Post by applecrisp1 on Jan 18, 2020 23:20:14 GMT -5
I picked up a jar of the Trader Joe's mixed nut butter yesterday. It is has almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans and salt.
It does have a runny, thin consistency (says to refrigerate, and didn't firm up much like other nut butters) -- more like texture of a kind of smooth dip. I had it today with some sliced apples ---- a good snack (and way better for me than the chocolate I was tempted to have)
I was wondering if anyone buys this and how they use it?
I typically buy Trader Joes organic pb, creamy salted (just pb and salt). I like the pb but wish the texture would be creamier/smoother/easier to spread right out of the fridge. Anyone have an all time favorite brand of PB (ideally just pb and salt). I've only tried a few ..... Trader Joes, Maranatha, and Santa Cruz.
I just bought a pecan and cashew nut butter mix from our healthfood store and use it just like peanut butter. Mine is not thin or runny; does yours include oil---maybe it was a price point decision. It sounds yummy except that I can't eat almonds. Drat.
I bet it would be great in a pesto. I was just watching a Milk Street pbs episode and they used walnuts in one of the pasta sauces and pistachios in another. YUM!
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Post by erin elizabeth on Jan 19, 2020 14:31:28 GMT -5
applecrisp, why do you store your PB in the fridge? I buy both natural and unnatural and keep them on the counter or in the pantry. That would help with your texture problem. I buy Crazy Richard's, but I think it is a regional product.
Never bought this nut butter from TJ's but have seen it and looks interesting. I tend to be a purist though....most other "nut butters" like almond etc...., I just don't enjoy like I do good old peanut butter so I stick with that for the most part. I also store mine in the fridge just because I use the natural stuff and everyone else in the family uses Skippy so I do not go through it as fast. If you use it up in a reasonable amount of time, you can store in the pantry. I like that the oil stays mixed in to the butter in the fridge and have never really had issues spreading it straight from the fridge. If that is an issue, just warm it on medium power in the microwave briefly. I also don't mind when my peanut butter is a bit runny. My favorite brands are T.J.'s and 365 Whole Foods brands and I hate to admit, I do think I like the 365 a tad better but both good for the price.
Post by applecrisp1 on Jan 19, 2020 21:17:33 GMT -5
Catbatty --- I wanted to try something new, so I thought I would give it a try. It was around $5'ish for the jar (sorry tossed receipt). I liked it but the runny texture might be a no go for some. But I was fine with it since I tend to eat the PB with apples.
wallycat --- I was thinking the same thing ... to put in a pesto. I had a great pesto a few days ago made with arugula and pumpkin seeds (I think). The jar of mixed nut butter has just nuts and salt so I was surprised it was so thin -- but perfect for apple slices.
erin --- The natural brands that I have tried say to refrigerate after opening (one brand said not needed). But I read awhile back the same thing that karen said --- many say fine to keep out of the fridge if you go thru it pretty quick. A jar of natural pb lasts me a few months or more so I keep in fridge.
karen -- I tried cashew and almond butter and like you, was not a fan. Thanks for the suggestion, when I finish the TJ PB, I'll try the WF brand.
Post by traildoggie on Jan 20, 2020 10:56:16 GMT -5
I'd be up to try this except DH thinks he has a sensitivity to pecans. I think he's dreaming but I avoid pecans to keep the peace. I keep nut butters in the frig after opening. they are too stiff to spread but 10 seconds in the micro takes care of that, and they don't separate like at room temp. I mix well when I open the jar. they stay mixed if refrigerated. we seem to go in streaks , where we go thru a ton of PB or almond butter, and then suddenly it sits for weeks. easier to keep refrigerated. my favorite is Adams peanut butter, chunky. Love it!. I get the huge jar at Costco and reload a smaller jar I keep in the kitchen. its available in the northwest but don't know about the rest of the country.
Post by traildoggie on Jan 24, 2020 12:08:12 GMT -5
As I was heading to the checkout at Costco, I saw a mixed nut butter on an end cap display, but didn't have a chance to see what was in it. this might be an alternative if a TJ's is a "trek too far" for you as it is for me.