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I was just at Trader Joe's, not sure I trust them now. I picked up a jar that said "Creamy Raw Almond Butter" and looked at the ingredients "roasted almonds."
The jar right next to it, "Organic Raw Almond Butter" didn't say roasted, so I bought that one... but now I'm wondering if the fine folks at TJ's know what "Raw" means to most of us.
I bought some of their raw pecans... do we know if they're truely raw?
Oh and walnuts, they don't have to say raw, right? Cuz aren't walnuts usually eaten raw?
09-25-2005, 07:24 PM
I'm sorry, I don't have an answer, because I'm not near a TJ's. :o But since you kinda brought this up....which nuts and seeds are safe to eat without soaking???
09-25-2005, 07:54 PM
There's been lots of talk regarding TJ's and their raw almonds. When I buy TJ's raw almond butter then ingredients say "roasted raw almonds". So I suppose that's what makes it "raw" to them...they roasted the raw almonds.
Anyway, I do buy it. I don't eat a lot of almond butter so I figure it's ok now and then.
09-26-2005, 05:14 AM
I look at it like this. If you have ever made raw almond butter, you know what it is supposed to taste like. So if you buy some so called "raw" almond butter and it has a rich roasted almond flavor, then you know it is not raw.
A lot of these makers of almond butter use an "attrition mill" where the nuts are taken up by a screw feed and forced against a metal plate at high pressure and temperature. Because the process itself produces the heat and they are not adding heat, they feel they can claim "raw".
There is this brand at the health food store that I buy and I am telling you, I don't care if they say it is raw, that almond butter experienced heat from somewhere, you can tell by the flavor.
The kind of raw almond butters that are kept in a refridgerated section of your health food store, now I would say those are more than likely raw. Because if you actually made raw almond butter and left it in a jar at room temperature after you opened it and broke the seal, it would spoil. The same as raw peanut butter will spoil.
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