Once Again - Natural Old Fashioned Unsweetened & Salt Free Peanut Butter Crunchy - 16 oz. (454g)
Once Again Natural Old Fashioned Unsweetened & Salt Free Peanut Butter Crunchy is made with roasted Virginia peanuts and milled with the peanut skins left on. The skins show as speckles inside the container and naturally sweeten the butter to produce this Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter. No salt is added. Oil separation occurs naturally - to prevent, stir and refrigerate or freeze. This is a gluten free product.
- Gluten free
- Kosher Certified
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- Sodium Free
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Once Again test for Aflatoxin?
Once Again makes sure that all of their peanuts are tested for aflatoxin before they purchase them. But they don't just rely on that data alone; they also test their peanut butter for aflatoxin after it is produced.
Aflatoxin is a chemical created by mold. Some molds are beneficial; such as penicillin. Some molds make food have a wonderful taste such as cheese; and some molds can be dangerous i.e. the aflatoxin mold. Cooking does not destroy aflatoxin. Aflatoxin can occur in peanuts, nuts, dried fruit, corn, and other grains. Only peanuts are tested multiple times by the USDA. Samples are drawn and tested by the FDA at harvest and again after shelling. Peanuts and peanut butter are perhaps the safest of foods to consume if you are concerned about aflatoxin.
If there are no preservatives in Once Again products, how do they stay fresh?
The jars are sealed properly and they use very high quality ingredients.
What products are Kosher certified and by whom?
All Once Again products are Kosher certified by the Va'ad Hakashrus of Buffalo, NY.
Where are the products sourced from?
- Organic Peanuts from Argentina, New Mexico and Texas
- Natural Peanuts from Virginia and North Carolina. They do not import any peanuts from China!
- Organic Almonds from 90% California and 10% Italy
- Natural Almonds from California and are pasteurized
- Organic and Natural Sesame Seeds from grower co-ops in Nicaragua
- Organic Cashews from Brazil, Vietnam and Cambodia
- Flaxseed: North America
- Natural Cashews from Brazil and Vietnam
- Honey from Wildflower and Clover are sourced locally
- Organic Killer Bee and Rain Flower Honey are sourced from Brazil
- Organic Jubilee is sourced from Nicaragua
Why is there oil at the top of the jar?
Oil separation is a natural occurrence. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds all have oil separation that may occur after they are ground into butter. All of these nut/seeds contain from 50% to 60% naturally occurring oil. The oil is lighter than the ground nuts or seeds so the oil floats to the top. The national brand peanut butters do not separate because they use hydrogenated oil to stop separation. All hydrogenated oil contains trans-fats. If the actual level of trans-fats is below .50 the product label may read zero trans-fats. Specifically, the rule for trans fats are less than 0.50 may be declared as zero on the product label. What this means is that their typical nut butter product may declare zero trans fats, but actually contains up to and including .49 trans fats. Once Again Nut Butters have no trans fats, whatsoever, so enjoy!
A better package, made better for the environment, can only be the right way. Once Again packages all nut butters in glass. They utilize recycled glass to maintain a small environmental footprint. Glass is the only packaging material that the US Food and Drug Administration deems, "Generally Recognized as Safe." Glass is largely inert, and therefore, neither gives off chemicals to the packages' contents, nor absorbs chemicals from those contents. Glass packaging's excellent barrier properties not only keep external contaminants, including odors, away from the product, but also prevent oxygen from entering and causing spoilage. So their nut butters have a longer shelf life and require no preservatives, which is a good thing.
Once Again glass jars may be recycled. When recycled, a glass jar may be melted down and reformed into another glass container, over and over again, through recycling. Recycled glass is not limited in the number of its useful life cycles; nor does it have to be "down-cycled" - that is, recycled only into lower-value products as some other packaging materials must, such as paper or plastics. Glass, which uses much less energy than other packaging materials, retains a significant portion of the energy used to make it the first time and is easier and less energy-intensive to re-melt and reform: when you recycle one glass bottle you save enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours (or, if you are truly active in conserving energy, a 11-watt compact fluorescent bulb for a day and a half).
More than 50% of each container they use is from glass that has been recycled. Their containers meet the highest standards in the US for post-consumer recycled content as set by California, Florida and Oregon. The materials in their glass jars are made of primarily sand, limestone and soda ash-are themselves earth-friendly and slag and other significant solid waste by-products are not produced when the jars were made.
