Really good peanut butter

Pic's "Really Good Peanut Butter"
Pic’s “Really Good Peanut Butter”

Without artificial additives, emulsifiers or extra sugar and oil, this peanut butter really does taste like real peanuts!

After coming home from a tiresome day at school I would immediately head over to the pantry and dig out the big jar of peanut butter that would be waiting for me. Little did my nine-year-old self know, the peanut butter I was stomaching contained excessive amounts of artificial additives, emulsifiers, sugars and oils.

In recent times the organic and wholefoods movements have seen a range of products made without any nasty ingredients. Pic’s Peanut Butter is one of these products.

Using nothing but Australian peanuts, and 30 mg of sodium per 15 g serving, Pic’s Peanut Butter is the real deal. It’s vivid caramel in colour with finely chopped peanuts providing perfect crunch. Don’t freak out if you see a thin film of oil at the top of the jar. Since there are no preservatives used, the liquids will naturally separate from the solids. Just give it a good stir and its ready to be spread on toast or used as a dip. The Pic’s team have generously provided a selection of recipes on their website www.reallygood.co.nz/.

One of my favourite eco-benefits of this product is that the Pic’s products are made in New Zealand. This not only reduces travel pollutants, but it means that your peanut butter will be fresher. This is unlike brands such as Kraft Peanut Butter, which is actually made in Canada. The glass jar isn’t embossed with branding, so you can easily sterilise and re-use the jars for you own jam-making exploits, and perhaps as Christmas gifts (see our Green tip below).

Speaking of the silly season, this Christmas, Pic’s can arrange for a 380 g jar of their peanut butter to be air freighted anywhere in the world for $10, so it might be a good present to consider in itself! As part of Pic’s ‘Kiwis Overseas Aid Project’, their new campaign says that they want to get their peanut butter into the hands of those who need it most – people who’ve become addicted to the peanut butter while visiting New Zealand. The idea is a little farfetched but you’ve got to hand it to them for giving it a go, as I have certainly been known to covet some of my favourite foods over any others. At Green Lifestyle, we’re normally more of an advocate for slow, ocean shipping, so it is worth asking if there’s a local peanut butter near you that still tickles your fancy.

Pic’s peanut butter is what peanut butter should be. Smooth, satisfying and natural. It’ll definitely be taking its rightful place in my pantry.

Green tip: We love how Julie Flestado from The Jolly Cottage upcycles her glass jars using small toys and paint, which she then sells at arts and crafts markets around Sydney. Check out her blog and Facebook page here to get your hand on one of her creations, or make your own using the Pic’s peanut butter jar.

Writer’s note: A version of this article was originally published at Green Lifestyle Magazine on Thursday, 5 December 2013.

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