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Peanut Butter recommendations

Post by ThankYouJack » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:38 pm

There's a hundred coffee threads on here, so I figure why not start a new peanut butter one.

My family eats a ton of peanut butter. We usually get Crazy Richards because it's just peanuts (no added salt, sugar, oils, etc). Cost about $3 for 16 oz which I'm fine with. Sometimes we'll grind peanuts and almonds fresh in the store but I don't feel the texture and taste is as good as Crazy Richards. We also occasionally eat peanut butter powder, almond, cashew, sunflower seed butter.

I read in another thread that almond butter is healthier but I wonder by how much.

Curious what brands and types other prefer as it would be nice to try something new? Any peanut butter aficionados out there :)

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Post by eddot98 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:48 pm

Teddie all natural, super chunky, with a pinch of salt (their description). About $3 for a 16 oz jar. Sometimes we buy store ground at Guido’s or Big Y. Same price, pretty much the same product. No sugar, no corn syrup.

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Post by stoptothink » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:49 pm

This is a topic which I'd consider myself an expert. I have Hashimotos and nuts (and legumes) of all kinds destroy my stomach, but I still can't resist. My kids are also PB fiends. My personal favorite is https://us.myprotein.com/sports-nutriti ... 27538.html. Including discount codes and ebates, I've gotten it as cheap as $2.75 for 40oz. Good luck finding real PB for remotely close to that price. When there is a deal I'll buy 15-25 jars at a time.

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Post by stan1 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:56 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:38 pm
I read in another thread that almond butter is healthier but I wonder by how much.
More importantly almond butter tastes better! My local store has Justin's brand (yeah I know it has palm oil in it). Very easy to put a small amount of it on a toasted Ozery Bakery round.
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Post by stoptothink » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:58 pm

stan1 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:56 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:38 pm
I read in another thread that almond butter is healthier but I wonder by how much.
More importantly almond butter tastes better! My local store has Justin's brand. Very easy to put a small amount of it on a toasted Ozery Bakery round.
Almonds have a little bit better lipid and slightly higher micronutrient compositions, and a tad more fiber, but from a health standpoint, it is really splitting hairs. Whole, almonds are probably my favorite nut, but IMO PB tastes better than almond butter. Of all the nut butters, cashew and macademia are the tastiest.
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Post by Kenkat » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:02 pm

I was taught that choosy mothers choose JIF but I am unable to cite a reputable source on that.

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Post by pdavi21 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:07 pm

If your peanut butter is pure peanuts, brand no longer matters.

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Post by dkdoy » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:10 pm

We buy Maranatha peanut butter....seems to be high quality.

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Post by TimeRunner » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:11 pm

National Public Radio's The Uncertain Hour Podcasts, 3 total, starting Oct 25, 2017 then the two following, will tell you more than you ever thought you could know about food regulation, Peanut Butter, and the sad history of Jiff. You will definitely want to check the ingredients label after listening to these.

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/sto ... =476015630

Available on the usual podcast download sites (e.g. iTunes) as well.
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Post by Kristen » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:13 pm

Kroger's store brand Natural creamy (or crunchy if that's your jam). Ingredients: Roasted peanuts and salt. Unfortunately it only comes in (teeny tiny) 15 oz jars so you have to buy ~20 at a time, which is a little embarrassing. They are ~1.79 each. It is by far my favorite peanut butter and it also happens to be the least expensive I've found. I detest Kroger as a store and only go there for PB, therefore we refer to it as "the peanut butter store." Possibly other stores related to Kroger carry the same product under their store label?

Reginald's Homemade flavors are a pretty delicious non-traditional/gift/treat option.

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Post by rooms222 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:26 pm

I buy Peanut Delight Natural Creamy from Aldi for $1.05. It is one of the 90% peanut spreads which is becoming more common due to the regulatory rules like JIF.

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Post by Random Poster » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:31 pm

I like Trader Joe’s peanut butter. Have to turn it upside down and let it sit for a while to get the oil to mix, and then hand stir it quite a bit. But I think it is tasty.

