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Questions about our Ingredients

Why do you add pectin and tapioca starch to your products?

Our yogurts contain small amounts of tapioca starch and pectin to add texture, and to minimize excess whey. Tapioca is a natural starch derived from the root of the Cassava plant, and our pectin is citrus based, primarily lemon. Our kefirs do not contain any tapioca or pectin.

Are your goat milk products Kosher?

Our products are Kosher-Certified for year round use, exclusive of Passover, by the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco.We are not Chalav Yisroel certified because it requires that a rabbi be present to supervise the milking and transportation of the milk to the creamery, something that is not financially and logistically feasible for us at this time. RHF Kosher Certificate

Do your products contain lactose or casein?

Goat milk naturally contains less lactose than cow’s milk, but it is not lactose-free. Our goat milk yogurts and kefirs both contain about 2% lactose. Under our sister brand name, Green Valley Organics®, we produce lactose-free yogurt, kefir, and sour cream made with organic cow’s milk. Visit the website to learn more at Green Valley Lactose Free.

Casein in Goat Milk: Casein is a natural protein that is found in all milk.  Many people have difficulty with Casein especially the Alpha S1 casein found in cow milk and so are allergic to cow dairy. Studies have shown that goat milk is very low in Alpha S1 casein and primarily contains Alpha S2 casein.  That is why many of those allergic to cow dairy may be able to use goat milk products in their diets successfully.

What is in your “natural ingredients”?

Our natural flavorings are derived from fruit or fruit juice, vegetables or vegetable juice, root, leaf or plant material whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional, i.e. beet juice, annatto extract, etc. For more information, visit http://www.naturalingredient.org/naturalingredients.htm.

What are probiotics? How many probiotics are in a serving?

Probiotics literally means “life giving,” and our kefir and yogurt contain live and active cultures, also referred to as “friendly bacteria”. For more information visit www.probiotics.org, a website devoted to probiotic research.

When testing our products for probiotic amounts, we use new product as well as product at the end of its “shelf life.” We then average these numbers because batches and probiotic counts can vary.

Kefir – 10 different probiotics = 589.68 billion probiotics per 8oz. serving (average)

Yogurt – 4 different probiotics = 340.2 billion probiotics per 6oz cup (average)

Do your products contain gluten?

Redwood Hill Farm dairy products do not contain any gluten. At our certified organic creamery, we do not produce any products that contain gluten. Yogurt, kefir and cheese are naturally low glycemic foods.

What type of rennet do you use and is it Gluten and GMO free? Are your cheeses kosher?

Rennet is an enzyme used to coagulate milk in cheese making. We use a vegetarian rennet or microbial enzyme which meets kosher standards, is gluten-free and GMO-free.

What is dairy? Is goat cheese dairy?

Dairy refers to milk produced by an animal, specifically a mammal such as goats, sheep, cows or even camels and water buffalo. Is goat cheese dairy? Yes!  All mammalian milk is considered dairy but there are differences in butterfat content, lactose, and protein.  That is why some people that are allergic to cow dairy or lactose intolerant to cow dairy can use goat dairy successfully and enjoy the many goat dairy products available.

Why are there 7g of sugar in the plain yogurt?

The sugar listed is lactose that occurs naturally in the milk. We do not add sugar.

Do you offer lactose free products?

Goat milk naturally contains less lactose than cow’s milk, but it is not lactose-free.  Our goat milk yogurt and kefir both contain about 2% lactose.  Under our sister brand name, Green Valley Organics, we produce lactose-free real dairy yogurt, kefir, and sour cream made with cow’s milk.  Visit the website to learn more about these delicious, award-winning dairy products:  http://www.greenvalleylactosefree.com/.

Why are there 5g of sugar in the plain kefir?

The sugar listed is lactose that occurs naturally in the milk. We do not add sugar.

Does goat cheese have lactose?

Goat milk and goat cheese naturally contain less lactose than cow’s milk, but it is not lactose-free.  Aged, hard cheeses naturally have less lactose due to the production process compared with fresh cheeses.

What is your position on GMOs?

GMO use and the problems with non-labeling of GMO products is a serious concern for Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. We are fully in support of the Non-GMO Project and the Right to Know labeling. Our position as it relates to our natural and delicious specialty products is simple: We do not support the concept of GMOs in food and will never knowingly use ingredients that contain GMOs.

The ingredients used in our natural goat dairy products do not contain DNA from GMOs, according to certificates provided by each of our suppliers.

At Redwood Hill Farm goat dairy we always use organic farming practices. The vegetarian grain formula that we feed the goats contains NO hormones, antibiotics, animal by-products or preservatives. Hay is 70% of our goats’ diet, and we may obtain organically grown hay when it is available. However, since at this time we cannot obtain 100% organic feed all the time, we cannot guarantee that the feed the goats eat does not contain GMOs. We are working towards the goal of becoming certified organic in the future for the benefit of all.