Raw Almonds from California - 10 (1 Lb) Resealable Packages
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I use them to make almond milk and want and need the nutrients that come from living foods. These have the taste, but they are not raw meaning the nutritional value drops enormously and that is a deal breaker for me.
I ordered another 10lbs and am pleased to report that I received a full 10lbs of nuts, sans bags. Actually I believe there were perhaps the equivalent of 3 nuts too much ... but I'm splitting hairs :) The quality is just as good as the last batch. Rating bumped to 5 stars.
Original August 2013 review:
The box arrived promptly and was well packaged. Boy are these tasty. Reading the informative comments give me confidence that in a fairly strict regulatory environment, these are likely the best you're going to get in the US. There is however, one interesting tidbit I realized.
I pre-portioned the almonds in ziploc bags for nut milk. I have my own system down for the optimal nut/water ratio. Expecting each 1 lb. bag to yield two half pound portions, I was surprised to find that there were on average .988 lbs of nuts in each bag. It doesn't seem like much but for every 10lbs, you're shorted about .1 lb. Then I realized that they weighed the nuts along with the bag - stupid me. It's not really a huge deal but (pulling out my geek card) it kind of messed with my anticipated calculations.
First, about almonds: I compared CAlmonds to Whole Foods market's bulk almonds and Azur Standard almonds (also from California, and also raw). CAlmonds are fresher (softer, less dry, and more flavourful) than WF's almonds; and they are very similar to Azur almonds in quality, but at a much better pricepoint. Also, as CAlmonds only processes nuts, I feel safe about my gluten sensitivities. Regarding sprouting: in my experience, it varies by the batch. I was unable to sprout almonds in my very first batch, but almonds in some of the subsequent batches did sprout. (The most recent batch that I have been able to sprout was ordered on May 2, 2014.) Regarding storing: I suggest freezer, especially if bought in bulk.
The highlights about the Customer Service: they respond within 24 hours, they are very clear and respectful in their communication, and if there is a problem, as I had recently, they resolve it to the highest of the customer's satisfaction. In my shopping experience, this is a rare and precious thing.
So by now, my husband and I tried their regular almonds and their walnuts, switched from buying individually packed bags to buying 10lb bags, and are now buying directly from their website (and I find it very convenient that it is linked to my amazon card). I hope they stay in and grow as a business for a long time, and I anticipate eating through many more bags of their wonderful nuts. Thank you, CAlmonds!
If a food item is pasteurized it no longer a raw food!!!!
For a food to be labeled pasteurized it MUST be heated to reach a minimum temperature of 160 degrees or be processed using a toxic chemical wash with toxic fumigant propylene oxide (PPO)!! Personally, at least to me, a chemical wash is much worse than heat processing, but either kills pathogens AND ENZYMES!!
If it is heat pasteurized, the food is then tested to determine if pasteurization was successful. This test is a test for live enzymes. If there are live enzymes present, the pasteurization process failed and the food CAN NOT be labeled pasteurized!!!!
At 160 degrees ALL enzymes are dead!!!!
If the enzymes are dead, the food is no longer a RAW FOOD and no longer has the benefits of RAW FOOD!!!
Live enzymes are ONE of the main reasons why food is eaten RAW, because live enzymes are very beneficial to the body!!!
If a food has been pasteurized, the enzymes are dead and no matter how much the California almond industry tries to twist the definition of a RAW FOOD to deceive the public and put more $$$$ in their bank accounts, pasteurized almonds are no longer RAW and no longer have the benefits of a RAW food!!!
If they are chemically pasteurized and you eat them, you are putting toxic chemicals into your body. Toxic chemicals remain in your body forever and continue to build up in your body. Toxic Chemicals are a leading cause of cancer!! The more of them you eat, the more toxic chemicals build up in your body.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very pleased. The almonds are clean and fresh and the company did very well in changing my address so they arrived Pronto!Published 12 days ago by Carole L. Vohs
Great, fresh almonds! I love buying these as I am never disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The raw almonds arrived early and they were in good condition. They arrive at the peak of their freshness and made yummy almond milk. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fresher almonds, mailed from Modesto CA, than I can find in local supermarkets here in WA.Published 6 months ago by Reba Olsen