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Trader Joe's organic peanut butter

Robert Lauriston Aug 10, 2006 05:52 PM

I have not liked Trader Joe's nut butters in the past, but picked up a jar of organic crunchy peanut butter ($3) last night and it's very good, similar to Adams regular crunchy salted (which I prefer to the Adams organic crunchy salted).

  1. teamkitty Aug 10, 2006 10:06 PM

    Our very fussy Latvian guests - age 12 & 14 - snarfed it up and my mum likes it as well.

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      chocolatetartguy Aug 10, 2006 10:18 PM

      I much prefer the Berkeley Bowl Organic Crunchy Unsalted. It is very thick and not so moist. It's like eating not too ground up peanuts. Of course, not likely to help anyone outside of the Bay Area.

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      1. re: chocolatetartguy
        Robert Lauriston Aug 10, 2006 10:32 PM

        The Berkeley Bowl's my neighborhood super, but I don't like that style.

      2. teamkitty Aug 11, 2006 12:38 AM

        I found the Bowl's version like eating dry paste. But that's me.

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          chocolatetartguy Aug 11, 2006 02:04 AM

          Yeah, dry peanut paste. I don't like my pb soupy.

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            teamkitty Aug 11, 2006 03:39 AM

            Agreed. Unless it's in groundnut soup. But the Bowl's version of pb is arid.

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              angowan Aug 11, 2006 07:21 AM

              The Bowl's peanut butter tastes like they grind up the shells too. No thanks.
              I buy almost everything else there, but I head up to Whole Foods for PB from
              the U-Grind-It machine. Approximately 400 times better.

              Rainbow used to have a good fresh-ground PB but it's been a couple of years
              since I've been there. Still available?

              I hate TJ's PB. It's like 30% oil. I have to pour off the oil and refridgerate the rest
              before it's usable. Despite being cheaper, it works out equal in the end.

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                Louis Aug 11, 2006 10:42 AM

                Any peanut butter with the oil on top, can be fixed by storing the jar upside down on the shelf, at room temp. It's a simple law of physics, oil rise to the top of any medium it is mixed with. So by turning the jar upside down, the oil will always be on the bottom of the jar, when you are using it.

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                  Jefferson Aug 12, 2006 07:03 AM

                  All natural peanut butters contain the same amount of oil because it's whatever was in the peanuts. But it takes time to separate so I suspect your Whole Foods U-Grind-It butter makes it home still well mixed.

                  For best results with the TJ's crunchy organic peanut butter, stir thoroughly and then refrigerate. It's very soft and spreadable, and won't separate if kept cold.

                  And if you don't want the oil in your peanut butter, keep it for stir-frying. Nothing coats the wok quite like peanut oil.

            2. re: teamkitty
              Scrapironchef Aug 17, 2006 05:31 AM

              Is this the BB fresh stuff sold in the bulk tubs we're talking about here? I've always found it to be spectacularly good, so much so that I have addicts ordering it from me nationwide.

              I always avoid the jarred TJ's stuff if it had been sitting around long enough to separate.

              I've had bad luck 2 out of 3 times with U-Grind-it, rancid peanuts.

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              Foodboy Aug 11, 2006 12:51 AM

              I've found Trader Joe's to be hit or miss. Their canned tuna (white albacore) is the cheapest-tasting I've ever had. It tasted metalic and stale. I had to throw it out. Their Thai Lime Chili peanuts just tasted weird. No lime, no chili flavor, just some awful, nauseating taste. I've also thrown out several of their frozen items that ended up tasting like garbage. They do well with nuts, chips, and cereals. I would never touch their peanut butters -- I'd be afraid of getting sick from rancid oil: many of their products are sold well beyond their expiration date. Buy with caution!

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                Jacey Aug 11, 2006 02:08 AM

                why don't you return some of this stuff instead of throwing out? I too have had some problems with some of their products. They will take back anything (actually just took back something today). I think they make a record of the products that are returned and the reason...hopefully for quality control reasons.

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                  Jefferson Aug 12, 2006 07:05 AM

                  I agree with returning TJ's products. Recently it was a half-used tube of their Peppermint toothpaste. I just couldn't get used to it and went back to Tom's of Maine. But that's their deal: take a risk, money back if you don't like it. And potentially dangerous addiction if you do -- those triple ginger snaps come to mind.

                2. mamamia Aug 11, 2006 03:18 AM

                  I'm almost at the bottom of our TJ's peanut butter. I've always had good luck with it.

                  1. missclaudy Aug 11, 2006 06:54 PM

                    I am a peanut butter fiend, despise most of TJ'S products but love their organic peanut butter.

                    1. PseudoNerd Aug 12, 2006 09:44 PM

                      By the organic $3 PB, do you mean the kind made with organic Valencia peanuts? I always considered its flavor to be be much better than that of the normal $1.69 kind! And neither, of course, would ever be objectionable in my book (and I love, love, love PB!). They're welcomed as generally fresher-tasting and economically-friendly versions of the natural nut butters out there. Unless I get that craving of a spoonful of the truly awful hydrogenated-oil stuff, I almost always have the TJ's PBs. Have you ever experienced that nostagic craving for something you absolutely *know* tastes/is terrible and have a bite of it to remind yourself how your tastebuds have changed over the years?

                      This might be completely off-topic, but the contents of my current jar of TJ's peanut butter appear a bit...fluffy? Aerated? I have no clue. I just poured some of the oil out after opening the jar, added some ground cinnamon, and stuck it in the fridge. The texture's fine, but it just looks odd.

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                      1. re: PseudoNerd
                        Robert Lauriston Aug 12, 2006 10:03 PM

                        Yes, it's made with unblanched Valencia peanuts.

                        I don't need to retaste, when I remember something I liked as a kid, the memory passes through my adult palate. For example, Skippy: sweet and waxy, ptui.

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                          Jefferson Aug 14, 2006 08:42 PM

                          Curious about the ground cinnamon. Haven't heard of this combination.

                          Why it would look fluffy, I don't know. PB shouldn't develop bubbles...

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                          marachino Aug 12, 2006 09:54 PM

                          I use TJ's organic peanut butter to make Indonesian peanut sauce. Never had any problems...

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