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Title: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 15, 2011, 01:59:08 PM
Is peanut butter a big deal in other countries other than the US?  Here peanut butter is a very common ingredient, not only in sweets, but in sandwiches.  The standard is the PBJ sandwich (peanut butter and jelly) which is so common most people would know what you are talking about if you simply say, "PBJ".

I love peanut butter (peanut butter and honey or peanut butter and butter sandwiches--YUM!) but I remember hearing a French teacher say that she couldn't abide it and that it "looked like baby sh@t" to her.

Common elsewhere or not?
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: camlan on September 15, 2011, 02:35:44 PM
My SIL is Turkish. They don't have peanut butter in Turkey. When SIL first came to the US, my brother was having her try all sorts of American food. Her favorite? Peanut butter.

Whenever they are stationed somewhere where they can't get PB, I have to ship them some on a regular basis. And SIL has gotten her whole family hooked on the stuff, so every year I send the family a holiday package with a couple of jars.

Honestly, I thought SIL would not like PB. It's an odd texture if you are not used to it. But she fooled me!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: tjika on September 15, 2011, 02:49:17 PM
We have peanut butter here in the netherlands, but it is very different from the common version in the US.

I love the american version and regularly stock up on skippy which they sell in some shops here. Also reese's peanut butter cups. Always buy a big bag when I see them. (which is not often enough)
My father on the other hand really dislikes the american version and used to take several jars of calve (dutch brand) with him when they lived abroad.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: alice on September 15, 2011, 02:59:56 PM
tjika-how are the two types different?
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: faithlessone on September 15, 2011, 03:13:10 PM
Peanut butter is very popular in the UK.

I personally absolutely love PBJ sandwiches (and you've got me craving them right now), but I don't know very many other British people who like them.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: tjika on September 15, 2011, 03:40:16 PM
tjika-how are the two types different?

dutch peanut butter is much less sweet and slightly coarser. Its more like the peanut you would find in health food stores in the US.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Horace on September 15, 2011, 05:08:55 PM
Peanut butter is very popular in the UK.

I personally absolutely love PBJ sandwiches (and you've got me craving them right now), but I don't know very many other British people who like them.

I love them and I'm in the UK too :) I am also in love with peanut butter cups and wish we could buy the mini versions over here for a decent price so I could use them in baking.

Does America have crunchy peanut butter or just smooth? In the UK we have both types - I prefer crunchy but the rest of my friends prefer smooth.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 15, 2011, 05:16:29 PM
Peanut butter is very popular in the UK.

I personally absolutely love PBJ sandwiches (and you've got me craving them right now), but I don't know very many other British people who like them.

I love them and I'm in the UK too :) I am also in love with peanut butter cups and wish we could buy the mini versions over here for a decent price so I could use them in baking.

Does America have crunchy peanut butter or just smooth? In the UK we have both types - I prefer crunchy but the rest of my friends prefer smooth.

We (US) have both crunchy and smooth.  I love crunchy but started out with smooth for my daughter and I have developed a taste for it.

Peanut butter cups.  Yum yum.  I can and have eaten whole bags of the things.

Any other e-hellions from Europe/Asia/Down Under out there?  I'd like to hear if the French opinion is a personal one or how all French people feel!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: General Jinjur on September 15, 2011, 05:45:10 PM
Peanut butter is very popular in the UK.

I personally absolutely love PBJ sandwiches (and you've got me craving them right now), but I don't know very many other British people who like them.

What do you put on your PB sandwiches, if not J? I like to put a nice thick sweet-tart jam, like raspberry, or else banana and honey...mmm, peanut butter.

DH and I often have separate jars of PB, since he likes crunchy and I can't abide the stuff. The texture oogs me out.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: HorseFreak on September 15, 2011, 05:52:13 PM
PBJ is gross to this American; Fluffernutters are where it's at! Has to be smooth, no chunks!

(For those not familiar, you unfortunate souls, Fluffernutters are sandwiches made with peanut butter and a thick marshmallow spread called Fluff. It's amazing.)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Elfmama on September 15, 2011, 06:32:04 PM
I thought I was the only one who dislikes PBJ.  Peanut butter, yes!  Jelly/jam, yes!  But both on the same sandwich?  :P (http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/thumbsdown.gif)

Had a run-in with my MIL over it.  I'd spread one slice of bread with PB, and another with strawberry jam, then folded them over on themselves to make half a sandwich each.  For some reason a PBJ would have been fine with her, but not what I did, even though it used less PB and J than a whole sandwich.  ::)  Didn't ask her to make it, didn't ask her to eat it.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 16, 2011, 08:29:11 AM
(US here).  I'm not a fan of PBJ either.  Oh, I'd eat one in a pinch but I prefer, in this order, peanut butter and honey and then peanut butter and butter.  A lot of people find peanut butter and butter together to be gross and, I admit, it is very rich, but oh so good!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: gorplady on September 16, 2011, 09:28:22 AM
I love peanut butter. I prefer smooth but will eat chunky if I accidentally grab the wrong kind.

I love peanut butter and honey; peanut butter and all types of jelly/jams; peanut butter and nutella; peanut butter and bacon; peanut butter and bananas....

One of my easiest and most requested appetizers is a simple crudite tray with celery, carrots, apple slices, mini-chocolate bars and peanut butter as a dip.

Personal brand favorite: Peter Pan
Family brand favorite: Skippy

I also like the all-natural peanut butter made at a local restaurant here: http://www.duluthgrill.com/ (http://www.duluthgrill.com/)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Shea on September 16, 2011, 09:37:33 AM
Peanut butter is very popular in the UK.

I personally absolutely love PBJ sandwiches (and you've got me craving them right now), but I don't know very many other British people who like them.

I love them and I'm in the UK too :) I am also in love with peanut butter cups and wish we could buy the mini versions over here for a decent price so I could use them in baking.

Does America have crunchy peanut butter or just smooth? In the UK we have both types - I prefer crunchy but the rest of my friends prefer smooth.

We (US) have both crunchy and smooth.  I love crunchy but started out with smooth for my daughter and I have developed a taste for it.

Peanut butter cups.  Yum yum.  I can and have eaten whole bags of the things.

Any other e-hellions from Europe/Asia/Down Under out there?  I'd like to hear if the French opinion is a personal one or how all French people feel!

I'm not French, but I did live in France for awhile. In my experience, most French people aren't fond of peanut butter. It's hard to find (at least it was where I lived); the only place I ever saw it was health-food stores. I also got the impression that while peanut butter itself might be okay, if not nearly as desirable as Nutella, the North American habit of pairing it was jam was considered disgusting.

I love PBJ (with raspberry or blackberry jam, ideally), but I've never had a Fluffernutter and frankly I think I'll keep it that way!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Maujer on September 16, 2011, 09:47:09 AM
PBJ is gross to this American; Fluffernutters are where it's at! Has to be smooth, no chunks!

(For those not familiar, you unfortunate souls, Fluffernutters are sandwiches made with peanut butter and a thick marshmallow spread called Fluff. It's amazing.)

Yes! Invented in Somerville, MA! My husband is from CT and completely opposed to fluff. I say this is why I'm kicking his state out of New England. ;)

Regarding chunky or smooth, I prefer smooth but that's partially because I like to mix my PB with flax seeds. Yum.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Giggity on September 16, 2011, 10:39:24 AM
My little brother used to eat the marshmallow concoctions. I have no idea how one chews those. Sticky substance + sticky substance = sticky mouth!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: mandycorn on September 16, 2011, 12:21:29 PM
With lots of milk to wash it down!

I love my fluffernutter sandwiches with chocolate chips in the middle and on toast, so the spread gets a little soft and melty :D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: audrey1962 on September 16, 2011, 12:46:36 PM
We belong to the PB&J of the month club...
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 16, 2011, 12:56:33 PM
We belong to the PB&J of the month club...


Ohhh, yum!  I Google that and found the website.  The only thing is that the pictures of the jam just oozing from the bread turned me off.  I don't really like gobs of jam like that.  But is still is a really neat concept!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on September 16, 2011, 01:00:30 PM
English muffin fresh out of the toaster with creamy melty PB.......*drool* YUM
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 16, 2011, 01:08:22 PM
English muffin fresh out of the toaster with creamy melty PB.......*drool* YUM

Add honey and I'm in.  I've eaten that a million times at least.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: violinp on September 16, 2011, 01:10:51 PM
I love peanut butter! I'll eat it on a sandwich (don't ask about my pb and ham sandwiches), with carrots or celery, on crackers, on toast, waffles, or pancakes...Yeah, I think I might enjoy a PB&J sandwich.  :P

And, I'm from the Southern US. Hate crunchy peanut butter - I feel like there are bugs in my mouth.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Ereine on September 16, 2011, 02:29:30 PM
I'm in Finland. I don't think that I've ever eaten peanut butter, except maybe once in Ben&Jerry's ice cream. I believe that it's available here, at least in some stores though Nutella type of things are more common and neither is particularly popular on sandwiches. I think that we have the wrong sort of bread, rye bread is very popular and I think that most of our bread has the sort of taste and texture that doesn't go well with things like that. Is most American bread wheat?

Some stores have started stocking exotic American items recently. Like that marshmallow Fluff. It was very delicious though I couldn't imagine eating it on bread.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 16, 2011, 02:47:43 PM
I'm in Finland. I don't think that I've ever eaten peanut butter, except maybe once in Ben&Jerry's ice cream. I believe that it's available here, at least in some stores though Nutella type of things are more common and neither is particularly popular on sandwiches. I think that we have the wrong sort of bread, rye bread is very popular and I think that most of our bread has the sort of taste and texture that doesn't go well with things like that. Is most American bread wheat?

Some stores have started stocking exotic American items recently. Like that marshmallow Fluff. It was very delicious though I couldn't imagine eating it on bread.

Yeah, peanut butter and rye bread would be an ... interesting ... combination although I believe I have done it out of desperation.  In the US, wheat bread is the default (both whole wheat and refined wheat).
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: General Jinjur on September 16, 2011, 02:50:54 PM
Now I'm craving my all-time favorite sandwich: peanut butter and bacon. Don't knock it till you've tried it!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: mandycorn on September 16, 2011, 03:09:42 PM
I'm in Finland. I don't think that I've ever eaten peanut butter, except maybe once in Ben&Jerry's ice cream. I believe that it's available here, at least in some stores though Nutella type of things are more common and neither is particularly popular on sandwiches. I think that we have the wrong sort of bread, rye bread is very popular and I think that most of our bread has the sort of taste and texture that doesn't go well with things like that. Is most American bread wheat?

