yogurt.  They’re a beaut addition to a smoothie.

Gluten free diet  –  add to breads: reducing crumbling through their absorption of water in baking.

Harvest Hub has Psyllium Husks in 500g bags in the Cereal & Seed section.

Psyllium Husks in a Blueberry Banana Smoothie
  • 1 cup chilled milk: soy, regular Country Valley or coconut milk all work well
  • 1 banana
  • 1 punnet of blueberries
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 5-10 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 tbs of psyllium husks
  1. Put in a blender and blitz.
  2. Add honey to sweeten although a ripe banana can be sweetness enough.