WHY STONE-GROUND?Stone grinding, takes a longer time in comparison to steel grinding, but slow and steady proves to be the winning method, as there are many benefits:
- The slow, massaging process breaks down the nuts and seeds down to its cell walls at low temperatures, allowing its complete nutrition to be digested when it is consumed.
- Higher temperatures used in commercial steel grinding processes can not only destroy sensitive vitamins, but may result in oxidation and rancidity which reduces quality.
- Stone grinding releases the natural oils and distributes them uniformly throughout, creating a wonderfully smooth and creamy finish which retains the natural proportions of the nuts and seeds.
- To compensate for the lack of this creamy finish, many commercially produced nut butters are made using added oils.
- Stone-ground nut and seed butters can be used as spreads as well as dips, and included as a cooking ingredient in all types of recipes without any ‘grittiness’.
How should I store my nut and seed butters?
Keeping the lids closed properly and storing the jar in a cool, dry and dark place are the best ways to make sure they are safe to eat almost indefinitely. Remember that oxygen (which makes food stale) and heat (which accelerates oil separation) are the enemies.
Should I keep it in the fridge?
Refrigeration makes our nut and seed butters last even longer, but it is not necessary unless you feel that you will not be able to finish consuming an opened jar within 3 months. It is not harmful to eat after their best before dates but do keep in mind that they will be past their prime in terms of flavour and freshness.
Why is there oil at the top of my jar?
We don’t use any palm oil, hydrogenated oils, or any other added oils or artificial additives, so if you eat our nut and seed butters infrequently, you will notice natural oil separation over time. This is completely normal, so don’t be alarmed! Just give it a good stir to the bottom until you achieve a consistent texture and enjoy.
Why are some jars less full than others? Why are some butters runny?
Every nut and seed butter has a different density due to varying nutritional content. This results in different mass and texture of the nut/seed butter as well, which is why 200grams of hazelnut butter looks less than 200grams of peanut butter. Each of these natural butters also have individual consistencies, partially due to more or less oil content and separation. Just give it a good stir to the bottom of the jar before using.
Why do you roast your nuts? Doesn’t the heat destroy their nutrients?
It’s best to soak, sprout, or cook nuts before you eat them, in order to increase the bioavailability of their nutrients, i.e. to make them easier to digest and absorb the nutrition they contain.
We choose to slow roast our nuts and seeds because:
- It makes them taste more delicious thanks to the Maillard reaction (a chemical reaction between proteins and sugars like caramelisation that gives a distinctive flavour)
- The low temperature heat destroys any harmful microbes such as Salmonella, thus increasing the food safety standard of our nut and seed butters
What is different about stone-ground nut and seed butters?
Stone grinding is a slow, massaging, cold process that releases the natural oils of nuts/seeds and distributes them uniformly throughout, creating a wonderfully smooth and creamy finish while retaining essential fatty acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It effectively breaks down the nuts and seeds into tiny particles at low temperatures, allowing its complete nutritional value to be preserved and digested when consumed.
Why are your nut and seed butters more expensive than other “natural” brands?
Great question! While it is impossible to match prices with every other “natural” brand in the market, here are some of our reasons:
- Artisanal quality — While commercial “natural” nut butter brands use factories and steel mills for production, we have a dedicated team of experienced professionals handling our manufacturing and distribution. Each small batch is handcrafted, stone-ground to perfection, to ensure you get a wholesome product.
- Ingredient integrity — All our ingredients are carefully sourced based on our strict standards for taste, sustainability, and the fair and ethical treatment of those involved with producing it (farming and processing). We only use GMO-free produce, without any added oils or artificial additives.
- Environment sustainability — Our product labels and packaging are made using only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved paper sources, and we use only environmental-friendly cleaning products. Our nut and seed butters are also packed in recyclable and reusable glass jars.
What does the FSC logo on your label mean?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo represents a guarantee our labels and packaging come from responsible sources that support forest conservation and enable the market to provide an incentive for better forest management.
Are your products GMO-free?
Yes, all of our ingredients are non-GMO.