Aflatoxin is a chemical created by mold. Some molds are beneficial; such as penicillin. Some molds make food have a wonderful taste such as cheese; and some molds can be dangerous i.e. the aflatoxin mold. Cooking does not destroy aflatoxin. Aflatoxin can occur in peanuts, nuts, dried fruit, corn, and other grains. Only peanuts are tested multiple times by the USDA. Samples are drawn and tested by the FDA at harvest and again after shelling. Peanuts and peanut butter are perhaps the safest of foods to consume if you are concerned about aflatoxin. We make sure that all of our peanuts are tested for aflatoxin before we purchase them. But we don't just rely on that data alone; we also test our peanut butter for aflatoxin after it is produced.
All honeys in the USA with the exception of Hawaii, are now natural, there are no more certified organic honeys in the USA. This is because bees fly within a 5 mile radius of the hives and pesticides are used on neighboring crops and fields that bees pollinate. Therefore, our natural local honeys are not organic. Our organic honeys are from Central and South American rain forests where pesticides are not an issue.
Raw almond butter has a sweeter milder taste than roasted almond butter. There are opinions that raw foods are believed to be higher in nutrient density due to less exposure to heat thus reducing a foods nutrient value. However, we believe the main difference is in the flavor only.
Our recipes are surprisingly simple, most of our nut butters contain just one ingredient, nuts. However, in the case of cashew butter, we add a small amount of organic sunflower or safflower oil to the cashew butter to make it spreadable. The organic cashew has organic sunflower oil added. The Organic American Classic Peanut Butter has salt, sugar, and organic palm fruit oil added to the organic peanuts. The Organic Sunflower Butter has salt and sugar added to the organic sunflower seeds. We do make a salt and sugar free version. Otherwise, we just use ground nuts or seeds to make our butters. We only use what is clearly stated on each of the products' ingredient label.
In the last 20 years or so, the incidence of food allergies has increased significantly. While we do a really good job of making sure our products are separated, there is still a small risk of cross contamination; therefore, we recommend that any person with a health threatening allergy avoid our nut butter products.
The term “natural” has no clear definition but often is used when simple easily understood ingredients are combined to create a recipe. Organic foods have been certified that no pesticides were used in the process. The term “organic” when applied to food can only be used if the food meets all the requirements of the Organic Food Act that was passed by Congress in the early 90’s. Organic covers all aspects of growing a crop including the use of compost, natural fertilizers, and synthetic fertilizers. Restriction in the use of non-approved chemicals is part of the required routine. Processing facilities such as ours must keep organic ingredients in a storage area that does not have chemicals or other pesticides. Certification of farms and processors is required at least once a year or more.
Organic Peanuts from Argentina, New Mexico and Texas. Natural Peanuts from Virginia and North Carolina. We do not import any peanuts from China! Organic Almonds from 90% California and 10% Italy. Natural Almonds from California and are pasteurized. Organic and Natural Sesame Seeds from grower co-ops in Nicaragua. Organic Cashews from Brazil, Vietnam and Cambodia. Flaxseed: North America Natural Cashews from Brazil and Vietnam. Honey from Wildflower and Clover are sourced locally. Organic Killer Bee and Rain Flower Honey are sourced from Brazil Organic Jubilee is sourced from Nicaragua
The moisture level of the almonds are to low. Since the pasturizing law came into effect it has changed the makeup of the almonds and has made the drying process more difficult. There is nothing wrong with the product.
Oil separation is a natural occurrence. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds all have oil separation that may occur after they are ground into butter. All of these nut/seeds contain from 50% to 60% naturally occurring oil. The oil is lighter than the ground nuts or seeds so the oil floats to the top. The national brand peanut butters do not separate because they use hydrogenated oil to stop separation. All hydrogenated oil contains trans-fats. If the actual level of trans-fats is below .50 the product label may read zero trans-fats. Specifically, the rule for trans fats are less than 0.50 may be declared as zero on the product label. What this means is that your typical nut butter product may declare zero trans fats, but actually contains up to and including .49 trans fats. Once Again Nut Butters have no trans fats, whatsoever, so enjoy!