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Thread: Shasha Bread Co sneak peek shows staff baking with sprouted grains

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    There are a variety of whole grain breads, chips and delicious confectioneries like buckwheat balls, plus two dozen ingredients for bakers offered for sale at reasonable prices in the Shasha Bread Company Organic Food Store in Etobicoke Ontario. This is one company that is trying to make a difference, by offering a more wholesome alternative to our daily bread.
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    When I learned that Shasha Bread Company's Organic Ezekiel Chia and Sunflower Seed Bread was made with sprouted grains, I pictured sliced bread where you could see the actual sprouts in the bread. But it isn't like that. The sprouts are dried and made into flour which is very high in vitamin C, and essential minerals. It is nutritious. Unlike conventional wheat flour it doesn't need to be enriched because the powdered seeds still have most of their original composition.
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    Recently I was privileged enough to go behind the scenes at the bakery on a tour directed by Shasha Shaun Navazesh himself. I wrote a detailed account Shasha baking bread with sprouted grains on Toronto is Awesome magazine which was published yesterday. The article, like my guided tour last week, starts in the sprouting room.
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    Here workers wheel trays of moist sprouted lentils out of the germination chamber and into the drying room. The sprouted seeds will be dried slowly in the open air of this tall drafty room. There are large fans blowing warm air over the racks of sprouts to dry them slowly and preserve the vitamins and minerals that have been activated inside the seeds.
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    Shasha Shaun Navazesh bakes sourdough bread with sprouted grains; he has been working with 'sprouted flour' as artisan baker for almost twenty years. I have also been aware that our daily bread suffers from profit taking and is overly processed and preserved. I remember my Dad telling me that researcher scientists in the 50s made news by working with lab rats to analyze the effects that eating white bread made with only bleached white flour (Wonder bread) can have on a metabolism of a living creature - many rats died. So I was curious to see how the sprouts become a wholesome flour for baking.
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    Shasha has a gristmill on site where a worker grinds ancient grains into a course flour. There is a longer description of the flour mill and sprouted grains flour produced at Shasha bakery that shows what's available for sale to bakers in the Organic Food Store on site.
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    Ezekiel bread has over a dozen different ingredients including organic whole wheat and whole spelt flour, and flour made from sprouted grains. Over 95% of the ingredients are certified organic.

    Shasha Bread Company proves the best way to effectively break down gluten is by employing the sourdough method of baking. Sourdough baking utilizes an extended fermentation period. This method also allows for the phytic acid in grains to be 90% neutralized so that our digestive systems can effectively process the minerals in grains. Sourdough encourages Lactobacillus culture in symbiotic combination with yeasts. It is one of the principal means of biological leavening in bread baking.
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    History of Sourdough Baking - In the Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology M.G. Gaenzle writes "The origins of bread-making are so ancient that everything said about them must be pure speculation. One of the oldest sourdough breads dates from 3700 BC and was excavated in Switzerland, but the origin of sourdough fermentation likely relates to the origin of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent several thousand years earlier... Bread production relied on the use of sourdough as a leavening agent for most of human history; the use of baker's yeast as a leavening agent dates back less than 150 years." Most commercial breads are heavily processed for maximum profit; the finished product is baked, sliced and bagged and ready for retail in just under an hour. This rushed baking doesn’t give the flour time to activate its constituents nor does the bacteria in the yeast have enough time to sufficiently break down gluten.

    Here's my favourite shot of Raj the Bread Maker wheeling out loaves of properly leavened bread made with natural sourdough starter.
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    This nutritious and delicious bread is sold fresh on site and in upscale supermarkets and health food stores across the city. So are these BioBud products below,
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    great article!! Thanks for posting







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    Thanks for reading and commenting. Walkonby I know from previous posts that you appreciate foods low in gluten, have you ever tried Shasha's breads?

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    no I have not tried that brand yet. Do they have their goods in main stream grocery stores or are they only sold in the Etobicoke area?







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    I believe its available in Loblaws
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    OP, you are an SC from way back -->2008
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    What is their price point?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arob View Post
    I believe its available in Loblaws
    that might be the reason I have never seen this brand then, Loblaws is rarely my place to shop because it is out of the way for me, they do not PM and most of their items are overpriced I find.
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    Great post. I love Sha Sha cookies. Those Lemon ones OMG they are dangerous. You can eat a whole bag in one sitting. They're incredibly good
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    Quote Originally Posted by torontogal12 View Post
    Great post. I love Sha Sha cookies. Those Lemon ones OMG they are dangerous. You can eat a whole bag in one sitting. They're incredibly good
    I find that the ginger snaps are just as addictive. I buy them in RCSS as well as the bread.
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    My best friend use to deliver their products to stores. They are really good but although they are fresh I found them to be hard bread. Guess me and the kiddies are use to the softer stuff lol. They also sell cookies too. Highly recommend it.
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    Wish this bakery was on my doorstep. Unfortunately they are now few & far between even here in Wales, UK. The next time my husband and I visit Canada we will make sure to find Shasha Bread Co., I can just smell it! You brought it to life for me, thank you.

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