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Old 06-09-10, 06:50 PM   #1
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Best Peanut Butters, Peanut Butter Recipes, and Peanut Butter Jars for Touring?

A lot of cyclotourists eat peanut butter.

What are the best and worst brands? What are your favorites?

Any in-depth analyses of peanut butters? Any special qualities you've noticed? Any favorite jars and uses for them?

Or any other observations on the subject?
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Old 06-09-10, 08:22 PM   #2
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d? Any favorite jars and uses for them?

Or any other observations on the subject?
Plastic jars good... glass jars bad.

And I avoid which ever stupid brand it is that changed its jar so that the bottom bulges out wider than the main part of the body. In their quest to make less peanut butter take up the same shelf space (and fool the unwary), they also made it near impossible to get the last of the PB out of the jar.

Generally, I find the "all natural" brands tastier, but often too dry to spread on soft bread and I'm not giong to carry a toaster.
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Old 06-09-10, 11:04 PM   #3
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Sorry, my original post was rude. I just thought it was kind of a waste of time to discuss, so I should have just moved along and not discussed it. My bad, carry on.

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Old 06-10-10, 07:28 AM   #4
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Real PB has just two ingredients, peanuts and salt. Anything else is junk. Thus far, I've only seen it in glass jars.
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Peanut Butter ice cream? (not peanut butter cup, just peanut butter and vanilla ice cream)...

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Justin's nut butters come in foil packs (like gels). You could leave the jar at home and save space and weight. They taste pretty good too.

http://justinsnutbutter.com/products.php

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Real PB has just two ingredients, peanuts and salt. Anything else is junk. Thus far, I've only seen it in glass jars.
The Costco natural peanut butter comes in plastic jars. I can't remember the brand.

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I'm not big on peanut-flavored shortening, so I tend to go for the "natural" peanut butters. I haven't run across any in a plastic jar, though.

I like the "Teddy" brand, but the "Smuckers" brand is almost as good and quite a bit cheaper (and available in larger jars).

I like peanut-butter tortilla wraps. They don't take up much space, they're not bothered by the heat, they're almost impossible to "squish", and you can eat them with one hand.
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I'm not big on peanut-flavored shortening, so I tend to go for the "natural" peanut butters. I haven't run across any in a plastic jar, though.

I like the "Teddy" brand, but the "Smuckers" brand is almost as good and quite a bit cheaper (and available in larger jars).
That's what I've used for the last few years although I haven't seen it in anything larger than the 16 oz size.

I made some protein bars that included PB that turned out pretty good. They were like a healthier Scotcheroo. I wrapped them in foil and they traveled and kept reasonably well.

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If you come across a natural foods store (even some larger supermarkets) the stuff that you actually process on site is incomparable. I'm talking about these machines topped with a large plastic hopper of whole peanuts, that grind the butter into a plastic container. Not hydrogenized fats, no sugar, no salt. It's the food of the gods, and worth the trouble of seeking out. Unlike the glass jars of natural peanut butter, this stuff hasn't had time to separate, so it doesn't require stirring. I don't joke about food. This is the stuff.
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East Wind Nut Butters! No hydrogenated oils, and you can get peanut, cashew, or almond (though the latter two are understandably more expensive). Plus, they're made by a worker-owned collective.
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There are several reasons to avoid peanuts. Aflatoxins, and acidity in the body being two claimed reasons. A third being that they aren`t almonds which my doctor wants me to eat. So for me it is almond butter all the way
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If you come across a natural foods store (even some larger supermarkets) the stuff that you actually process on site is incomparable. I'm talking about these machines topped with a large plastic hopper of whole peanuts, that grind the butter into a plastic container. Not hydrogenized fats, no sugar, no salt. It's the food of the gods, and worth the trouble of seeking out. Unlike the glass jars of natural peanut butter, this stuff hasn't had time to separate, so it doesn't require stirring. I don't joke about food. This is the stuff.
I'm inclined to agree with you on this one. I have nothing against processed foods as such (they often provide added functionality, in the case of peanut butter, a much extended shelf life, and a smooth creamy mouth feel). In this case, I've always favoured crunchy anyway, and the shelf life isn't that much of an issue. Sure, it might not make it 6 months without spoiling, but who cares, I'll eat in in a week or so.
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Kirkland Signature Organic Creamy - comes in plastic jars (cylindrical, not bulgy!) 28 oz each, twin packs for $6 something. This peanut butter with bananas is a staple in our household.

