Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Brummel & Brown Natural Yogurt Spread

Brummel & Brown Natural Yogurt SpreadIt's been a while since I added something to my list of Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, where I share my recommendations for food or kitchen products I'd happily buy over and over. This Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread was recommended by a reader named Alan, and I'm loving it on my whole wheat toast dipped into Eggs Fried in Olive Oil. No one likes the flavor of real butter more than I do, and turning butter into an occasional indulgence was one of the hardest changes I had to make when I started cooking the South Beach Diet way. This spread made with vegetable oil and yogurt is the best-tasting butter alternative I've found. It does have water as the first ingredient, so this isn't something I'd use for sauteing food, but for spreading on toast or melting over vegetables, the flavor of this is great.

Here is the nutritional information for Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread. Most important to me in those numbers is that this spread only has 1 gram of saturated fat, and zero trans fats, cholesterol, or sugar. I don't count calories, but it has about half the calories of butter, with about half as much fat. I haven't tried using it in baking or cooking, but the Brummel & Brown site does have some recipes showing ideas.

South Beach Friendly Breads I'd Eat With This Spread:
White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread
Agave-Sweetened 100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
100% White Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil (not bread machine)
Bread Machine Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed
Bread Machine Recipe for Whole Wheat Bread with Bulgur Wheat, Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed Meal

Full Disclosure about Things Featured for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks:
All products selected for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I use in my own kitchen that I would happily purchase over and over. Most products featured are items I purchase myself, but when I do (rarely) feature a product that was sent to me for review, I will always mention that I first tried the product when I received it as a sample.

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25 comments:

  1. This is my most favorite spread, and the only one we use. It is so creamy and it melts perfectly, unlike some of the firmer ones.

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  2. It sounds delish! I'm going to have to give it a try.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your opinion on this product. I really appreciate it. I've been adjusting my diet to be more South Beachy and will be giving this a try.

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  4. I have never seen this spread, but am really interested to try it. Even though I'm not doing the South Beach diet, I'm always on the lookout for products that help keep cholesterol (and pounds) in check.

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  5. This is the only butter spread that my husband and I eat. I keep it in the fridge at all times!

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  6. I don't mean to be rude, but I'm not going to publish comments recommending other types of spread, because this is my pick, and publishing that sort of comment just encourages companies to start leaving spam comments promoting their product.

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  7. I use this and i love it!

    www.poolovesboo.blogspot.com

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  8. See, the SB book really confuses me. I guess the supercharged is different than the first because the first said "only soft tofu" and "butter is better than vegetable oil" not that either one is good, it said. And here you're saying to use veg oil (with yogurt) instead. Ugh I wish the two books would synch. I'm seeing all these no no's in one and allowances in others.

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  9. Personally I would guess that Dr. Agatston's thinking has evolved with the later books, which is why more choices are allowed. The latest book (Supercharged) says up to 2 T per day of a wide variety of oils and other fat choices like avocado, margarine, and trans fat free spreads.

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  10. I've never tried this and have actually not seen this in my supermarket. I will try it though. One of my favorite snacks is cottage cheese or ricotta with Splenda. I bet I would love this.
    thank you, Kalyn!

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  11. Beth, maybe you were confused by the name, but this is a spread to eat on bread, not a yogurt variety.

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  12. A reader wrote a tip on our blog, and I'd be interested in your take on it.

    Use 1 part canola oil, one part unsalted butter and add a bit of kosher salt. Whip in your mixer several minutes until the mixture looks like whipped cream. Store in an airtight container in the fridge - I've had mine for at least 4 weeks now and it still tastes great and has a smooth creamy texture.

    I use it any time I would have used butter, and the taste is fresh and buttery. And it is so much cheaper than expensive butter spreads.

    I am thinking of replacing the canola oil with olive oil on my next batch . . .

    Thanks Kalyn!

    Donna

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  13. Donna, sounds interesting. I've never tried anything like that. I'm guessing it would still be a lot higher in fat (especially saturated fat) than this product though. Your mixture sounds like it would be good for cooking though. I might have to put it on my (ever growing) to-try list!

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  14. This is a great recommendation Kalyn, I've been using it for years and I can say it's delicious.

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  15. I love this type of butter spread it's the only one all of my family uses. Every time i share it with some one it becomes the family norm. Its really good for baking with also. I never find a food that not better with it on top. =)

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  16. April, thanks for the info about baking; I had been wondering about that.

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  17. Reader Alan? well, that's me! Actually, my wife turned me on to this. She told me long ago to read all the labels of all the spreads and that this one made the most sense, was the cheapest and tasted the best. She was right; I use it for almost everything. I do bake w/ butter and few other gourmet dishes. But, for all else, this is the one. I remember telling Kalyn about this because she is a big Kroeger gal and I get this at Ralphs here in Los Angeles. Keep up the great work Kalyn. You were my 1st food blog and still love reading it.-al

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  18. Hi Al,
    Thanks again for the recommendation. I had seen this many times in the store but for some reason never tried it until you gave it the glowing recommendation. This is what makes blogging so fun, sharing good food ideas with each other!

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  19. I had seen this in the dairy case at the grocery, but never thought much about it until I read your post the other day. So . . . I bought a tub, and must say it ia great! I have been using, er, one of the other ones recommended by the South Beach Diet, but this product is far better. Thanks for the hint!

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  20. I decided I'm going to get a Supercharged book from Amazon (maybe even on Kindle?) to get up to date with you all, lol.

    BTW I didn't thank you for this post. I will look out for this next time I grocery shop and give it a try.

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  21. I've been using a reduced fat butter, but have used this in the past. Quite tasty!

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  22. Kalyn, I finally found the spread and used it tonight. You're right, delish! and ZERO carbs! thanks, keep these tips comin'!

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  23. Thanks for the post. I'll look for it soon in my grocery.

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  24. Thanks Kalyn! This spread has changed my life!

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