What makes Skratch Labs different from other companies that make similar products?
We create products that solve problems which means every ingredient has a purpose. That purpose is to help people perform better. We focus on real ingredients and promote an equally healthy lifestyle. That means using real ingredients such as fruit, chocolate and nuts and a balance of nutrients that is best for the body, something not many other brands in our category are doing.
How and why was Skratch Labs created?
Skratch Labs has its roots in two key ideas that form the pillars for who we are today.
The first idea is that food and drink is better when it's made from scratch.
When Dr. Allen Lim, our founder, was working as a coach and sport scientist on the Pro-Cycling Tour, the single biggest complaint that athletes had was that conventional sports nutrition left a bad taste in their mouths and an even worse feeling in their guts. It's a problem that's not limited to world-class athletes, but an issue that almost anyone who has consumed highly processed sports drinks, bars, chews, or gels, under the guise of performance, has ironically experienced. To remedy this problem, Dr. Lim, began literally making the food and drink he gave to riders, in races like the Tour de France, from scratch. He started blending a simple sports drink with less sugar, more sodium, and real fruit to keep athletes better hydrated. At the same time, he prepared delicious recipes like savory rice cakes, parmesan potatoes, and freshly baked cookie bars to fuel his team. While it may not have always been easy or convenient, this return to real food and drink was based on evidence based problem solving – on relentless experimentation and critical feedback from some of the best athletes in the world.
The second pillar for us at Skratch Labs is the belief that no matter where you find yourself in life, it's never too late to start from scratch.
When we first started Skratch Labs, we just wanted to help people solve problems. But doing so, meant we had to solve a lot of our own problems, both personally and professionally. We literally had to start our lives over from scratch – a new beginning that is very much our own American Dream. Fortunately, the same problem solving skills that we used to create our products, allowed us to learn quickly. We pulled ourselves up from our bootstraps and got to work, adapting through creative innovation. It's this innovation and the basic belief that we can transform for the better that forms the basis of our mission. A mission to provide people, regardless of where they find themselves, with the inspiration, life skills, and products so that they can take better care of themselves and their families through real nutrition created for a lifetime of physical activity.For more info see the about us page
Can I visit and/or purchase product at your office?
Yes! Come on down to our office-slash-retail store and see where the magic happens. OK, maybe not magic, but you can see where the Skratch Team spends most of our time every day. We're open M-F 9-5 at least, but we're also a young growing company so we're here early and/or late on a lot of days as well. Feel free to give us a call (1-800-735-8904) and check. Find us here.
Where is the "Lab" in Skratch Labs?
There isn't a lab in the traditional sense. In fact, you'll probably see Dr. Allen Lim, our founder, in his lab coat less frequently these days than you'll see him in an apron. The 'lab' is ultimately an ode to evidence based problem solving or the good ol' scientific method. Through careful experimentation and blunt feedback from world-class athletes we developed our products while striving for better performance on the playing field.
Although many of our innovations never actually happened in a lab, for us science and its application isn't about a place, it's about a frame of mind that we can take anywhere. With that in mind, realize that you are your own laboratory. Although, we believe that when all is said and done that you'll have the same great experience with our products that the athletes who helped us develop them did, that's ultimately for you to discover and test. You are the lab.
Are Skratch Labs products Kosher?
Yes! Well, almost all of them are. Our drink mixes and cookie mix are certified Kosher by The Scroll K - Vaad Hakashrus of Denver. Our Anytime Energy Bars are certified Kosher by the OU, also known as the Orthodox Union. Our Energy Chews are manufactured off-site and as such we aren't able to ensure Kosher certification.
Are Skratch Labs products ever on sale?
We do love to party. A sale makes for a great party doesn't it? We like to celebrate-on our birthday and sometimes add in special deals later in the year.
Does Skratch Labs have a sponsorship program?
Why did you change your formulas in the drink mixes?
Based on what we've learned from athletes over the last few years we've reformulated two of our product lines to make them even more effective.