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Post by ThankYouJack » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:35 pm

pdavi21 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:07 pm
If your peanut butter is pure peanuts, brand no longer matters.
I definitely think it does. Lots of variables:

is it crunchy vs creamy?
is it roasted vs not?
what variety of peanut?
what is the consistency? (not all creamy peanut butter have the same)
how does the quality / freshness differ?

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Post by ThankYouJack » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:39 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:49 pm
This is a topic which I'd consider myself an expert. I have Hashimotos and nuts (and legumes) of all kinds destroy my stomach, but I still can't resist. My kids are also PB fiends. My personal favorite is https://us.myprotein.com/sports-nutriti ... 27538.html. Including discount codes and ebates, I've gotten it as cheap as $2.75 for 40oz. Good luck finding real PB for remotely close to that price. When there is a deal I'll buy 15-25 jars at a time.
I'll have to try it. Wish they had creamy too, but oh well.

stoptothink wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:58 pm
stan1 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:56 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:38 pm
I read in another thread that almond butter is healthier but I wonder by how much.
More importantly almond butter tastes better! My local store has Justin's brand. Very easy to put a small amount of it on a toasted Ozery Bakery round.
Almonds have a little bit better lipid and slightly higher micronutrient compositions, and a tad more fiber, but from a health standpoint, it is really splitting hairs. Whole, almonds are probably my favorite nut, but IMO PB tastes better than almond butter. Of all the nut butters, cashew and macademia are the tastiest.
Thanks, I prefer cashews over peanuts but peanut butter over cashew butter. I've never had macadamia butter, will have to give that a shot as well
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Post by yukonjack » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:52 pm

I’ve been eating Kirkland’s Organic Creamy PB for several years and think it’s one of the better ones. It’s basically just the peanuts with a little sea salt.

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Post by danaht » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:55 pm

I find that any of the JM Smucker's natural (100% peanuts and salt) peanut butter brands are the best tasting (Laura Scudder, Adams Natural, or Smucker's Natural). The downside is the cost. My local Walmart used to sell the Adams Natural brand at a very good price in a very large container - but no longer sells it.
For a very cheap alternative - I also like the Walmart Great Value brand of peanut butter. It resembles the ingredients in JIF - but still tastes very good - probably even better than JIF. I believe it's made by the same company that makes Peter Pan peanut butter (Conagra).

BTW - I have a peanut butter issue - it's my favorite food. I'll need to join some peanut butter support group soon! I would be perfectly happy to just live on peanut butter sandwiches - if that was the last remaining food.

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Post by TallBoy29er » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:19 pm

Smucker's All Natural. Preferably crunchy. That said, I am looking forward to trying some of the other brands thrown out there.

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Post by runner3081 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:19 pm

Kroger brand, roasted honey nut, crunchy.

Seriously. Don't know why, but my family likes Kroger brand over others.

Often $.99 per container as well :)

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Post by sarahjane » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:22 pm

TallBoy29er wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:19 pm
Smucker's All Natural. Preferably crunchy. That said, I am looking forward to trying some of the other brands thrown out there.

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I prefer the smooth, but no matter Smuckers is the best!

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Post by MP173 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:24 pm

Costco Almond Butter. Very tasty until you get to the bottom .5 inch, then it is very hardened.

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Post by Yooper16 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:28 pm

another vote for the Smuckers All Nat---- creamy. I'm not as neat in the remix as my spouse. Dogs don't mind tho, as they get the spoils from the sloppy mess I make stirring it up and putting back in the jar.

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I love Peanut Butter

Post by Bogle7 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:32 pm

1. Read https://www.amazon.com/Creamy-Crunchy-A ... 0231162332
2. Skippy is the adult peanut butter
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Post by Wilderness Librarian » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:36 pm

Adams (available widely in the west but I don't think I have seen in in the east); also my local food coop carries Wild Friends which is a lot more expensive but I like it better - both are peanuts with a little salt and the oil separates so has to be stirred. But be careful Adams has a no stir version which is terrible.

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Post by climber2020 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:39 pm

I like Peter Pan; either creamy or crunchy. The regular stuff with all the sugar in it.

I tried several of the sugar-free peanuts-only peanut butters, and for me the texture and taste aren't as good. If I want the pure experience, I'd rather just eat several handfuls of roasted peanuts.

