Delicious Rice Pudding now ready-to-eat from Mr. Goudas October 08, 1999
Dear friends, supporters, and customers of my products. :
I would like to tell you a little story about rice pudding.
As you probably know, the roots of rice pudding came from Turkey centuries ago, and the tradition goes from generation to generation, to generation, where it finally arrived in the hands of my Mother, who happened to be from Smyrna, Asia Minor.
Maybe some of you know what happened in 1921 in Asia Minor.
Let us forget the misfortunes of those people please do not hate the Turks because of that.
Let us take that wonderful Turkish recipe and relate it to the recipe I am about to reveal.
If you go to a large Internet search engine and look up the word Rice Pudding you will find 324,000 documents and articles and most all of them tell you how to make it.
There are recipes related to Caramel, Rice Pudding, Chocolate, Dates, Fruit, Creamy, Silky, Ginger, Coconut Rice pudding, and we could go on and on and on endless lists of recipes that take forever to be documented on paper.
During and after WWII, my mother made Rice Pudding because the rice was a very inexpensive item with which to make this simple recipe.
The only other ingredient needed besides a handful of rice is a little fresh milk, a little sugar, a lot of imagination, patience, and love.
The reason you need patience is that you have to stay on top of the pot in the final stages of cooking so that the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pot, and at the same time, the rice has to be already cooked to perfection.
The milk taste has to disappear by blending it in with the rice.
I also remember that my mother never wanted any of us kids to distract her during the final stages of preparation so that the pudding does not stick to the pot.
My mother always made Rice pudding as if creating the most extravagant work of art.
In 1998, there was an issue in Belgium about Mad Cow Disease.
The only company in the world that was making Rice Pudding, which was located in Belgium, was not able to ship it to Canada or to the United States, because of that issue.
Therefore, I started thinking in terms of making Rice Pudding.
I knew that I was about to lose a pile of money through the research and development to this new project. I would like to inform the general public that if someone wants to make a canned Rice Pudding, he does not just make a big bucket of pudding, scoop it into the can, put the lid on it and expect it to be rice pudding No!! Of course not! The process is very different from this.
The raw ingredients have to be cooked while already packaged in the can.
They also have to be individually consistent, that means, X amount of rice and X amount of milk filled with sugar.
You then place each can in the retort (pasteurization process), raise up the temperature to a specific degree for an exact amount of time, then the chilling procedure commences.
All this preciseness to avoid overcooking and sticking to the can.
This is very similar to the cooking artwork my mother performed back in WW II,.
We then sterilize and rotate the product for a certain amount of time.
A project like this takes thousands of dollars in research and development, and after you have that accomplished, you will need a factory with which to do it.
As you can understand, at the research stage you cannot make a batch of a few cans, instead, you have to a make a batch of a few thousand cans. You keep it for a minimum of fourteen (14) days, to make sure that sterilization is perfect and to ensure its shelf life and consumer safety.
You then open the can and try the product now you may need a little bit more sugar, maybe some more rice, maybe less milk maybe, maybe, maybe!!!!
The variations and adjustments are almost endless. Consequently, I make up another batch and throw out the previous batch, then I try a different rice, yet this rice absorbs more water and becomes more solid so, we have to discard this batch and keep making more batches, one after the other until I consider it to be as perfect as can be.
As all my friends know, I am a fussy, particular, miserable, and a perfectionist, as well as some other choice descriptive words found in the dictionary, when it comes to food.
Finally, it seems that this one batch is the right one and at that moment, mass production can begin. The first batch goes to food critics, my friends, restaurant owners, people whom I can trust to be honest in their opinion, and if the majority of them believe that it is the right and perfect one, then and only then do I present it to the many supermarket shelves.
Obviously, there are so many recipes and variations of Rice Pudding and cannot please the whole world, but I know deep within my heart that I did the best humanly possible and it is sufficient to say my Rice Pudding is one of the best in the world, maybe it is.
I am very happy to receive letters to verify that statement.
In the near future, I will be making Mr. Goudas Peach Rice Pudding, Pineapple Rice Pudding, and Raisins Rice Pudding, in the small individual size, easy open cans that would be served in hospitals, airlines, retirement home, cafeterias, etc.
