In essence, I like to use completely natural produce and cook the old fashioned way, in their purest form, with no unnecessary additives, in small batches - just like mum made!” Owner Mary Brons has always been conscious of food being healthy and her products reflect this. “It all began very simply - I would use fresh surplus produce from my own or friend’s gardens and trees. From very traditional (some may say old-school) recipes, handed down through family and friends. Some of the flavours in my products do reflect my Dutch heritage, including time in Indonesia before finally settling in NZ".
Mary created NoShortcuts as an artisan range of hand crafted chutneys, relishes, pickles and jam. Her raw materials are sourced locally, handpicked from suppliers who are able to provide the standard and freshness of fruits and vegetables demanded. She also looks for those which are ethically and sustainably produced, with the emphasis being on minimal chemical application, integrated pest management, and ultimately organic or (spray free) wherever possible.
Through a passion and love for fine food,there are simply ‘no shortcuts’ taken in the preparation process, with each product being created from basic and simple ingredients that we all know and understand. At times, the preparation and cooking process may seem painstakingly labour intensive, but there is no substitute for hand-prepared goods created from minimal ingredients. Mary has grown her business from start up in her home to a commercial kitchen on the Hibiscus Coast. The range has continued to expand each year as demand grows. NoShortcuts has been presented with numerous NZ Farmers Market Awards and was selected as a finalist in not just one but two categories of the 2017 NZ Food Awards. https://www.noshortcuts.co.nz