Jem Organic Nut Butter Blog

  • Good Food Awards Winners!

    We’ve been keeping this news under wraps for a long time and are super excited to let everyone know we are 2020 Good Food Awards Winners! Both of our finalist flavors, Cinnamon Maca and Coffee Cashew, have won in the categories they were each nominated for. The Good Food Awards spotlight the best of the best in the food industry. This is the 10th year the Good Food Awards have been granting various culinary creations with accolades in their respective category. This is also the second time JEM has won a Good Food Award as Cinnamon Maca won in the pantry category in 2017.

     

    Both Cinnamon Maca and Coffee Cashew were selected out of nearly 2,000 entries for this year’s Good Food Awards. Including both awards that JEM received, there were 219 winners out of 403 finalists representing 42 states this year. Receiving another award is an honor and something we hold to the highest regard here at JEM. The Good Food Awards don’t only recognize products for their taste. They also recognize the companies that make them for bringing products that are all around good for consumers and the environment to the market. Being recognized alongside other companies with similar values to ours is something we are very prideful about. JEM received two of 19 awards that went to completely organic and vegan products. These 19 winners, including both our Cinnamon Maca and Coffee Cashew, were also recognized by New Hope Network for their innovation and push for the environmentally aware and socially responsible movement in the food industry. Being a part of this movement that not only benefits the consumer, but the entire chain of production is incredibly fulfilling.

    Thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who helped us reach this point and receive these incredibly prestigious recognitions. It is truly humbling and we will continue to hold ourselves to this standard and bring incredible products to our lineup.

    The New Hope Network article recognizing the 19 completely organic and vegan winners can be found here.

  • JEM Organics and VegNews

    We’ve Been Featured!

    We’re so excited that our Salted Caramel Cashew Almond Butter was chosen as the staff favorite in this month’s issue of VegNews magazine. Being that VegNews is the largest source of vegan recipes, news, and more, we are so honored to have our product featured as the staff favorite. We put a lot of time and effort into the research and development of our nut butters to bring our customers the best possible product and it looks like the staff at VegNews agrees.

    What Is VegNews?

    VegNews magazine is the ultimate source for all things vegan. The magazine was launched in 2000 and is now the largest vegan media brand in the world. The magazine is in front of more than 2.5 million sets of eyes each month across all of its platforms (print, digital and social). VegNews provides the latest and greatest news in the plant-based community. Ranging from vegan recipes to must-know health updates all the way to miscellaneous life advice, VegNews has it all. That being said, we are so grateful and excited to be featured in this month’s holiday edition.

    What Was Featured?

    One of our most popular and favorite products in the JEM lineup took the spotlight this month. Our Salted Caramel Cashew Almond Butter was the staff favorite at VegNews, and; for good reason. All of our nut butters go through an extensive process before being jarred and enjoyed. The Salted Caramel Cashew Almond butter, in particular, is carefully crafted with locally and internationally sourced quality ingredients to bring the best flavor to the table (pun intended). 

  • We Are A 2020 Good Food Awards Finalist!

    We are so incredibly proud and fortunate to be a finalist in the 2020 Good Food Awards! The Good Food Awards. By shining a spotlight on the taste-making crafters at the vanguard of deliciousness and social and environmental excellence, the Awards catalyzes a shift in spending towards truly good food.

    JEM Organics was selected from 1,835 entries to the 10th annual Good Food Awards, these 403 products represent 42 states and have passed vetting for category-specific sustainability standards. 

    Good Food Awards FinalistWe are proud to have our Cinnamon Maca Almond Butter as a finalist entry in the Confections category (after already winning in the Pantry category in 2017) well as our Coffee Cashew Almond Butter in the Pantry category. 

    Being represented and recognized again by the Good Food Awards is an honor and privilege we celebrate at JEM Organics. Being presented side-by-side with other like-minded companies is evidence enough the passion and pride put into our nut butter products pays off. 

