During the 1970’s I was out on my own, and everyone seemed to be eating healthier. It was the start of “health food” as we know it today. One of the products I had a problem with was the Adams All Natural Peanut Butter. The oil would rise to the top of the jar, and it had to be stirred then refrigerated to prevent spoilage. I must have broken half a dozen wooden spoons trying to stir that peanut butter!
Today Adams has a much better product. I like to buy their 100% Natural Peanut Butter in the small 16 ounce size. The oil at the top of the jar is minimal and it’s easier to stir. However, on my last shopping trip for Adam’s Peanut Butter I spied a Fred Meyer version that looked very similar, and I decided to give it a try.
Fred Meyer Natural Creamy Peanut Butter also comes in a 16 ounce container, and just like the Adams version it has to be stirred then refrigerated. Both jars read “Oil separation is natural”, and both brands of peanut butter are made without any of those unhealthy hydrogenated oils we are hearing so much about these days. The ingredients on both jars are nearly identical as well, listing two ingredients: Peanuts and salt.
So how do the taste tests compare? Adams All Natural Peanut Butter and Fred Meyer Natural Peanut Butter taste almost the same to me. In fact, I would bet that if I did a blind test with these two products I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. I am a peanut butter lover, and am known for dipping a teaspoon into a jar of Jiff Peanut Butter and eating it straight out of the jar. I don’t really enjoy the Adams or Fred Meyer peanut butters in this manner, they both have a different consistency and they really stick to the roof of my mouth.
The best way to enjoy these natural peanut butters is by making a sandwich from them, or spreading the peanut butter between two Ritz crackers. They are also good for dipping fruits and vegetables into. I like to dip vegetables like celery and fruits like prunes, dates, and even strawberries!
Since Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter and Fred Meyer Natural Peanut Butter taste the same, why would I pay more for the Adams brand? I saved more than a dollar by purchasing the store brand, and I don’t feel that I am missing out in the least.
Nutritional comparisons are quite similar as well. Both consider a serving two tablespoons, and here are how they match up:
Calories: Adams 200, Fred Meyer 190
Total fat: Both have 16 grams
Saturated fat: Adams 2.5, Fred Meyer 2
Total carbs: Both have 6 grams
Sodium: Adams 105 mg, Fred Meyer 120 mg
Fiber: Adams 2 grams, Fred Meyer 2 grams
Sugars: Adams 1 gram, Fred Meyer 2 grams
Protein: Adams 7 grams, Fred Meyer 8 grams
You can see that these two brands of natural peanut butter are extremely similar, and I am going to save my money by purchasing the store brand. Over the past year I have been comparing store brands to national brands, learning which store brands are worth buying and which ones to avoid. I have cut my grocery bill by 1/3 by purchasing lower priced store brands. It is one way that I can save money without much effort.