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Best All-Natural, No Sugar Added Peanut Butter Brand

Hi! I LOVE all natural unsweetened peanut butter...but I just realized I've only ever had one kind (tried it once, and was completely hooked): 365 Organic Unsweetened Peanut Butter from Whole Foods

Anyway, does anyone have any other suggestions? Just thought I ought to give something else a try. I'm not interested in Better n' Peanut Butter or some other low-calorie knock-off. Just a delicious, no-sugar added option that I could find at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or just a plain old grocery store. Also, I'm open to suggestions for all-natural nut butters (almonds, pistachio perhaps...do they even make pistachio butter?). Unfortunately, I'm allergic to cashews, so that's out of the picture (I know many people like cashew butter). I spotted some marcona almond butter at Whole Foods a few days ago, and plan to buy it next time I go!

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  1. I suggest you try some different brands to see which you like the best. A good place to see several different brands of natural peanut butter is at Whole Foods. I personally prefer Smuckers All Natural peanut butter, chunky style. It isn't nearly as expensive as many natural peanut butters, but for me it is really good. There is nothing like opening a brand new jar. I get Smuckers at my regular grocer. I think if you live in the Western U.S., you might have to look for Anne Adams. (I think that is right.)

    Diamond makes an absolutely luscious almond butter which is slightly sweetened. And Maranatha makes an acceptable natural sunflower nut butter.

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    1. re: sueatmo

      I'm with you, sueatmo, Smucker's Natural PB tastes best...I recently tried Whole Foods' house brand 365 Natural Creamy pb and...meh, it was kind of thin, almost runny...definitely sticking with Smucker's from now on. I do need to branch out and try almond butter...the price though seems excessive...

      1. re: Val

        We've tried them all, and Smucker's creamy is the only one for us. They make an organic version of it, and it's in glass jars, not plastic, both varieties.

        1. re: mcf

          Yes, mcf...even now in 2013 the Smucker's Natural is *still* in that lovely wide mouth glass jar--and I noticed the price at WalMart DROPPED from $3.28 per jar to $2.98 per jar, small but appreciated by me anyway...and I have branched out and bought the TJ's almond butter...though NO sugar is added, WOW, so much sweeter than natural PB! So I just use the almond butter *sparingly*...I mean, when I EAT raw almonds, I am not tasting that sweetness but in the butter, it REALLY comes through!

          1. re: Val

            I'm not a Walmart shopper, but that price is about what I get the regular, non organic Smuckers for on special, 2 jars for $6 or $7 depending where I am.

            Are you getting organic for that price? I used to see it in Target, only, now it's not there at the one I used to make a trip to just to get it.

        2. re: Val

          Smucker's brand here in SoCal is Laura Scudder, which is quite good. If I had not vowed an eternal boycott of all things Smucker's (see White Lily Flour controversy) it'd be my favorite. I was buying Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy Salted, but the Organic is either gone or suffering a shortage, possibly due to the Texas drought, so I think I will try WF's 365 brand. I so seldom think of going to their grocery aisles …

          1. re: Will Owen

            Follow-up on WF's 365 PB: I was surprised and extremely disappointed to see that while the "conventional" 365 contains only peanuts and salt, the organic contains sugar! We would much prefer to stick with certified organic, as peanuts are a crop that often is grown with heavy pesticide use. I know that some that aren't also can't be tagged "organic" for technical reasons, but I prefer having that extra protection.

            1. re: Will Owen

              I was buying Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy Salted, but the Organic is either gone or suffering a shortage
              ~~~~~~~~~
              they discontinued the organic PB made with Valencia peanuts due to a supply issue. there is a replacement on the shelves now (made with organic runner peanuts) - i grabbed a jar the other day but haven't tried it yet.

              Costco's Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter is excellent - no added sugar or oils and you can't beat the price. my other favorite is Santa Cruz Organic *Dark Roast* (thanks to fellow LA Hound mollyomormom), but you'll pay dearly for it...though it's not quite as bad if you can get your hands on a $1-off Mambo Sprouts coupons or manage to catch it on sale at Sprouts or Santa Monica Cooportunity.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                goodhealthgourmet, I got a jar of TJ's new non-Valencia organic crunchy, and aside from its odd pale color I think it's an improvement! Much easier to stir into uniformity, and I love the taste a lot. The peanuts they're using now still have a bit more sweetness than I prefer, but the flavor and consistency are up there with the best I've ever tasted, including some really great fresh-made.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  thanks for the report! i'll open mine in the next day or so and let you know what i think....and if you have the opportunity to try Santa Cruz Dark Roast or Kirkland at some point, i think you'll like them because thy don't have that sweetness.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    The primary consumer of PB around here is Mrs. O, who LIKES that sweetness. And after Pa-in-law died, his annual renewal of the family's Costco account did too. We didn't shop there often enough to justify paying for our own account, so No Mo Costco.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      well at least now we all know who calls the shots in the O household ;) seriously though, i'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law.

