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December 4, 2013

Peanut Butter by CB’s Nuts

by Anne Paddock

Twenty-five miles northwest of Seattle, Washington is a small town called Kingston, home of CB’s Nuts, a family owned business that makes the best homemade peanut butter and it’s only $6 a jar. What makes CB’s so great? Fresh peanuts are slow roasted in small batches in old-fashioned (1920’s era refurbished) roasters and then ground to a smooth consistency in a refurbished grinder that has an 18-inch girding wheel before being jarred in-house. Silky smooth with little or no separation, CB’s Peanut Butter has no additives, sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial anything. There is just one ingredient: U.S. grown peanuts.

USA-JarFor several years, the company was able to secure Valencia peanuts (a peanut variety that is valued for its taste) from organic farms in New Mexico but recent droughts and supply issues limited availability. Faced with importing foreign organic peanuts or using conventional US grown peanuts, the company decided to stick with their commitment to US farmers and were happy that lab testing showed no pesticide contamination. However, the company recently secured contracts with US farmers to supply organic peanuts again which means organic peanut butter will be available early next year. So, besides buying one of the most delicious and nutritious peanut butters ever made, you’re buying American and supporting US farmers and a small business owner.

I discovered CB’s Peanut Butter on a trip to the northwest. My daughter was intrigued with the jar that held smooth peanut butter that didn’t have an oil separation (I learned later the little or no separation is because the nuts are ground immediately after they have been roasted). I was intrigued with the one ingredient listed on the label. So, we bought a jar and as soon as we got back to the hotel, spread a spoonful over a piece of Dave’s Killer Bread and experienced heavenly bliss. As you can probably guess, the jar lasted only a few days. When we got back to the east coast, I checked the local Whole Foods and found out the east coast stores don’t carry CB’s Peanut Butter yet, so I went to the company website: www.cbsnuts.com –   and ordered the 16 ounce jars on-line.

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