It had been complicated for me to find a favourite brand of peanut butter. You see, I like the texture of the peanut butter of my childhood, but I don’t like the fact that it contains hydrogenated oil, which I want to avoid. Natural peanut butters don’t contains that, but the consistency and taste different; you have to keep the jar in the fridge and mix the bitter before using it, which is a bit of a hassle. I didn’t like it as much, though both kinds have their place.
I now have something that bridges the gap between the two: Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, which does not contain hydrogenated oil, but has the same taste and consistency as my childhood peanut butter. It can be kept at room temperature, you don’t need to stir it, and it doesn’t contain sugar, preservatives or artificial flavours or colors. It gets its consistency from palm oil, so it does contain saturated fats, but it’s vegetable oil and I trust it more than others.
While we’re on the subject, I tasted Barney Butter this summer: it’s almond butter (free from cross-contamination with other nuts) that has the same consistency as the peanut butter I like. I really liked this nut butter and would substitute it for peanut butter in any recipe. I was thrilled to know of its existence, because before this, the only non-peanut nut butters I had seen were the natural kind that you keep in the fridge – like I said, they’re good, but sometimes, you need the thicker stuff.