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+1 on the natural PB's - peanuts and salt.

The only one I see commercially available is 'Smuckers.' There are other so-called 'natural' offerings, but they always have other crap in them.

You can scoop the butter into a zip-loc bag for toting along, which is how I used to do it when backpacking.

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So for me it is almond butter all the way
That's usually what we use at home and on tour. It cost more money, but it tastes really, really good. Our last few tours we've actually used hazelnut almond butter. It's even better.
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We've a most excellent natural brand around here called Krema. It's the kind you have to stir first. Good stuff. Might be regional however.
http://www.krema.com/products.asp?dept=1016

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Only ingredients in the Costco brand - organic dry roasted peanuts, salt. You can also grind your own in a food processor with dry roasted peanuts. We do this at home with almond butter & hazelnut butter, but generally buy PB.
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Grinding it yourself at the health food store is my favorite way to go. If I can't do that, Adams Crunchy Peanut Butter is my next choice, and it's awfully good as well. I've only seen it in glass jars, but it's pretty simple to transfer it into a zip lock bag or plastic container.
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You can also sometimes find PB in tubes, at least you used to. Or if not, I think Cochlan's sells tubes (look like toothpaste) that you simply fill with anything in the back, roll it up and clip it shut and then there is a screw-cap on the other side you dispense with, you can fill it up with anything, including Peanut Butter and bring that along. Cleaning is a pain but it works... You can probably find Cochlan's stuff at camping stores like Campmor, you've also probably have seen Cochlans but maybe not familiar with the name as they have green labels and you can find them pretty much anywhere cheap camping supplies are sold.

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When I'm out in rural America there's often not much choice. I don't want peanut butter that has to be stirred. I want the smallest jar I can find so I don't have to carry so much. I'm happy to stop and buy more when it runs out. I like plastic jars because of the weight thing. So, for me, it's Skippy crunchy. At home I'm able to be more picky if I want.
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When I'm out in rural America there's often not much choice. I don't want peanut butter that has to be stirred. I want the smallest jar I can find so I don't have to carry so much. I'm happy to stop and buy more when it runs out. I like plastic jars because of the weight thing. So, for me, it's Skippy crunchy. At home I'm able to be more picky if I want.
+1 except I like the creamy variety vs. crunchy. I tried Krema once, and I was sorely disappointed. Bland with the consistency of runny mustard. I'll go to great lengths to eat healthier brands and foods when possible, but peanut butter isn't one of them. Jif or Skipppy in a small plastic jar is the standard for me.
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There are several reasons to avoid peanuts. Aflatoxins, and acidity in the body being two claimed reasons. A third being that they aren`t almonds which my doctor wants me to eat. So for me it is almond butter all the way


Other observation: There were rumours around camp that somebody had been sneaking peanut butter at night and leaving the lid open, turns out raccoons LOVE peanut butter and will do pretty much anything to get some including figuring out how to open your bag and twist the lid off to lick the sweet creamy goodness out! That raccoon probably didn't care about the aflatoxins though, so maybe the jokes on him!
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I like the "Teddy" brand, but the "Smuckers" brand is almost as good and quite a bit cheaper (and available in larger jars).
Really? Around here Smucker's is usually more expensive, but Teddie is local--I've actually ridden past the factory. I also sometimes get PB from the Superior Nut Company, another local--as in the factory is a few blocks from my house--operation. They use plastic jars.
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MacCruiskeen: yeah, around here Teddie is almost *twice* as expensive as Smucker's.
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