How frequently are your products baked?
Our gluten free products are baked fresh to order to bring you the freshest products possible.
How long do your products keep?
Gluten-free and vegan products are slightly different from your typical baked goods, due to the fact that we use no preservatives or highly processed ingredients. While each product is slightly different, generally speaking the products are meant to be eaten as quickly as possible to ensure maximum freshness and flavor. Since air will naturally dry out the products over time, keeping them in air-tight containers at cool temperatures will extend the freshness for a day or two. Or you may slice, wrap and freeze loaves and cakes and cookies.
Can I place a special order? How far in advance should I do so?
For special orders, such as cakes, as well as quantities of products (such as cupcakes and muffins) larger than a dozen, we ask that you call to place an order at least two weeks in advance.
Do you deliver?
Yes we do. Our delivery fees are listed in our online store.
Do You Ship?
Not at present. We are hoping to offer shipping in the very near future.
Are you kosher? Not at present.
What if I don’t have any food allergies?
Many are the health benefits of avoiding traditional bakery ingredients. Refined, bleached flours and sugar wreak havoc on your insulin levels, zap your energy, and cause you to become addicted. The butter, dairy and eggs from animals exposed to hormones and antibiotics can cause increased mucous production and inflamation in the body as well as digestive difficulties. The impact on your body of eating such products over time can be potentially detrimental. We choose to But when you’re eating a healthier version of your favorite treats, you just feel better!
What gluten-free flours do you use?
We use a variety of flours including, brown and white rice flour, sorghum flour, teff flour, buckwheat flour, amaranth flour, oat flour, coconut flour and millet flour. Our GF starches are tapioca and arrowroot.
What kind of sweeteners do you use?
We use all-natural, low-glycemic, unprocessed sweeteners for our products, such as coconut sugar, raw sugar and pure maple syrup. Coconut Sugar is made from the sap or nectar of the coconut palm tree flower. It is a raw, unprocessed sugar with a delicious flavor. It measures low on the glycemic index (a 35 – the same as an apple!) for those watching their blood-sugar levels. Maple Syrup is unprocessed and organic by nature. It contains manganese and zinc, and natural antioxidants. We use organic evaporated can juice in all of our cookies. The chocolate chips we use contain evaporated cane juice, as well. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may want to consult with your physician to determine whether you should enjoy our baked goods. Although all of our sweeteners are known to be healthful, low-glycemic alternatives for those with diabetes, they may not be safe for everyone. Please consult with your physician to determine whether you should enjoy our baked goods. We never use artificial sweeteners in our products.
What kind of oil do you use?
We choose to use our favorite oil - unrefined organic coconut oil – in our products. Coconut oil is a non-hydrogenated, naturally saturated oil that does not contain any trans-fatty acids. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has been found to contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, making it beneficial for our immune systems. Coconut oil is predominantly made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are converted into energy and do not store as fat. MCTs actually help the body metabolize and burn fat more efficiently. Our next favorite oil is organic EVOO. The FDA says eating 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day may reduce the risk of heart disease, due to its monounsaturated fat content. Extra virgin olive oil also contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants, reducing the oxidative stress throughout your body. Our go to for light flaky cookies is unsalted butter from pasture raised cows that are raised without growth hormones antibiotics or GMO grains.
Do you use any genetically modified ingredients (GMOs)?
None of our ingredients are genetically modified.
The Piping Bag Bakery's menu is changes with the seasonal availability of its ingredients to create allergy-friendly treats for everyone. It is our mission to create a healthy healing product that makes you feel good inside and out. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate every allergy. Therefore we encourage you to check all ingredients to ensure safe consumption.
What if I'm allergic to soy and dairy?
We do not bake with any soy products that have it in the bakery. However, some of our purveyors may process soy in their facility. Therefore, there may be trace amounts of soy. It is up to the consumer to decide what they feel is safe consumption.
We use coconut milk in our recipes that call for dairy if a dairy free request is make. Like coconut oil, coconut milk also contains lauric acid, plus it contains vitamins and potassium and is an excellent source of Vitamin B12.
Are your products corn-free?
Most baked goods have baking powder in them, which contains corn starch. We do use baking powder in our recipes for leavening purposes. We use baking soda and cream of tartar instead of baking powder or custom orders that require no corn due to an allergy. Cream of tartar occurs naturally as a result of wine production. A crystalline acid forms on the inside of wine barrels. The barrels are scraped and the sediment is purified and ground to form cream of tartar. Baking with cream of tartar results is a light and fluffy product.
The Vanilla extract we use is made with alcohol derived from cane, and is both gluten-free and corn-free.
The company that supplies our xanthan gum tells us that “while xanthan gum is derived from the fermentation of corn sugars, all corn sugars are removed in the processing of xanthan gum. Xanthan gum contains NO corn protein and is considered to be corn-free."
Are your products nut free?
We do use tree-nuts such as almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. in our bakery, and we do use coconut products. Therefore we are not a “nut-free facility.” In addition, we use gluten free flours by Bob’s Red Mill, Shiloh Mills and Nuts.com which are packaged on equipment that also packages almond and hazelnut flours. We recommend you use your own discretion if you are highly allergic to tree-nuts. We are completely peanut free, however.
Is your facility a dedicated gluten free facility? No, not at present. We are looking for our own space where we will build our kitchen from scratch, rendering it a dedicated gluten free facility.
In the meantime, all of our products are made in a farm kitchen where gluten containing flours are used by other bakers and cooks. We minimize the occurrence of cross contamination by not sharing any equipment except for the ovens and sauce pans. All shared equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before we begin production. All prep surfaces are washed and sanitized as well.