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Post by F150HD » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:59 pm

I can't believe I have an opinion on this.

I like JIF for sure, but lots of sugar.

Read about this on a healthy eating site....its Organic, and one can buy at (of all places) Walmart.

Its really good.

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MP173 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:24 pm
Costco Almond Butter. Very tasty until you get to the bottom .5 inch, then it is very hardened.
Store it upside down. To use, turn the jar over and (solemnly :-)) knock the bottom of the jar on the counter.

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Post by toofache32 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:05 pm

My wife gets this hippy stuff from one of those Whole Foods type places where you have to stir it with a spoon first. Pretty nasty stuff.

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I like Trader Joe’s peanut butter. Have to turn it upside down and let it sit for a while to get the oil to mix, and then hand stir it quite a bit. But I think it is tasty.
I love peanut butter, but I will not buy any PB that has to be stored upside down or stirred for that matter. Too much work. I realize I’m not cool.
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Post by Teague » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:12 pm

MJS wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:02 pm
MP173 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:24 pm
Costco Almond Butter. Very tasty until you get to the bottom .5 inch, then it is very hardened.
Store it upside down. To use, turn the jar over and (solemnly :-)) knock the bottom of the jar on the counter.
I'll do that too. For these non-emulsified products I will give them a good stir, then turn them upside down to age overnight. Sometimes I will repeat that process, then into the fridge, which greatly retards separation.

I'd imagine there must be at least a slight bit of "terroir" to peanuts grown in different areas, like there is with wine or coffee. I wonder if, let's say, U.S. Georgia peanut butter is significantly different than the same varietal grown in Malawi.
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Post by tooluser » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:18 pm

a small amount of it
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Post by bowtie » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:36 pm

I have bought Skippy lower fat version but want to try something else! Open to suggestion.... this organic stuff from Walmart ... what's the name of it?

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Post by CMartel2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:38 pm

Just found Adams Crunchy Peanut Butter at Costco for $8.99 for 80 ounces. Ingredients are peanuts and salt. Costco is great for keto.

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Post by mhadden1 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:44 am

Kristen wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:13 pm
Kroger's store brand Natural creamy (or crunchy if that's your jam). Ingredients: Roasted peanuts and salt. Unfortunately it only comes in (teeny tiny) 15 oz jars so you have to buy ~20 at a time, which is a little embarrassing. They are ~1.79 each. It is by far my favorite peanut butter and it also happens to be the least expensive I've found.
Yes! And, as low as $0.99 here, on sale or with a coupon. Gotta stir it up though, just like all real peanut butter.
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Post by kacang » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:02 am

DH has tried to convert me to more natural/hip/healthier PB, but alas I'm too much of a proletariot and I keep coming back to Skippy Extra Crunchy. A thick layer of that with banana slices on toast. Yumm. Brings back memories of being a poor grad student :happy

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:42 am

My favorite is Adams 100% Natural, either smooth or crunchy depending upon my mood. It's typically around $3 for 16 ounces and contains only peanuts and salt, no sugar or trans fats. Unsalted is also available.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:31 pm
I like Trader Joe’s peanut butter. Have to turn it upside down and let it sit for a while to get the oil to mix, and then hand stir it quite a bit. But I think it is tasty.
Me too! I like the Valencia one. Dry roasted Valencia peanuts and salt. I only stir it once, when we first open it, and not very thoroughly. We refrigerate it after so the oil does not get separated again. Well that's not why we refrigerate, we refrigerate because ahem, someone in the house is a germaphobe.

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Post by Cunobelinus » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:55 am

Try to look around and see what type of peanuts are in your peanut butters. Most of the big names all tend to use the same peanuts (I don't recall the specific name unfortunately) but some of the smaller, niche brands will use a different type of peanut and will have a correspondingly different flavor. To me, most of the peanut butters taste the same, but I try to just have peanuts in my peanut butter (no added salt, sugar, oil).

I hope this conversations goes down the rabbit hole like the coffee threads. People talking about what temperature to keep your peanuts at, and how finely to grind them, how long before use you should grind your peanuts, and how freshly ground peanuts are soooo much better than that Big Name peanut butter brand.. :happy

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yukonjack wrote:
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I’ve been eating Kirkland’s Organic Creamy PB for several years and think it’s one of the better ones. It’s basically just the peanuts with a little sea salt.
This is it -- Costco / Kirkland 2 pack of peanut butter. I stir both as soon as I get home, and put both in the refrigerator.