                      i just tried the TJ's and i hate to say it but i'm disappointed. i like really robust PB and this stuff is too bland/mild for me. not awful, mind you, just meh. even worse, i'm stuck out in NJ for the foreseeable future and Costco out here doesn't carry the organic PB, only that awful sugary Skippy or Jif or whatever it is. blech.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        "well at least now we all know who calls the shots in the O household" Hey, I'm the cook, she's the customer. Unlike too many "chefs" these days, I know my place.

                        I'm not as nuts (so to speak) about the new TJ's PB as I was at first; refrigeration seems to flatten out its flavor. I will try the 365 next, but I'm just really leery of noncertified peanuts; those things can get sprayed with damn near anything short of nerve gas.

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          agreed - peanuts are one thing i really don't take a chance on when it comes to safety/purity. oh, and apparently you couldn't have tried the Kirkland Organic even if you still shopped at Costco...i e-mailed customer service yesterday to see if they could stock it here in NJ, and got a reply today saying it was *discontinued* due to a shortage of organic peanuts. boo.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            I don't know if I am 100% correct, but I was just at Meijer (do they have that in NJ?), and I know they had Kirkland, because I paused and thought isn't that what 'goodhealthgourmet' likes? I didn't buy it because I cannot afford (health-wise) to eat a jar right now, but I think it was there.

                            1. re: GraceW

                              no, we don't have Meijer here, but thanks so much for thinking of me! i should have stocked up when i spotted it on Amazon, because now there's only one "seller" offering it...for TWENTY-FIVE dollars a jar. criminal.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                That is ridiculous. For $25, I could probably mail a jar to a 3rd world country where hungry children would really REALLY want it. Sorries to mention my dream: I wish I could send PB to hungry kids because it is only about $2 and so nutritionally dense. I think they would look so happy and full

                                1. re: GraceW

                                  I really think you should send a bottle of water along if you are going to send peanut butter.

                                  It is probably much more cost effective if you can send the money. They can use your $2 to eat for an entire week instead of one jar of peanut butter.

            2. re: Val

              The price IS excessive. I only bought one jar once. The Diamond brand is absolutely luscious though. It does have a little sugar.

          2. Two of my faves: Crazy Richard's. Teddie. I buy both in "plain old grocery stores."

            www.crazyrichards.com
            www.teddie.com

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            1. I have no idea why this is so, but from living in two different locales, I've found that we like best the store brands of natural peanut butter, even better than Smuckers, which is the usual national brand alternative. In fact, I'm not crazy about Smuckers at all.

              Of course, I don't know what the store brands are in your area, but give those a try.

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              1. re: Bada Bing

                I agree. In these parts, SHOP-RITE has their own brand of natural PB (and lots of other things).
                It's the best of the lot. Most of their store brand products equal or often surpass the name brand counterparts.

                Barring that, of the more widely available natural PB brands, I find Crazy Richard's and Teddie to be the best (they might even come out of the same plant).

                1. re: The Professor

                  Crazy Richard's is from Dublin, OH, and Teddie is from Massachusetts.

                  1. re: ecustard

                    The corporate offices, yes...but I wonder if the manufacturing is a different story. Either way, both are very good products.

                    1. re: The Professor

                      Crazy Richard's peanut butter is sold under the Krema brand in the midwest. AFAIK it's not sold under any other label.

                      They and Teddie are very tasty. Funny how that works without adding anything at all to the peanuts.

                  2. re: The Professor

                    Yes - I prefer the Shop-Rite store brand natural PB to Smucker's.

                2. This just in...well, first I've heard of it...peanut butter prices will be going up...might want to buy an extra jar...saw this on 2 websites:
                  http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-s...

                  1. Smuckers is my current favorite. I got a jar without salt (at least I think it was Smuckers that I had salt free) and salt my peanut butter sandwich myself. Crystals of salt give a unique and good taste and texture. Don't care for Trader Joe's. Too soupy and not a great peanut flavor.

                    Saw Skippy's "all natural"- "Peanuts, sugar, salt and palm oil" as ingredients. They couldn't leave out sugar and they took out the good peanut oil and replaced it with palm oil??? Big food "chemical companies" just can't make it simple can they?

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                    1. re: RC51Mike

                      The Skippy Natural is actually very good if you put aside the fact that it has oil added to it. I'd be happier if it had no added sugar, but it's not nearly as sweet and greasy as some other peanut butters, and I almost always eat my peanut-butter with jelly anyway.

