I like saving money and I love saving money on my shopping.So I bought some Sainsbury's Basics peanut butter to try. The last own brand one I tried from Asda was really nasty and sloppy with a weird taste and an oil slick on the top so I was not sure about buying another. But it was only 65p a jar so I thought I would try it and hope for the best.
The Sainsbury's one is SO much better than the last one. I chose the crunchy one and it is full of yummy crunchy bits of peanut. The rest of the butter is thick and creamy and not runny. Basic peanut butters are definitely not created equal. This one tastes just the same as the ones I used to buy from brands like Sunpat. I have given it to my family and they honestly didn't notice any difference at all. I like it on toast for my breakfast because it is a nice dose of protein to help me feel fuller for longer. It tastes so nice and nutty and not too sweet or salty. This is not really healthy because of all the fat and there is added salt and sugar in there but not so much as jam or marmalade and you do get that protein.
I like trying to drop a brand to see if the cheaper stuff is Ok and this peanut butter is definitely one you can try and not be missing out on taste. For 65p it is really good value and I will buy it again. If you like your jars to look a bit posher, you won't like this because you can tell from the label it is cheap but everyone else should add this to their shopping trolley.
***Why did I buy it? How much?***
Well as a house of non-meat eaters we tend to supplement our diet with a variety of alternative protein sources such as Pulses (chickpeas/lentils etc), tofu, mycoprotein, eggs, dairy and last but not least nuts. When it comes to peanut butter I see it as a treat as well as a staple and my view when it comes to food is that provided everything is in balance you won't have issues (unless you're allergic that is). I have tried many brands of peanut butter including Skippys (expensive >£2 and meh), Sun-Pat (far too sweet), Make-your-own pb where you grind the nuts with the skins on within the store (far too bland with a slight bitterness) and finally Sainsbury's Basics which comes in at a glorious 62pence.
***What do you get?***
Admittedly the packaging is a touch on the bland side but then again I'm not displaying it in my window and I personally couldn't care less if my cupboards are a sea of white/orange 'basics' labels. The containers is plastic (not glass like in the image) with a white screw cap - both of which are recycleable but always check with your local recycle centre as some can be 'odd' about plastic screw on lids. As with all the other brands I mentioned (excl the make your own which was 200g) you get 340grams of peanut butter and in my minds that flamin brilliant for 62p.
The ingredients are: Roasted peanuts (87%), Rapeseed oil, Sugar, Palm oil and Salt
Two of the things I am always cautious about with nut butters is the sugar and salt content but suprisingly enough this product has less sugar and salt that all the others I mentioned (except the bland make-your-own) but still has a decent balance of sweetness, nuttiness and saltiness. Some people are concerned about the fat content in nut butters and their possible effect on the heart so I would discuss this with your GP if you have existing heart disease but as someone with a congenital heart defect I have never had issues and have been eating nut butters since I was young. The butter is just the right thickness with a lovely gloss and the nut chips are just the perfect size for enough crunch without being too big for my two year old son and most importantly spreads evenly without tearing the bread.
***Would I recommend?***
Oh YES! (provided you're not allergic to peanuts) We use this product not only on toast and oatcakes but on celery and in some of my thai tofu recipes as well as in my cookies too. Basically provided you balance your nutritional input and output and ensure that you eat a varied diet you won't put on weight so why not try some nuts butters as they're a great source of calcium and Iron.
From being a peanut butter hater a few years ago, I now get through plenty of the stuff especially for breakfast. Seeing as it has become a staple in my diet I thought I'd try out a few brands to see which I prefer.
I'd tried many of the more expensive brands and decided, with them costing £1.40 upwards, it may be time to drop a brand level and give the Sainsbury's basics crunchy peanut butter a go, especially at only 62 p a jar. I haven't tried much of the basics range but generally find Sainsbury's own brand stuff very good.
With the basics range you are not paying for superfluous packaging - just a simple plastic label and a plastic jar for this nutty butter (although the plastic jar can also be found on Sainsbury's next brand up PB too).