Some stores have started stocking exotic American items recently. Like that marshmallow Fluff. It was very delicious though I couldn't imagine eating it on bread.


Yeah, peanut butter and rye bread would be an ... interesting ... combination although I believe I have done it out of desperation.  In the US, wheat bread is the default (both whole wheat and refined wheat).


I love peanut butter on rye bread. But you have to toast the bread first, then add a thin layer of butter, and then a thicker layer of creamy peanut butter. It's been my go-to breakfast for almost a decade!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: demarco on September 16, 2011, 07:30:11 PM
I 'll eat PB on rye if the rye is toasted.  Not bad.

My favorite PB platform is toasted oat bread.  The PB melts nicely and the nuttiness of the oats enhances the nuttiness of the PB. 

Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: JonGirl on September 17, 2011, 02:09:15 AM


This Australian loves some Kraft smooth peanut butter!  With milk to drink.  :)
Especially on hot grainy toast.
We have crunchy as well but I won't eat that.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: DuBois on September 17, 2011, 02:27:15 AM


I'm British and obsessed with peanut butter. Not with jam, I wouldn't like that. But I love it with Nutella. My favourite comfort food is two digestive biscuits (graham crackers) sandwiched together with PB, sliced bananas, and Nutella. If I'm really going to town, I add whipped cream.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: oz diva on September 17, 2011, 02:33:43 AM
In Australia PB is very popular. Unfortunately due to nut allergies, it's not allowed to be taken into most schools. So many kids would have Vegemite at least once a week instead. Not that Vegemite is a substitute being savoury rather than sweet, but it's an easy spread and make a delicious sandwich, not combined with marshmallow though.  ;)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: ArizonaGirl77 on September 17, 2011, 02:36:55 AM
I'm American, born and bred and I cannot stand peanut butter in any form or fashion. It's disgusting, vile, nasty stuff. I wouldn't eat it if it were the last thing on earth! I do stock it in my house but if you eat it than I ask that you A) Rinse every last ounce of the nasty stuff from your dish/utensil/whatever before leaving it in my sink and B) Brush your teeth/chew gum/something before we have any sort of contact which gets you close enough to breathe on me (and in this I"m referring to close family members, not the coworker who had it for lunch and has to be near me at a meeting...I just hold my breath or breathe shallowly in those situations!). No, I'm not kidding either.

Funny enough - my oldest son tolerates PBJ's  (although he never even ate one until he was 3 and it was at a friend's house - not mine) but it's not a food he would just naturally ask for. My middle son has the same loathing for it I do (mine is based on a traumatic childhood experience with the vile stuff - his comes naturally from having tried it and deciding it's vile of his own choosing). And, my youngest son would eat it right out of the jar with a spoon if I'd let him! UGH! LOL!

The hardest thing for me is filling my dog's Kong up with PB. I will beg, bribe, cajole, plead, and do whatever else is necessary to have someone else do it! However, Gyps only gets  a PB filled Kong on rare occasions...and only if I'm well stocked up on Milk Bones or Greenies to clean her breath after she has gotten all the peanut butter!!

Ok - I'm done now! LOL!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: marcel on September 17, 2011, 06:13:39 AM
Peanut butter is very popular in the UK.

I personally absolutely love PBJ sandwiches (and you've got me craving them right now), but I don't know very many other British people who like them.

What do you put on your PB sandwiches, if not J? I like to put a nice thick sweet-tart jam, like raspberry, or else banana and honey...mmm, peanut butter.

DH and I often have separate jars of PB, since he likes crunchy and I can't abide the stuff. The texture oogs me out.
The funny thing is that the question answers itself: peanut butter ;D.

As another poster said, peanut butter is very popular in the Netherlands. Mysel, I hate it, but I always have it at home to make peanut sauce, which I love.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Spoder on September 17, 2011, 06:28:09 AM


I'm British and obsessed with peanut butter. Not with jam, I wouldn't like that. But I love it with Nutella. My favourite comfort food is two digestive biscuits (graham crackers) sandwiched together with PB, sliced bananas, and Nutella. If I'm really going to town, I add whipped cream.

Um, yum!!  :P

I'm Aussie, and I don't think peanut butter (usually called peanut paste here) is anywhere near as popular as Vegemite, honey or even jam (jelly). Well, certainly not as popular as Vegemite, the food of the gods.  ;). Personally, I only like crunchy PB, not smooth. And I've only every had PB combined with honey, although I'd gladly try it Gahr's way, with bananas and Nutella!

I think the last jar of PB I had on the shelf went off before I used it up. And nobody I know would understand what you wanted if you asked for a PBJ sandwich. So I suppose it really is a lot less popular here than it is in the US.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: oz diva on September 17, 2011, 06:54:18 AM
It's called peanut butter in Melbourne. Whereabouts are you Spoder?
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Spoder on September 17, 2011, 07:01:10 AM
It's called peanut butter in Melbourne. Whereabouts are you Spoder?

Western Australia. We're a little bit backward here.  :-[ ;)

(I think more people are calling it peanut butter now, but when I was a kid, that would have been considered an Americanism. Most people I know still call it peanut paste).
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: marcel on September 17, 2011, 07:53:21 AM
About the name, the Dutch word is peanut cheese
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: camlan on September 17, 2011, 08:09:26 AM
It's called peanut butter in Melbourne. Whereabouts are you Spoder?

Western Australia. We're a little bit backward here.  :-[ ;)

(I think more people are calling it peanut butter now, but when I was a kid, that would have been considered an Americanism. Most people I know still call it peanut paste).

Well, it can sort of glue your tongue to the top of your mouth, so paste is a lot more accurate then butter.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: megswsu on September 17, 2011, 08:23:33 AM
American here who has always hated, even as a child, a PB&J. *However* I love peanut butter itself. Usually I'll make a peanut butter and honey sandwich while DH and Little Coug get the PB&Js.

Also my taste in the type of peanut butter has changed as I no longer like the Skippys or Jiffs; now all we eat is the Smucker's Natural (I think it's the name) where the only ingredients are peanuts and a little salt. Of course there's oil at the top so you have to mix it but I don't mind. To me the taste is far superior to the other more processed brands out there. Now I only buy the other brands for peanut butter cookies. :)

In the last couple of years I discovered apple slices spread w/a little bit of peanut butter. Delicious!!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Cricket on September 17, 2011, 10:38:49 AM
When I was a kid and heard about Americans eating peanut butter and jelly, I thought " How/why would you put jelly on a sandwich?" Many years later, I found out that what Australian's call jelly Americans call jello. So glad the young me never tried PB&Jello!!!

Peanut butter is one are two of my DH and DS's main food groups. There is a hint of panic if the jar is almost empty and there's not a new one in the pantry. I think they'd both go into total meltdown if there was none in the house  ::)

I buy a brand which has no added sugar or salt. I'll have a peanut butter sandwich maybe once a month, but I love it on vanilla ice-cream. Yummmmmmmmy.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on September 17, 2011, 10:55:37 AM
I love the stuff.  Crunchy or smooth - depends on my mood and the brand.  Mostly my mood.  I love most nut-butters.  Cashew butter is divine!  A Nutella rocks too.  In college, my roommates and I put it on everything, including baked chicken.  I don't think we were ever able to find something it didn't taste good on, except Chinese food.

As to jelly - grape? strawberry? something else?  I grew up with grape, but I love it all.  DH is a hardcore strawberry kind of guy. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Cyradis on September 17, 2011, 11:10:43 AM
Peanut butter is quite popular in Trinidad and we have a few local brands. The American brands are more flavourful, in my opinion. Peanut butter on whole wheat toast is a favourite breakfast of mine and one of the only foods I can stomach when I'm sick. I love a good PBJ but with guava jelly or jam. Strawberry is tolerable but never grape jelly.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: MummySweet on September 17, 2011, 11:13:43 AM
My DH says that peanut butter is my only food group.     :D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Thipu1 on September 17, 2011, 12:17:49 PM
PBJ is gross to this American; Fluffernutters are where it's at! Has to be smooth, no chunks!

(For those not familiar, you unfortunate souls, Fluffernutters are sandwiches made with peanut butter and a thick marshmallow spread called Fluff. It's amazing.)

Oh, yes.  Fluffernutters were known when I was a child but that was never allowed in the home of my parents.  To be honest, I never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until I was in College.  At home, the sandwich of choice was cream cheese and jelly.   
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: General Jinjur on September 17, 2011, 01:12:08 PM
I don't think I'd like a PB sandwich without leavening of some kind. The J or honey or bacon keeps it from being overly sticky and one-note.

To clarify: in the US we have jelly and jam. As a PP noted, what Britishers call "jelly" we would call "Jell-O." But what is the equivalent to our jelly called? Jam being a thick, all-fruit spread, and jelly being gelatinous and...fruit-colored. ~shudder~ I hate jelly.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Maujer on September 17, 2011, 07:32:21 PM
I like PB on Ezekiel bread. I'm not a big bread person, but this stuff is my favorite. With Trader Joe's salted PB, flax seeds, and maybe a little nutella? Yum.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sharnita on September 17, 2011, 07:50:11 PM
as far as I am concenred strawberry jam is for breakfast in the morning and grape jelly is for peanut butter sandwiches.  I do go to a smoothy place where they have flatbread sandwiches with peanut butter, granola, honey and banana.  They toast it just a little. I love those things.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Aggiesque on September 19, 2011, 01:38:07 PM
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I thought I was the only one who dislikes PBJ.  Peanut butter, yes!  Jelly/jam, yes!  But both on the same sandwich?   

Me too. Although I know I ate it growing up now and then- although I also remember primarily eating peanut butter (only) sandwiches. DH and DD both eat PBJ like it's going out of style.

DH hates crunchy- but that is the BEST kind for making peanut butter cookies, imo!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: lady_disdain on September 19, 2011, 02:56:21 PM
Peanut butter is virtually unknown here in Brazil. There is a local "peanut spread" that is not popular at all.