                    2. Another vote for Smuckers. We like the chunky style.

                      1. I've recently become a total convert to Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted Peanut Butter. It has such a wonderful, deeply peanutty flavor, more so than other brands I've tried. You just have to make sure you buy the dark roasted, because there's a light roasted one with a very similar label. You can get it at Whole Foods. I do find that it gets too hard in the refrigerator, so I leave it on the counter and have no issues with rancidity, but I generally finish it up within a few weeks.

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                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          +1
                          the Santa Cruz organic DARK ROASTED pb is the best i've had.
                          not only do i like it's flavor the best, i also like that it is packaged in GLASS jars.
                          here, i southern california, i get it at my local Gelson's

                        2. I've had the natural no-sugar peanut butter from Whole Foods, from Publix, from Smuckers, and from Target and they're all pretty much of a muchness. The Smuckers one tastes a bit over-roasted for my liking, but the others could have come off the same production line (and probably did.) Our local Target doesn't carry the all-natural PB any more, probably because it's not a Super Target. :(

                          I DON'T like the other natural nut-butters you can buy. They tend to be too gritty, oily, and bland for my liking, and they cost a fortune.

                          1. Smucker's creamy for me. As soon as I open it for the first time, I dump it in the food processor and add 3-4 tablespoons of toasted wheat germ and whirl it up. Then I put it back in the original jar and into the fridge. It never needs to be stirred again, and the wheat germ is nice in it. Good for you, too.

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                            1. re: Leepa

                              Wheat germ is an interesting idea.

                              As for mixing, I use one whisk from a power hand mixer and mix it right in the bottle. Once in the fridge, the PB stays mixed and spreadable.

                              1. re: Bada Bing

                                The wheat germ thing is something I learned from Jane Brody way back in the late 70's early 80's. It's been my favorite ever since.

                                I'll have to try the one whisk thing. Though sometimes I find it all hard panned in the bottom of the jar when I dump it out. Does that all get broken up? One thing about the FP is that it makes it a good even consistency.

                                1. re: Leepa

                                  Re: the power whisk: I plunge the whisk right to the bottom and start on low speed, mix for quite some time moving around the bottom, and then gradually elevate the whisk. You have to be careful to limit the splatter toward the end, but it generally works great, all the way to the bottom.

                              1. Your grocer might produce an all natural peanut butter. I noticed, for the first time, that my grocer does. Prices are not lower than Smuckers, though. Some WF have peanut butter machines.

                                  1. You can try making your own peanut butter. It is very easy...just put some roasted peanuts in a blender/cuisinart, add some oil to smooth it out (only needs a teeny tiny bit to smooth it out) and some honey, if you want. You can do this with any type of nut!

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                                    1. re: Mag454

                                      I was just going to suggest this. I normally just pop some roasted salted nuts (any variety - play with it!) into the food processor and let it go until it turns into nut butter (10 minutes or so). I don't add anything to it, but I'm considering experimenting with spices and/or cocoa powder.

                                    2. I want to like the "natural" brands of peanut butter, but far too many of them use way too little salt (I don't know what less or no salt have to do with "natural" or "organic") and have Valencia peanuts (which I can't stand the taste of) instead of regular ones.

                                      1. i like it best when its fresh outta my own food processor! mmmm still all warm and peanutty.

                                        1. Koeze "Cream Nut" brand peanut butter is the BEST peanut butter ever. Williams Sonoma had it in their catalog last year but now I think you can only buy it from koeze.com or if you are lucky, at your local gocery store. [Whole Foods may have it] It is kosher, all natural, certified organic, etc. Roasted in small batches, no sugar, no preservatives, etc. So good.

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                                          1. re: Bethcooks

                                            I like Koeze Cream Nut a lot but it is not organic.

                                          2. My favorite nut butter so far is TJ's creamy almond butter with sea salt.

                                            1. Parkers Farm is pretty good - it's in the refrigerator case.

                                              http://www.parkersfarm.com/products.h...

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                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                I confess Im always a sucker for new exciting products and posted on another PB thread here that I bought couple jars of Justin's all natural PB and almond butter. Now after the excitement comes down & trying to stir quick sand I realize the simple tried and true is the best way to go so I can't wait to buy some Teddie's or Crazy richards next time Im at Whole foods.

                                                To be quite honest, the flavor from Justin's is really kinda bland and is not that rich or buttery. I usually spread some with jam/jelly on my toasted english muffins with my eggs/bacon but now I recently discovered that nutella spread goes great with jelly instead of PB. That almost chocolate flavored cocoa Nutella is a nice substitute if you're out of PB.

                                                1. re: zoey67

                                                  I have only bought Adams All Natural, and it is really good IMO. Ingredients listing is just peanuts, nothing else.

