Throughout the year we often get small groups of students and schools through to look at how we produce altar breads here at Vinnies Wellington. Seeing where and how the breads are made helps some of them prepare for the next step in their spiritual journey or just gives further insight into the practical side of the church.
To start off with, Barb, our altar breads staff manager gathers students, parents and teachers together and walks them into our back production area.
There, they witness the batter poured out onto the hot metal plates, and they see the heavy lid close down. This spreads the batter equally across. They are timed, and after a short 1 min, the lid is lifted automatically and a large sheet is produced.
The sheet is then set on a rack to cool. After a little while, these racks are put into the humidifier to soften for 30 to 40 min.
After they have become soft and pliable, they are ready to be cut down to various sizes. Michael demonstrated for the kids how the cutting machine works, and then offered around samples!
While Barb continued the talk on how our breads are stored, and then shipped off all over New Zealand, all the kids continued to munch and enjoy. Some tried large dinner plate sized breads, and others had small cut off pieces. All of them were happy to share.
With a better understanding of how we make, store, and ship the bread, everyone gathered back in the foyer for some final questions.
When one student asked if there were any other places in New Zealand that did what we do. This question involved our manager, John Rossbotham, informing them about a few of the other options available.
It was a great day for learning about altar breads. Come back, anytime! If you’d like to book a tour for your church group or school, just give us a call at 04-389-7122.