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- Sport Hydration Drink Mix: Increased sodium level by approx. 10% (800mg per liter).
- Sport Recovery Drink Mix: Added probiotic to help protein absorption and lactase to help with consumers that are lactose intolerant.
What is the shelf life of your products?
- Drink Mix is 24 months. Once mixed it should be treated like fresh juice and consumed within 24 hours.
- Energy Chews: 18 months.
- Energy Bars and Sport Recovery Mix: 12 months.
The first ingredient is sugar- what's up with that?
There is a lot of controversy about sugar in our diet. While, we don't disagree that excess sugar or excess anything for that matter is bad for us, we do believe that the role that sugar plays in health and performance is about context. In the context of an active lifestyle and more specifically during prolonged or very intense exercise, sugar can be critical to helping to maintain one's blood sugar, to keeping oneself fueled, and along with sodium can significantly improve the transport of water into the body. For more please see Hydration Science and Practice
The bottom line is that consuming an excess of sugar isn't good for you if you're not active. But, if you're working hard and sweating, a bit of sugar will improve your performance significantly.
So if you're not sweating and working hard, don't use our Sport Hydration Drink Mix. But if you are sweating you need to put back both the water and the electrolytes you're losing and can best do that with a drink that contains a little bit of sugar and plenty of sodium.
Can I just drink water?
Yes, of course. Water is fine if the activity is short, the temperature is moderate and sweat rates are low. But remember that sweat isn't just water, it's also made up of electrolytes, especially salt or sodium chloride, which makes up about 90% of the electrolytes we lose. Of these electrolytes, it's the loss of sodium that can potentially hurt our performance the most. Thus, if you're just drinking water, you're not putting back everything you're losing.
In fact, if you're just drinking water and relying on your thirst, it's unlikely that you're even putting back all of the water you're losing. Although, this may negatively impact performance in the long term, this isn't necessarily a bad thing in the short term because losing water is actually one of a few mechanisms the body has to protect the concentration of sodium in our bloodstream. This is because one signal for thirst is an increase in the sodium concentration of blood – something that happens as we sweat and lose fluid from our body. Since thirst is in part driven by sodium concentration and because some sodium is lost in sweat, in theory, it doesn't take as much water to quench one's thirst as was lost. This under-drinking protects us because if we drink only water beyond thirst, we might run the risk of diluting our blood's sodium concentration – a situation called hyponatremia and that can lead to a number of negative performance and health consequences. So, while drinking plain water may be fine in theory, make sure not to drink beyond thirst, even if that means you're losing water weight that may eventually impair your ability to perform at your best.
Of course, this scenario can be avoided the closer one gets to replacing both the water and sodium lost in one's sweat. In fact, even if you're not exactly matching the sodium lost in your sweat, during prolonged exercise in the heat at moderate to heavy sweat rates there is no situation where drinking water alone is better than a sports drink that contains a little bit of sugar and plenty of sodium like our Sport Hydration Drink Mix.
Ultimately, your sweat contains a lot of sodium, (500-2000mg per liter). Using a drink that doesn't contain sodium while the body is losing sodium can throw off our thirst mechanism and keep us from replacing all of the water we are losing. More importantly, sodium plays a critical role in almost every cell function, so keeping it in balance along with water is key to our performance. Thus, a drink with a sodium content similar to what you lose in sweat along with a little bit of sugar to help transport water and help maintain blood sugar levels is always better than water alone during strenuous exercise in the heat. You have to replace everything you're losing, not just the water.
Why do I cramp? How do I stop cramping?
Exercise associated cramps occur primarily because of muscle fatigue. More specifically, it's when very small muscle fibers called intrafusal fibers that give our nervous system feedback about the length of our muscles fatigue that errant signals can be sent to the spine causing a reflex response that sparks an uncontrollable cramp.
While people often talk about dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance as the root cause of a cramp, that's not exactly right. In and of itself, dehydration won't cause a cramp. That said, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can contribute to fatigue. So the bigger issue here isn't merely the cramp, it's how to delay fatigue.