                                                  Heard the price of PB is supposed to go way up, so stock up now.

                                                  1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                                                    Adams is great but I haven't seen it in the markets for years now. Where is it sold? Next best is a tie between Laura Scudder's and Kirkland. Mixing them is a breeze now that I've learned to use the method suggested on the Adams jar.

                                                    1. re: mucho gordo

                                                      Adams is great but I haven't seen it in the markets for years now. Where is it sold?
                                                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                      http://www.adamspeanutbutter.com/Reso...

                                                      not so sure it's available in the LA area anymore, but you can certainly buy it online if the store locator comes up empty.

                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                        Thanks, ghg. Just looked it up and found that the top brands are all Smucker's anyway, including Adams and Laura Scudder's.

                                                        1. re: mucho gordo

                                                          Oooh! Wasn't there a recent recall on Smucker's natural?????

                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                            yep, but not the smooth, just the "Natural Chunky."

                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                          uhm no luck on the adams anywhere near me but im pretty tempted to buy the natural pb stirrer listed on that page!

                                                          1. re: mattstolz

                                                            Matt, before you invest in the stirrer try the method described on the Adam's jar: Remove the top and put the jar in microwave for 45-60 seconds, then stir. I use a butter knife. Heating it first melts the glob making it much easier to mix thoroughly.

                                                        3. re: mucho gordo

                                                          I see Adams in the S.NV markets, and out where I live outside of Las Vegas.

                                                          I flip the jar upside down every once in awhile when it separates.

                                                    2. re: sandylc

                                                      Yay Parkers Farm!

                                                      I could not get to Cub for a larger container of Parkers Farm so I bought the newer new salted Trader Joe's creamy peanut butter. The organic stuff seems to be gone (again). The TJ's stuff is a salt lick. Simply awful.

                                                      Never again will I stray from Parkers Farm. Lesson learned.

                                                      edited to add that the large container of Parkers Farm lists the ingredients as: Peanuts, Salt, Love, Care & Pride. How could anyone resist that?

                                                    3. I just tried a new to me all natural peanut/almond/cashew butter that I picked up at Target - Archer Farms brand. It's quite good. Just roasted nuts and salt.

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                                                      1. re: Leepa

                                                        Target carries Smucker's organic and always in glass jars, too. Hands down, after tasting every natural PB to cross our paths, the best for our money around here.

                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          I agree... that's what I normally get, but wanted to try this one that I just noticed this week. It didn't disappoint.

                                                          I've always seen Smucker's in glass jars no matter where I've bought it.

                                                          1. re: Leepa

                                                            Yes, I know it's always in glass, but I always note it because so few brands, even organic ones, are.

                                                            1. re: mcf

                                                              I like Earth's Balance creamy. Its mixed with agave instead of sugar. I t also has the added benefit of ground flax seeds.

                                                              1. re: foodie06

                                                                If I want flax, I'll eat flax. I pretty much avoid the health risk agave poses (elevated triglcyerides). All I want in my PB is PB and salt. Tweechisown. :-)

                                                                1. re: foodie06

                                                                  I've tried flaxseed peanut butters, but I've always found the taste to be horrible.

                                                                  1. re: foodie06

                                                                    Flax seed begins to lose many of its health benefits shortly after being ground. Anyone wanting maximum health benefits from flax should grind it right before eating it.

                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                      I have read that the oils oxidize rapidly upon exposure to air, rancidity, basically. I've also seen references disputing that. I just think they don't belong in PB izzall. :-)

                                                          2. I think the best of the best for pb purists is the 100% organic peanut butter that is ground daily at Natural Grocers (a family owned midwest chain). From their web site:

                                                            "Fresh ground peanut butter and almond butter are available everyday. Salt free and sugar free, these nut butters are ground in small batches in every store to ensure you get the freshest product possible. The almonds and organic peanuts used in the products are kept refrigerated in the store coolers until just before grinding. Our fresh ground peanut butter is certified USDA Organic. Enjoy!"

                                                            I like that trained store staff do the grinding, so you don't have to worry about your fellow shoppers making a mess of things.

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                                                            1. re: APLewis

                                                              I have natural grocers near me offering the same thing, and it doesn't taste nearly as good as Smucker's. And I *like* the salt.

                                                              1. re: mcf

                                                                I've never understood why so many of the "natural" and "organic" brands of PB have very little or no salt. Low-salt PB tastes horrible.

                                                                1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                  ITA, but some folks like it that way. Bleah.

                                                                  1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                    Unsalted tastes fine to me. When I was growing up we took salt off the table years ago after my Dad had his bypass surgery. It was tough the first few weeks, but after awhile I started being turned off by salted items as they tasted too salty. Some of these were items that I would actually have added more salt to previously. We get wayyyyy more sodium in our diets than we need now, so I don't add anymore than required. When I eat heavily salted meals I am pounding down water for the rest of the day.