I got hooked on peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cups when I was in the US, so I scout for the peanut spread. It is also good for peanut sauce (which I got hooked on in Holland). Peanut butter and Nutella is heavenly. Oh! And the Canadian Nature Valley sweet and salty peanut butter bar - drool.

Yup, I am an addict and I beg people to send me some of this stuff. My poor friends always bring some back for me.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on September 19, 2011, 03:41:03 PM
I remember a while back we discussed nuggets of wisdom from our mothers.  My mother taught me that peanut butter makes everything better (if only for a little while).

Seriously, the lady's always got a spoon in a jar of the stuff.  I think her blood type is Jiff. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: rose red on September 19, 2011, 04:59:25 PM
I like peanut butter but only plain on toast.  I do not like PBJ or in chocolate.  However, I do like it in egg rolls; gives it some zip.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: #borecore on September 19, 2011, 05:43:50 PM
I love PB. I buy the natural stuff (no added sugar, just peanuts and maybe a smidge of salt), but I'll eat Jif in a pinch. Nothing TOO sweet or oily. Any texture is fine, though I have an affinity for that rough-ground stuff that I realize most people don't share.

Jelly (jam), I like strawberry or mixed berry or apple butter. I usually pass on PB&J, though, especially if the person making it uses too much jelly or thinks that grape is remotely OK. It is not OK, not unless you have no tastebuds.  :P

I use peanut sauce a lot in stir fries, or for dipping steamed vegetables. And make PB cookies for special occasions.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: DuBois on September 20, 2011, 01:12:02 AM
I love PB. I buy the natural stuff (no added sugar, just peanuts and maybe a smidge of salt), but I'll eat Jif in a pinch. Nothing TOO sweet or oily. Any texture is fine, though I have an affinity for that rough-ground stuff that I realize most people don't share.

Jelly (jam), I like strawberry or mixed berry or apple butter. I usually pass on PB&J, though, especially if the person making it uses too much jelly or thinks that grape is remotely OK. It is not OK, not unless you have no tastebuds.  :P

I use peanut sauce a lot in stir fries, or for dipping steamed vegetables. And make PB cookies for special occasions.

Ooh,PB cookies sound lovely. Could you possibly post a recipe? :)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: cicero on September 20, 2011, 01:53:16 AM
in israel, here.

I like PB and i like PBJ sandwiches but i stopped eating the american brands (skippy et al) and i only buy the natural one (it has only peanuts and sea salt). grape jelly is virtually unavailable here, and i usually eat it with strawberry jam.

israelis don't eat that much PB - many kids here (ok, adults too) grew up eating chocolate spread sandwiches. however, generations have grown up on a peanut butter flavored snack called BAMBA which is a puffed snacky food. they even have moms believing it's healthy... because it has vitamins or something...

and in the last decade or so, thai and vietnamese food have become more and more popular and the recipes call for peanut butter so that has been on the rise.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 20, 2011, 10:28:47 AM
I love PB. I buy the natural stuff (no added sugar, just peanuts and maybe a smidge of salt), but I'll eat Jif in a pinch. Nothing TOO sweet or oily. Any texture is fine, though I have an affinity for that rough-ground stuff that I realize most people don't share.

Jelly (jam), I like strawberry or mixed berry or apple butter. I usually pass on PB&J, though, especially if the person making it uses too much jelly or thinks that grape is remotely OK. It is not OK, not unless you have no tastebuds.  :P

I use peanut sauce a lot in stir fries, or for dipping steamed vegetables. And make PB cookies for special occasions.

Ooh,PB cookies sound lovely. Could you possibly post a recipe? :)

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/classic-peanut-butter-cookies/detail.aspx (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/classic-peanut-butter-cookies/detail.aspx)

A very delicious variation is to make "Peanut Blossums".  Make the recipe above but don't "criss cross" the cookies with a folk--just sort of flatten them a bit before you bake.  After the cookies come out of the oven, press an unwrapped Hershey Kiss lightly into the middle of the cookie.  Oh yum.  I want one now!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: #borecore on September 20, 2011, 12:51:53 PM
in israel, here.

I like PB and i like PBJ sandwiches but i stopped eating the american brands (skippy et al) and i only buy the natural one (it has only peanuts and sea salt). grape jelly is virtually unavailable here, and i usually eat it with strawberry jam.

israelis don't eat that much PB - many kids here (ok, adults too) grew up eating chocolate spread sandwiches. however, generations have grown up on a peanut butter flavored snack called BAMBA which is a puffed snacky food. they even have moms believing it's healthy... because it has vitamins or something...

and in the last decade or so, thai and vietnamese food have become more and more popular and the recipes call for peanut butter so that has been on the rise.

I bought Bamba at the kosher section of a nearby market. What was odd to me was how little peanut flavor was in them. They were similar to Cheetos, (puffed cheesy things) but not coated in cheesy dust and with just the slightest peanutty flavor. I'm not sure whether I liked them or not, if that makes any sense.

Gahr:
I make them vegan so BF will eat them, so I use mashed overripe bananas in place of the eggs, and use shortening or artificial butter instead of butter. But this recipe is good in the traditional way, too (just use half butter, half shortening for a richer flavor). My favorite, works with any type of peanut butter:
Crisco PB Cookies (http://www.crisco.com/recipes/details.aspx?RecipeID=960)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: DuBois on September 20, 2011, 01:09:51 PM


Thank you very much, Betelnut and JMarvellous!  I'll have to try them out! I especially like the idea of mashed bananas in the cookies, that sounds yum. Unforunately, my boyfriend doesn't like peanut butter. More for me >:D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Cyradis on September 24, 2011, 12:11:19 AM
I like peanut butter but only plain on toast.  I do not like PBJ or in chocolate.  However, I do like it in egg rolls; gives it some zip.

I don't much like it in chocolate either, it's just too much sweet. An old friend and college roommate of mine used to nuke Reese's PB cups in the microwave and eat them blissfully.  :P I am curious about the Snickers peanut butter squares though.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: sempronialou on September 24, 2011, 08:21:51 PM
I've been making my own peanut butter.  I wish I could get it as smooth as creamy commercial peanut butter like Jiff.  Not a fan of chunky style.  Peanut butter is more of a rare treat anyway. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: lady_disdain on September 25, 2011, 06:42:06 PM
I've been making my own peanut butter.  I wish I could get it as smooth as creamy commercial peanut butter like Jiff.  Not a fan of chunky style.  Peanut butter is more of a rare treat anyway. 

Would you care to share a recipe? I would love to make some for myself.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Julia Mercer on September 25, 2011, 10:42:59 PM
I would love the recipe with mashed bananas, that sounds heavenly!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: #borecore on September 25, 2011, 10:51:06 PM
Jules, it's a pretty standard vegan (or general oops-I-don't-have-enough-eggs) trick. It's about 1 mashed overripe banana (I usually freeze them when they start to get really brown, then thaw and smush when I need them) to one regular egg in any given recipe in which banana wouldn't be too distracting of a flavor. If you have really small bananas, it might be closer to 1.5 bananas per one egg.

It won't necessarily make the world's fluffiest cookies because bananas are more dense, but when you've got vegan family and friends, it's a great option to have.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: sempronialou on September 25, 2011, 10:51:28 PM
You take peanuts and put them in a food processor or blender and crush them up.  Then you add some vegetable, peanut, or canola oil (but not olive oil) and blend it.  The amount should be just enough to make it creamy.  Add a dash of salt for flavor (if unsalted peanuts) You can also mix in honey, agave nectar, or sugar to sweeten if you wish.  Store it in your fridge.  It's very tasty. 

Here's step by step instructions from a website I found:  http://www.pickyourown.org/howtomakepeanutbutter.htm
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: StarDrifter on September 25, 2011, 11:04:54 PM
All this talk made me want peanut butter on toast!

We have a big jar of chunky/crunchy Skippy that we got at Costco - but I have also got some smooth Kraft peanut butter that I prefer.

We also have a jar of no-additives all-natural crunchy peanut butter that I use in satay sauces rather than the Skippy - it tastes  different somehow with Skippy than with the all-natural thing.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: I'mnotinsane on September 26, 2011, 10:56:24 PM
I love PB. I buy the natural stuff (no added sugar, just peanuts and maybe a smidge of salt), but I'll eat Jif in a pinch. Nothing TOO sweet or oily. Any texture is fine, though I have an affinity for that rough-ground stuff that I realize most people don't share.

Jelly (jam), I like strawberry or mixed berry or apple butter. I usually pass on PB&J, though, especially if the person making it uses too much jelly or thinks that grape is remotely OK. It is not OK, not unless you have no tastebuds.  :P

I use peanut sauce a lot in stir fries, or for dipping steamed vegetables. And make PB cookies for special occasions.

Ooh,PB cookies sound lovely. Could you possibly post a recipe? :)

Gahr you have to try peanut butter brownies...  :)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: I'mnotinsane on September 26, 2011, 10:59:40 PM
Peanut butter is very popular in the UK.

I personally absolutely love PBJ sandwiches (and you've got me craving them right now), but I don't know very many other British people who like them.

I love them and I'm in the UK too :) I am also in love with peanut butter cups and wish we could buy the mini versions over here for a decent price so I could use them in baking.
Does America have crunchy peanut butter or just smooth? In the UK we have both types - I prefer crunchy but the rest of my friends prefer smooth.

If you put the regular size cups in the freezer for 20-30 minutes they should chop up nicely.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: DuBois on September 27, 2011, 02:33:10 AM
I love PB. I buy the natural stuff (no added sugar, just peanuts and maybe a smidge of salt), but I'll eat Jif in a pinch. Nothing TOO sweet or oily. Any texture is fine, though I have an affinity for that rough-ground stuff that I realize most people don't share.

Jelly (jam), I like strawberry or mixed berry or apple butter. I usually pass on PB&J, though, especially if the person making it uses too much jelly or thinks that grape is remotely OK. It is not OK, not unless you have no tastebuds.  :P

I use peanut sauce a lot in stir fries, or for dipping steamed vegetables. And make PB cookies for special occasions.

