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Anonymous
 
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 4:20 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Can someone provide a list of good Peanut Butter Brands? I was thinking of buying smuckers all natural. I have skippys and have done fine with skippy's natural, however I am more sensitive now and fear a reaction.
Dianne
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 10:47 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Can you find a store that grinds it fresh? There are some grocery stores and health food stores in SE Michigan that do this and all it contains is peanuts.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 1:41 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dianne,

Farmers markets tend to grind it fresh, if there are any around you.
Shawn C
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 1:47 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They do at my grandmom's whole foods, but it is never smooth and is always too thick and not sweetened.
Di
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 3:53 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Shawn C,

That's how it is.....thick and unsweetened. At first it seems kind of blah, but like anything else, you get used to it and then the other stuff (like Jif) tastes nasty.
Mariann
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 5:35 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use Woodstock Farms Organic easy spread Peanut Butter Smooth/Salted. It is great and I have no reactions ever. I live on this stuff. I always feel safe if I have my peanut butter and Kavli or Wassa crackers on hand. I finally found a jelly to use. It is a cranberry sauce done up in a small preserving jar from Massachusetts. It is organic cranberries, org. sugar and water. I immediately bought all 6 jars at the store and got on a list to buy a case when it comes out again for the holidays. It is a nice jelly with small bits of cranberry. When I pour the oil off the top of the peanut butter to mix it I keep a jar with the oil and add some peanut butter to used to make hummus instead of using Tahini which seems to bother me. Good luck
Anonymous
 
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 5:36 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

there has to be a way to make it less thick. is there an easy way to make it at home and make it creamy. I don't want ultra thick peanutbutter. I do not own a coffee maker, so I may have to get one.
EmilyS
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 7:53 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use the Costco brand, Kirkland Signature All Natural Organic creamy peanut butter. We keep it in the pantry and stir it before we use it. It stays very thin and is great for sandwiches- we really like it.

I need to add additional fat sources to my daughters diet so I whip butter into the peanut butter and it makes it super creamy. Not sure if you want the additional fat but that is one way to make it really creamy. :-)
kimm
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 7:19 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Emily - I just tried the Kirkland brand from Costco and loved it. I lived off it for a week when I stayed with my sister in Michigan - and I had no problems.
Is it ok not to refrigerate it?
Shawn C
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 9:12 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Actually yes the whole reason I am eating peanutbutter is to help gain mass.
Shawn C
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 9:17 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do you guys do good with smucks all natural? IS there any brands sold at whole foods, that you guys would recommend? This would be the easiest store for me to get quality peanut butter, since my grandmom works there
Shawn C
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 9:29 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Also I should point out the bigger the container the better. I plan on having 8 table spoons a day to help me bulk. 4 tbsp an hour after breakfast and 4 tbsp an hour after dinner or when I am done m workout. I am 177, my goal weight is 230 and be mostly muscle(I don't care if I have some gut). You can see how this can be difficult with food being expensive and not being able to have whey powder.
Shawn C
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 9:40 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The shipping on Woodstock Farms Organic site is just outrageous
EmilyS
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 11:33 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kimm, I just checked the jar and it DOES say to store it in the fridge- woops!

I did a few google searches and found this document:
http://www.fcs.uga.edu/pubs/PDF/FDNS-E-30.pdf

We go through a jar a month, so I think we are still okay to leave it in the pantry. Thanks for letting me know, I'll be sure to watch to make sure we are using it fast enough.

Shawn C- Yes, peanut butter is a good source for protein. However 8 TBSP of peanut butter would give you 60 grams of fat daily, not including all of your other fat sources. Muscle is made from protein, not fat so from my personal opinion I would think you would want to focus on lean proteins as your main building block for your weight gain.

Every evening after my husband and I finish our weigh lifting routine, we drink a protein shake made from milk, yogurt, ground oats, ground flax seed, a little peanut butter, half a banana and a cup of frozen fruit. I did the nutrition analysis on the mix and found its the perfect combination of protein, fat and carbs that is in the recovery drinks experts push. The milk is an easily digestible protein, exactly what your body needs within the first hour of an intense workout. The banana's and fruit give your body the carbs it needs as well. Just a thought.

We also have a diet that is slightly higher in protein (without any whey powder) and lower in carbs to match our lifting. Focusing on eating boneless, skinless chicken breasts, egg whites, a variety of beans and red meats has worked really well for us.

Hopefully you'll be able to find something that works well for you too.
Shawn C
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 1:03 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The thing is I need 200 grams of protein a day. I was told to avoid yogurt. I struggle to get my intake. I have no job and am in college. I may get food stamps soon. I have to rely on my grandmom to get me food.
Shawn C
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 1:17 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Like I said is there any good peanutbutter brands that one can buy at whole foods?
Di
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 3:47 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do you ever get a chance to go into a Whole Foods store yourself? I just thought you might be able to check out the labels and then you could decide what had the ingredients that you liked best.
EmilyS
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 7:21 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Shawn, I sympathize for you. I also did this diet through college. It can be tough having little room to buy in bulk and not a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, plus having a small food budget. However, this diet can be done with a low budget. I feed my family of 3 for $265.00 a month. An egg white omelet (from 6 egg whites) with two pieces of whole wheat bread is a great option for a lot of protein (25 grams) and is very inexpensive. Canned tuna (packed in water) is also another cheap option for protein. 6 oz will give you 45.3 grams of protein.

I buy the Kirkland Signature Foster Farms Chicken at Costco for $2.13 a LB. One breast has 59 grams of protein. Hopefully these ideas will help with your diet.

I agree with Di, head over to Whole Foods and check out what peanut butter options they have. Try an all natural organic option with just peanuts and salt as the ingredients. Good luck!
kimm
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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 8:58 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks EmilyS. Thats good info about storing peanut butter. (Hate to say this, but I'm gonna try keeping mine in the pantry also. Much easier to stir and spread - lol)
You feed your family of 3 on $265.00/month? Thats awesome! Boy, I'd love to sit down with you sometime. You could teach me lots !!!! :-)
Di
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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 10:36 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I store my fresh-ground peanut butter in the frig. It is quite stiff, but I dig out a tablespoon of it, put it on a plate and microwave it for about 5 seconds. Makes it nice and spreadable.
EmilyS
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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 6:05 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Kimm, I rely a lot on buying in bulk and using my deep freeze. I do have a recipe blog, but I don't talk about cost there. If you ever want to chat, send me an email at savoryseasonings at gmail dot com (without the spaces). I'm sure you are already doing everything we are doing, but I'd be happy to teach you everything I know. :-)

http://savoryseasonings.blogspot.com/
Pat
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Posted on Thursday, August 05, 2010 - 8:55 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Stiff Peanut Butter

While I generally don't eat it anymore, in the past I learned to extend it's use by blending it with some water to the desired consistency. It lasts a long time in the refrigerator. It's much easier to spread & will help extend those dollars.
Pat

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