                                                                    1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                                                                      I stopped using added salt years ago and got sensitized to the taste also, but a few foods need it for my tastes, and PB is one of them. Salt is not the health threat it's been made out to be, and living without enough of it, as the gov't recommends is life threatening. Very few people have health problems due to their salt consumption, it's a passenger on junk foods that are simultaneously low in potassium, magnesium and other regulatory minerals. Those who are salt sensitive ought to have their adrenal function tested, with a special eye to aldosterone because it's part of a much bigger and soluble problem.

                                                              2. Teddy (unsalted). It's peanuts made into butter. Just peanuts. All you need is bread (or crackers) and something to spread with.
                                                                Enjoy,
                                                                CocoDan

                                                                1. has anyone tried Naturally More PB or almond butter? im interested in opinions on this one

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                                                                  1. re: mattstolz

                                                                    it's been years - i haven't eaten it since i had to give up gluten nearly 5 years ago (no more wheat germ for me!), but i do recall really liking the Naturally More PB. they didn't make the almond butter at that point so i have no idea if it's any good.

                                                                    have you tried Powerbutter or PowerPB? they're similar products. i can't remember which of the three (if any) i liked best - i used to eat them all at back in the day. but something tells me the Naturally More was probably the most Chow-worthy, and if i could still eat it, i'd opt for the organic.

                                                                  2. PB Search Update: we're working through our first jar of (Safeway) O Organics crunchy. While the color is almost as pale as Trader Joe's Organic, the flavor is much richer (that little bit more salt helps) and the density of peanut bits is much higher. It is NOT cheap, but as a jar lasts a couple of months around here we'll stick with it, I think.

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                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                      Crazy Richards and PB&Co. among bigger brands. Homemade remains my favorite, closely followed by what I purchase from the machines at my local co-op and other independent markets. I pretty much avoid supermarkets. A sprinkle of smoked sea salt makes it divine.

                                                                    2. Trader joes has its own house brand of natural peanut butter, creamy and chunky. The also one times have other nut butters. I love almond. Costco stocks Maranatha brand, which u can Los find at standard groceries as well as health food stores like Whole Foods.

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                                                                      1. re: Uomosenza

                                                                        I have tried the TJ's house brand of natural pb...too runny...the Smucker's is much thicker and...well, SATISFYING shall we say? I do like the flavor of the TJ's though...consistency is what kills it for me, just saying!

                                                                        1. re: Val

                                                                          Smuckers is so thick (and I pour off a lot of the oil, if I buy it) that sometimes I make the very hard result at the bottom into small hard cubes or spheres. Mmm.

                                                                          1. re: GraceW

                                                                            Grace, I think the *trick* for Smucker's is to stir that oil ALL the way down to the bottom of the jar...right after buying a new jar, before opening it, I will store it upside down so that when I open the jar, the oil isn't all sitting on top...this makes it much neater and less oil slop when you do stir it up..which still takes some time upon first opening the jar but hey, it's good exercise (heh). This way, you don't end up with a hard layer on the bottom...it needs the oil.

                                                                              1. re: Val

                                                                                When I open the jar for the first time, I just dump it all out in a mixing bowl and whiz it up with my hand mixer. That evens it all out and it doesn't settle back out at all. I also add about a quarter cup of wheat germ, but that's another story.

                                                                                I used to do it with the food processor, but I've found that the mixer does a quicker and better job plus the two blades and bowl are easier to clean that the FP.

                                                                        2. Also. At regular groceries, Laura Scudders and Adams are two brands that make natural peanut butter (peanuts and salt, that's all; maybe salt-free too, though to stocked everywhere).

                                                                          1. Is there any place close to you where you actually grind your own peanut butter right in the store? I've seen that in a few places before.

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                                                                            1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                              I have three places close to where I live in New England. I belong to a co-op that has machines for peanut and almond butters. In addition, within thirty minutes, I shop at two other specialty food shops that include machines for peanut and almond butters. I am never without fresh PB or AB. The prices are reasonable, as well. The roast seems better than some I've seen. In our area, shopping local is all the rage, so we're blessed with many farm stores, farmers markets and specialty food shops. Many farms have installed greenhouses, so we have some fresh foods year-round. That's simply amazing for a northern climate.

                                                                            2. Have you tried the fresh ground peanut butters? I just got the honey roasted peanut butter at Whole Foods and yummmm but they also have one with regular peanuts. You just grind it yourself once you choose the container size. In the bulk foods section.

