A piece of toast spread with a gratuitous amount of peanut butter can be a saving grace on a bad day. It can also be a saving grace when we forgot to plan our lunch ahead or when we suddenly need a batch of cookies for a potluck or any number of kitchen emergencies. I couldn't imagine my pantry without a jar of peanut butter. What's your favorite kind?
I love the deep, nutty richness of a really good all-natural peanut butter. Other nut butters are all perfectly delicious, but they never quite match this same depth. Am I biased? Probably! Like many of you, I grew up with peanut butter sandwiches in my lunchbox, so peanut butter will always have a kick of childhood comfort whenever I taste it.
After jumping from brand to brand, I've ultimately landed on Trader Joe's creamy salted peanut butter. The ingredients are just peanuts and salt, and it has an ultra-smooth texture that I really love. I find that it works equally well on toast, whisked into salad dressings and dips, and stirred into cookie batter.
But peanut butter loyalty is a completely personal thing, no question. What kind do you keep on your shelf?