On opening the jar I was greeted by what I was expecting lumpy peanut coloured spread - although it did look a little shinier and runnier than other brands I'd tried. A quick investigation of the label explained this slight anomaly, only 87% of this butter is peanuts with two different oils - rapeseed and palm - being added to it (along with salt and sugar). Hmm was I about to try peanut oil? I spread some on my toast - easy to spread, a little going a longer way than other brands (sometimes slightly further than I'd wanted thanks to the runnier nature) and plenty of nuts - and tucked in. The peanut butter did not taste at all oily, it tasted pleasantly nutty and ever so slightly sweet, without the mouth gluing effect of thicker peanut butters. I've tested the next brand up of Sainsbury's peanut butter and I can't really tell the difference between the two as far as taste is concerned.
Nutritionally a large amount of peanut butter is never great for you and this brand is no exception with 610 cal per 100g (just under a third of the jar) and 52.6 g of fat (9.8g of which are saturates). But it's not a total nutritional nightmare with 22.2g of protein and 5.6g of fibre.
Looking at these figures I must stop eating teaspoons full of the stuff, having said that the runnier texture did stop me doing that to some extent. Although I did find it excellent as a dip with celery sticks!
All in all I would definitely buy this peanut butter again, I did miss the thicker texture of other brands but there was no degradation in the taste. And for the price you definitely can't do 'butter'!
Amazingly, even though this product is really cheap, what more do you need than salted peanuts mixed with butter???
We used this on our toast mainly, as that is our favourite snack, and even if are used to normal brands (like Skippy), it won't take you long to realise that this stuff is just as good, at a far lower price. It's very crunchy - lots of lovely peanuts in it, and really easy to spread.
Good value for money too. And it comes in a glass jar, which means once you have scraped every last bit of it out and given it a wash, you can re-use it! Bonus!
Give this product a go, it won't break the bank and you might just find that it does the job very nicely. If you are not totally impressed with it, then why not use it in desserts - like peanut butter squares?
I have even been guilty of taking a teaspoon loaded up and eating it just by itself - just like every other brand, it's just as sticky, gooey and lovely, and the peanuts still get stuck in your teeth!
Being on a very strict budget at the moment, the Sainsburys Basics range is becoming a good friend to me. I do find that this range is very good, with the low price not being reflected in the quality.
I must confess that I stumbled into buying the Basics peanut butter kind of by accident. I had bought a Kong for my puppy, and as other dog owners will know, you can stuff it full of peanut butter. Obviously I wasn't going to spend money on a more expensive brand if it was for the dog, so I picked up this peanut butter. If I had been buying peanut butter for myself I would have undoubtedly gone for a more expensive range, or a well known brand such as SunPat.
I decided to try this myself and wasn't expecting much...
The peanut butter comes in a plain glass jar with white lid, with the usual white and orange Basic range label. It has a drawing of some peanuts on it, and the words 'not so nutty, still crunchy'.
I like smooth AND crunchy peanut butter so the chunks of nut (or lack of) doesn't bother me. The peanut butter was a rich brown colour and had visible big chunks of peanut in it. It didn't look any different from other brands.
The taste was great... stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth smoothness with crunchy chunks of peanut, and the slight saltiness of the nuts too. I am very fussy and would be the first to say if I could tell any difference between this and more expensive peanut butters - but I couldn't.
It didn't take me long to finish the jar. I have been buying this peanut butter regularly, and don't see the point in spending money on other brands anymore.
This costs 52p for a 340g jar.
After having a sudden craving for peanut butter sandwichs, realising I had none :( and making a dash for Sainsbury's; I was pleasently surprised by the selection avaliable.
PACKAGE AND COST
The peanut butter comes in a clear glass jar with a white screw top lid. The jar holds 340 grams and for that you pay a measly 69 pence. I admit to start with I was expecting to buy a big name brand, but at this price, which is about half or less sometimes of competetors I thought why not.
The label is as expected simple and standard to Sainsburys "basic" range, in white and orange.
INGREDIENTS AND NUTRITION
Roasted peanuts (surprise!), rapeseed and palm oil, sugar and salt.
The nutrition contents are split into the basic snapshot circle on the front for 10g with the important ones = cal 62, fat 5.3g! sat fat 1g, sugar 0.6g and a trace of salt. On the reverse are more detailed guidelines for 10g serving and 100g also.
There is also a allergy warning for nuts (again no surprise there).
WHAT I THINK
I was really surprised by this peanut butter. I wasn't expecting much being a basic brand, but I have to say it rivals the big name brands easily and in my opinion is better than some.
The smell is quite strong of roasted peanut as soon as you open the jar.