To all you parents, most importantly, do not forget to pack your children lunches with one can of love ( Goudas Rice Pudding) with its high nutritional value, instead of potato chips, and other junk food.
My company would be very happy to receive a letter from you in the letters section with your opinion about this or any other of my products.
I would like to mention, that I am fully aware I may never see profit from this project in my lifetime to cover the enormous investment in research, development, and machinery to make the best Rice Pudding the world has ever known.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article.
Bon Appetit, and remember, Goudas on the label MEANS good food on the table.
Although you have read comments above like, 'I did this, or I did that', it must be clearly understood that many more people, other than myself, are involved to make such a magnificent product or any other product that comes out of the Goudas Foods Organization.
People like microbiologists, food chemists, sealing and packaging specialists, nutrition evaluators, packaging and label designers, market researchers, government advisors, food surveyors, quality control personnel, post-production evaluators, and the list never stops. In a few words, its like a huge product producing orchestra, with myself as the conductor.
Graham Wyatt Waterloo/ON /Canada April 5, 2004
I just wanted to send you a letter to try and express just how much I love you Rice Pudding.
Since I tried it for the first time when it was on special at the IGA in Owen Sound back in December I have been completely addicted to it. I've never had rice pudding this good before. Every time I go home now I make sure my mom takes me to IGA so I can get a good supply because I have yet to find a store here in Waterloo that carries it, though I don't have a car so I can't look too hard.
Wish you had T-shirts with the label on there I would buy one in a second.
I'm currently out of Goudas' Rice Pudding and going through withdrawal but not to worry because I have asked to have cans for rice pudding hidden on Easter instead of the customary chocolate which just pails in comparison.
I do love to get my hands on a can of the rice pudding with raisin and almonds in it too but I have yet to see the product carried anywhere but I continue to look at every store I go into.
You're addicted for life customer
Stella Murdock Windsor/Ont/Canada Feb 17, 2004
To whom it may concern. I just had to write you a few lines to let you know how we enjoy Goudas products. We love the rice pudding, soups, and canned tomatoes. I have to bring a case of rice pudding to my sister who lives in Michigan every 2 weeks. She and her neighbors love it.
I don't know if you have it for sale in the states. Again, thank you for making such good products.
Ms. Mona Lamothe Kitchener/Ont/Canada Sep18 2001
To whom it may concern
My highest compliments. You have the BEST rice pudding, ever made, since I ate some at this restaurant many years ago. The restaurant does not exist anymore. I have tasted many kinds but yours is the best I am so pleased that you have made this great RICE PUDDING by Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas.
A friend purchased it at the central meat market store, gave it to me to try and I fell in love with it.
I have looked for it elsewhere but it seems not to exist. I have managed to travel to Central Meat Market Store to get some but it is out of my way but well worth the travel. Why doesn't Zehrs stores carry it or Foodbasics stores! They carry other Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas Products.
I asked the managers (showed them the can of rice pudding) if they would order them in the near future, they said they would look into it. It is such a great product.
Again my compliments I eat a can or 2 myself a week. I intend to serve it hopefully on Thanksgiving Day and during the Christmas holidays. Have you ever thought of putting raisins in it! It is also great. I want to thank you for making this great product (Mr. Goudas Rice Pudding ) just thought I'd let you know what I thought.
A dedicated, thankful, customer
Ms. Mona Lamothe Kitchener, Ontario
John Ledgerwood Kitchener Ont/Canada/Mar 2, 2006
To the Mr.Goudas employees.
I thank you very much for your hard work, for bringing the people of this great country the choice of a tremendous line of healthy, yet affordable products. I recently bought a tin of your cabbage rolls & your rice pudding.
The cabbage rolls, let us say were ok as I am not a big fan of dill. I've heard people raving about your rice pudding & let me say they were not kidding. Thank You very much. The reason I am addressing this email to employees is that Mr.Goudas had a vision and without his hard-working employees his vision would never have come to be.
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Pick up a can of this delicious rice pudding at your favorite food outlet. If it is not on the shelf ask the store manager to order it for you.
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