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Updated Retailer List

11 Jul

Hello PB lovers!  We have made some updates to our Retailers page….so check it out!  May find a new store near you!

We are in 26 WHOLE FOODS in the Northeast Region now….so happy! 

Check it out and let us know what you think….have a store near you that you think will be a good fit??

Let us know!!!      saratogapeanut@yahoo.com

 
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Peanut Butter Popsicles!

16 Aug

This week we bring you another recipe! Beat the heat with seriously Chillin’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles!

All you will need is a blender, our Chillin’ Chocolate Peanut Butter, some lowfat vanilla yogurt, milk, and some honey and chocolate chips for added sweetness!

First, blend a 1/2 cup of skim milk with 1 cup of milk.

Then, add a half cup (or more if you want) of our Chillin’ Chocolate Peanut Butter and a little bit of honey until all ingredients are smoothly blended.

Next, stir in some chocolate chips with a spoon and pour the mix into a popsicle mold. Freeze for at least 4 hours!

As you may notice, our popsicles came out a little short! So make sure you fill popsicle molds to the top! This recipe was adapted from seriouseats.com. Enjoy!!!

 
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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake!

06 Aug

It’s been a while, but the blog is back up and running! Here, in the next few weeks expect to find fun new ways to use our delicious peanut butter and other fun activities and information! This week we bring you a simple breakfast shake you may have had some variation of before, but probably not like this!

All it takes is a blender, three basic ingredients, and some ice!

  • First, slice up a medium sized banana.

  • Then measure about 10 ounces of skim milk. (Feel free to use soy milk or even almond milk if you are feeling adventurous!)

  • Then finally, scoop three tablespoons of Adirondack Jack and a handful of ice into the mix and blend!

And there you have it! A fast and delicious breakfast with all the flavor of Adirondack Jack (almond butter, peanut butter, cranberries, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, honey and cinnamon) blended in for you! Feel free to experiment with our other peanut and almond butters too!

 
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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

19 Nov

We wanted to wish all our customers and fans a Happy Thanksgiving!   Here are a few famous quotes from some inspirational folks….who we are sure loved Peanut Butter!

1. “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” ~ H.U. Westermayer

2. “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” ~ Edward Sandford Martin

3. “There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” ~ O. Henry

4. “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

5. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

6. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry A. Ironside

7. “It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful ‘in general.’ It’s very strange. It’s a little like being married in general.” ~ Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

8. “It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.” ~ W. J. Cameron

9. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero

10. “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men, but be careful that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude.” ~ E.P. Powell

 
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12 Amazing Uses for Peanut Butter

06 Oct
  • Dogs love peanut butter, and its nutritional value makes it a great snack for them, even improving the appearance of their coats.
  • You can take advantage of this in many ways… for example, if your dog hates taking baths and it’s a chore to get him into the tub, smear a little peanut butter on the side of the tub. He’ll be so busy licking it off he’ll forget about the bath, and you can easily rinse off the residue afterwards.
  • Peanut butter can also be used to administer pet medication– stick a pill in a spoonful of the stuff and they’re none the wiser. (Works on both dogs and cats.)
  • In a pinch, smooth peanut butter can actually be used for shaving, if soap, shaving cream or oil aren’t available. It works surprisingly well, and is much cheaper (and often better for your skin.)
  • Peanut butter makes far more successful bait for mousetraps than cheese does.
  • You can use peanut butter instead of regular butter in any recipe. It won’t change the cook time or the appearance, and the change in flavor can be an improvement.
  • Peanut butter can absorb unpleasant scents: for example, drop some in the frying pan after frying fish to keep the smell from invading your house.
  • Smooth peanut butter can not only remove gum from your hair, it can remove other sticky things as well. These include cement glue, airplane glue or the residue left behind by price tags.
  • Use any kind of peanut butter to plug up a leaking ice cream cone (leaving a tasty bonus at the end!).
  • Bait a hook with peanut butter mixed with bits of cereal or bread. Some fish like peanut butter as well, including bluegills, carp and catfish.
  • Use it as a natural leather cleaner: apply a dab, rub in a circular motion and remove with a buffing cloth. It works like a charm.
  • The oils in peanut butter make it a good natural lubricant: even rusty tools like lawnmower blades can be loosened up. Car or truck axles can be greased with it as well; George Washington Carver even used peanuts in a recipe for axle grease.
 
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“Natural” or “Regular” Peanut Butter: Which to Choose?

29 Sep

Image: Andy Newson

“Organic,” “natural,” and “unrefined” are words that get tossed around a lot these days. It seems like just about every food manufacturer and brand name has come out with “natural” or “organic” version of their existing products to compete with healthier brands. You may be wondering what the fuss is all about– after all, what does natural peanut butter have that makes it worth your time?