I used to only open one, and by the time I opened the 2nd jar, all the solids settled out and it was much harder to stir adequately.
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Post by rainyday1 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:45 am

I also can't believe I have an opinion on this! But I like the 365 (Whole Foods brand) organic unsweetened creamy. It takes only a little bit of stirring to mix the oil in and tastes good. It has the right amount of salt too.

Jif is delicious but quite sugary. Since my kids add lots of jam, I try to buy only unsweetened peanut butter now.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:46 am

No expertise, no analysis, just a long, long history: my hands-down favorite is Jif crunchy.
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Post by snackdog » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:48 am

WF organic is one of your best choices for healthy peanut butter. You need to closely watch the amount you consume as it is very high in calories. About 10 grams of fat per tablespoon which is about as fatty as things get.

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I think the Personal Consumer Issues section of Bogleheads has jumped the shark with this thread (kidding) :D

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ThankYouJack wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:39 pm
stoptothink wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:49 pm
This is a topic which I'd consider myself an expert. I have Hashimotos and nuts (and legumes) of all kinds destroy my stomach, but I still can't resist. My kids are also PB fiends. My personal favorite is https://us.myprotein.com/sports-nutriti ... 27538.html. Including discount codes and ebates, I've gotten it as cheap as $2.75 for 40oz. Good luck finding real PB for remotely close to that price. When there is a deal I'll buy 15-25 jars at a time.
I'll have to try it. Wish they had creamy too, but oh well.
They have creamy, it's just called smooth. I prefer crunchy, but usually buy half and half when I order. I have 8 jars of "smooth" in my pantry right now. Right now it's $3.60 for a 40oz jar, plus 4% back from ebates.

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Post by GoldStar » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:33 am

We buy Skippy Natural Peanut Butter Creamy.
My spouse used to buy more expensive natural brands but we found Skippy Natural to be consistently good (and just as "Natural" at a better price).

If you want to compare to the coffee aficionados maybe you should roast and grind your own peanuts and make your own :)
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ThankYouJack wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:38 pm
There's a hundred coffee threads on here, so I figure why not start a new peanut butter one.
My family eats a ton of peanut butter. We usually get Crazy Richards because it's just peanuts (no added salt, sugar, oils, etc). Cost about $3 for 16 oz which I'm fine with. Sometimes we'll grind peanuts and almonds fresh in the store but I don't feel the texture and taste is as good as Crazy Richards. We also occasionally eat peanut butter powder, almond, cashew, sunflower seed butter.
I read in another thread that almond butter is healthier but I wonder by how much.
Curious what brands and types other prefer as it would be nice to try something new? Any peanut butter aficionados out there :)
I, now, only eat "all natural" peanut butter AND verify (label) that the ONLY ingredients are peanuts and, perhaps, some salt. [There are no salt versions available in some stores]. Costco has this as do all grocery stores. Most regular peanut butter has stuff in it to not be "oily" in appearance - but it is not good for you. You can keep the "all natural" easier to use by refrigerating it. Do NOT get "low fat" peanut butter - it has other stuff added that is not good.

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Post by mak1277 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:40 am

We're a Jif house.

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Post by Yooper16 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:43 am

Once you get used to not having the "sweetened, modified fats" PB, it really is much better, more peanut tasting. It did take a bit of adjustment.

For me the switch was a part of the process of greatly reducing refined sugars and man made fats from our diet.

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Post by dm200 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:00 am

Yooper16 wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:43 am
Once you get used to not having the "sweetened, modified fats" PB, it really is much better, more peanut tasting. It did take a bit of adjustment.
For me the switch was a part of the process of greatly reducing refined sugars and man made fats from our diet.
To my "taste", there are great differences in brands of the "all natural" peanut butter. Several years ago, Costco changed the type of peanuts used - and there was a big change in taste.

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Re: Peanut Butter recommendations

Post by daheld » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:29 am

Big fan of Trader Joe's natural PB.

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