Everything you need to know about our natural peanut butter
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- HOW CAN I STIR MY PEANUT BUTTER?
After much input from our many, thoughtful customers, we now have some new stirring tips! Keep in mind that anything worthwhile, like our fabulous & healthy peanut butter, might take some time.
Some customers enjoy spooning or pouring off some of the peanut oil before mixing their jar. This will make the peanut butter less runny. Others prefer to leave all the oil in as this makes the peanut butter soft even at the bottom of the jar. The oil separation occurs naturally because we don't stabilize it by adding any hydrogenated oils. Overnight in the refrigerator will set up your peanut butter, after mixing, to a nice firm consistency. This can be reversed by just leaving the jar at room temperature. Whatever your preference, it is not necessary to store our peanut butter in the refrigerator. (We eat peanut butter sandwiches at our office every day. We don't put it in the refrigerator or take out any of the oil!)
Lots of customers recommend turning their peanut butter jar upside down when they first bring it home from the store. After a few days some of the oil will absorb back into the peanut butter, making it easier to stir.
When you are ready to stir your peanut butter, slide a stiff butter knife down the inside wall of the jar; while rotating gently, pull the knife blade toward the center of the jar. This allows the oil to fill the space all the way to the bottom of the jar. Rotate the jar as you gently raise and lower the blade in the center of the jar in a mixing motion until the desired consistency is reached.
We know that you will find our Krema & Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter the smoothest, creamiest and most delicious peanut butter you have ever eaten; no matter how you stir it up!
Here are some other tips directly from our customers:
"I've got another way to stir your peanut butter that I have used for quite sometime. Kitchen Aid hand mixers come with what they call a "liquid blender rod" and it works perfectlyÉand I love your PB !" From: Scott (Des Moines)
"Hi! Your product is delicious..it reminds me of the peanut butter we had at home as kidsÉ 60 years ago! The reason I am writing is probably as crazy as the name you use but, my son came up with a way to stir the peanut butter that is so easy! He drills a hole in the cover & puts a beater from a hand held mixer thru it, puts it in the jar and voila!!! Easy mix and it is done thoroughly from top to bottom in seconds! He saves a cover from a used jar for this purpose. Nice for me as arthritic hands had a hard time trying to get it all mixed. From: Pat via e-mail
- Questions about our Peanut Butter jar seal.
Occasionally, you may notice that the seals on our Krema or Crazy Richard’s Natural Peanut Butter may have a bulge in the center. As long as the seal is unbroken the product is fine. As part of our manufacturing process, just prior to sealing our jars we pump nitrogen into the jar to provide strength to the jar and prevent the sides from caving in.
Over time the nitrogen will absorb into the peanuts and the bulge in the seal will disappear, normally within 45- 60 days but it can be sooner. Nitrogen is an inert gas and does not affect the peanut butter in any way. If anything, it enhances the shelf life prior to breaking the seal. We are constantly striving to improve our production methods to provide our customers the very finest natural peanut butter there is.
- What makes your peanut butter so special?
As the oldest peanut butter company in the country, we understand the art of making peanut butter. We use only the finest #1 Runner-split peanuts from Georgia. Because we do not mask the flavor of the peanuts with any salt or sugar we must have the best tasting peanuts available. Our roasting process brings out the flavor without burning the peanuts. We then use a special unique grind that gives our peanut butter its creamy, smooth texture. We do this so that the peanut butter can be stored in the refrigerator without becoming too hard to spread.
Summarizing, our peanut butter is special because of the quality of the peanuts we use, our time-honored roasting process and our unique grinding standards. Finally, it is special because of its sole ingredient - peanuts!
- Can I get a brochure of your products?
Absolutely. Please contact us via email or phone.
- Are Crazy Richard's and Krema Peanut Butter the same?
Yes. We merely sell under different labels. Krema is a Midwest brand and Crazy Richard's is an East Coast brand. The same quality peanuts and processes are used in both products.