The paste part is thick but spreadable, although if you have really thin bread it sometimes rips. The taste stays with you a while after eating as it does stick to your teeth a bit.
The nuts are big chunks as you would expect in the crunchy butter option and there are plenty in the jar, well mised into the paste.
A superb alternative to big name brands
Sainsburys Basics Crunchy Peanut Butter
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Spread.
For those who haven't read my earlier reviews, let me begin by explaining my feelings on the supermarkets no frills ranges which are becoming more and more common and expanding all the time. I really like the fact that I can save money by not paying for fancy packaging which just goes in the bin anyway and have recently become a convert to this excellent way of saving cash.
I have tried heaps of different things from the Sainsbury's Basics range and for the most part, have been really pleased by the quality. Of course there have been a few which have been a bit of a let down, but these are in the minority, and I generally find that cheap and nasty looking packaging doesn't mean cheap and nasty goods within.
Peanut butter is one of my vices and it has to be the crunchy stuff. I like it on toast and also smeared on celery sticks and find that I eat it quite often (at least twice a week). This 340g jar cost me just £0.66 which is quite a lot cheaper than the competing brands. It comes in a glass jar with a screw on metal lid and the Basics white and orange labeling.
Ingredients are as follows:
Roasted Peanuts (87%)
Nutritional Information (Per 100g) is as follows:
I find this peanut butter just as good as the more expensive competitors, it is sweet without being too sweet and crammed with big chunks of crunchy peanuts. It has a lovely thick consistency and spreads really well. I find it quite a moreish snack which is a shame because it isn't the healthiest of things to eat!
If you are a fan of peanut butter, either for eating on its own or using in baking then I definitely recommend that you try this one next time you are shopping. It is creamy, crunch and delicious and best of all, much cheaper than some of the other brands, well worth buying!
I sometimes work long hours and I have times when I just can't be bothered or when I want something nice and satisfying for breakfast on these cold wintry mornings. I usually have a variety of spreads in the cupboard and peanut butter is always one of these. Over the years I have tried a huge variety and I generally find them all to be of a similar quality.
This Sainsburys basic peanut butter is provided in a glass jar with a screw top lid and everything about this product shows you that they are making cost savings hence the cheaper price. The label shows the usual information such as ingredients, nutritional information etc and just all the usual stuff you would expect to find.
This peanut butter can settle a little if left in the cupboard too long and this is easily rectified by just giving it a stir with a knife before you spread in on to your toast. This needs to be spread quite thickly on toast to give it a generous coating and the peanut butter is quite thick and hard to spread on normal untoasted bread. There are lots of peanuts in this and you can see this as soon as you begin spreading. The peanut butter has a lovely thick taste to it which will spread all over your mouth, as it did mine, and the peanuts give the whole thing a thick consistency and a lovely crunchy texture. The peanut butter tastes quite sweet and is very satisfying, particularly on thick crusty toasted bread. This peanut butter is also ideal for using when making peanut butter cups as it is crammed with peanuts and has that lovely thick paste that is ideal for this type of baking.
This peanut butter is just 69p for a 340g jar which seems to be the standard for the basic/value variety of this product. While the packaging is basic the jar is recyclable which is great although you'll have your work cut out trying to scrape all the last of the peanut butter out before you can put out for recycling.
Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts (87%), Rapeseed Oil, Sugar, Palm Oil, Salt.
Nutritional Information (Per 100g): 610 calories, 22.2g Protein, 12g Carbohydrates, 6.3g Sugars, 52.6g Fat, 9.8g Saturates, 5.6g Fibre, 0.73g Salt.
As you can see from the nutritional information this is very high in fat and should therefore be enjoyed in moderation. I normally use around 10-15g on two thick large slices of bread or toast and this tastes absolutely delicious.
I am rating this product 5/5 as it is a very reasonable price and the product itself is of a high quality and most importantly of all it tastes yummy!
I have been trying a lot more of Sainsbury's Basics products over the last few months, since I moved to an area with a Sainsbury's within walking distance. One of the products that I have tried is the Basics Peanut butter. This costs 69 pence for a jar, containing 340g, which is very good value, when compared to the branded peanut butters.
