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Dec 20, 2006 05:56 PM

Favorite Peanut Butter (and where to get it)

Did a search and as far as I can tell, the last "best peanut butter" survey was over two years ago, so I feel OK in starting another ...

I buy two different peanut butter brands and we like them both a lot. (My older son is a vegetarian and eats peanut butter and real fruit spread for lunch and breakfast all week long).

The best I get in a regular super market is the Laura Scudder's brand. It's 100% peanuts (and salt). We eat the smooth, but the crunchy tastes great, too.

LS has an organic variety as well, but it's so expensive, we never buy it.

I/we actually like Trader Joe's peanut butter better than LS, but I'm in TJs less often and when we need peanut butter, we need peanut butter, so I get what is convenient.

One of the great things about the TJs brand is that even though it is also 100% nuts (and salt) it doesn't need that same stirring and mixing that the LS pb does. The Scudder really has to be mixed up to keep it evenly moist.

I've no doubt there are other, maybe better, brands out there. Maybe some regional brands. Peanut butter is the type of thing that will ship, so maybe some of those brands can be ordered online if I can't find them where I live (Culver City, California).

So, with that in mind, anyone have a favorite peanut butter?

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  1. The Whole Foods grind your own w/ the honey roasted peanuts. MMMMMMM!

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    1. re: LAcupcake

      This is definitely the best. I won't eat any other kind of peanut butter anymore.

      1. re: LAcupcake

        That is really terrific. We can get it at FAIRWAY here, which I loke a whole lot better with no smug attitude.
        You can also make it easily at home in the Cuisinart. Just put your honey roasted peanuts ( I like Planter's) in the the bowl and pulse until it is the consistency you like.

        1. re: Fleur

          If you want to get really obsessive, you can use raw peanuts and roast them yourself. (Alas, it's a circular problem because the place where I found really beautiful raw Virginia peanuts was ... Whole Foods.)

        2. re: LAcupcake

          Yes! I am now a peanut butter lover because of Whole Foods.

        3. Call me a heathen and uncultured, but I cannot do without my tub of Jif PB.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I'm right there with ya, ipsedixit. I go through Jif like there's no tomorrow.

            1. re: duckduck

              My staple is the "regular" Jif PB.

              But have been meaning to try the "Simply Jif PB" and the "Jif PB with Honey" ... Have you tried either?

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I like Simply Jiff. Less salt and sugar, more peanut flavor.

                1. re: lvecch

                  Simply Jif is it! Once you eat it for awhile and try the regular, the regular will taste too sweet.

                  1. re: emilief

                    I would never call anyone a heathen for eating Jif -- we'll even buy it once in a while because our local Top Value grocery doesn't carry anything else but that and Skippy.

                    I just personally find the pbs with sugar taste too sweet. If Simply Jif makes regular Jif seem too sweet, think about what regular Jif tastes like next to a peanut/salt only brand.

                    Jif is good for baking, though ...

                    1. re: PaulF

                      Sometimes a little sugar is not a bad thing - it enhances the flavor. You just don't want too much. I think Simply Jif has a nice taste.

                      1. re: PaulF

                        I sort of like my PB to be a bit sweet ...

                    2. re: lvecch

                      I agree but I don't balk at the "regular" Jif either when the Simply Jif is not on the shelf and I go through a fair amount even at my "age".

                    3. re: ipsedixit

                      Simply Jif is excellent. If you;re used to their regular, when you first try it it's noticeably less sweet - but that's not a bad thing! I spent my hippie years long ago eating the hand-ground organic stuff, but hey, this is comfort food we're talking about, and Jif hits the spot!

                      1. re: BobB

                        Good to know - thanks to both Ivecch and BobB.

                      2. re: ipsedixit

                        Went and bought the simply Jif out of curiousity. It had a bitter taste to it that no one in my house cared for.

                  2. At one of my old jobs, a former employee left a jar of Whole Foods Crunchy Organic in the fridge. I had some and thought it was the best pb I'd ever tasted. A couple of years later, the 365 brand bought the Whole Foods line and called it 365 Everyday Organic. That pb tasted just like the stuff I'd had at work, until last year, when for a time they stopped using Valencia peanuts (crop failure?). I'm not sure what the deal is now, but I believe Valencia peanuts are key to pb deliciousness.

                    Having said all that, I still love Skippy Creamy!

                    1. How is 100% nuts (and salt) peanut butter any different than what you can make in your food processer? Does it have emulsifiers or something to keep it from separating, or when they say "100% nuts" do they really mean it?

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                      1. re: Covert Ops

                        They are different because 1.) usually manufacturers have better commercial grinders than you, so they can get a truly smooth texture without burning out the engine on your home food processor 2.) they also usually have nice tumbling roasters, which will produce better roasted peanuts than you (re-roasting store bought nuts is not the same) 3.) Almost all food items can have trace elements of other stuff and still call themselves 100& percent something. Like most 100% ground coffee has trace elements of twigs and stuff. If they added a very small amount of emulsion stablizers, they could still call it 100% and get away with it...but more than likely it has to do with how fine they are able to grind the peanuts that cause them to seperate less.

                        1. re: InmanSQ Girl

                          Ah, makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the info InmanSQ Girl!

                      2. I like TJ's PB, but when we used to live in Upstate NY there's a Wegman supermarket there that sells fresh grounded PB. Nothing beats that!