Ooh,PB cookies sound lovely. Could you possibly post a recipe? :)

Gahr you have to try peanut butter brownies...  :)

Oh wow! Yes, I do have to try them. That sounds amazing!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on September 27, 2011, 08:14:17 AM
Dairy Queen sells peanut butter shakes.  Yum, yum, yum.  I want one now!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: General Jinjur on September 27, 2011, 01:01:10 PM
This talk of peanut butter cups reminds me. I always wanted one of those giant PB cups you see in candy stores, but I managed to talk myself out of getting them each and every time. Finally I said, "Forget this, I want to LIVE!" and decided that the next time I spotted one, it would be mine. So soon enough I scooped one up from a chocolate store - and it was completely disappointing. Awful, waxy chocolate (reminiscent of Palmer's) and the PB was neither salty nor sweet enough. I knew I could do better, so I did - I made my own giant PB cups and gave them away for hostess gifts, for Christmas, and other occasions, and of course ate a few myself  :D Here's how I did it.

First step is getting a bag of good-quality chocolate chips (Guittard's milk) and a jar of creamy Jif. Next I lined a muffin tin with cupcake papers. The chocolate was melted in a double boiler, with a generous spoonful of PB mixed in to keep it pliable. I filled each muffin cup about 1/3 full, plopped a tablespoon of PB on it, then poured the chocolate in to the top, and fridge for a few hours. So so SO GOOD! And super easy.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: LTrew on October 03, 2011, 06:00:25 AM
I  had an unfortunate experience after eating a big slice of my mom's chocolate peanut butter pie and went off the chocolate/peanut butter pairing for years.  I can tolerate it now without gagging but still won't eat a peanut butter cup because a decade of living in the UK has made eating US chocolate a gagging experience...

I like Jif, my family send me big tubs every once in a while.  The type of peanut butter available in the grocery stores in the UK aren't the same, definitely not creamy enough. I'm not allowed to eat it right now because the fat content and my gallbladder aren't getting along, but if I'm completely honest the perfect peanut butter sandwich is:
cheap, soft white bread
creamy peanut butter
raspberry jam

I don't buy white bread though, so that is a real indulgence.  I hate grape jelly, and I have always been creeped out by those jars that have the peanut butter and the jelly in stripes, you have to have them separate on the bread!

I will also quite happily eat what I call a "smooshed" peanut butter sandwich - you only put peanut butter on the bread, and then flatten it out completely.  Peanut butter, honey and banana is pretty good, as long as you can keep your banana in check as it always wants to escape.

I did once know someone who eats (UK) peanut butter and cheese sandwiches.  That idea has never seemed a particularly good one...
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: iridaceae on October 03, 2011, 06:33:54 AM
:P I am curious about the Snickers peanut butter squares though.

Those are wonderful.

Peanut butter is okay- Reese's cups are wonderful- but I'm not really a sandwich eater so I don't eat PB sandwiches very much.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Greyalien on November 29, 2011, 12:29:44 AM
All this reading about peanut butter is making me very hungry ;D

Peanut butter has always been pretty popular where I am (Melbourne) and I have recently been converted to peanut butter with honey after years of mocking my sister for liking it!

Mmmm hot toasted bagels with Kraft crunchy peanut butter and honey...... >:D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on November 29, 2011, 11:22:41 AM
All this reading about peanut butter is making me very hungry ;D

Peanut butter has always been pretty popular where I am (Melbourne) and I have recently been converted to peanut butter with honey after years of mocking my sister for liking it!

Mmmm hot toasted bagels with Kraft crunchy peanut butter and honey...... >:D

That's one of my favorites!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Seraphia on November 30, 2011, 03:00:47 PM
I like Jif, my family send me big tubs every once in a while.  The type of peanut butter available in the grocery stores in the UK aren't the same, definitely not creamy enough. I'm not allowed to eat it right now because the fat content and my gallbladder aren't getting along, but if I'm completely honest the perfect peanut butter sandwich is:
cheap, soft white bread
creamy peanut butter
raspberry jam

I don't buy white bread though, so that is a real indulgence.  I hate grape jelly, and I have always been creeped out by those jars that have the peanut butter and the jelly in stripes, you have to have them separate on the bread!

I will also quite happily eat what I call a "smooshed" peanut butter sandwich - you only put peanut butter on the bread, and then flatten it out completely.  Peanut butter, honey and banana is pretty good, as long as you can keep your banana in check as it always wants to escape.

I did once know someone who eats (UK) peanut butter and cheese sandwiches.  That idea has never seemed a particularly good one...

Those stripey jars are just...wrong somehow. I disagree on the grape jelly though, grape is my favorite.

We have so much peanut butter right now, I'm a bit sick of it. I accidentally bought the double jumbo pack of creamy Jif twice in the course of a week, so we have about a gallon. If my brother lived near here, he'd eat it though. His favorite sandwiches as a kid were peanut butter, honey, mayo and cheese, and peanut butter, salami, mayo and cheese. I could never stomach the idea of PB and mayo...bleargh!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: LazyDaisy on November 30, 2011, 03:19:30 PM
Am I the only nut who buys a jar of PB and a bag of milk chocolate or dark chocolate Nestle chips to make my own Peanut Butter "Cup"? A spoon full of PB and generous sprinkle of chips is heaven. The ingredients just never make it to the cookie stage with me.

Off topic slightly but I'm shocked lately by the price of PB (I'm in the US). I hear that this was a bad harvest year for peanuts and so supply is short. The last medium size jar of Jiff I bought was over $7 -- I can't even imagine what PB would cost in countries where it is an import.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: supernova on November 30, 2011, 03:24:40 PM
I don't think I'd like a PB sandwich without leavening of some kind. The J or honey or bacon keeps it from being overly sticky and one-note.

To clarify: in the US we have jelly and jam. As a PP noted, what Britishers call "jelly" we would call "Jell-O." But what is the equivalent to our jelly called? Jam being a thick, all-fruit spread, and jelly being gelatinous and...fruit-colored. ~shudder~ I hate jelly.

Interesting! 

I was taught to make both jelly and jam (American versions) as a child, and in our kitchen, the only difference between jelly and jam was that jam would have the natural fruit parts still in it -- i.e., the seeds of the raspberries, the skins of the plums, etc. -- while jelly was a product of just the juiced and strained fruit, plus sugar and pectin.  You needed more pectin for jelly than for jam, to replace the natural pectin in the skins, etc.

Therefore, jam was readily available, and jelly was a treat, because it was harder to make and produced fewer jars from the same amount of fruit.  And after spending all day picking berries, you didn't want to work all the next day squeezing cheesecloth to get a mere dozen tiny jars of jelly...

Fascinating, the differences possible in the same language!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: General Jinjur on November 30, 2011, 05:21:02 PM
Homemade jelly can certainly be that, but by the official definition of commercially produced jelly, it does not actually have to contain fruit. Homemade jelly is tasty, mass-produced jelly is nasty.

Am I the only nut who buys a jar of PB and a bag of milk chocolate or dark chocolate Nestle chips to make my own Peanut Butter "Cup"? A spoon full of PB and generous sprinkle of chips is heaven. The ingredients just never make it to the cookie stage with me.

Um...no  :P The very best is when you spread the PB on a shortbread cookie and then top it with the chips. Just in case you need to gain a significant amount of weight in a short time, or something.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Elisabunny on November 30, 2011, 09:05:26 PM
Homemade jelly can certainly be that, but by the official definition of commercially produced jelly, it does not actually have to contain fruit. Homemade jelly is tasty, mass-produced jelly is nasty.

I made my very first batch of grape jelly this year.  It tastes nothing like commercial grape jelly.

When I was a kid, I ate plain, crunchy peanut butter sandwiches because I thought the jelly or jam made it nasty.  These days I'm rather fond of pb&banana.

Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: lady_disdain on December 01, 2011, 05:52:29 AM
Am I the only nut who buys a jar of PB and a bag of milk chocolate or dark chocolate Nestle chips to make my own Peanut Butter "Cup"? A spoon full of PB and generous sprinkle of chips is heaven. The ingredients just never make it to the cookie stage with me.

Off topic slightly but I'm shocked lately by the price of PB (I'm in the US). I hear that this was a bad harvest year for peanuts and so supply is short. The last medium size jar of Jiff I bought was over $7 -- I can't even imagine what PB would cost in countries where it is an import.

I spread peanut butter on a small bar of chocolate and eat it.

I tried making homemade peanut butter on tuesday. It tasted good, but the texture was more gritty than I like.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: kethria on December 01, 2011, 08:38:20 AM
When I lived in Bogota I would always have to bring a half a dozen jars of PB because you couldn't get it down there and once my family was introduced to it, it became and addiction, so my PB would quickly disappear. :)

I used to eat Peter Pan with honey, but now I've developed a love for the all natural just peanuts and salt kind, various brands, Kirkland (Costco) had a great one but I haven't been able to find it recently.

Peanut butter is the ultimate sandwich condiment, especially if you get the unsweetened type, because it can go either savory or sweet. I'll put just about anything on a sandwich with PB. I love PB, sharp cheddar cheese, and dill pickles. PB and sliced green bell peppers and cheese, PB and Jam or Jelly, PB and coconut flakes and bananas, PB and crushed potato chips and provolone, PB and bacon. PB bacon and bananas. PB bacon and FRIED bananas. PB, sunflower seeds and potato chips.

Basically I'll pair PB with anything that strikes my fancy. To quote something I read somewhere "Peanut Butter is the ultimate "flavor player" hooking up with everybody in the fridge and pantry".

Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Kath68 on December 01, 2011, 11:06:17 PM
Aussie here. Peanut butter is common here, but not as popular as vegemite is. I actually like peanut butter and vegemite together on a sandwich. I haven't come across anyone else who does though. I discovered it one day when I couldn't decide whether I wanted a vegemite sandwich or a peanut butter sandwich,so I just put both on.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Greyalien on December 02, 2011, 12:01:36 AM
Aussie here. Peanut butter is common here, but not as popular as vegemite is. I actually like peanut butter and vegemite together on a sandwich. I haven't come across anyone else who does though. I discovered it one day when I couldn't decide whether I wanted a vegemite sandwich or a peanut butter sandwich,so I just put both on.

Hmmm. I have vegemite and peanut butter at home at the moment. Not sure if I'm game enought to try them together...might save it for a midnight snack kind of thing (and then only use one slice of bread). :-\
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: MizB on December 04, 2011, 10:59:49 AM
I am a peanut butter addict and will eat it almost any way including in chocolate ice cream. Mr. O on the other hand, hates it.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: catgal on December 27, 2011, 07:12:11 AM
Yet another Aussie (seriously, you can never have too many). 

