- Sold by weight, not Volume.
- Due to density the product may not fill entire jar.
- Organic, Macrobiotic, Vegan, Raw, Kosher, Gluten-Free
NOT Raw – California Almonds are Pasteurized
Not Raw Almond Butter
Trader Joe’s uses the same “legal lie” about their almonds and almond butters but that doesn’t make it right.
Artisana, the manufacturer says the process of making the butter only reaches 115 degrees but they leave out the part about the almonds are already partially cooked.
You can buy truly raw almond butter from unpasteurized organic almonds but this isn’t it. “California almonds” is the giveaway.
Google unpasteurized raw almond butter if you want the real thing.
ALL almonds in the United States are pasteurized. You can go to health food/ co-oop store and most likely find imported raw almonds ( my store has some from Italy), but if you go to Whole Foods they are also going to try and sell you “raw” almonds that are not truly raw. Everyone seems to be in on the mislabeling.
Anyway…google it and get educated if your interested.
If you are looking for a great tasting organic almond butter at decent price you won’t be disappointed with this one. As I scanned the negative reviews I don’t think I remember them commenting that the taste wasn’t great.
For what’s it’s worth I tried Vitamixing my imported truly raw almonds to make my own almond butter, but still doesn’t taste as good as this.
Great taste! ( pasteurized? )
Are Your Almonds Pasteurized?
Recently there has been much confusion in the popular press regarding the requirement of “pasteurization” of Almonds. We are asked over and over if our Almonds are “pasteurized”.
The answer to this is very complex, and we will be updating information about Un Pasteurized Almonds on a weekly basis. If you want to read and stay current on the legal issues surrounding this topic, then please click here /unpasteurized.htm
Important News About Our Shippable Almond Crop !
D&S Ranches, an Orchard Grower in the San Joaquin Valley of California, has an Important Announcement to make regarding Pasteurization of our Naturally Grown California Almonds! After the Almond Board Rule went into effect we began to extensively research the Best, most Non-Intrusive methods available to reduce bacteria on the skin of the nut without affecting the nut meat itself.
The Good News:
The Good news is that we have found a process that does just that ! This method was developed for the Spices Food Group where any alteration or destruction of the interior of the nut or spice kernel would destroy the delicate value of the item. As it turns out we were able to get this technology approved for application on our Selma California Grown Nut Crop!
How It Works:
The process is very expensive and requires the latest in production technology. It is centered on Water Based Botanical Principles. We call this process H20-UN-Pasteurization. The almonds are held in a chamber that draws down the air to a vacuum, so all the air born bacteria and pathogens are removed from the chamber, then a computer controlled mist of sterile distilled water dry stream is injected in to the chamber. This steam is computer controlled and balanced against the known weight of each nut. As the small amount of Steam condenses on the skin of the nut it transfers only minimal heat energy just to the surface it contacts! The nut meat is never heated internally!
After the dry steam injection, a 4 to 6 second process, the chamber is then evacuated again causing the condensed purified water to evaporate from the skin of the nut. Next the chamber is brought back to normal conditions with HEPA Filtered Air.
This process preserves the internal natural balance of enzymes, amino acids, proteins, and most importantly it preserves the natural living nature of the nut! You can sprout these Almonds !
We are sure you will be very satisified with this process, and as far as we know we are the only Ranch Direct Almond Grower in the San Joaquian Valley of California that is using this expensive, and time consuming process, so that we may bring you the very finest in US Graded Fancy #1 California Almonds !
Please beware of other processes:
We are concerned that there are a good number of other processes out there that are very inferior and some are outright dangerous! The most common is simple autoclave sterilization and this is, essentially, just cooking the nut. After and autoclave process, the nut is no longer living, it is dead, and all the valuable nutrients of the nut have been cooked and destroyed. Unfortunately the Almond Board, under presser from the Big Almonds Handlers, Processors and Growers are calling and labeling, in the stores, these nuts as RAW ! They ARE NOT RAW! They are COOKED !
Other processes are using PPO (Propylene Oxide Gas). You should never, every under any circumstances eat nuts exposed to PPO Gas. PPO is a known carcinogen (causes cancer). It is toxic and poisonous!.. The European Union (EU) has prohibited the use of PPO Gas on any Human Food Product. The USDA and the FDA still allow it. Inquire with your store if their nuts have been exposed to PPO ! Make sure you know! This is serious business.
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