Proper training, acclimating to one's environment, staying cool in the heat, proper fuel and staying well hydrated can all help delay fatigue.
Finally, because an exercise associated cramp is ultimately a spinal reflex gone wrong, there's some evidence that initiating another spinal reflex above the nerve root causing the cramp can turn off or short circuit the cramp. One good reflex for this is something called the oropharyngeal reflex that causes your face to pucker up when you drink a few ounces of pickle juice or something really sour. While results are mixed, it can't hurt to try keeping some pickle juice in a small flask for your next big event.
Everyone knows they can die of dehydration. But how much can performance really suffer after just small losses of fluids?
The prevailing thought is that as little as a 2% loss of body fluids can significantly affect aerobic performance. There are over 28 published studies demonstrating decrements in performance that show dehydration in the range of 2 to 4% of total body weight can impair performance anywhere from 7 to 44% when measured as time to exhaustion, work done, or peak exercise performance.
Like most things in science, however, there's also evidence that shows that the body can withstand a significant amount of dehydration without an impairment to performance. Furthermore, in practice, many athletes competing in real world conditions can maintain a high level of performance even with a significant loss of body fluid (up to 10% loss).
In Dr. Lim's experience while working on the Pro-Cycling Tour, he found that if he could teach athletes to listen to thirst and not lose more than 3% of their body weight, they were able to maintain a relatively high level of performance. He also found that the closer athletes came to replacing both the sodium and the water that they lost during exercise the easier it was for them to maintain body weight when drinking according to thirst.
For a great reference on this topic take a look at: Sawka, M. N., & Noakes, T. D. (2007). Does dehydration impair exercise performance? Med Sci Sports Exerc, 39(8), 1209-1217.
Why are your hydration mixes in powder form?
A powder form factor is the best way to keep the product free from binding agents or anything artificial.
Are the drink mixes safe for kids?
Yes! Our hydration products are great for kids. Our Anytime Hydration Drink Mix has 50% less sugar than traditional sports drinks and our Sport Hydration Mix has 40% more key electrolytes than those same sports drinks. Both are flavored only with real fruit. They have none of the excess ingredients like preservatives, emulsifiers, coloring agents, or flavoring agents that can hurt kids' stomachs.
How much Sport Hydration Drink Mix should I be drinking?
That is a tough question to answer because everyone is different. The right amount depends on not only the conditions (think temperature and humidity) and length and intensity (how long, how hard, how far) but also on the individual. One to two 500mL servings per hour is a good starting point and then experiment to see what works best for you. One way to check if you're drinking enough is to weigh yourself before and after a workout. If you're losing more than a 3% loss in total body weight, your performance may be suffering and you probably need to drink more. That said, it's important to listen to your body and to your thirst. Drinking beyond your thirst isn't a good idea as that may lead you to inadvertently dilute out your body's proper sodium concentration. If you feel like you're listening to thirst but still losing a lot of water weight, try adding more sodium to your drink. Beyond our Sport Hydration Drink Mix (800 mg Na per Liter) we also have our Rescue Hydration Mix (1500 mg Na per Liter), and our Hyper Hydration Mix (3500 mg Na per Liter) to help you get some extra sodium in.
How long will the drink mix stay fresh? How do I need to store drink mix? Mine is clumping!
Because Skratch doesn't have any preservatives of any kind, our drink mix needs a little bit of TLC. Dry drink mix should be stored in a cool, dry place either in its zip top bag or in any other airtight glass or plastic container. Extreme heat and direct sunlight are like Kryptonite for Skratch, so don't keep it in your car or your tent in the middle of the Sahara. Once added to water, a good rule of thumb is to treat it like fruit juice. After mixing, it is ideal to drink it within the day and can be drunk warm without lessening its efficacy. If mixed and then kept in the fridge it will stay good for up to a week. You will know when you have let it hang around in your bottle too long, it will smell a little bit funky and your inner voice will tell you "don't drink that". Listen to your inner voice.
