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May 16, 2010 02:36 PM

Salted, dry roasted peanuts without MSG?

I'm not sure when this trend started, but I used to be able to find salted, dry roasted peanuts at almost every grocery store. Ingredient list: peanuts, salt.

All of a sudden, they're gone! There are roasted salted peanuts, but they're not dry roasted (and ingredients include canola oil). There are dry roasted peanuts with no MSG, but they're also unsalted. There seems to be every combination of roasted/seasoned/dry/salted/unsalted out there EXCEPT for the only kind I like. I can find them in the shell, but I like to keep a bag in the car for protein hits in the afternoon (I essentially work out of my car) and shelling while driving is not a good idea.

Why oh why does MSG need to be added to a product that's already salted?? And can anyone recommend a brand without the dreaded chemical and tell me where I can find them? (And before we get into a debate over how bad/harmless MSG is, I get migraines. I can't have it.)

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  1. have you tried Trader Joe's? i'm not sure if theirs are oil or dry-roasted, but i always see a big variety among the nuts there. also, certain Whole Foods locations may have them in the bulk section, or check their display of the Flavor Tree brand (clear plastic bags with green labels).

    i guess worst case you can buy some of the single-serve squeeze packets of PB!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      TJ's used to sell them, but they disappeared about a year ago. Now they're all oil-roasted.

      There weren't any in the bulk bin last time I was at Whole Paycheck, but I'll look for the Flavor Tree brand...

      1. re: thursday

        i haven't been to WF in a while so i can't be sure they even still carry Flavor Tree. the bags were usually on a display alongside the plastic containers of the house brand nuts and dried fruit. come to think of it, they may even have what you're looking for among the 365-brand items. good luck, and since we have pretty much the same grocery options in SD as you do in LA, i'll keep my eyes open for them and let you know if i spot them anywhere!

        ooh, one last thought - maybe the Santa Monica Co-op?