    The 2020 Finalists recognized are emphasizing fairness and transparency from seed to plate, promoting safe and enjoyable working environments, and safeguarding biodiversity by creating products free of genetically modified ingredients. JEM Organics, like the other Finalists from across the 17 categories, is crafting food that is good for both consumers and the environment, favoring practices that build soil health for generations to come without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

    Although the Winners won't be announced until Friday, January 17, 2020, at a 1,000 person gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center and the industry-only Good Food Mercantile, we are celebrating our inclusion today. We hope you'll celebrate along with us and invite all your friends and family to enjoy our ridiculously delicious nut butter creations!

  • JEM's Marcona Almonds – Why Are They the Best?

    
    JEM’s Marcona Almonds – Why Are They the Best?

                 

                At JEM Organics, we are committed to creating intentional blends that are as nourishing as they are ridiculously delicious. While we do use three nut varieties in our products, I want to focus today on our USDA Certified Organic almonds. We all love almonds for their nutrients, antioxidants, healthy fats, and their tasty delicious crunch. However, there is more to choosing the RIGHT almond than most might think.  

                I am sure you have heard a lot about JEM Just Eat Me recently and there is a reason for it. We are creating healthy and delicious products for you that use simple, carefully sourced ingredients that address your nutrition concerns…  so you don’t have to worry.  When sourcing almonds, we specifically choose USDA Certified Organic Spanish almonds. We carefully source the finest organic almonds available and then soak, dehydrate and stone grind them to give you our unique, ultra-creamy almond butter that you have come to love!

                We insist on sourcing certified organic Spanish (Marcona) almonds for three main reasons. First, Spanish almonds have an amaretto taste to them unlike the typical California almond. This brings out a sweeter, more buttery flavor that we absolutely love! Second, the majority of almonds that are grown in the United States and used in lesser quality nut butters are required to undergo pasteurization before they can be sold and distributed. For non-organic almonds this typically means being treated with propylene oxide (yuck!). For organic almonds, this typically means roasting, blanching, or a steam treatment. JEM avoids roasted almonds as we know that the level of heat required for roasting can kill off the valuable nutrients that are inside (more on this below). Finally, organic almonds are better for our environment (pesticides are the worst!) and better for our bees (#savethebees). Therefore, we always source truly raw, USDA Certified Organic, Spanish almonds.

                Once these wonderful Spanish Marcona almonds arrive at our factory, we rinse them and then soak them in our special solution using a particular type of natural salt. This process breaks down the almond’s phytic acid shell, which allows your body to more easily absorb the essential nutrients that make almonds so good for you (yay!). After they are finished soaking, we drain them and get them ready for dehydrating, the next process step in making our ridiculously delicious almond butters.         

                Remember how I mentioned that heating the almond can kill off many valuable nutrients in the lesser nut butter brands? Well, JEM uses a USDA-approved proprietary process that heats our almonds to the point of destroying all harmful bacteria while preserving the maximum nutrient value – thus ensuring our products are super-safe for consumption as well as super-nutritious. So, JEM is neither raw nor roasted, we are the just-right in-between mix!  


                Following this step, we place almonds in our stone grinders and combine with our other high quality, nutrient dense, and certified organic ingredients to create our unique products We stone grind at slow speeds according to a fine-tuned temperature controlled process that preserves those precious nutrients and creates a finished product with the velvety texture and and taste that our fans just love. This requires us to grind our handcrafted nut butters for a long time, but that unique and special JEM taste along with preserving all those healthy nutrients is worth it to us! (Fun fact: our products are stone ground to the point of 20 microns (this is the point your tongue can no longer detect texture), giving us our unique and ultra creamy almond butter!)
     

                We hope you enjoyed learning more about why we think USDA Certified Organic Spanish Marcona almonds are truly the best and why we carefully select them as the almond of choice in handcrafting our ridiculously delicious premium nut butters.  We are so thankful to you for choosing JEM’s products and being one of our loyal fans.  Stay tuned for more blogs to come as we will continue to feature stories about our carefully selected ingredients and explain more about why JEM is so much better than everything else out there.  We hope you’ll spread the word and stay with us on this beautiful and always enlightening, healthy, whole food journey that we are on!  

     

    Try our Naked Almond Butter on toast with bananas, honey, and pollen! 

    Photo by Larrisa Leitner at Bee Seasonal Honey (the best honey ever!)

     

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