Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter

Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter has been my favorite for years!

I never have liked peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I also wasn't excited about peanut butter and honey, which was my mom's version of the famous American sandwich for kids.  In those days no one had ever heard of "natural" peanut butter, and with ten kids to feed my mom bought the "in store" brand that was loaded with sugar.   In 2004 when I went on the South Beach Diet, I cleaned out my cupboards and gave away foods with white flour, sugar, or other processed carbs, and I'm pretty sure that's the first time I ever bought a natural type of peanut butter without added sugar.  Maybe it's because I'd never been a big consumer of high-sugar peanut butters, but I loved this Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter from the first time I tried it.  Now the chunky and smooth varieties are something I always have in my fridge. 

I'm partial to chunky, and that's the type I'll choose for filling celery or for making cookies.  But I always have a jar of smooth peanut butter on hand too, now that I've discovered how it can be used in soups. stews, and sauces.  You can see in the photo above that this type of peanut butter has oil that's separated from the peanut butter when you buy it.  If you turn it upside down in the pantry, a lot of that oil will mix back in.  (Sometimes if I have a couple of jars on hand, I turn them over every time I think of it, until the oil is mostly incorporated.)  You can also pour off some of the oil if you want a lighter peanut butter, but keep some to prevent the peanut butter from being too dry.

When I started searching for this post, I was really very surprised to discover how many recipes I had using peanut butter as an ingredient.  Here are some of my favorite recipes using peanut butter.  If you have a good recipe idea that uses peanut butter, please let us know about it in the comments!

Peanut Butter for Breakfast:

Peanut Butter in Desserts:

Peanut Butter with Meat:

Peanut Butter with Noodles:

Peanut Butter in Salads:

Peanut Butter in Soups or Stews:

Peanut Butter Snacks:

Peanut Butter with Vegetables:


Blogger Disclosure:
I purchased this peanut butter myself and the company has no idea that I'm writing about their product.  All items featured as Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I will happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind.  You can see the complete list of products I've chosen under the tab Kalyn's Picks below the blog header.
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22 comments:

  1. I've been an Adam's peanut butter gal all my life and I won't eat anything else. Love it!

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  2. Annalise, that's definitely how I feel since I've been using it. I am a complete fan!

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  3. Never seen that brand--but, it looks just like my favorite-- Teddie's! Yummy!

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  4. I'm with you, please no sugar in my peanut butter! And I never liked pb&j sandwiches either - didn't even like to look at a jar of jelly while I ate peanut butter! Now one of my favorite snacks (or breakfasts) is fresh apple chunks dipped in peanut butter.

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  5. Colleen, never heard of Teddie; where are you?

    Patricia, apples dipped in peanut butter sounds great to me!

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  6. I admit I used to be a Skippy lover when I was a kid...but now that I've gone the natural route, anything else tastes awful to me!

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  7. Oh I love PB&J, always have and always will. Unfortunately it's been some time since I've had one...sigh. I actually make my own peanut butter. I buy roasted salted peanuts, throw them into the food processor and add a spoonful of nut oil and process to my liking. No sugar added! And it's so much cheaper too!

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  8. That is a great peanut butter, I love it too! I don't know what the "natural" part is supposed to mean though... in the food industry it does not really mean anything. BUT I do go for Adam's organic line, it is great! Just a heads up for folks in case they don't know... "Natural" does not mean organic. Love your blog Kalyn!

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  9. Teddie PB is found all over New England and elsewhere, and it's great! Online at teddie.com. My favorite is their Chunky Unsalted (contains: peanuts), but they have a Salted Chunky, and some smooth varieties, altho I can't convince myself that "smooth" is really peanut butter at all :-)

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  10. Joanne, the other types of peanut butter now taste "too sweet" to me.

    Terri, never tried making peanut butter but it sounds fun!

    Worker Bee, this peanut butter contains just peanuts and a very tiny amount of salt, so I'd say that's pretty natural.

    Ken, thanks. Never seen that around here.

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  11. Great choice, Kalyn. I love this peanut butter. I've been using it for many years. My youngest son grew up on peanut butter and banana sandwiches, so I didn't want any sugar or salt in his peanut butter and this one sure fit the bill. I always have a jar in my fridge in case he drops in. I'm also going to try some of the recipes you've posted using peanut butter. They sound delicious.

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  12. Hope you have fun trying some of the peanut butter recipes!

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  13. Kalyn - I love your blog and have used so many of your recipes since I started South Beach in 2009. After 158 pounds lost, I am a true South Beach fan. I love peanut butter and have tried many - while I like the Adams, I like the Fred Meyer Natural Crunchy even better. (We live in Washington where there are Fred Meyer stores). This peanut butter has a really rich roasted peanut flavor and seems even more flavorful than the Adams. The only ingredients are roasted peanuts and salt so it is a perfect choice for South Beach (also comes in creamy variety).

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  14. Marsha, no Fred Meyer stores here any more, but good to know for people who have that option.

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  15. Wow, I don't think you could get much more real that that. Only peanuts in the unsalted varieties with a little sea salt in the others. I'll definitely look for this one, Kalyn. Thanks!

    Shirley

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  16. Shirley it definitely seems natural to me!

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  17. For a really good treat, mix peanut butter with Nutiva Coconut oil. Don't knock it till you try it!ts really good!

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  18. Phyllis, sounds interesting. I just bought some coconut oil to try in baking.

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  21. We used to eat adams peanut butter all of the time. Then my husband broke his tooth while eating Adams peanut butter by smuckers, and the company offered some pitance in compansation. Didn't even offer to cover the tooth replacement or the sedation to fix it. Very disappointed in their corporate responsibility. They wanted proof my husband broke his tooth on their product! We sent a letter from the Dentist.. So..they do not stand behind their product! If you break a tooth-keep the offending item..

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  22. i love adams too! i always get the creamy version. It's so good! =D

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