Not Natural peanut butter means more ingredients than just peanuts and maybe sugar?

What exactly does it mean to not use a natural peanut butter?
Does it needs to be something with more ingredients than just peanuts?
For example, peanut butter from Costco on the ingredients list it only says peanuts and salt. Does that count as natural?? Or it's best to use something like Skippy of Jif?

  • Posted by: Lucia
  • August 17, 2021
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drbabs August 17, 2021
The non-natural peanut butters (like Skippy and Jif) contain small amounts of hydrogenated vegetable oils to prevent the peanut butter from separating. That would make the Costco peanut butter “natural” since it’s only peanuts and salt, and yes, according to the recipe writer, you should use one of the brands that has the extra oils for stabilization.
AntoniaJames August 17, 2021
Peanut butters like Skippy and Jif also have a fair bit of sugar and salt in them. I just took a look online at the Jif ingredients list, which shows sugar as the first ingredient after peanuts. No surprise there . . . . after eating "natural" peanut butters for decades, when I buy the other kind for baking cookies and other treats, I'm always struck by different the two products are. ;o)
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