I still call it peanut paste as that what it was called when I was growing up, but most brands have been taken over by American companies and now called peanut butter.  I love D!ck Smith's extra crunchy peanut paste - it is brilliant in satay sauces, on a stick of celery for quick snack or hot toast with peanut paste and honey - yum!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: violinp on December 31, 2011, 01:10:17 AM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: LazyDaisy on December 31, 2011, 03:29:07 PM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.

I've put peanut butter on plain Eggo-type waffles but not pancakes. I could see drizzling melted peanut butter on pancakes though. That sounds good actually.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Kaypeep on December 31, 2011, 03:58:14 PM
I had breakfast at a cafe this past year where they have PBJ french toast.  Basically, just PB and J spread on hot french toast.  It was the awesome!!!!!!  I haven't done it at home, yet, but I intend to.  I frequently make PBJ on eggos.  I have never done PBJ on pancakes because I'm not a big pancake fan to begin with, but I remember grape jelly on pancakes when I was a kid and it would get totally absorbed into the pancake and I didn't like that.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Lynnv on December 31, 2011, 06:35:01 PM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.

Me.  My late father.  My sister. 

If I am not in the mood for PB and syrup, I will have them with PB and honey or PB and jelly.  Or just with PB.

I prefer it on waffles, but will also go that direction with pancakes sometimes.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: catgal on January 01, 2012, 03:42:59 AM
I feel that this is the only place I can talk about one of my favourite peanut paste loves without being judged.  ;D

Vanilla icecream, slightly softened, with peanut paste and honey roughly stirred through. Put bowl of yumminess back in the freezer for 1/2 hour then take out and enjoy in privacy as no-one else seems to understand how good it is.  Don't mix it in evenly as you want to come across pockets of peanut paste and others of honey - it's like a treasure hunt in a bowl.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Redsoil on January 01, 2012, 04:11:05 AM
One of my late night snacks consists of the following routine.

1 teaspoon of peanut butter consumed as is.

Followed with 1 swallow of sweetened condensed milk straight from the tube.

1 slice of Camenbert cheese (slightly soft).

1 teaspoon of plum jam as a chaser.

Swig of Pepsi Max.

Repeat!

*Yes, all items are my personal stash, so no cross-contamination or hygeine issues etc.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on January 01, 2012, 02:06:51 PM
I feel that this is the only place I can talk about one of my favourite peanut paste loves without being judged.  ;D

Vanilla icecream, slightly softened, with peanut paste and honey roughly stirred through. Put bowl of yumminess back in the freezer for 1/2 hour then take out and enjoy in privacy as no-one else seems to understand how good it is.  Don't mix it in evenly as you want to come across pockets of peanut paste and others of honey - it's like a treasure hunt in a bowl.

Yum! That sounds really, really, really good!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sophia on January 01, 2012, 03:11:42 PM
Yes, PB goes great with ice cream.  I add it to ice cream shakes.  Blend shake like normal, then add PB.  Pulse blend, and then eat.  Really thickens up.

I generally dislike toast, but still warm toast with PB is great.  The PB melts a little.

I remember my Czech relatives were fascinated with PB.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: kethria on January 16, 2012, 10:59:12 AM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.

Peanut butter and maple syrup on waffles or pancakes. Oh yes.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Carotte on January 16, 2012, 12:57:32 PM
France here!
I love peanut butter, but not everyone here knows what it is/ has tasted it. It's not overly easy to find, and it's mostly import so it's quite expensive.
And it's quite sad that we don't get anything with peanut butter inside, reeses cup? a mere dream for me, I'm sure it doesn't really exist, I've never had any :(.
We are more of a Nutella country.


And now I'm craving some peanut butter, but I know I don't have any :(
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Information_queen on January 17, 2012, 12:17:25 PM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.

My favorite breakfast is peanut butter sandwiches made with blueberry waffles. Extra toasty.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Moray on January 17, 2012, 02:10:57 PM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.

My favorite breakfast is peanut butter sandwiches made with blueberry waffles. Extra toasty.

Mine, too! Although my favorite way to enjoy peanut butter is either on a spoon, or spread on rye crackers and topped with kippered herring. Sounds gross, tastes awesome.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Lynnv on January 17, 2012, 03:29:09 PM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.

My favorite breakfast is peanut butter sandwiches made with blueberry waffles. Extra toasty.

Mine, too! Although my favorite way to enjoy peanut butter is either on a spoon, or spread on rye crackers and topped with kippered herring. Sounds gross, tastes awesome.

No herring here (just not a big fish fan), but pb on rye crackers-yummy!  Of course, I also like PB&J on rye bread(or pumpernickel or sourdough) too, so I might be an odd duck on that front.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Moray on January 17, 2012, 04:43:05 PM
Okay, who else puts peanut butter on their pancakes or their waffles? It's a tradition practically in our family. Cabbage puts peanut butter and jelly on her waffles, but I never go that far.

My favorite breakfast is peanut butter sandwiches made with blueberry waffles. Extra toasty.

Mine, too! Although my favorite way to enjoy peanut butter is either on a spoon, or spread on rye crackers and topped with kippered herring. Sounds gross, tastes awesome.

No herring here (just not a big fish fan), but pb on rye crackers-yummy!  Of course, I also like PB&J on rye bread(or pumpernickel or sourdough) too, so I might be an odd duck on that front.

If by "odd duck" you mean "enjoy-er of deliciousness", then yes.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on January 18, 2012, 10:32:25 AM
France here!
I love peanut butter, but not everyone here knows what it is/ has tasted it. It's not overly easy to find, and it's mostly import so it's quite expensive.
And it's quite sad that we don't get anything with peanut butter inside, reeses cup? a mere dream for me, I'm sure it doesn't really exist, I've never had any :(.
We are more of a Nutella country.


And now I'm craving some peanut butter, but I know I don't have any :(

No peanut butter cups?  Quelle horreur!!!!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: amylouky on January 18, 2012, 01:54:13 PM
Am I really the only person who enjoys grilled pb&j?
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sophia on January 19, 2012, 01:35:46 PM
Never occured to me.  I prefer my PB warm, so that sounds amazing
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: amylouky on January 20, 2012, 11:01:01 AM
Never occured to me.  I prefer my PB warm, so that sounds amazing

It is!! I just make it like a grilled cheese, although with less butter on the bread because it's very rich otherwise.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: EMuir on January 20, 2012, 11:22:21 AM
Am I the only one whose dad taught her to enjoy peanut butter and onion sandwiches?  I thought it was a British thing, since Dad's parents were from England.

My favorite way is a thin layer of PB on warm buttered toast. Greasy and good. :)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: jenny_islander on February 11, 2012, 01:10:31 AM
Unsweetened old-fashioned peanut butter and thinly sliced Kosher dill pickle (press some of the moisture out with a towel) on warm, crisply toasted whole-wheat bread.  I don't know why it works, but it works.

BTW, I've been researching US internal food aid programs recently.  There are three different programs that I am aware of that provide vouchers for specific foods or deliver commodities directly to clients.  They all include peanut butter.  Even non-government food banks around the country stock it.  It's just that good at killing hunger and keeping a person going.

Back to less serious topics: Reese's makes peanut butter filled chocolate pumpkins for Hallowee and Christmas trees for, well, Christmas.  And peanut butter eggs for Easter.  Mmmm!  If you can't get peanut butter cups where you live and you're craving them, here's a quick way to make some:

Melt some eating chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave.  Drizzle some into each cup of a gem pan (a pan that makes teeny tiny muffins or cupcakes/fairy cakes) or use bite-sized tartlet pans or candy molds.  Use a pastry brush to work the chocolate up the walls of each receptacle, then chill until set.  Spoon a little lightly sweetened peanut butter into each cup.  Choose a variety with a very strong roasted peanut taste and add honey or sugar as needed.  Flatten the top of each morsel of peanut butter.  Now pour melted chocolate on top and chill again.  Keep cool.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: whatsanenigma on February 11, 2012, 08:10:09 PM
Maybe I just missed it, but I'm really suprised no one has mentioned peanut butter and banana sandwiches yet.  Those are so great-I ate many more of those growing up than I did PBJ ones.  I also like peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Somebody did mention that peanut butter and butter sandwiches were good but rich, but personally I find that just a really thin layer of margarine on the bread under the peanut butter keeps the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of my mouth.  I don't remember where I read that, and when I did, it sounded weird, but I really really irrationally hate it when the peanut butter does that, so I tried it, and it really does work.  Personally I don't taste any difference, but YMMV.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sharnita on February 11, 2012, 08:12:09 PM
Maybe I just missed it, but I'm really suprised no one has mentioned peanut butter and banana sandwiches yet.  Those are so great-I ate many more of those growing up than I did PBJ ones.  I also like peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Somebody did mention that peanut butter and butter sandwiches were good but rich, but personally I find that just a really thin layer of margarine on the bread under the peanut butter keeps the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of my mouth.  I don't remember where I read that, and when I did, it sounded weird, but I really really irrationally hate it when the peanut butter does that, so I tried it, and it really does work.  Personally I don't taste any difference, but YMMV.

I thought I di mention pb, banana, honey and granola.  Grilled. Fabulous.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Elfmama on February 11, 2012, 08:39:01 PM
If you can't find peanut butter cups, here is a recipe for Tiger Butter. (http://"http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tiger-butter-i/detail.aspx")
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: stargazer on February 11, 2012, 11:53:47 PM
I also am in California and thought jelly and jam are the same here except jam has "pieces" of the fruit in it so I always preferred jelly (because I like it smooth) although I will eat PB with Jam too.

When I was younger, my friend and I would get big chocolate bars and peanut butter and dip them chocolate bars straight in.  And then wash it down with Jolt cola.  :)  We also did the same thing but with vanilla frosting instead of PB.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Thipu1 on February 12, 2012, 10:52:19 AM
If I recall properly, 'jelly' in the UK refers to what we in the US would call a 'gelatin dessert'. 

My mother made both the US style of 'jelly' and 'jam' or 'preserves' when I was a child.  What we called 'jelly' was a fruit preserve that was strained to eliminate seeds and bits of skin.  It had the color and flavor of the  original fruit but was very smooth and easy to spread.

