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Sep 8, 2009 03:46 AM

Best Peanut Butter - need help


I am an Austrian tourist heading to LA in 2 weeks. I would love to buy some really good peanut butter. I like smooth and salty peanut butter with or without chunks. I hate gooey (is this the right word???) peanut butter that sticks to my teeth and palatine.

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  1. Hmm... two options:
    1, no one cares about peanut butter
    2, no one understands my awkward english

    1. At Magee's Kitchen at the world famous Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles you can watch them make fresh peanut butter.

      Whole Food Market makes fresh peanut butter at their locations.

      1. If you want a pre-packaged, commonly available commercial brand, Arrowhead Mills makes a good one.

        1. Hi from Montclair, NJ. I love Smuckers Natural Smooth pb. Very good peanut taste and a good texture, IMHO. I've been buying it forever.

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          1. re: Barb Werner

            Hear, hear! But is Smuckers sold on the West Coast?

            1. re: sueatmo

              Nope. West Coast equivalent would be Laura Scudder's, sold at every mainstream supermarket, and serviceable if it's your only natural PB option, just like Smucker's.

          2. One question to answer for yourself: do you want natural p-nut butter, where the oil separates in the jar and needs to be re-stirred, or do you want a more commercial product, with emulsifiers (the peanut stays mixed). Natural peanut butter can be a little more coarse. (I myself prefer commcerial brands and am happy with smooth Skippy, but I'd get slammed for saying so, I suspect.)

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            1. re: cgj

              I don't like unsalted, coarse or sticky peanut butter. I guess I prefer smooth commercial peanut butter with emulsifiers and salt. Arrowhead Mills, Smuckers Natural Smooth and Trader Joe's organic crunchy need to be re-stirred or are unsalted. Skippy is the only american brand I can buy everywhere in Austria. I wanna try something else. I find little information about Deaf Smith County. Jif sounds good. Perhaps I go for that one.

              1. re: Guybrush

                I'm a big Jif fan. Skippy is too salty for my tastes. I think Jif has a stronger peanut flavor.