The peanut butter is packaged in a clear glass jar, with a white metal lid. On the label, it says that it is 'not so nutty, still crunchy'. The ingredients list states that the peanut butter contains 87% peanuts, as well as rapeseed oil, sugar, palm oil and salt. The peanut butter has a quite thick texture, and there are lots of crunchy bits, so it does seem to be very nutty and crunchy, despite being a Basics product. The peanut butter spreads well on toast and bread, and the taste is delicious, especially with cheese and Marmite/Vegemite. I found that I could not tell the difference between this product and peanut butter from the supermarket's more expensive range, or a branded range, such as Sunpat.
A 10g serving of this peanut butter contains 62kcal, 5.3g of fat, 1.0g of saturated fat, 0.6g of sugars and a trace of salt. Per 100g there are 610kcal and 52.6g of fat, of which 9.8g are saturates. It is quite high in fat, but as it is vegetarian, the levels of saturates are fairly low. Peanut butter is also high in fibre (5.6g per 100g) which is helpful for the daily fibre intake, especially when eaten on wholemeal/granary toast or bread.
I will definitely be buying this peanut butter again, as the taste is just as good as more expensive varieties, and it is excellent value at just 69 pence a jar.
Sainsbury's Basic Crunchy Peanut Butter
Since moving to central Edinburgh, our nearest supermarket has become Sainsbury's. We are a good long 50 minute walk from the large store and 10 minutes from a smaller one, so we can generally get most of what we need between these. Some of the basics products are not available in the smaller one, such as this peanut butter, but the smaller store is generally pretty good for offering other products in the basics range and lots of reduced things. Great to get a swoop of cheap bread late at night to spread this peanut butter on! Peanut Butter goes so quickly in our house that we decided to see if we could save some money buying it the cheaper version.
As with most Basics products, it has plain packaging with the orange and white design to keep the cost of production low. I think there are now about 500 lines of basics products in Sainsbury's and I feel like you really notice it compared to other stores. They are also doing a marketing campaign to do with it just now and advertise it all over the stores so perhaps all the signs have just sucked me in! It has a metal lid with a plastic coating, which is great because I really hate and find unappetising the plastic lids that appear on lots of spreads when the company are trying to cut costs. Like chocolate spread lids always seem to be plastic- I hate that!
The ingredients are as follows
Roasted Peanuts (87%), Rapeseed oil, sugar, palm oil and salt.
Each 10g serving contains 62 calories, 2.2g protein, 1.2g carbohydrate of which 0.6g is sugars and 0.6g starch, 5.3 g of fat of which 1.0g is saturates, 2.6g mono-unsaturated and 1.7g of polyunsaturated fats. 0.6g fibre and trace of sodium.
69p for 340g jar.
The great thing I spotted (and tasted) about this peanut butter is the low salt content. Often you associate basic brands with salt appearing high up on the ingredients list. That said, it has been replaced with oil and sugar, so...one vice for another!
If you compare the % peanut content to a brand like Whole Earth, you realize that there is a bit of a deficit in how many peanuts have been used (and thus how natural
the product is). But with 97%+ by Whole Earth (the natural brand) and triple the price at least, you have to compromise a bit with the ingredients.
For comparison, Tesco stock a value crunchy peanut butter that retails at 56p for a 340g jar. So it is a touch cheaper. But then, the Tescos one contains "dextrose" and "vegetable fat" along with sunflower oil and salt.
Sainsbury describes this peanut butter as containing fewer nuts than a standard peanut butter but not lacking in crunch. I would say that though I wouldn't quite agree with this statement in that it is definitely a bit less crunchy- I actually prefer it this way. For the price, slightly less crunch is totally bearable! I would say that compared to say, Sun-Pat Crunchy Peanut butter, it is tastier. Peanut butter can sometimes be too sickly, too salty, or too sugary. I think this basics one is quite good because I find Sun-Pat almost too rich and too thick to be easily spread. This one spreads wonderfully. I love using it on sandwiches, on crackers, in satay-style sauces and I add a tablespoon to some soup recipes just to give a slight richness without the need for butter or really heavy, rich fats.
My favourite sandwich combinations with it are
PB and mustard (the hotter the better!)
PB and pickle
PB and cucumber/celery/tomato/grated carrot
PB and hummus and hot sauce
PB and marmalade (HEAVEN!)
Though I do prefer the more wholesome flavour and slight bitterness of a peanut butter that uses the skins and has a more significant peanut quantity in the final product, my boyfriend can go through a jar a week, so choosing a cheaper brand is always a good bet for saving the pennies! That said, you can buy a big bulk tub of peanut butter in health stores that retails at about £4.50 but is close to 100% peanuts and could be a different alternative to get that earthy taste.