'Jam' included seeds or small pieces of the fruit.  Marmalade included bits of citrus skin.  Mom made 'Grapelade' that included bits of grape skin.  After all, any little bit of roughage is a good thing, isn't it?
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Lynnv on February 12, 2012, 08:50:58 PM
Here is. more or less, what my canning sources have to say about the distinctions between the assorted fruit spreads (in the US, anyway):

Jelly is the jelled juice of a fruit (or something like wine).   Generally, jelly contains no pieces of fruit, although specialty jellies, like pepper jelly, may include pieces of jalapeno or other pepper.

Jam is made from crushed or chopped fruit. Jam often has a soft pulp, but it does not contain chunks of fruit.

Preserves are fruit chunks suspended in a jelly base.

Marmalade is a soft jelly, often citrus-based, that includes both the peel of the fruit suspended throughout the jelly base.

Conserve is a mixture of more than one fruit, often with added nuts and raisins.

Fruit butter, such as apple butter or prune butter, is fruit puree or pulp combined with sugar, lemon juice and spices.  It usually does not contain any added pectin-rather it is cooked down to its final consistency.  It doesn't actually contain any butter. 

Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: MacadamiaNut on February 12, 2012, 11:20:37 PM
Never occured to me.  I prefer my PB warm, so that sounds amazing

It is!! I just make it like a grilled cheese, although with less butter on the bread because it's very rich otherwise.

I must send you eternal gratitude amylouky, as you have just solved a lifelong problem for me!  I like my PB warm and melty on toast PLUS I can't ever have it without a melted layer of butter under it.  The dilemma has always been how to spread the butter fast enough once the toast pops out that it's still hot enough to melt the PB.  And don't even get me started on times I want to add jam.  Cold jam over the PB then makes the PB cold!  Well... problem solved.  Make it like grilled cheese!!!  I can't believe I never thought of that!! 

I think I'll try it sandwich style too but I usually eat my PB toast open-faced so I think I will spread the butter, grill that side, add the PB, grill the non-butter side and add the jam at the end.  Do you or others foresee any issues with the way I plan to do it?  Is there a better way?  To be clear, for the open-faced PB&J, I want all three ingredients melty but "separately melty" like it would be if I'd used the toaster, not cooked into each other, if that makes any sense.

I take my PBJ toast very seriously, obviously  :D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sophia on February 14, 2012, 09:06:33 AM
Yes, with PB and J you don't want melding going on. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: dawbs on February 14, 2012, 09:36:14 AM
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I made more PB this weekend.

(my 'recipe' if you want to call it that:
dump 1 lb of peanuts in blender [or food processor--I just don't happen to have one of those]. I bought roasted, unsalted,  bulk food market--but you can use the tubs at the grocery store. [Hell, honey-roasted is dingdangity tasty. Just remember to add less salt]. Add some oil--I use olive because it's 'healthy' and handy--about 1 Tbsp. Add some salt to taste--I use about 1 tsp. Add some sugar (or honey or brown sugar or whatever sweetener you may want) to taste--I use about 4 tsp of plain sugar).
Blend to desired crunch-levels. you want it a little thin because it thickens in the fridge.
Put in some sort of airtight container. store in fridge. It'll thicken up overnight. If it gets to thick, you can stir in some oil or set the tub in a container of hot water for a few minutes to make it more spreadable)

It is amazing.  and makes excellent ice cream toppings.  and is a thousand times better than store bought.
(and the above cost me $3 :)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: MacadamiaNut on February 14, 2012, 09:53:36 AM
mmmmmm... homemade honey-roasted peanut butter sounds YUM!!  I might try it.  Your PB looks great!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on February 14, 2012, 12:05:46 PM
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I made more PB this weekend.

(my 'recipe' if you want to call it that:
dump 1 lb of peanuts in blender [or food processor--I just don't happen to have one of those]. I bought roasted, unsalted,  bulk food market--but you can use the tubs at the grocery store. [Hell, honey-roasted is dingdangity tasty. Just remember to add less salt]. Add some oil--I use olive because it's 'healthy' and handy--about 1 Tbsp. Add some salt to taste--I use about 1 tsp. Add some sugar (or honey or brown sugar or whatever sweetener you may want) to taste--I use about 4 tsp of plain sugar).
Blend to desired crunch-levels. you want it a little thin because it thickens in the fridge.
Put in some sort of airtight container. store in fridge. It'll thicken up overnight. If it gets to thick, you can stir in some oil or set the tub in a container of hot water for a few minutes to make it more spreadable)

It is amazing.  and makes excellent ice cream toppings.  and is a thousand times better than store bought.
(and the above cost me $3 :)

Oh yumm.  That seriously makes me hungry especially for some vanilla ice cream with that topping on it.  With chocolate somethings to boot.  Hmmm, chocolate-covered peanuts.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: EmmaJ. on February 14, 2012, 12:18:13 PM
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I made more PB this weekend.

(my 'recipe' if you want to call it that:
dump 1 lb of peanuts in blender [or food processor--I just don't happen to have one of those]. I bought roasted, unsalted,  bulk food market--but you can use the tubs at the grocery store. [Hell, honey-roasted is dingdangity tasty. Just remember to add less salt]. Add some oil--I use olive because it's 'healthy' and handy--about 1 Tbsp. Add some salt to taste--I use about 1 tsp. Add some sugar (or honey or brown sugar or whatever sweetener you may want) to taste--I use about 4 tsp of plain sugar).
Blend to desired crunch-levels. you want it a little thin because it thickens in the fridge.
Put in some sort of airtight container. store in fridge. It'll thicken up overnight. If it gets to thick, you can stir in some oil or set the tub in a container of hot water for a few minutes to make it more spreadable)

It is amazing.  and makes excellent ice cream toppings.  and is a thousand times better than store bought.
(and the above cost me $3 :)

Let me give you my address and some $$$ for postage....     ;D

Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sophia on February 15, 2012, 12:27:49 PM
If you like the chocolate/PB combo, you can make a chocolate shake and add PB to it near the end.  I like my shakes thick, so it is a bonus that the PB thickens it up.  If I ask nicely, Braum's (ice cream store/restaurant) will add PB to my Malt. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: RandomAngel on February 24, 2012, 11:58:01 AM
I'm in France, and have a steady supply of peanut butter shipped to me by a network of loving relatives. The stuff here is ludicrously expensive, as Carotte noted a couple of pages back, and it's also pretty low-quality. Tons of fillers, unpronounceable ingredients, etc., and I had just gotten into the super-wholesome peanuts-and-salt kind before moving. >:(

Peanuts in general aren't a big deal here, except as pre-dinner snacks. They are sold as a cocktail nibble on their own (in tiny packages--forget the big Planters bottle), and a lot of other foods in the same category come in "peanut" flavor. A weirdly good one is puffed corn sticks (think Cheetos before the cheese) coated in a thin layer of dried peanut butter. But...yeah, those take some getting used to. And you NEVER see peanut flavor mixed with sweet foods of any kind; the French just don't "get" that combo. It's a national tragedy.

I dip squares of chocolate into my imported jars and grumble about everything wrong with an entire country of people who wouldn't bother buying that. ;)

ETA: I forgot to mention that the pricey, not-so-great peanut butter you CAN find here is pretty universally relegated to the "foreign foods" aisle. So imagine the quality/variety of Thai or Brazilian ingredients you could have found in an American supermarket in the 80's--which is about equivalent in terms of how far multicultural cuisine has made it into the mainstream over here--and apply that to peanut butter. :-[
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: exitzero on February 24, 2012, 12:47:55 PM
My boyfriend's Armenia-born Grandmother used to yell at him all the time for eating too much peanut butter. She said it would make him bald.

Guess what? Hardly a hair on his head.

Wish she was still around to say "I told you so!"
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Venus193 on February 24, 2012, 12:58:56 PM
I can't imagine PB&J; this just sounds wrong to me.  However, that doesn't discount a sweet use of PB, as the following recipe will attest (in reply #5):

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=113.msg14440#msg14440

Except for this I eat PB on Triscuit crackers, usually sprinkled with adobo or Cajun seasoning.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: hobish on February 24, 2012, 01:22:18 PM
Now I'm craving my all-time favorite sandwich: peanut butter and bacon. Don't knock it till you've tried it!

That is one of my favorites, too. I like to grill the bread in the bacon grease like a grilled cheese. Oh, man. Best sandwich ever.

Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sophia on February 25, 2012, 02:42:59 PM
My toddler daughter discovered a new combo.  PB on Golden Grahams.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: dietcokeofevil on February 25, 2012, 03:30:55 PM
There's a local restaurant that make PB&J crepes.  They are delicious!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: RandomAngel on February 25, 2012, 04:10:27 PM
I saw a recipe today for chocolate cake with peanut-butter-buttercream icing...and I have all of the ingredients in the house right now. But the 1/4 cup of peanut butter it calls for is about all I have left...but I have a care package coming...but it might get held up in customs...but I could probably save a little of the current jar...but what if my mom hasn't even sent the package yet?

This is maddening.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: JennJenn68 on February 25, 2012, 04:44:18 PM
I saw a recipe today for chocolate cake with peanut-butter-buttercream icing...and I have all of the ingredients in the house right now. But the 1/4 cup of peanut butter it calls for is about all I have left...but I have a care package coming...but it might get held up in customs...but I could probably save a little of the current jar...but what if my mom hasn't even sent the package yet?

This is maddening.

But what if the world ends?  Oh, come on, take a risk!  You know that you'll regret it if you don't go ahead and, in the words of the Nike people, "Just do it"!

Yes... I'm a bad influence.  Always have been, always will be.   >:D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on February 25, 2012, 06:46:24 PM
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peanut-butter-buttercream icing


<moan drool moan drool> Oh my goodness...that sounds divine.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: snowfire on February 26, 2012, 12:06:18 AM
We just had a chocolate fondue the other night.  It was milk chocolate, peanut butter and some sort of raspberry stuff.  My taste buds are still in heaven!