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                                                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                                                IMO the [plain] fresh ground PB at WF is okay - the roast on the peanuts isn't as dark as I like it - but for $12.99/lb I should be swooning over every bite!

                                                                              2. My favorite by far is Santa Cruz Dark Roasted Organic, both the smooth and creamy. Whole Foods carries it sometimes and if you live near a Gelsons, they discount it often.

                                                                                Unless you are cooking with it, peanut butter lasts long enough that the higher price issues aren't really an issue.

                                                                                TJs used to have a wonderful Valencia peanut butter but it is gone. The last version I tried was horrid.

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                                                                                1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                  I don't cook with PB, but my husband finishes off 1-2 jars per week. With little, if any, help from me.

                                                                                  1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                    Unless you are cooking with it, peanut butter lasts long enough that the higher price issues aren't really an issue.
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                                                                                    Price is an issue for many people regardless of how long something lasts.

                                                                                    I agree on the Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted PB - it's been my favorite for years. Unfortunately I prefer the crunchy and it's been unavailable for the better part of a year.

                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                      Santa Cruz Dark Roasted Crunchy is now back in stock in Los Angeles Gelsons.

                                                                                      1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                        Yes, fortunately I found out from another thread a few weeks ago, but thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! Oh, and if it makes any difference for you, it's also back in stock at Sprouts.

                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                          I tried it, still too mild compared to non organic creamy Smuckers. We're stuck. Even organic Smuckers isn't dark roasted enough for us. :-/

                                                                                          It worked well in sesame peanut sauce, though.

                                                                                          1. re: mcf

                                                                                            Interesting. We don't have Smuckers in WA, but I buy Adams instead. (Also owned by the Smuckers co.) This all natural peanut butter is very light and soupy. But I like it because it is easier to stir and when it goes into the fridge, it comes out a perfect consistency.

                                                                                            1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                              When I moved from the west coast to the east coast years ago, I realized that Smucker's and Laura Scudder's PBs were the same thing under different labels. (Of course, Smucker's has bought up a bunch of brands since, including both Adams and Santa Cruz Organic.)

                                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                Maybe that's why the SC organic tastes just like the Smucker's organic? Not as richly flavorful as the Smucker's regular that I cannot wean Mr. MCF off of.

                                                                                                1. re: mcf

                                                                                                  Mileage really varies. I've never tried Smucker's organic, but I used to buy regular Smucker's sometimes when I lived in NY, and I don't recall it having the deeper flavor I love in the SC Organic Dark Roast. Just goes to show, everyone who loves PB is particular about it!

                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                    Definitely! If you look at them, the regular Smuckers is much darker. And we love the texture, too. Taste is very personal, absolutely.

                                                                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                                                                      I like the texture too--although during college, my favorite was pouring off all the oil and then stabbing the remaining hard ball of peanut-butter with a fork and eating off it.

                                                                                                  2. re: mcf

                                                                                                    I ate that all natural Smickers for years. I grew quite fond of the taste. When you open a new jar, the roasted peanut smell is wonderful.

                                                                                        1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                          TJs pulled its Valencia Organic Peanut Butter off its shelves when Salmonella was found in samples from its supplier, Sunland in New Mexico. They found a new supplier a short while later, but that new supplier, as others here have commented, produced a foul tasting (and I mean it!) peanut butter. After I replaced 1 jar only to find the replacement as bad as the first, I stopped buying TJs Peanut Butters altogether, because their Valencia was the only peanut butter I had liked.

                                                                                          1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                            I just bought SC light roasted organic this afternoon. Of course I had to taste it at once to see if I like it as well as the rest of y'all. I found it a very good PB, good peanut taste, but for my taste it is a little too salty and the texture smooth but also some grittiness, more than I prefer. Thus it was A-/B+ overall on my scale. I bought two jars since the closest market (Gelsons) that carries it is 6 miles away. I will happily eat both, but my search goes on...thanks for the good suggestion! (:

                                                                                          2. This is simple. Buy a bag of whatever salted, roasted peanuts you like; toss the peanuts into a food processor; process for about 4 minutes. At about 2, 2 1/2 minutes, the peanut mass will form a ball. When the ball flattens out, the peanut butter is ready.

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                                                                                            1. re: bcc

                                                                                              Not everyone has the desire or the equipment to make their own, hence the request for store-bought product recommendations.

                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                Yes, precisely. Why do people always do this I have no clue. They do this with other stuff too like furniture or electronics, like who has the freakin time, knowledge, patient to make it from scratch? Plus by the time you end up paying for the parts needed it's more than if you go out and buy the damn thing...and it can never equal the research and skill in making it by the original makers.

                                                                                              2. re: bcc

                                                                                                At some stores you can make your own in the store.