Once Again's glass supplier does not use brick containing chrome or heavy metals in the construction of the furnace block that holds the glass while it is being melted (2800 degrees Fahrenheit). Even though those furnaces would last longer, chrome-bearing brick, when thrown away must be sent to and handled in special hazardous disposal facilities, and so, their supplier has chosen to be environmentally friendly.
Their furnaces do not use air, as most glass furnaces around the world do. Air is almost 80% nitrogen. Using air to burn fuels at the high temperatures in which glass furnaces operate, converts some of that nitrogen to nitrogen oxide, or NOx, which, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is "one of the main ingredients involved in the formation of ground-level ozone. It can trigger serious respiratory problems, contributes to the formation of acid rain and to nutrient overload, deteriorating water quality. This contributes to atmospheric particles that cause visibility impairment, most noticeably in national parks. There, it reacts to form toxic chemicals and contributes to global warming. So, their supplier uses a mixture that is over 90% oxygen, injects it with natural gas - which is much cleaner than oil - into the glass furnace and thus produces far less NOx, than if air is used. Is this a more expensive way to produce their glass jars? Yes. Could they get glass somewhere else where there are lower or no political or monetary consequences of pollution? Yes. They could have, but have decided to take the higher road. A better package, made better for the environment, can only be the right way.
They manufacture peanuts, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and soy products at Once Again. They have dedicated equipment, and areas to segregate these commodities as much as possible, but there is still a possibility of cross-contamination. Therefore, they suggest that it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to allergens.
Level 3 Certification is the highest Safe Quality Foods Qualification that can be attained.
Safe Quality Foods is one of the most effective food safety management systems. The SQF Program is a leading global food safety and quality certification and management system. The Program provides independent certification that Once Again Nut Butter's food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. On April 23, 2010: Once Again Nut Butter was awarded the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) 2000 Level 3 Certification.
- Demonstrates Commitment to Safety and Quality
- Addresses Food Safety Requirements
- Compliance with regulatory and product traceability requirements
- Engages in responsible Good Manufacturing Practices
- Practices the "due diligence" principle
This program is Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) based meaning that their critical control points are being verified by inspection and documentation. Assisting documents include: chemical control, equipment calibration, good manufacturing practices, carrier inspections of incoming and outbound trailers and environmental monitoring etcetera. All are held to the highest standards. One of the highlights of Once Again Nut Butter is their testing protocols. They test all incoming raw ingredients to insure quality, and they test all finished products. They engage in statistical sampling to insure product safety. Finished products are not released to the public until full analyses are completed. Food retailers and manufacturers seek suppliers who are SQF Certified because of the increased brand protection, consumer confidence and loyalty.
They are able to assure you that their nut butters have been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain. Once Again Nut Butter is a brand you can trust, they spread integrity.
About Once Again
Jeremy Thaler and Constance Potter met while establishing Mifflin Street Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin. They shared common belief in the importance of herbal supplements, worker-owned cooperatives, organic and sustainable farming and the power of community. Upon leaving Madison and moving to Rochester, New York, they established a worker cooperative distribution called Clear Eye Distribution, and a whole-grain bakery that also produced granola using a barrel roaster.
A chance question from a friend, "You have a barrel roaster, why don't you use it to make peanut butter?" led Jeremy to the peanut butter business. In 1976, Once Again Nut Butter was born. When Jeremy and Connie left Rochester for a more rural area, they moved the company into their 800 square foot basement and manufactured peanut butter there until they purchased the current facility in 1981.
Once Again is a democratically operated employee-owned workplace. They pride theirselves in providing the health-conscious consumers with products of superior quality and integrity. Located in a small rural community, they are dedicated to supporting organic and sustainable farming practices. They are proud to offer a healthier alternative, where every customer matters.
- National Honey Bee Awareness Day
- Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
- Domestic Fair Trade Association
- Organic Trade Association
- American Peanut Council
- National Cooperative Business Association
- National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
- Private Label Manufacturers Association
So what about their raccoon?
Four baby raccoons, referred to as kits, grew up on the factory grounds. They were apparently orphans, and really enjoyed their nut butters. The Once Again Family adopted them, one of whom was lovingly named, Rocky. Their kits were very friendly, and adored their office. So... in turn, they adopted them and created their company logo in their honor.
The Once Again Family helped the raccoons in their early months then released them into the forest. To this day, their byproducts are donated to area farms or to nature lovers who often use their products as animal and bird foods. The raccoon has become a symbol of their wholesome nature, their closeness and responsibility to the earth and the nature of their product.