If your drink mix is clumping because you haven't worked out in awhile that is because the real freeze-dried fruit contained within really likes water. Humidity loves our Skratch if it isn't getting scooped all the time. If you can see the ocean from your computer right now best practice would be to transfer your drink mix to a mason jar or some Tupperware, or a good ziploc as soon as you open it. Better yet, just shoot us a message (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give us a call (1 800 735 8904) we can get you sorted out.
I lost my scoop!
Not to worry, here is a conversion using everyday kitchen measuring spoons:
Sport Hydration Drink Mix: Add 1.75TBS to 16oz (500mL) of water. If you have a small scale, that will work as well if you remember that a single serving for 500ml equals 24 grams.
Anytime Hydration Drink Mix: Add 1.0TBS to 16oz (500mL) of water. If you have a small scale, that will work as well if you remember that a single serving for 500ml equals 13 grams.
Why doesn't the drink mix always dissolve completely?
Because we use actual fruit for flavor instead of chemicals that taste like fruit. Any "floating stuff" you may see in your bottle is small bits of fruit pulp. Sometimes a trace amount of the electrolyte salts in Skratch may hang around the bottom of your bottle too, but just give it a little shake before taking a swig and drink up. They're good for you.
How much caffeine is in a serving of Matcha + Lemons Sport Hydration Drink Mix?
Do the drink mixes contain Wheat/Gluten/Soy/Dairy/Nuts?
Are Skratch Labs drink mixes Kosher?
Yes! All Skratch Labs drink mixes are Kosher approved by The Scroll K - Vaad Hakashurs of Denver.
Do your Sport Energy Chews have any caffeine?
The Orange and Raspberry flavors do not contain any caffeine. We use two fuel sources (tapioca syrup and cane sugar) to give instant energy with our chews. Rather than using glucose or fructose alone, having both sources allows for faster absorption. Having them in small solid drops allows for sustained energy (or 'slow drip' energy) as the body processes the solid.
The Matcha Green Tea & Lemon flavored chews contain 6 mg of naturally occurring caffeine from the Matcha tea per pouch. For comparison, an 8 oz cup of coffee has 70-100 mg of caffeine.
What are your Anytime Energy Bars made of?
All three bars are made with plant based ingredients including oats, nut butter, brown rice crisps and ancient grains (quinoa and sorghum). We do this because it makes it easier to digest and absorbs faster.
Are the energy bars processed?
We use the same process that you could use in your kitchen: buy whole/real ingredients, chop, mix, cut. We don't use any 'manufactured' ingredients or have any type of treatment process to the bars. No preservatives are used because the ingredients we chose are shelf stable creating a natural preservative (12 month shelf life).
How do you keep all the ingredients together in the bars?
We don't use any artificial binding agents to hold everything together. Coconut nectar and nut butters are used to create the flavor, texture and bind all the ingredients together.
What is miso?
Miso is made from fermented soybean. Soybeans and probiotics are crushed up and fermented creating a savory paste added for flavor and providing macronutrients.
Are your Anytime Energy Bars gluten free?
Are your energy bars soy free?
The Cherries & Pistachios bars are soy free. However the pistachios in the Cherries & Pistachios bar are from a facility that processes soy products. The Chocolate Chips & Almonds contains soy lecithin which is derived from soy, and the Ginger & Miso bar contains miso which is a soy bean product.
How much sugar are in your energy bars?
Are the bars dense and tough to eat?
How healthy are your Anytime Energy bars?
What other ingredients are in the Anytime Energy Bars?
Besides the oats, nut butter, sea salt, brown rice crips and ancient grains, we've added tasty ingredients to each bar.
- Almonds & Chocolate Chips: Dairy-free chocolate chips, almonds, cranberries
- Cherries & Pistachios: Dried cherries, pistachios
- Ginger & Miso: Candied ginger, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, shitake mushrooms
What is Sorghum (an ingredient in Anytime Energy Bars)?
