- FAQs -
How many tourtiÈres does a package of Tukkay Original Blend make?
One package of Tukkay Original Blend makes one tourtière. Our product is not a spice blend but instead a seasoning mix containing potato, onion, and spices. You just choose your filling!
What are the ingredients in your products?
For our Tukkay Original Blend, our ingredients are listed as: potatoes, onions, spices, and kosher salt. The potatoes and onions are dehydrated.
For Bean Supper Blend, our ingredients are listed as: Brown Sugar, Molasses (contains Maltodextrin), Maple Sugar, Onion, Mustard, Nutritional Yeast (contains Dried Yeast, Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin), Black Pepper.
If you have any specific ingredient questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your instructions say to use 1.5 lbs of meat for your tourtiÈre, but would it be okay with more?
You could use up to 2 lbs of meat, but if you use one packet for more than 2 lbs, the flavor will be bland and the filling won't set up properly.
Are your products gluten-free?
Yes! Tukkay Original Blend is gluten-free. Bean Supper Blend is gluten-free based on ingredients.
I don't eat red meat anymore, but I miss tourtiÈre! Do you have any suggestions?
Yes! Tukkay Original Blend tastes great with ground turkey or even vegetarian options such as roasted vegetables, hearty grains, or meat substitutes. Check our Recipes page for more information.
Where can I buy your products?
Check out our Find Us page for all links to where you can buy our products, both online and in person.
Do I need to add any salt or pepper to the tourtiÈre filling?
You shouldn't need to as those are included in the mix. However, check for seasoning AFTER simmering to gauge if you need any additional salt or pepper.
Definitely don't add any extra at the beginning during browning as we've heard the filling can become too salty.
Where did Tukkay Original Blend begin?
Our Founder, Kristen Gagné, was born and raised in Maine in a Franco-American family eating tourtière every Christmas and during those cold Maine winter nights. After finding out her sister wasn't making it at home, she went online looking for a product like this one to make it easier, but didn't find it. So she made it. She converted the recipe to dried ingredients and KMG Foods began. Now anyone can have a homemade tourtière for the holidays.
I purchased a gift card, how does it work?
That's great! It's a fun way to share KMG Foods and not have to deal with shipping! All you need is the recipient's email address. An email will be sent with a gift card code. The recipient goes to kmgfoods.com, picks out what they'd like to order. Once they get to the payment page, they will check the gift card option, and enter their code. The amount of the gift card will be deducted from the cost. If there is a balance left on the card, they can reuse that gift card code until it runs out.
Do your products contain nuts?
No, both of our products, Tukkay Original Blend and Bean Supper Blend, do not contain nuts in the ingredients list.
Bonus, the manufacturing facility is nut-free!
Bean Supper Blend calls for Salt Pork, but I don't eat meat, can I still make it?
Yes! Both, Tukkay Original Blend and Bean Supper Blend are vegan based on ingredients. Therefore, if you want to maintain a vegan or vegetarian option for your baked beans, you can omit the salt pork and instead add 1.5 tsp of kosher salt (or more) to taste. Our products are highly customizable to your dietary needs.
Bean Supper Blend calls for Salt Pork, but there are so many options, which do you recommend?
We always recommend high quality, locally sourced pork (and meat in general) when possible. While we can't recommend a specific brand, we can suggest which not to buy -- it rhymes with Gormel ;)
I've heard of brining chicken, but why do you recommend brining my beans?
Brining your beans (soaking in salty water) overnight before cooking yields tender, creamy beans with minimal skin splitting. We recommend 6 cups of cold water and 1.5 tablespoons of kosher salt, dissolved, per 1 pound of dried Navy (pea) beans.
I made beans with Bean Supper Blend. I did everything according to package directions. However, my beans never became fully tender. Why?
Dried beans are notoriously inconsistent. If you brined overnight, and cooked according to directions, then you may have inadvertently purchased old beans. Sometimes if the beans are old they will never fully soften. Unfortunately, all you can do is start over with a new batch.
For Bean Supper Blend, it says cook minimum of four hours and add time as needed for desired tenderness...but how much time?
Dried beans are fickle. Depending on the bean you use, the age of the bean, how long they were soaked prior to cooking, the temperature they are cooked at, etc. can affect how long they will take to become tender. It is a minimum of four hours in a slow cooker (crockpot) on high, but could be as long as 9 hours! It really depends.
What kind of manufacturing facility do you use?
Production is in an SQF2000 certified facility with an audit score of "Excellent," the highest score possible within the SQF framework.
As an SQF certified facility, we maintain strict good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and rigorous food safety and quality programs to ensure that our customers receive safe, consistent and high-quality products. The facility is fully nut-free and headed towards gluten-free manufacturing as well. Please contact us if you have a specific question.
I recevied my Bean Supper Blend, but the contents have hardened? Can I still use it?
Absolutely! The hardening is due to the molasses powder. Maple sugar will also clump and harden over time, but molasses powder is especially prone. There is some residual moisture in other ingredients- most likely the onion- that is migrating into the molasses powder and causing it to partially dissolve and harden. A small amount of moisture in the dried onion is to be expected; foods with 0% moisture are inedible. The blend is still safe and will work perfectly fine, especially since it will be heated and combined with liquid.