Are your mueslis toasted?
No. Toasted muesli is generally high in oils, fats and sugars. We dry-roast (ie without using any oils, fats or sugars) our almonds, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds to enhance their natural flavour.
Is there any added sugar?
We do not add sugar, apart from the chocolate bits in the Wicked variety, although the banana chips in our Tropical variety are honey-dipped. Dried fruit does, however, contain naturally occurring sugars while also providing essential nutrients, including fibre, iron, potassium, folate, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C.
Are your mueslis preservative-free?
Once again, we don’t add preservatives to our muesli but the coconut we use and some of the dried fruit contain low levels of preservative (220 – sulphur dioxide) and/or (223 – sodium metabisulphite). These preservatives were used for centuries by the ancient Greeks and Romans to preserve wine and are still used in most wineries today. They help protect against food deterioration caused by micro-organisms.
Do rolled oats contain gluten?
Rolled oats are generally processed alongside other grains, including wheat, barley and rye, and therefore can be contaminated by gluten, albeit a very low level, so if you have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease, you may need to avoid muesli made with rolled oats unless you know that they are grown and processed in a genuinely gluten-free environment.
Are your mueslis wheat-free?
No. The Roasted Almond, Roasted Hazelnut and the Tropical varieties contain processed wheat bran and the Traditional and Wicked varieties contain wheat flakes.
Can they be used to make Bircher muesli?
Yes, easily. Bircher muesli was developed around 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for his hospital patients. The original dish was made by mixing cream and honey or condensed milk with soaked oats and lemon juice, then grating apple into the mixture. These days, milk or apple juice are generally used to soak the oats, grains, nuts and dried fruit for anywhere from one hour to overnight. While all our varieties can be used for this purpose, we would suggest using the Traditional variety.
Have you any serving suggestions?
There are as many different ways to have your muesli as there are people who eat it! We have it with milk, a dollop of plain yoghurt and some chopped fresh fruit, eg kiwi fruit or strawberries. Some of our customers use juice instead of milk and have it without fresh fruit. Some warm it up, so it becomes more like porridge. Some people sprinkle the Wicked variety over ice cream!
Do all the ingredients come from Australia?
We would love to use nothing but Australian ingredients and we do wherever possible, however there are fewer and fewer local growers and producers, and in some cases we have no option but to use imported ingredients. We are glad to say that our oats always come from South Australia.
How should I store your product?
Our muesli has a 6 months ’best before’ rating. We have found that the best way to store it, whether opened or unopened, is in the fridge.
Is your muesli really made in Red Hill?
Yes, and it has been since 1993 when we first sold it at the Red Hill market.
If I come to Red Hill, can I buy it directly from you?
No, our council permit does not allow us to sell from our farm gate.
What makes Red Hill Muesli different?
Apart from the people who make it? We use only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients available – soft, creamy oats, crisp nuts and seeds and sweet, plump fruits – which we hand-sort and process to make a mix that is both delicious and satisfying, and which you won’t find anywhere else.