Frequently asked questions

“Can I use the pot to reheat food in the microwave?”

Yes. The pot is a handy container to use for reheating food in your microwave.

“Can your pot be recycled?”

Yes, Anathoth Farm pots and their lids are both Grade 5 and can be recycled. We choose to use Grade 5 Polypropylene Plastic (PP) because it is suitable for hot filling and is transparent, so you can see the contents.

“How much fruit is in Anathoth Farm jams?”

The fruit content in Anathoth Farm jams is 50% (with the exception of Blackcurrant Jam and Plum Jam, which both have 45%), just like jam made at home in the kitchen. Most commercial jams contain 40% fruit (which is the legal minimum) and concentrated fruit juices and purees are often used as a low cost way of boosting fruit percentage. But even using high levels of lower quality fruit doesn’t deliver great tasting jam. Anathoth Farm uses only whole fruit purchased from local growers and reputable fruit suppliers.

“Are Anathoth Farm products gluten free?”

We’re proud that all our products are gluten free. Our jams are gluten free and we've chosen to make our pickles with gluten free ingredients.

“Do Anathoth Farm products contain preservatives?”

No, Anathoth Farm jams contain no preservatives or artificial colours or flavours. For our Anathoth Farm pickles, chutneys and relishes we use real spices like turmeric, chilli powder, mustard seeds, celery seeds and mustard flour to enhance the flavour of the real vegetables that we use.

We often declare 'spices' in our ingredients and don't detail all the specific spices. We do this for two reasons.

  1. Sometimes there are many and we don't always have enough space on the label
  2. It would give away our secrets for our great tasting products

But, if you contact us needing to know about a specific product we'll be happy to give you more information.

“Do you ever use puree or concentrate in any of your products?”

Never. We're proud that one of the many strengths of Anathoth Farm is its simplicity. We only use whole fruit in our jams. So it's only natural that we also use only quality produce for our pickles and relishes and make them with lots of real fruit and vegetables and just the right amount of spices.

“How long do Anathoth Farm products last?”

The best before date is stamped on the lid of every pot. Our jams, marmalades and fruit mince will last up to 2 years and our curds, pickles, relishes and chutneys up to 18 months.

For our pickles, relishes, chutneys and curd we use oxygen barrier labels which protect the ingredients inside. This provides similar protection to glass and limits oxygen movement through the sides and bottom of the container. This is a great feature because plastic “breathes” and oxygen can get inside, but these new oxygen barrier labels provide “wrap around protection” and keep the product inside fresher for longer, providing similar protection to glass.

Our jams don’t require the same oxygen barrier pot as sugar is a natural preservative which protects the colour and flavour of jam.

“Does Anathoth Farm buy New Zealand fruit?"

Yes. We proudly support local growers and purchase New Zealand fruit first and foremost. Sometimes there’s a shortage of local fruit and vegetables and sometimes New Zealand just doesn’t grow all the types of fruit that we need, or at the correct ‘grade’ of fruit we need to make the best jam. At those times we supplement with fruit from other countries. For example, tropical fruits come from tropical countries and sour cherries come from Europe.

When we purchase international fruit we do so in a global marketplace under strict quality assurance criteria and only through approved, reputable trading houses. We'll always tell you when we use fruit from other countries. You’ll see a statement on every pot which lets you know where the fruit and vegetables that we use have been grown.

“Has Anathoth received industry recognition for its jam?

Yes, we are very proud to be consistently rated the best jam by consumers. Anathoth Farm jam was rated the Jam Category winner in the Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Survey in Australia (2013) and NZ (2016)

We are also regularly recognised by our customers for making the best jam and we are humbled to be the second most popular jam range purchased by New Zealanders.

“Why is there mould on top of my Anathoth Farm jam, this has never happened before?”

As we don’t add preservatives to our jams, it is sometimes possible for mould to grow after opening. We recommend that you store your jams in the fridge and always use a clean spoon or knife.

To reduce the risk of yeasts or mould growing, Anathoth Farm products are heated to over 100°C during processing and hot packed in a sterile environment. The tamper evident foil seal is applied to the pot immediately after filling, while the product is hot, before inverting. If there is any visible yeast or mould growth when you open it, it's likely that the foil hasn't sealed perfectly onto the pot. Seal failure is a mechanical issue which may happen very occasionally, for which we apologise in advance. If it does happen to an Anathoth Farm product that you've purchased, please let us know and we’ll happily replace it for you.

“Why have I found something in my Anathoth Farm jam that’s not supposed to be there?”

Stone fruits can often cause problems because the only way to remove 100% of the stones is to sieve them and that removes all the fruit texture. So the odd stone may slip through, just as it does when stone fruit jam is made in a home kitchen. For all our stone fruit jams we’ve put a warning on our labels, eg: “Despite our best efforts to remove all fruit stones, please take care as you could come across the odd fragment”.

With berries, due to their picking process, our berry suppliers can’t always completely eliminate plant matter from the fruit supplied to us. While it's rare, the odd berry thorn or twig may slip through because we're are unable to sift the jam. Although stalk complaints are rare, we take these matters very seriously and continually seek to reduce plant matter in our product.

Please rest assured that we have stringent controls in place for foreign matter; our company operates under a Food Safety Programme that is approved by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, we have invested in a metal detector, and our factory is inspected on a regular basis.

“What do I do if I have a comment, question or concern about an Anathoth Farm product?”

We always enjoy hearing from our customers. All you need to do is enter your details in our Customer Care Form and we’ll respond to you promptly.

“Who Owns Anathoth Farm?”

Anathoth Farm is made by Barker's of Geraldine, an experienced and well known condiment manufacturer operating from a corner of the original family farm, 8km from Geraldine, South Canterbury. In August 2015, Barker's was purchased by a French private company Andros. The management and staff at Barker's are predominantly Kiwis and we continue to employ 170+ locals.

“How do you pronounce Anathoth?”

Anathoth means 'new beginnings' and we believe the correct pronounciation is “Ah-na-tot”, but you can say it anyway you like!

“How many products does Anathoth Farms make?”

We make a total of 28 products (Jams, Curds, Marmalades, Chutneys, Pickles, Relishes and Fruit Mince).

“Can I buy Anathoth Farm products in Australia?”

Yes! We have been overwhelmed with positive feedback from consumers who are thrilled to have Anathoth Farm products now available in Australia. Many emails and letters that we receive from Australian customers contain reminiscences of childhood memories and how much Anathoth Farm jam reminds them of their Mother’s or Grandmother’s home-made jam.

You can find Anathoth Farm jam in Woolworths and Coles stores. We can be found in some other independent grocery stores and we are working hard to improve this. If you can’t find your favourite flavour in your local store, just ask the Store Manager/Owner if they can stock it for you. We thank you for your support. We also sell online so if you can't find what you're looking for, do visit our SHOP and pick-and-mix your favourites.


“What does 'Slow Cooked Traditional Jam' mean?”

On our pots it states 'Slow Cooked Traditional Jam'. Anathoth Farm jam honours tradition. Each batch of jam is boiled slowly (compared to other high speed commercial jam lines) to maintain fruit flavour and structure.