                                                                                                1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                  I have found those machines to introduce too much air making the PB kinda "fluffy". Don't like the texture.

                                                                                              3. I have found the Holsum brand ~ probably regional ~ to have the best balance of oil and salt and flavor. A decent second is by Old Home, found in the refrigerated section. I find the Smuckers brand to be the worst tasting of all brands ever tried. Tastes like it's made with burnt peanuts. :oX

                                                                                                1. If you are in Canada, i like the Loblaws brand of PC Blue Menu Just Nuts Crunchy All Natural Peanut Butter. It tastes great, just like peanuts.

                                                                                                  1. I got a special price on my Safeway Just 4U account for Open Nature 2.50, and have a $2 coupon off any Open Nature brand. Very runny stuff, glad only .50

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                                                                                                    1. re: frankig

                                                                                                      Yes, we don't have the choices you Americans have in natural peanut butter especially crunchy and I even find Kraft All natural (just peanuts) crunchy PB too runny so i just chop up some no salt peanuts (or almonds) and add it to the PB until it is to the consistency i like.

                                                                                                      1. re: ottokirpitnik

                                                                                                        If you store the peanut butter in the refridgerator that will also help it to firm up.

                                                                                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                          If you don't eat it quickly enough and store it outside the fridge it will go rancid. I always store mine in the fridge.

                                                                                                      2. re: frankig

                                                                                                        turned mine into PB cookies. I never made good ones, but even I couldn't go wrong with
                                                                                                        1 c. peanut butter
                                                                                                        1 c. sugar (brown works)
                                                                                                        1 egg
                                                                                                        bake 350 for about 7 min, don't let them brown. Very popular at 4th of July bash

                                                                                                      3. Old Thread, I know....

                                                                                                        The Kroger store brand is cheap and easy to find. Ingredients: peanuts, salt.

                                                                                                        1. The only ingredients should be: peanuts, salt.

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                                                                                                          1. re: smoledman

                                                                                                            NO SALT please!! It isn't necessary! Nothing, just ground peanuts! Want salt sprinkle it on!

                                                                                                          2. I love Whole Foods 365 Crunchy brand, though like you it's really only one of few I've tried.

                                                                                                            1. I am a type 2 diabetic and eat a considerable amount of peanut butter. I wanted to try "Natural" pb so I came here for advice. Thanks to Truman and other's who recommended my store brand Shoprite. It is very peanuty but not as good as regular peanut butter to me. In a blind taste test I would choose Skippy, Jif or Peter Pan over it. But I could live with this. However when I look @ the nutritional info label I don't see much of a differences"
                                                                                                              calories-the same
                                                                                                              fat-the same
                                                                                                              saturated fat-Skippy 3g Natural 2g
                                                                                                              sodium-Skippy 150mg. natural 125mg
                                                                                                              carbohydrate-both 7g
                                                                                                              fiber-Skippy 2g, Natural 3g
                                                                                                              sugar-Shippy 3g Natural 1g (Natural has no added sugar just peanuts and salt)
                                                                                                              protein- Shippy 7g natural 8g

                                                                                                              Ok, the Natural is a little better but barely significant, IMHO. I would prefer to use up my stock (18 jars!) of the bad stuff unless I'm missing something, Am I?

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                                                                                                              1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                What else is listed on the Skippy label? In addition to sugar, I imagine the Skippy label includes some sort of "hydrogenated oil?" There's the difference.

                                                                                                                I actually can't stand regular peanut butter now. I much prefer natural peanut butter and usually unsalted.

                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                  Yes Hydrogenated Vegetable oil but in an amount smaller than sugar in fact low enough where they don't have to declare "trans fat" & Cottonseed, Soybean & Rapeseed.

                                                                                                                  1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                    If it's on the label, it's too much for me.

                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                      Well, if and when I finish my 18 jars I'm switching to Natural, or maybe I can give it too my unsuspecting wife or dog.

                                                                                                                      1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                        Yea, I wouldn't waste it I guess though I have been known to throw out food products that SO brings home when I catch a glimpse of an ingredient I don't like...oops. Just out of curiosity, why did you buy so much?

                                                                                                                        I keep a jar of Skippy around for the mice traps. They love trans fats and sugar :)

                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                          Donation to your local shelter is an option.

                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                            "I keep a jar of Skippy around for the mice traps. They love trans fats and sugar :)"

                                                                                                                            Me too!

                                                                                                                            Every time they are on deep discount $2.00 or less I buy as many as they let you take, usually max 4. they must have been on sale a lot over the winter! They are all Skippy, peter Pan & Jiff too. Food bank donation is a good idea. I have a ton of food to get rid of now that I'm eating low carb. If any pasta/pasta makers want some Italian Caputo Flour, 00 & one other type. and want to pick it up in Norwalk Ct, let me know

                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                      Maybe it's an acquired taste It's not at all bad tasting, just my preference is regular. What's you preferred brand? Do they all have to stirred before every use?