- Where can I buy Krema Peanut Butter?
Krema is sold primarily in the Midwest. It is carried in the following chains:
Columbus: Kroger, Meijer
Indianapolis: Kroger, Meijer
Minneapolis: Byerly's, Lund's, Rainbow Foods
Cincinnati: Cub Foods
Dayton: Cub Foods
It is also available through these distributors:
Kehe Foods: Chicago
Gourmet Award Foods: Minneapolis, Dallas
Note:If your grocery store does not currently carry Krema you can request that they purchase it from one of these distributors.
- Where can I buy Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter?
Crazy Richard's is sold primarily in the Mid-Atlantic States and the New York metropolitan market. It is carried by the following chains:
Philadelphia: Acme, Genaurdi's, Clemens, Stop & Shop, Giant
Baltimore/Washington: Safeway, Giant, Mars
New York/New Jersey: Shoprite, King's, Big V, Price Choppers, some Pathmarks
Pennsylvania/Virginia/Maryland: Food Lion
It is also available through these distributors:
Gourmet Award Foods: Albany, NY
Steiner Foods: New York City, NY
Millbrook: East Brunswick, NJ
Note: If your grocery store does not currently carry Crazy Richard's you can request that they purchase it from one of these distributors.
- Can I buy your products direct?
Yes, please refer to questions "Where can I buy Krema Peanut Butter?" and "Where can I buy Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter?" or call us directly.
- Does your peanut butter contain any gluten?
No. Our peanut butter is gluten free.
- What is in your peanut butter?
The only ingredient in our peanut butter is peanuts
- How can I remove the aluminum foil seal?
The best way to remove the seal is to puncture the seal in the middle of the jar and make a small cut about 1/2" long. Gently lift one edge of the seal from the middle with your knife. Then, pull back gently on the seal with special attention to removing the seal from the jar lid. Repeat this with the other half of the seal.
- Why is my peanut butter sometimes runny?
Peanuts vary in oil content. Because we do not add anything to our peanut butter, the texture is a function of the oil content in the peanuts and the type of grind used. Some lots of peanuts may have greater oil levels and therefore some production runs may be runnier than others.
We intentionally grind our peanut butter very fine to make the peanut butter creamy so that when stored in the refrigerator to retard the oil separation it does not become too hard to spread. You can regulate to some extent the creaminess of the peanut butter by pouring off excess oil and then adding it back as you use the jar. Store the peanut oil in the refrigerator.
- Why is there oil on top of my peanut butter?
Our peanut butter is natural. This means that we do not add any hydrogenated oils to 'stabilize' the peanut butter and prevent the natural oil separation that occurs when the peanuts are ground. Therefore, over time, as the jar of peanut butter sits the oil from the ground peanuts will separate and rise to the top of the jar. This oil is pure peanut oil. Refrigerating slows this separation. Generally, the longer the jar sits, the more oil will be on the top.
- How can I have your products shipped to multiple recipients?
To have your purchases shipped to an address other than the billing address, click on the “ship to multiple addresses” button after making your selection. You will then be able to log in and add new addresses or look at your old address book. In the product description, be sure and click the drop down box next to “ship to:” and select “someone else”. This is where you put in the address of your gift recipient.
- What is aflatoxin and does it pose any danger to me?
Aflatoxin is a compound that is produced by molds that grow on grains and nuts. Aflatoxin molds are distributed worldwide in soil, plant material and the air. The USDA tightly regulates aflatoxin levels in peanuts by inspection. The requirement is that aflatoxin levels be no more than 20 parts per billion (ppb). This is the equivalent of a needle in 267 one-ton haystacks. The peanuts we use are well below this level. The aflatoxin levels in our peanut butter average well below 10ppb.
Aflatoxin can be carcinogenic in large quantities. However, there is no evidence that peanut butter or peanuts present a health hazard of any significance. I want you to know that I have raised my two girls on our peanut butter and we continue to use it today on a regular basis.