I like the all natural chunky style by preference.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: LazyDaisy on February 27, 2012, 02:31:46 PM
Jamba Juice has a Peanut Butter Moo'dŽ -- it's really a chocolate peanut butter milk shake -- a regular size is over 770 calories (so significantly more that say a Big Mac). The thing with Jamba Juice, for those that aren't familiar, is they are one of those places that tries really hard to be a health food, probiotic, want to have a shot of wheat grass and whey protein to enhance your immune system places. Every time I order a Peanut Butter Moo'd, they ask me if I want a vitamin "boost" of some kind, and I reply with a straight face very deadpan, "No, thank you, I'm not pretending this milkshake is healthy for me today." The kid behind the counter usually laughs. Oh, now I'm in a mood for a peanut butter milkshake.  ;)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on February 28, 2012, 09:06:54 AM
Jamba Juice has a Peanut Butter Moo'dŽ -- it's really a chocolate peanut butter milk shake -- a regular size is over 770 calories (so significantly more that say a Big Mac). The thing with Jamba Juice, for those that aren't familiar, is they are one of those places that tries really hard to be a health food, probiotic, want to have a shot of wheat grass and whey protein to enhance your immune system places. Every time I order a Peanut Butter Moo'd, they ask me if I want a vitamin "boost" of some kind, and I reply with a straight face very deadpan, "No, thank you, I'm not pretending this milkshake is healthy for me today." The kid behind the counter usually laughs. Oh, now I'm in a mood for a peanut butter milkshake.  ;)

Dairy Queen has PB milkshakes.  They are good but not as "peanutty" as I'd like.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Oh Joy on February 28, 2012, 03:56:58 PM
Gotta say I've been eating LOTS of peanut butter on celery lately.  Yum!

(And don't talk to me about ants on a log...PB on celery, sprinkled with raisins...that's just an abomination.   ;) )
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: SamiHami on February 28, 2012, 04:44:54 PM
I feel that this is the only place I can talk about one of my favourite peanut paste loves without being judged.  ;D

Vanilla icecream, slightly softened, with peanut paste and honey roughly stirred through. Put bowl of yumminess back in the freezer for 1/2 hour then take out and enjoy in privacy as no-one else seems to understand how good it is.  Don't mix it in evenly as you want to come across pockets of peanut paste and others of honey - it's like a treasure hunt in a bowl.

That sounds insanely delicious. Must. Try.

Thanks for blowing my diet!  ::)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: SamiHami on February 28, 2012, 04:53:44 PM
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I made more PB this weekend.

(my 'recipe' if you want to call it that:
dump 1 lb of peanuts in blender [or food processor--I just don't happen to have one of those]. I bought roasted, unsalted,  bulk food market--but you can use the tubs at the grocery store. [Hell, honey-roasted is dingdangity tasty. Just remember to add less salt]. Add some oil--I use olive because it's 'healthy' and handy--about 1 Tbsp. Add some salt to taste--I use about 1 tsp. Add some sugar (or honey or brown sugar or whatever sweetener you may want) to taste--I use about 4 tsp of plain sugar).
Blend to desired crunch-levels. you want it a little thin because it thickens in the fridge.
Put in some sort of airtight container. store in fridge. It'll thicken up overnight. If it gets to thick, you can stir in some oil or set the tub in a container of hot water for a few minutes to make it more spreadable)

It is amazing.  and makes excellent ice cream toppings.  and is a thousand times better than store bought.
(and the above cost me $3 :)

I am so going to make some once the commercial stuff I have is gone. I dont know why it never occured to me to do this before. Heck, I make homemade cheese, butter and yogurt. You'd think I would have thought of making my own PB!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 04, 2012, 07:40:21 PM
American here who has always hated, even as a child, a PB&J. *However* I love peanut butter itself. Usually I'll make a peanut butter and honey sandwich while DH and Little Coug get the PB&Js.

Also my taste in the type of peanut butter has changed as I no longer like the Skippys or Jiffs; now all we eat is the Smucker's Natural (I think it's the name) where the only ingredients are peanuts and a little salt. Of course there's oil at the top so you have to mix it but I don't mind. To me the taste is far superior to the other more processed brands out there. Now I only buy the other brands for peanut butter cookies. :)

In the last couple of years I discovered apple slices spread w/a little bit of peanut butter. Delicious!!

I am the same way!  I ate PBJ as a kid, but as an adult I realized I don't really like jam.  But I love PB.  And I also can't eat the commercial stuff; my current favorite is from Trader Joes; valencia pb (crunchy) with roasted flax seeds.  Its soooo good.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: kethria on April 19, 2012, 04:17:06 PM
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peanut-Butter-Playdough/ (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peanut-Butter-Playdough/)

Just made this. CRUD MONKEYS! so good, and distracts the toddler!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: RegionMom on June 16, 2012, 09:52:48 PM
Made that a few years ago when I taught 4th grade Sunday School.  Each child made a word or a sculpture for dad on Father's Day Sunday on a paper plate (or mom, or grandpa, or whoever brought them...) because it most likely did not last the car ride home!
Pretty cheap, easy, yummy!
:)
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Girlie on July 06, 2012, 09:03:36 AM
Every Christmas, we make peanut butter Rice Crispies. Love them, since there's no cooking involved, and you get to get your hands all sticky! We also don't measure... it's pretty much the easiest recipe ever, since you really just do everything until it "feels" right, sticks together, and you can roll them into balls.

It's Rice Crispies, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and M&Ms. Once the ingredients are mixed and rolled into balls, wrap them in wax paper the same way you would wrap salt water taffy. You can make them as big or as small as you would like. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: MacadamiaNut on July 06, 2012, 10:15:34 AM
Every Christmas, we make peanut butter Rice Crispies. Love them, since there's no cooking involved, and you get to get your hands all sticky! We also don't measure... it's pretty much the easiest recipe ever, since you really just do everything until it "feels" right, sticks together, and you can roll them into balls.

It's Rice Crispies, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and M&Ms. Once the ingredients are mixed and rolled into balls, wrap them in wax paper the same way you would wrap salt water taffy. You can make them as big or as small as you would like. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Mmmmm... sounds yummy! :D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Clarissa on May 18, 2015, 09:09:58 PM
I know this is a really old thread and I'm sorry to bring it up again. I'm in the uk, and I'm very surprised at the uk posters saying how popular peanut butter is. It is sold in my local supermarkets, but I can honestly say that I've never known anyone to buy it. Childrens parties, afternoon tea, picnics, etc, I have never been offered peanut butter sandwiches. Or peanut butter in general. I've never known anyone to tell me that they like it, or buy it. Sandwiches in the Midlands are ham/other cold meats, cheese, cheese spread or jam. Jam to me is fruit boiled with sugar. Either with or without bits and seeds. Jelly is what Americans call jello. A set wobbly desert. Marmalade is basically jam, but made with oranges,lemons, or limes. And preserve can be sweet or savory, but it's jam with a posher name. You can have tomato and onion preserve. Chutney is another one, that is jam but always savory. I love reading about different foods and customs. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: WolfWay on May 19, 2015, 05:47:22 AM
South African here.

My dad eats his peanut butter with jam. I guess that's the same as jelly in America? I'm not sure. In South Africa "jelly" mean jello (the wobbly gelatinous dessert), so the first time I heard the phrase "Peanut butter and jelly" I was horrified at the suggestion.

I don't eat jam at all, so the idea of mixing it with peanut butter is horrible.

I usually have peanut butter on hot toast (warm enough to melt butter, then peanut butter spread over the melted butter), so yeah, that is probably a very rich combo for folks, but for me it's comfort food, so I don't have it very often

If I'm having it on plain untoasted bread then I just have it by itselt (no butter).
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Mustard on May 19, 2015, 06:44:38 AM
I'm with Clarissa on this; I don't know anyone who buys it, and I've never been offered it either.

Edited because I missed out 'never'.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Hmmmmm on May 19, 2015, 10:12:21 AM
I'm with Clarissa on this; I don't know anyone who buys it, and I've been offered it either.

All sorts of nut butters are becoming popular in the States in the last 5 or so years like cashew butter and almond butters. Are any of those becoming trendy in other countries?
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Betelnut on May 19, 2015, 10:39:58 AM
I'm with Clarissa on this; I don't know anyone who buys it, and I've been offered it either.

Well, frankly, pb is not something that would be "offered" as it is almost the opposite of fancy/guest-worthy.  It is something that you eat for comfort/deliciousness, not something that is special enough for a guest (except for really good pb desserts).  It is for the lunchbox, on toast/a bagel in the morning, eaten with crackers and honey as a snack or popped into your mouth using a spoon before going to bed.  I would find it weird to be offered a peanut butter sandwich if I were a guest at anyone's house other than a close relative's.

But I'm surprised that you (and others) don't know anyone that buys it.  Does no one in UK make peanut butter cookies/bars/brownies/pie?

Yum, yum, yum.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Mustard on May 19, 2015, 12:10:07 PM
I'm with Clarissa on this; I don't know anyone who buys it, and I've been offered it

But I'm surprised that you (and others) don't know anyone that buys it.  Does no one in UK make peanut butter cookies/bars/brownies/pie?

Yum, yum, yum.

Not that I've heard!
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: mandycorn on May 19, 2015, 03:26:50 PM
South African here.

My dad eats his peanut butter with jam. I guess that's the same as jelly in America? I'm not sure. In South Africa "jelly" mean jello (the wobbly gelatinous dessert), so the first time I heard the phrase "Peanut butter and jelly" I was horrified at the suggestion.

I don't eat jam at all, so the idea of mixing it with peanut butter is horrible.

I usually have peanut butter on hot toast (warm enough to melt butter, then peanut butter spread over the melted butter), so yeah, that is probably a very rich combo for folks, but for me it's comfort food, so I don't have it very often

If I'm having it on plain untoasted bread then I just have it by itselt (no butter).

Jam and jelly are similar in the US, I believe Jam is made with the whole fruit, but jelly is strained during processing so it's a much smoother texture, but in either case, they're a spread, not a gelatine dessert.

And PB on hot toast with butter is my go to breakfast every morning; it's especially good on toasted english muffins, because then it melts into all the bubble holes and crevices.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 19, 2015, 03:38:00 PM
Oh my goodness, a thread on peanut butter!  How did I miss this?

DH & I love PB.  Our little dog, Honey Girl, loves PB.  There is a gourmet PB made on the North Shore of Oahu with coconut flavor, maybe oil, but no shreds or pieces of coconut.  It is delicious.  I buy very good quality jam, hearty multi-grain bread, and make the world's best PBJ samiches (peanut butter & jam sandwiches).  We also bought the gourmet PB in white chocolate raspberry flavor which I intend to make into peanut butter cookies.