Sorghum is considered to be an ancient grain (and "supergrain"), and has remained unchanged by modern science and breeding technologies over time. Like other whole grains, sorghum has great nutrient content, adding a good dose of protein, iron, B vitamins and dietary fiber to recipes. Sorghum is also high in antioxidants like phenolic compounds and anthocyanin, which help reduce inflammation and lower free radical damage.
Does the Sport Recovery Drink Mix contain Wheat/Gluten/Soy/Nuts?
No, it is is completely free of wheat, gluten, soy, and nuts.
Is the Sport Recovery Drink Mix non-GMO and Kosher?
Why Use Skratch Labs' Sport Recovery Drink Mix over any other products?
We're all individuals, so we don't and can't assume that our Sport Recovery Drink Mix is the best or only option for optimizing your recovery, especially compared to a delicious meal made from scratch. More importantly, the role that nutrition plays in the recovery process isn't just about calories and the ratio of macronutrients like carbohydrate, fat, and protein. It's mostly about timing (i.e., eating immediately post-exercise) and about having something you actually want to eat or drink a lot of, which is ultimately about individual preference and mood. With that in mind, we didn't compromise on taste when creating our Sport Recovery Mix and from what our palettes and our customers tell us, we don't know of another recovery drink that tastes as delicious as ours. Except for maybe a cold glass of chocolate milk. But, compared to chocolate milk, which is as close to an ideal recovery drink, we think we've done better with a more optimal carbohydrate to protein ratio (Sport Recovery Drink Mix at 4:1 vs. CM at 3:1) for replenishing glycogen, less fat, and none of the funky ingredients like artificial flavoring agents, vegetable gums, cocoa processed with alkali, carrageenan, and coloring agents that are typically found in chocolate milk. In creating our Drink Mix, we were able to balance rational science with hedonism in a convenient take anywhere mix that only needs water to work and taste great. Thinking and feeling aren't mutually exclusive in our world. Make both part of yours.
Why do you use milk in your Sport Recovery Drink Mix?
We use milk as a protein source. Milk protein is made up of whey and casein and is a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids needed for human growth and function. Complete milk protein is amongst the highest quality protein for humans, better than either whey protein alone, casein protein alone, or any vegetable protein source. We choose not to deconstruct what nature created unlike other companies that use a partial protein in their recovery drink mixes.
Why do you use Lactase in your Sport Recovery Mix?
First, it's important to know that there are only 3 types of simple sugars we can transport across our small intestine into the body. Those sugars are glucose, fructose, and galactose. Linking one or combinations of these sugars together forms other types of sugars. For example, a chain of glucose sugars forms maltodextrin, also known as a glucose polysaccharide or simply a polysaccharide. A chain of fructose sugars is essentially what high fructose corn syrup is. One glucose + one fructose forms sucrose or cane sugar. And finally, one glucose + one galactose, forms the sugar lactose.
All of these more complex sugars are broken back down into the 3 simple or primary sugars (glucose, fructose, or galactose) by two different enzymes. The enzyme amylase breaks sucrose into glucose and fructose. Amylase also breaks maltodextrin and long fructose chains down into individual glucose or fructose sugars, respectively.
Lactase is the enzyme which specifically cleaves apart the sugar lactose into it's two simpler forms - galactose and glucose. People who are lactose intolerant don't have the enzyme which breaks down lactose. Essentially, they don't have enough lactase enzyme in their body or no lactase enzyme at all. It's not that people are actually intolerant of lactose sugar. It's that none of us have a transporter that moves whole lactose across the small intestine into the body. Lactose must be broken down to glucose and galactose in order for it to be absorbed by the body. If we don't have lactase enzyme and lactose isn't broken down, it ultimately pools in the small intestine and then in the colon where it ferments and causes significant GI-distress and in most cases a lot of gas or diarrhea.