It’s not a question of what natural peanut butter has… it’s a question of what it doesn’t have. According to federal law, to qualify as “peanut butter,” both regular and natural brands must include a percentage of peanuts which allows for only a small percentage of fillers, including salt, sweeteners or stabilizers. (The Saratoga Peanut Butter Company, however, does not add stabilizers or fillers of any type. Our mission is to make great tasting combinations and unique blends using only the natural nuts and other tasty additions, like cranberries, cherries, flax, cinnamon, etc.) The health benefits of peanuts are present in any product with peanut butter on the label. So what’s the harm in buying cheap, readily-available processed butters, exactly?

Well, let’s look at what’s added:

1. Too much salt. A report from the CDC indicates that Americans eat twice as much salt as is recommended. According to one of the authors of the report, “Sodium has become so pervasive in our food supply that it’s difficult for the vast majority of Americans to stay within recommended limits.” 77% of this intake comes from processed foods, and regular peanut butter is a frequent offender. Skippy brand peanut butter, for example, has 50% more salt than natural peanut butter, and more sugar as well. Which brings us to…

2. Too much sugar. A recent USDA report showed that Americans consume about 1/4 of all their calories from added sugars, and it’s no wonder. Like most popular processed products, regular peanut butter is almost guaranteed to include extra sugar: most of that unrestricted percentage of ingredients is typically sweeteners. They aren’t always labeled as sugar, either– be on the lookout for high fructose corn syrup or even molasses. Peanut butters labeled as “low-fat” are particularly likely to have extra sweeteners. Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with real sugar, but eating too much of it may lead to weight gain and health problems like type II diabetes, and the fact that the market is saturated with products full of added sugar makes it harder to maintain your health.

3. Unnecessary stabilizers. Stabilizers are additives like hydrogenated oils, which keep peanut butter at a single consistency no matter the temperature. Even some manufacturers of “natural” peanut butter may add palm oil as a stabilizer, which adds 16-20% more saturated fat. Additives in peanut butter contain not only trans fats but also saturated fats, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer. This is because the process of hydrogenating oils involves converting unsaturated fatty acids to saturated ones– hence the change in consistency.

There aren’t many good reasons to add these chemical stabilizers to peanut butter. Without stabilizers, the natural oils in peanut butter often rise to the top, and some peanut butter (though not Saratoga Peanut Butter Company brands) will go bad if unrefrigerated. That’s it. That’s why major manufacturers add these substances to their product: to make it look smoother, and to reassure consumers that it can be left on the shelf for eternity. Sure, you sometimes have to spend a few seconds mixing natural peanut butter to get an even consistency, but that’s a small price to pay for the knowledge that what you’re about to put in your mouth is nothing but heart-healthy peanuts and a little pinch of salt.

(One further thing to keep in mind: your choice of natural peanut butter can make a difference when it comes to baking. Sadly, many recipes are now written under the assumption that you’re going to use regular peanut butter, which (as we said before) has a different consistency and a very different taste. Because it has no added sugar, natural peanut butter can make some recipes taste saltier than they otherwise would, and the lack of artificial stabilizers can make foods like cookies spread more in the oven. Fortunately, it’s easy to correct for either of these issues when baking with natural peanut butter: if you find natural peanut butter not sweet enough, reduce the salt in the recipe by 1/4 tsp, and if you find that cookies made with natural peanut butter spread out too much, you can make them a bit smaller or slightly reduce the baking time.)

 
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Why Choose Nuts? Health Benefits and Interesting Facts

22 Sep

Image: Maggie Smith

You may be inclined to think of nuts as nature’s junk food… a tempting, but ultimately unhealthy treat that you ought to avoid. After all, they’re high-fat and high-calorie, right? A glance at the nutritional facts for most nuts could make you think that, delicious though they are, they have to be bad for you.

Wrong. Actually, nuts are one of the healthiest foods around. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, young or old, an athlete or a couch potato: eating nuts is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and here’s why.

What Benefits Can You Get From Nuts?

They improve your cholesterol. Nuts themselves contain no cholesterol. None whatsoever. Not only that, they may actually lower your LDL (or “bad” cholesterol) when eaten regularly. It’s true that nuts contain a high quantity of fats, but remember that certain types of fat are not only good for you but essential for health. These include omega-3 and unsaturated fatty acids, all of which are found in abundance in nuts.

They could help maintain a healthy weight. Nuts have a very low glycemic index– in other words, they fill you up without causing a dramatic spike in blood sugar, like many processed foods. Over the long term, making nuts part of your regular diet can reduce weight gain and inflammation, and combat obesity.