I would definitely choose this as my daily choice of peanut butter since the saving is worth the compromise on earthy flavour and high peanut %. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and monounsaturated fats so is a great way to get richness in flavour without cholesterol and animal fats etc. Good all-round product!
SAINSBURY'S CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER (basics)
Yet another great value for money jar, slightly less nutty than the well known brand but still crunchy.
The Jar **********
Screw off/on lid in white metal, glass jar recyclable, contains 340 grams.
Crunchy peanut butter part of the Sainsbury's basics range, and it smells like any other peanut butter i have brought, is cheaper has less nuts in than sun pat, but i must admit it is still very crunchy and i found that spread on toast it really is lovely.
Im all for saving a little bit of money, and i do keep my jar in the fridge once openned, my preference, and i do like sandwiches with peanut butter in i make these quite regularly when the children come over with their little ones, and they also like peanut butter with jam in too, sounds yuck but it tastes quite nice to be fair.
Sainsbury's peanut butter : store in a cool dry place, spread on toast or on bread, makes a lovely crunchy topping.
They do give out a freephone help line telephone number if you require any information or have any problems.
Bear in mind people with nut allergies cant have this.
Per 10g serving : Cal 6.2, fat 5.3g, sat fat 1.0g trace of salt, so thats not too bad.
Suitable if your a vegetarian.
This is a high energy product and contains energy, protein fibre, and carbohydrates wont bore you with all the details.
I loved this peanut butter and well to be honest my grandchildren were happy to eat it, even though it is a cheaper make, they didnt notice any difference, and i liked it on my toast.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews x, do try and rate back.
Review of Sainsbury's Basics Crunchy Peanut butter.
**SAINSBURY'S BASICS CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER**.
I have to admit that I am addicted to peanut butter, it is something that I eat daily or I develop withdrawal symptoms. Peanut butter is one of those love it or loathe it foods and I am definitely in the love it category.
As a vegetarian, I kid myself that the calorie intake of my large consumption of peanut butter is offset by the protein content....... Well, I did say I kid myself!
I particularly enjoy my peanut butter on toast, when accompanied by a slice of cheese and an apple this makes a really delicious lunch. I also like to mix my peanut butter with jam, or jelly as they say in the USA, for breakfast toast. I read somewhere that this was the 'King's' (Elvis) favourite snack too!
I first discovered Sainsburys Basics crunchy peanut butter a couple of years ago and have bought it ever since, at my usual rate of 2 jars per week! At 69p per jar this represents a considerable saving to me, just under £2 a week when compared to the brand I used to buy!!
The product is presented in a plain shaped glass jar with white screw top lid and bears the orange and white label that is represented on most Sainsburys basic products. The jar contains 340g and the label bears the epitaph 'not so nutty, still crunchy'.
The contents, listed in ascending order are roasted peanuts (87%), Rapeseed oil, sugar, Palm oil and salt. Each 10g serving contains 62 calories, 2.2g protein, 1.2g carbohydrate of which 0.6g is sugars and 0.6g starch, 5.3 g of fat of which 1.0g is saturates, 2.6g mono-unsaturated and 1.7g of polyunsaturated fats. 0.6g fibre and trace of sodium.
The product is suitable for vegetarians and of course as one would expect from a peanut butter, unsuitable for peanut allergy sufferers. The peanut butter is produced for Sainsburys in the UK.
**Taste,Texture and Appearance**
The peanut butter is just the right consistency, not too runny and not too dry. It smells nutty and is very wholesome in appearance. The taste is very light and not as salty as some other brands can be. The nuts are well distributed in the spread and although they are finely chopped, it is still crunchy and deliciously nutty. It spreads very well and also mixes easily with other ingredients. I have used this as the base for a home made Satay sauce and added it to cookie recipes with great success.
More information on Sainsburys products can be found on their website www.sainsburys.co.uk.
They also have a free customer care line telephone number 0800 636262 or can be contacted at their head office address, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, London, EC1N 2HT
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
If you are a peanut butter fan I would highly recommend Sainsburys basics version, it is good quality at a low price. I find this product far nicer in both taste and texture than some of the more expensive well known brands on the market.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 September 2009
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