When Honey Girl gets bored with a plain rawhide stick, I'll smear regular PB on it.  By the time she's gotten all the PB off, the rawhide is softened and she'll get into a good chew.  Honey Girl has her own PB jar so I don't worry about dog hair getting in our gourmet PB.

I also love asian inspired peanut butter sauces like satay sauce.  I've made salad dressing with PB.

I don't like PB in ice cream; Too rich.  When I wasn't trying to lose weight, I made toast with butter & PB like WolfWay.  M-m-m-m  Comfort food. :-*
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Venus193 on May 19, 2015, 04:31:46 PM
I put peanut butter in my cold sesame noodles.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 19, 2015, 04:36:43 PM
I put peanut butter in my cold sesame noodles.
M-m-m-m  That sounds good.  Do you mix the PB with a little rice vinegar first to thin it?  How do you get the thick PB to coat the noodles.  Now I'm hungry. >:D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: metallicafan on May 19, 2015, 11:33:59 PM
I like crunchy peanut butter, with either strawberry or blackberry jam.  My DH eats pb&j on rye bread every day.
my younger son doesn't like peanut butter sandwiches.   He likes Nutella.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: saki on May 20, 2015, 02:56:35 AM
I know this is a really old thread and I'm sorry to bring it up again. I'm in the uk, and I'm very surprised at the uk posters saying how popular peanut butter is. It is sold in my local supermarkets, but I can honestly say that I've never known anyone to buy it. Childrens parties, afternoon tea, picnics, etc, I have never been offered peanut butter sandwiches. Or peanut butter in general. I've never known anyone to tell me that they like it, or buy it. Sandwiches in the Midlands are ham/other cold meats, cheese, cheese spread or jam. Jam to me is fruit boiled with sugar. Either with or without bits and seeds. Jelly is what Americans call jello. A set wobbly desert. Marmalade is basically jam, but made with oranges,lemons, or limes. And preserve can be sweet or savory, but it's jam with a posher name. You can have tomato and onion preserve. Chutney is another one, that is jam but always savory. I love reading about different foods and customs.

I kind of agree with you, though I wouldn't go quite as far.  I think of peanut butter (am also in the UK) as being something that is sold, some people buy, but I wouldn't think of as a staple, if you know what I mean?  I.e. I wouldn't assume someone had it.  If, say, I was staying with a friend and they said "oh, what do you fancy for breakfast", I'd assume that they had bread, butter, cheese, jam or marmalade on hand but I wouldn't assume that they would have peanut butter.  That said, if I saw it in someone's cupboard, I wouldn't be surprised either.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Venus193 on May 20, 2015, 07:46:49 AM
I put peanut butter in my cold sesame noodles.
M-m-m-m  That sounds good.  Do you mix the PB with a little rice vinegar first to thin it?  How do you get the thick PB to coat the noodles.  Now I'm hungry. >:D

My recipe is on this page:

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=117978.msg2746543#msg2746543

The trick is to combine the pasty and liquid ingredients first.  "Organic" peanut butter might also be better than the standard stuff because it's thinner in texture, but I've never tried that.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: SeptGurl on May 20, 2015, 08:15:07 AM
Everyone in our household loves peanut butter. I will sometimes eat a spoonful of peanut butter on the way out the door if I'm hungry and pressed for time. For years, DH took a peanut butter sandwich to work for lunch every day. Just bread and peanut butter -- no jelly or jam. Two of my favorite comfort foods are grilled peanut butter and jelly or grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Yum ...

Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite sweet combinations. My family has made me promise that I will always make a particular chocolate-covered, peanut-butter based candy every year for the holidays. They're similar to buckeye candy, but have crisp rice cereal in them that makes them crunchy.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: metallicafan on May 20, 2015, 08:33:56 AM
This past Christmas I made brownies with peanut butter chips inside and put a peanut butter icing on top.  My bil went crazy over them.  Chocolate and peanut butter is a huge favorite in our family.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 20, 2015, 09:52:34 AM
I love peanut butter fudge, made with peanut butter morsels and sweetened condensed milk.

My favorite peanut butter is JIF extra crunchy. I love it on French toast and waffles with syrup, in a sandwich with jelly.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: JoW on May 24, 2015, 01:48:37 PM
I love peanut butter.  I eat it at least once each week.  But peanut butter is good for more than just flavor.

Peanut butter is relatively high in protein and is less expensive than many other protein sources.  Its also high calorie.  The food banks love to get it.  (For outside the US - food banks are charities that provide food to low-income and no-income households.)  The processed stuff keeps well.  It is normally eaten without being cooked.  Its great to have on hand when a storm takes out the power for a few days. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: demarco on May 24, 2015, 06:44:46 PM


When Honey Girl gets bored with a plain rawhide stick, I'll smear regular PB on it.  By the time she's gotten all the PB off, the rawhide is softened and she'll get into a good chew.  Honey Girl has her own PB jar so I don't worry about dog hair getting in our gourmet PB.


When my lab Temperance was a pup  and  a Tasmanian devil in a dog suit I used to  fill her kong with dog biscuits and peanut butter and put it in the freezer. I'd give it to her when I was at my wits end to give myself ten minutes of peace.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: miranova on May 26, 2015, 01:31:41 PM
We buy peanut butter at Sam's Club (a warehouse store where you have to have a membership and everything is sold in bulk) and I can barely keep enough in the house.  All the kids eat it, sometimes for both breakfast and lunch.  And a snack.  On toast, on crackers, in a sandwich, sometimes just a spoonful. 

I don't really eat it, but I do love peanut butter based desserts.  My peanut butter pie is amazing.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Sophia on May 26, 2015, 01:36:33 PM
We buy peanut butter at Sam's Club (a warehouse store where you have to have a membership and everything is sold in bulk) and I can barely keep enough in the house.  All the kids eat it, sometimes for both breakfast and lunch.  And a snack.  On toast, on crackers, in a sandwich, sometimes just a spoonful. 

I don't really eat it, but I do love peanut butter based desserts.  My peanut butter pie is amazing.

Yes, a spoonful of peanut butter and a spoonful of nutella is an excellent meal for my 4-year-old.  She needs calories and it actually takes a while to eat and she is happy.  If I could get some broccoli in there it would be the perfect small child meal. 
Sam's sells Nutella too.   
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Hmmmmm on May 26, 2015, 04:12:02 PM
We buy peanut butter at Sam's Club (a warehouse store where you have to have a membership and everything is sold in bulk) and I can barely keep enough in the house.  All the kids eat it, sometimes for both breakfast and lunch.  And a snack.  On toast, on crackers, in a sandwich, sometimes just a spoonful. 

I don't really eat it, but I do love peanut butter based desserts.  My peanut butter pie is amazing.

Yes, a spoonful of peanut butter and a spoonful of nutella is an excellent meal for my 4-year-old.  She needs calories and it actually takes a while to eat and she is happy.  If I could get some broccoli in there it would be the perfect small child meal. 
Sam's sells Nutella too.

My kids used to eat brocolli with peanut sauce... Peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, and oil. I'd cook the brocolli and chop then stir in the sauce. If serving as a meal, I'd add noodles.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Dazi on May 26, 2015, 06:54:33 PM
Hello, my name is Dazi and I'm a peanut butter addict.  :P

Seriously,  I eat PB every single day.  I love the stuff.  It's great on slices of bananas, apples, celery, or just a spoon.  My favorite though, disgusts most people, PB with bread and butter pickles.

I also enjoy chicken and broccoli/with or without other vegetables with peanut sauce (I use cococut aminos in place of the soy sauce since I'm allergic to soy).
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Olena on September 11, 2015, 06:10:54 AM
I was browsing MSN this am and there was an article talking about things that folks who aren't from the U.S. find odd about us. The obsession with peanut butter was the first thing on the list.  :D
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: ladyknight1 on September 11, 2015, 07:40:56 AM
Now you can get powdered peanut butter. Just add water.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: CLE_Girl on September 11, 2015, 08:34:13 AM
I love crunchy PB!  I eat it straight from the jar with a spoon.  PB&J with strawberry jam on toasted wheat bread with Ruffles potato chips in the middle is still my favorite sandwich (weird I know, picked it up from my dad).
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Venus193 on September 11, 2015, 08:35:30 AM
Earlier in this thread I posted a link to a recipe I submitted for the cookbook project, but here is a much more exact version:

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Bars

1 cup peanut butter (standard type; do not use organic)
1 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 standard bag plain M&Ms* or Reese's Pieces
6 cups chocolate cereal (Cocoa Pebbles is best)

Melt peanut butter and chips over low heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon to prevent burning.  When fully melted, remove from heat and slowly add the candy.  The first ones will crack from the heat, but don't worry about it.  Add the cereal and stir in a cup at a time.

Line a plastic rectangular container with wax paper, place cereal mixture in and press firmly in place with a square spatula.  You want this tightly packed to minimize crumbs later.  Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before cutting into bars.

The creator of this recipe is not responsible for broken diets.

Additional:

*Do not use mini M&Ms; they crack too easily.  Do not refrigerate the candy before use.  For flavors the milk and dark chocolate versions are best.  I haven't tried using the Peanut or Almond versions but if anyone tries it please tell us if it worked well.

Cocoa Pebbles has the highest cocoa content of any current chocolate cereal.  Malt-o-Meal's Chocolate Dyno-Bites are the "milk chocolate" version of CP.  The next time I do these I will mix those two together to see how that works.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 11, 2015, 04:43:52 PM
My favorite mid afternoon meal is a toasted whole wheat waffle topped with peanut butter and honey.  so so yummy. 
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: TootsNYC on September 11, 2015, 10:06:55 PM
Now that I'm gluten free, I really miss peanut butter!

Sure, I could spread it on gluten-free toast, but it's just not the same.
Title: Re: Peanut butter
Post by: Dazi on September 12, 2015, 06:18:25 AM
Now that I'm gluten free, I really miss peanut butter!

Sure, I could spread it on gluten-free toast, but it's just not the same.

I've been on a gluten free diet for awhile now. I still eat PB just about everyday.  I have it with apples, bananas,  or celery...or with a spoon. 😉