                                                                                                                      1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                        It might be. Different brands are certainly different. My two favorites are Trader Joe's and Whole Foods 365 store brands. Yes, without the hydrogenated fat they have to be stirred but if you want you can stir and store in the fridge but I find it's easy enough to give it a quick stir with whatever knife you're using to serve it.

                                                                                                                        1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                          I do a major stir with the large sized offset spatula used for icing cakes when I first open the jar. Then I do a quick stir before using it each time. The only real reason is that the oil does rise and you can end up with dry spots at the bottom of the jar.

                                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                            It's very hard for me to really get the bottom of the jar mixed thoroughly. To make it somewhat easier, I make sure there's no foil from the inner seal on the rim, then put the jar in the microwave for about a minute or so, Be careful tho; the jar will be hot.

                                                                                                                            1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                              That's why I use a large offset spatula, it's long enough to easily get to the bottom and wide enough to really mix well. You can get good leverage with it on those 40oz jars of peanut butter Costco sells. I do find it easier to do a shallow stir first and then eat a little so there is less risk of overflow.

                                                                                                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                I dump it all out in a mixing bowl and whirl it up with my hand mixer. Put it back in the jar and wash the bowl and the beaters, easy peasy. It never comes unmixed after that - especially if I keep it in the fridge.

                                                                                                                        2. re: zackly

                                                                                                                          I know that as a diabetic, you need to pay attention to the sugar content. But please don't view the nutritional label as the only thing to look at. The ingredients list is just as important, if not more so.

                                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                            Exactly, I glance at the nutrition facts, then the ingredient list gets a thorough read. Even with sugars, the label might read 0 g carbs but if there is an ingredient with carbs in the label it's not completely accurate.

                                                                                                                        3. I've tried a bunch of them and Kirkland brand from Costco is my current favorite. It's just valencia peanuts. I used to get the freshly ground at Whole Foods and it was great but we moved and the closest WF is hundreds of miles away now. I tried the freshly ground at 2 local stores and didn't like them.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                            Thanks, I'm a Costcoholic so that will be the next brand I try.

                                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                              Thanks for the info - I *LOVE* Valencia peanuts! A few years ago Trader Joe's brand was 100% Valencia, but now it's labeled "peanuts" and they're not Valencia. Very good tasting, however. But Valencia peanuts are the best tasting in peanut butter.

                                                                                                                              1. re: tommy.gossard

                                                                                                                                I think there was a salmonella issue. I like both the unsalted and salted versions.

                                                                                                                            2. Kettle Foods Organic Peanut Butter

                                                                                                                              1. For reasons unknown to even myself, I went off PB for like 8-9 months and didn't have any desire for it. Until last week. Since then I've been eating it almost daily. My fave brand is a local brand called NEW WORLD:

                                                                                                                                http://newworldfoods.ca/product/list....

                                                                                                                                I buy the salted smooth kind. Very peanutty, not too salty nor too sweet. When I open it new, I just stick my hand blender wand into the jar to stir the jar up nice and smooth.

                                                                                                                                1. We go to the local health food store. There we take roasted unsalted peanuts and dump them into the butter butter making machine. This machine is reserved only for roasted unsalted peanuts BTW. Turn on the machine and out comes the peanut butter. That's it.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Puffin3

                                                                                                                                    I've tried this in several different stores (whole Foods and a couple different co-ops). In my experience what comes out is a solid mass of mashed peanuts that rip a hole in the heartiest of breads and toasts when one attempts to spread it.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                                      I've never used those machines in WF or other supermarkets (admittedly I never paid attention). Sounds like a logical way to make natural PB on demand.

                                                                                                                                      Sounds like yours (MplsM ary) needed more oil ?

                                                                                                                                      Puffin3 - when you make yours in the health foods store, do you just dump whatever amount of the peanuts into the machine and the machine has no settings for thick/smooth textures ?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                        The machine I use does have three different setting.
                                                                                                                                        When I get the PNB home I mix in enough refined coconut oil to get it to the consistency we like then into the fridge. It does get pretty solid in the fridge so we always have enough for a couple of days in a small bowl on the counter.

                                                                                                                                  2. I'm crazy over Teddie super crunchy!

                                                                                                                                    1. Seeing a reference to it online recently led me to Big Spoon Roasters peanut butter. It's yummy. And quite costly. Not sure it would do for everyday due to the $$, but good if I want a quality peanut butter for a recipe.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                        Beware: Big Spoon contains honey, which is an added sugar, and coconut oil