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Old 10.11.2012, 13:19
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You have to ask yourself why palm oil is added to a nut prized for its own oil, though.....they remove the peanut oil because it's expensive and replace it with a much cheaper oil. I'm not a health freak, but considering my daughter made peanut butter a food group in Switzerland and ate it daily, palm oil wasn't really something I wanted her eating in quantity no more than eating a stick of butter every day. YMMV,

That Migros peanut butter is too soupy, too. I looked all over for just plain ground peanut peanut butter and was unsuccessful. The Coop peanut butter was ok though. Only just.
Just so you know, I wasn't advocating that this is a great product either taste-wise or nutrition-wise. Merely pointing out that at least they aren't adding trans-fats.

It does have peanut oil as an ingredient, higher on the list than the palm oil...so my guess is they add the palm oil to increase the overall volume and make a higher profit. It certainly is not a necessary ingredient.

As for Whole Foods, that is one place I miss from home. I can't just head down to a local store here and push a button to get yummy, fresh PB

And as for grinding my own, I would LOVE to have a kitchen/flat large enough for all the gadgets I used to use in the States. Maybe someday...
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There is a Dutch shop at Adliswil station (Zurich) which might have the stuff you're after. I think the owner has a thread somewhere on here with more info.
Thanks, I will check it out!
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Old 10.11.2012, 15:54
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Just so you know, I wasn't advocating that this is a great product either taste-wise or nutrition-wise. Merely pointing out that at least they aren't adding trans-fats.
No, I know, but I always read the labels on stuff and it chaps my arse to see Jif and many other brands do this. I understand emulsifiers to keep it from separating and even adding a little sugar, but removing the peanut oil and replacing it with another is a bit shameless, particularly because the oil palms are being harvested at a frantic pace for the money the oil brings to impoverished people where the trees thrive. Also, palm oil is not altogether better than a trans-fat when it comes to cardiovascular disease.
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I actually find peanut butter is an excellent cleaner for removing backing tape off velcro on my windows. Difficult to remove with solvnts but peanut butter works a treat and all due to the oils that are able to destroy the tape, makes you wonder what it does to your insides when you eat it!
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I make a pretty decent tasting one with peanuts, water,sesame seed and Blackstrap molasses to give it color and calcium takes about 15 minutes with a blender and S blade and shelling the peanuts

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If I do add oil, it is usually something neutral like sunflower or canola oil. And just a very small amount. I've found that most of the nut and seed butters are liquid at the end of the process, so I really try to restrain myself from adding extra oil unless I am very impatient. The friction from the blades heats up the nuts, that's why it gets liquified. Once the nut/seed butter is finished, put it in glass jars (repurposed jam jars are perfect) and then in the fridge. They thicken into the sticky pastey texture of storebought peanut butter. Left at room temperature, the oil will separate out.


I didn't measure the peanut butter at the end, but my best guess is that it was about 1 cup (it's already half gone after a round of Q.C. with 4 testers. )
I got a vitamix this year - haven't used the solids container yet, but will give it a try. I did use those same peanuts in my food processor a while ago, but didn't like the texture - not smooth enough.
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Hi

I've only found Skippy peanut butter at Orell Füssli, is it possible to find it elsewhere? ie: Migros? Coop?

Hope to hear from another PB fan

Cheers!

Scanning through the posts, I may have missed it. But did anyone mention www.afoodave.ch yet? I am a huge peanut butter freak. I have 8 jars in my cave that I brought back from the US, and no store brand here can compare. I guard it like it was edible gold. When you gotta have Skippy, nothing else will do.

www.afoodave.ch is American Food Avenue, which is a shop in Geneva, but they will deliver to your home. They have Skippy and Jif, as well as chocolate chips, brown sugar, vanilla extract, shortening, baking soda, and a whole bunch of other things that seem to make us Americans crazy when we can't find it.

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I got a vitamix this year - haven't used the solids container yet, but will give it a try. I did use those same peanuts in my food processor a while ago, but didn't like the texture - not smooth enough.
I hear the vitamix processes foods smoother than any other machine. You'll definitely have perfectly smooth peanut butter! That beast can apparently blend up the tiny seeds on strawberries.
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Old 11.11.2012, 19:05
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You have to ask yourself why palm oil is added to a nut prized for its own oil, though.....they remove the peanut oil because it's expensive and replace it with a much cheaper oil. I'm not a health freak, but considering my daughter made peanut butter a food group in Switzerland and ate it daily, palm oil wasn't really something I wanted her eating in quantity no more than eating a stick of butter every day. YMMV,

That Migros peanut butter is too soupy, too. I looked all over for just plain ground peanut peanut butter and was unsuccessful. The Coop peanut butter was ok though. Only just.
Natural peanut butter (with nothing added) is soupy. The palm oil is added to solidify it and make it buttery and easily spreadable. Consumers expect their pb to be solid and creamy at room temperature.

As for saturated fat and health risks, the matter isn't settled. Not by a mile. I'll take palm oil but it's the sugar that I don't want.
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It totally worked.

I didn't even toast the peanuts beforehand (they are the Coop ones that are already roasted) or add oil. And it didn't take as long, or as much scraping as I thought it would.
I tried this once and the flavor of the raw peanuts was unpalatable. I'm going to toast them next time.
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