Jem Organic Nut Butter Blog

  • Caramel and Hot Fudge: Ice Cream Toppings

    Caramel and hot fudge combined! Year-round we all crave a sweet delight after dinner. Top your favourite frozen dessert, ice cream or gelato, with Jem and dig in. Gooey like caramel and chocolaty like hot fudge. 

    Drizzle JEM's Hazelnut Raw Cacao Spread on ice cream and let harder into a chocolate shell in the freezer for a minute. Or, warm up + fold Jem's exotic Cashew Cardamom Almond Spread into gelato with fresh berries and crunchy toppings like pistachios or raw cacao nibs! Either way, it's not your mama's hot fudge or caramel. #ShareJem

    Shop our sprouted, stone ground, organic, vegan, gluten-free, and coconut sugar Jem Butters online now! 

     

  • Why You Should Soak, Sprout Your Nuts

    by Jen Moore, Co-Founder & CEO of Jem Nut Butters, BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiologist

    Most people enjoy nuts like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and peanuts (if there are no allergies present) as well as the creamy, rich buttery bi-product we have all enjoyed on sandwiches, with apples and bananas for what seems like generations. Although most people are not aware that proper preparation is key when it comes to actually getting the nutrients they carry, to avoid any indigestion that may occur from mass-produced nuts and seeds that make their way onto the shelves of our food grocers. 


    First of all, I prefer to use the terms soaked and germinated. Soaking is only half the battle (as germination can imply anything expanding into greater being from a small existence) in sprouting, soaking and germinating nuts and seeds. Grains and legumes have been going on for a very long time. Documentation has been noted as far back as 3000 B.C. in China, and in the old testament of the Christian Bible. More recently, in the past 10 plus years sprouting and soaking nuts, seeds and grains have increased in popularity with the resurgence of the extensive work done by Dr. Weston Price.

    In her book, Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon has many great recipes using sprouted foods. I believe that one of the contributing factors to the increased popularity and knowledge around sprouting is due to a larger number of people who have become more food sensitive and need the help that sprouting, soaking and germination provides that makes their foods more bio-available and easier to digest. As a Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist, I feel motivated to help educate people on the simple but highly important ways to prepare nuts and seeds so they can enjoy them, but also obtain the benefits from them.

    Why take the time soak, germinate then dehydrate nuts? Four good reasons it is worth the time.

    One: If nothing else, you are cleaning them! All nuts go through a lot before they get to you. Why not take some time and give them a good soak and rinse? They have been on a long journey.

    Two: They just taste better!

    Three: Increased nutritional availability according to Dr. Szekely and written in Gabriel Cousens MD book, Spiritual Nutrition. Soaked sprouted and germinated nuts, seeds, and grains have an increased energy charge. They are high in digestible proteins, essential fats, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Soaking activates enzymes and neutralizes acids in order to increase the nutrition available in the nut.

    Four: Helps to alkalize the body.

    Why is this important? Bacteria and disease do not seem to flourish in alkaline environment. When nuts are soaked and germinated their pH increases which makes them more alkaline and in turn can be a part of an alkaline rich diet that takes your body from more of an acidic state (think inflammation), to an alkaline state.

    How to soak and germinate Almonds:

    1. Soak almonds for 12 hours in enough filtered or spring water to cover nuts with about an inch extra in the top. Add approx. 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt for every 1 cup organic almonds. You can soak in the fridge. 
    2. Rinse almonds well. 
    3. At this point you can do many things with your “activated” almonds:
    a. Dehydrate at low temp for several hours until crispy. Season as you wish.

    b. Make your own nut milk blend with a little water then using a nut bag, squeeze out the milk. Add some vanilla and yum –– drink up!

    Enjoy the process of slowing down and taking the time to soak, sprout and germinate. It’s worth the time and your body will be better off. Jem Butters are all sprouted; can you taste the difference? Shop Jem online to see.

    In good health,
    Jen Moore

  • What is Maqui Berry?

    Like the fruits we lovingly unite with raw almonds to make our rapturous Superberry Maqui Camu spread (one devotee has renamed it “Better Than Sex”), the acai berry is a South American superfood rich in nutrients. Pronounced ah-sah-YEE, the deep purple acai berry is lauded for its high antioxidant content and is one of the top 20 foods on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test, which measures the antioxidant capacity of foods. “The acai berry scores quite high,” according to Valencia Porter, MD, of the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, Calif. 

    These power-packed berries, which grow in tropical regions near the Amazon River, resemble large blueberries and contain a pit similar to stone fruits like peaches and plums. Like the maqui and camu camu berries in our Superberry Maqui Camu, acai berries are bursting with anthocyanins, a potent class of phytonutrients. Not only do acai berries contain high levels of antioxidants, which fight free radicals, but also Omega-3 fatty acids, 19 amino acids, and other nutrients that boost immunity, protect against chronic disease and have anti-aging antioxidants.

    maqui berry what is purple superfood superfruit

    Author and Registered Dietician Lauri Boone calls acai berries the “ultimate anti-aging superfood” in her book Powerful Plant-Based Super Foods. As with every ingredient we consider, responsibly source and ultimately include in our gourmet products, we are intrigued by the potential contribution of acai berries to a future JEM creation. And when we do, you can count on yet another purely organic, sustainable and swoon-worthy product to add to your secret stash.

    Shop JEM Raw's Superberry Maqui Camu Sprouted Almond Spread.

  • Jem Reviews: Organic, Raw Nut Butter Spread

    JEM is sold all over the nation at big and small grocery stores like Whole Foods, Natural Groceries, New Seasons, ma and pa Co-op's, but also online at organic retailers like LiveSuperfoods, Amazon, and Thrive Market.

    Looking for a few JEM Raw reviews before you click "checkout" online? Here are a few we think will make your mind up (and remember, we've been rated 4.9/5 stars on Facebook, and 4.7/5 stars on Amazon):

     

    There's a reason this stuff is $10 a jar
    By David Rowlandon September 5, 2014
    "This is probably the only time I've ever felt compelled to write a review for an Amazon product. This stuff is absolutely ridiculous. I can't even begin to describe its flavor, but if I had to try, it tastes almost like a piece of caramel with a very small sprinkling of cinnamon. I don't know why, but it reminds me of Cinnabon's smell-not necessarily taste, but smell. That's the best description I can really give other than this is the absolute best nut butter I've ever had, right behind Wild Friend's Chocolate Sunflower butter.

     

    "Awesomeness in a jar."

    by Cindy
    "This is no doubt the best thing in a jar I have had in years. Well worth every penny."

     

    O to the M to the Goodness!

    By Demoderbyking on February 3, 2015
    "I am very aware and cautious of what I eat. I try and raise almost everything we consume from grass-fed beef to our honey etc. However my almond trees are not producing yet. So when I am in the mood for nut butter I do splurge. When I saw the beautiful jar on the Natural Grocers shelf the Angels started to sing! I then couldn't decide but... cinnamon and maca? This must be the one! I told myself just keep it in your office have a spoonful and really make the jar last... LOL! You open it and the aroma awakens you! Then you taste and the sun comes out, birds chirp and your head forgets all troubles! Seriously though some people would think I was an idiot for spending that much money on food( I mean we have so many bodies at our disposable just buy Jif right? ) But you GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. And this could be 50 dollars a jar and I would always have one hidden away! I reminded myself of Frankie Heck on The Middle hiding her frosting in the garage. :)

     
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