Simply put, you can simply say that lactase is an enzyme that breaks apart the milk sugar lactose into the simple sugars galactose and glucose. You can explain that lactose intolerant people don't have lactase and that we can't transport lactose into the body, so all of us need lactase to break lactose into galactose and glucose if we want to absorb those sugars.
For an even more detailed read, please have a look at this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactase
I lost my Sport Recovery Drink Mix Scoop!
Why does the Sport Recovery Mix contain sugar?
Our Sport Recovery Drink Mix contains sugar (33 g per 12 oz serving) because the primary purpose of this product is to refuel athletes immediately after exercise by stimulating the re-synthesis of stored carbohydrate (i.e., sugar) or glycogen in muscle. In the context of post-exercise recovery, this process is improved by using simple sugars with a high glycemic index which rapidly increases blood sugar and insulin. That rapid rise in blood sugar helps to fast track fuel back into muscle while insulin which is one of the most anabolic hormones produced by the body helps the body to regenerate and rebuild. Out of the context of post-exercise recovery, this product isn't recommended. It's important to realize that what may be performance enhancing in the context of endurance training may be very bad for us in the context of a sedentary lifestyle.
How long will the Sport Recovery Drink Mix last once prepared?
The same food safety advice for the preparation and use of powdered milk and infant formula also apply to our Sport Recovery Drink Mix. Based on the CDC's recommendations for the safe use of infant formula make sure to:
Use your Recovery Mix within 2 hours of preparation.
Refrigerate your prepared Recovery Mix immediately after preparation if you do not plan to drink it within 2 hours and drink within 24 hours of refrigeration.
Use common sense when handling any food including our Recovery Mix. This means, preparing foods in a hygienic environment, using sterile containers and water, and preparing food only after washing hands with soap and hot water.
Throw it out, if in doubt.
How much caffeine is in the Coffee flavored Sport Recovery Drink Mix?
45 mg per 50g (12 fl oz prepared) serving. About half of what a typical 8 fl oz cup of coffee contains.
What are the Feed Zone Cookbooks?
The short answer is they are all full of super yummy deliciousness with recipes that are both easy to make and good for you.
The slightly longer answer is that all three are written by Skratch Labs' very own Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas after the athletes they cooked for and helped teach cook started asking them for the recipes they used. They wanted the book to be a reference for them so that they would have one of the essential life skills they needed to take better care of themselves – cooking. But, they also knew that if they could write a simple and practical book for the athletes they worked with – many of whom were very young and living on their own for the very first time – they could help a lot of people who had the same questions and concerns about performance and nutrition. For us, the answers to those questions start in the kitchen, not in a textbook or sterile laboratory, so the Feed Zone Cookbook series was our way of motivating others to get in the kitchen and take action.
The first cookbook in the series is the Feed Zone Cookbook. It takes athletes through a complete day of eating. From breakfast, portable ride food, recovery food, dinner, and even a little bit of dessert.
People were so interested in the "portables" section of the Feed Zone Cookbook, that our second book – Feed Zone Portables – focused on just that. It begins with an in depth introduction on the science and practice of fueling while on the go, making a strong case for solid foods for fuel and less caloric drinks for hydration. Feed Zone Portables is filled with a wide variety of simple, delicious, and effective recipes to give athletes alternatives for dry energy bars.
Finally, Feed Zone Table brings the focus back to dinner with a specific emphasis on family style meals. Despite of or perhaps because of all of the science written about optimal nutrition, it's sometimes hard to remember that optimal nutrition doesn't happen in a bubble. It actually happens when we share food with those who matter to us. Feed Zone Table takes the stand that social fuel is just as important as chemical fuel and was written so athletes remembered to include those they love in their pursuit to be better.
Do the three cookbooks contain any vegetarian or gluten free recipes?
All three books offer many vegetarian or gluten free options as well as many more that can be easily converted.
