Product Type: Meridian Spread
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Meridian Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
Member Name: LillyAnnJones
Meridian Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
Advantages: Tasty, natural, healthy, high in protein, available in a big size
Disadvantages: A bit pricey compared to cheap peanut butters
I bought this peanut butter because I really like peanut butter and wanted something healthier and more natural. Meridian natural peanut butter is available in health food shops like Holland and Barrett and local health food shops. It is also available on the internet. It comes in two sizes, 280 grams and 1 kilogram. The 280g size comes in a glass jar with a metal lid. The 1kg one comes in a big, plastic tub.
I buy the 1kg version because I think it's great value for money. Firstly, you save money buying the big 1kg tub instead of the smaller jars. The big 1kg tub costs between £4.50 and £5.50 and the 280g jar costs around £2. It's available in smooth and crunchy, I have always preferred crunchy peanut butter so I buy that one. I usually really don't like smooth peanut butter but I love the Meridian one, just not as much as crunchy.
The crunchy and smooth versions ingredients are the same, just 100% peanuts and nothing else! The peanuts are lightly roasted with their skins on. It doesn't taste like you're eating a mouthful of peanuts though, it's different because when they ground the peanuts down, the natural oils in the peanuts are released to make the spreadable peanut butter texture. When you first open the jar or tub, there will be some oil at the top which you just stir back in before using it. It doesn't taste greasy or oily though, not at all. It's also GMO free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
At first, I wasn't sure that I would like this as much as I like regular peanut butters with sugar, salt, preservatives, palm oil etc. like the ones from the supermarkets. I used to eat the supermarket own brands and Sunpat. Meridian peanut butter looks different, it's brown not orange like a lot of peanut butters and the texture isn't as solid and thick. It's easy to spread but sometimes in the big plastic tub, when you get towards the bottom, there is less oil so it's a lot more solid but this isn't much of a problem. I really like the taste of this, if you're used to using the salty, sugary and unnatural peanut butters then it might be a bit weird when you first taste this. I have sometimes went back to the regular peanut butters for a while and then back to Meridian and I always wonder why I didn't just carry on buying Meridian. After eating the Meridian peanut butter for a while, eating other peanut butters just feels like I'm crunching up a mouthful of sugar- horrible! I do quite like salty tastes though, if you do too then you can always add a little bit of salt, this contains no salt or sugar, it's just peanuts so at least you would know exactly what you're eating if you chose to add your own salt. I have heard of people doing this and I think it's a good idea if you do like saltiness in your peanut butter, a bit of salt in this would still make it so much healthier than many of the other peanut butters.
Because this is made from 100% peanuts and nothing else, it's great for using in recipes like cookies without adding any extra sugar to the recipe. It's also good for savoury recipes since it doesn't have any sugar or sweeteners. This is a very versatile product but my favourite way to eat it is on toast.
I would definitely recommend this, it's natural and yes it's a bit pricier than the cheap peanut butters but I think it's worth it, especially if you buy the big tub which lasts a while and is good value for money.
Summary: A natural, tasty peanut butter