Here are a few that we have posted on our blog that you can test right now: GF Chicken Pad Thai // Spicy kimchi and soft-tofu soup // Crispy rice omelet // BLT stuffed avocados // GF Hearty cinnamon + almond pancakes // GF banana waffle sandwiches // GF chocolate and sea salt sticky bites // Vegan cookie recipes
Why are my Rice Cakes falling apart?
Making rice cakes is like baking a good apple pie, it may take you a couple tries to be successful. There are a few essentials: use white sticky sushi or calrose rice as it has a high starch content. (Brown rice will not work for rice cakes, don't even bother trying). Moist rice is the ticket to a good firm rice cake. Use a rice cooker to prepare your rice, it cooks more evenly and keeps rice moister than the stovetop method. If the recipe is for a savory cake and calls for soy sauce or liquid aminos, be very liberal with those ingredients. The protein in the soy/aminos binds with the starch in the rice to form the delicious glue that holds the cake together. Also, don't be afraid to put some muscle into pressing the rice mixture down firmly into your pan. Finally, make sure you mix all of your wet ingredients together and form the rice cakes while the rice is still piping hot, fresh out of the rice cooker. Cool or cold rice won't absorb additional ingredients and won't stick together very well. Of all the tips stated above, it's the hot rice part that we find people mess up the most.
How long will Rice Cakes/Portables last, all day, in the heat, in my pocket?
Depending on the additional ingredients used to make your rice cakes, the general rule of thumb we use is about 3 hours in the pocket after wrapped. In pro races, rice cakes are typically wrapped and kept chilled in a cooler, so getting through a 5 to 7-hour event isn't normally a problem because the rice cakes themselves aren't typically in a rider's pocket for more than an hour or two before they're eaten.
To maximize the safety of your rice cakes, here are a couple of tips. First, wrap your rice cakes well in a parchment foil like Skratch paper immediately after you finish making them and keep them in a Ziploc bag to help keep them from drying out. Second, after making and wrapping your rice cakes get them in a refrigerator as soon as you can to cool them down and to keep them cool. Don't just leave them out, especially if it's going to be a while before you use them. Third, if you're concerned about extending longevity use shelf stable ingredients to season and make your rice cakes. Our favorite is our Rice Cake flavored with maple syrup, braggs aminos (gluten free soy alternative), rice vinegar, and a little bit of olive oil with almond butter and crispy bacon (if you like) sandwiched in the middle. All of these ingredients are shelf stable and the salt, acidity, and fat help to keep the rice cake a little more stable than recipes with non-shelf stable ingredients.
Finally, use common sense. Don't try and be a hero here. If you have any perishable food in your pockets for an extended period of time, throw it out and eat something fresh or shelf stable. No need to take any unnecessary risks out there. If you need a fresh Portable with a longer shelf life check out our Cookie Mix.
What should I wrap my Cookies and Portables in?
Skratch Paper: Skratch Paper has the strength of parchment paper and the shape holding qualities of aluminum foil. It's perfect for wrapping and protecting food while still being easy to open when you're on the go.
I live outside the USA can you ship to me?
Yes! We can ship individual orders to basically anywhere in the world! Due to customs regulations, we unfortunately cannot ship to Spain.
How much does shipping cost?
Shipping costs vary a lot based upon the contents of your cart and the destination country. The price you are quoted is the DHL or UPS International rate which is the best rate we can get. We understand the shipping costs aren't cheap but know that it will be easy to track, and it will get there real fast! And, we don't add on any handling fees, the cost you see is what they are charging us.
Our products can also be found on iHerb.com - a site that specializes in competitive international shipping rates. If shipping costs are too much on our site, we recommend you compare shipping rates on their site. We understand international shipping rates aren't cheap and want to make sure we can get our products to you in the most affordable manner, even if it's not directly from us.
I just got my order and I have an extra invoice from the carrier, what's up with that?
Those papers are likely import duties or tariffs that can be imposed on food products at the discretion of the importing country. Those duties are separate from Skratch Labs shipping charges and are your responsibility to pay! Sorry.
Does Skratch Labs have any International distributors?
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