They’re full of protein and fiber. Most people need about 30-60 grams of protein per day. Vegetarians have been substituting nuts for meat for years, and no wonder– they contain high levels of protein without the associated saturated fat and cholesterol. They’re also an excellent source of dietary fiber.

They have been shown to promote heart health. Several studies have found that people who eat nuts at least 5 times a week are 20-60% less likely to develop heart disease.

They contain vitamins and antioxidants. Nuts are practically a natural multivitamin: they contain lots of phytochemicals (compounds which may help prevent cancer) as well as copper, potassium, zinc, niacin, folic acid and even calcium.

Peanuts

Image: Arvind Balaraman

Peanuts are great for your heart. In one recent study, “a high monounsaturated diet that emphasized peanuts and peanut butter decreased the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 21% compared to the average American diet.”

As for nutrition, peanuts are slightly higher in protein than other nuts. They’re also chock full of vitamins, especially Vitamin E, which is great for your skin and has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, and anti-oxidants.

Almonds

Almonds are higher in calcium and iron than other nuts, and are generally very high in potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, and protein, making them an excellent choice for the health-conscious. A handful of almonds alone provides 85% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin E.

Almonds are beloved by chefs and bakers alike, and almond flour can provide a delicious alternative for people with specific diets: it’s low-carb and gluten-free.

Fun Facts

Almonds have been loved for millennia; they originally come from the Mediterranean region, and were hugely popular in ancient Rome. Almonds were even found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. References to the tastiness of almonds can be found in numerous Shakespeare texts, and are scattered throughout the Bible.

Peanuts aren’t really nuts at all: they’re legumes, like peas and beans, and are grown underground.

In China, almonds are considered to be symbolic of female beauty.

Peanuts contain so many nutrients that peanut-based pastes are currently being used by a variety of organizations (including UNICEF and Project Peanut Butter) to fight malnutrition in third-world countries.

The natural oils in peanut butter make it useful in other ways: for instance, it can remove gum from a person’s hair!

Want to know more? Check out these sources:

http://www.nationalpeanutboard.org/classroom-funfacts.php

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/a/almon026.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/5922-need-protein-nuts/

http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001nov/2001novnuts.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_%28fruit%29#Nutritional_benefits

http://peanut-butter.org/peanut-butter/Health+Benefits+of+Peanut+Butter

 
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Back-to-School Recipes

11 Sep

Well, it’s that time of the year– school has started up again, and parents’ lives are busier than ever. You’d think that having the kids out of the house for seven or eight hours would make life easier, but often the opposite is true: parents end up scrambling frantically to get everyone dressed, fed and ready for the day. Mornings are always a little bit crazy, and adding the burden of cooking breakfast and preparing packed lunches just adds to the stress.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share some recipes to help you out. Every one of these recipes is nutritious, healthy, and can be made quickly. And they aren’t just for kids: adults will love them too, and they’re good at any time of the year.


Breakfast

Here’s an easy breakfast idea for frazzled parents: Peanut Butter Pancakes! This variation on a classic favorite is healthier than the original, but just as delicious.

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (we recommend Saratoga Peanut Butter’s Plain Jane Creamy)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat milk with egg and peanut butter until smooth. Add to dry ingredients and beat just until well moistened. Lightly butter hot griddle. Spoon by 1/4 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
[via Peanut Butter Lovers]


If you have a little more time to get ready in the morning, muffins are a great all-purpose food. They make a wonderful breakfast, or can be popped in a lunchbox for later. (Make sure muffins are cooled before putting them into any airtight container.) Even better, you can make a giant batch of batter over the weekend and freeze it. Thaw a portion overnight before use, and you can have fresh-baked muffins for breakfast for days!
(Click here for more information on freezing muffins.)

Here’s a great recipe to start off your morning: Rise and Shine Muffins.
  • 1 cup high fiber bran cereal, crushed
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (or try Saratoga Peanut Butter’s Plain Jane Chunky)
  • 1 cup coarsely grated apple
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated carrots
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lite salt
  • cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix the bran cereal and milk in a large bowl and let stand until softened. Fold in the peanut butter, apple, zucchini, carrots, brown sugar and maple extract until mixed. In a small bowl, beat the egg and egg whites and then fold into the bran mixture. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, orange peel, cinnamon and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the bran mixture, but be careful not to over-mix. Spray the cups of a muffin pan with cooking spray. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Place a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven to prevent the muffins from drying. Place the muffins on the middle rack and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from muffin pan and serve. Yield: 12 servings of one muffin each.
[via Peanut Butter Lovers]


Lunch Ideas: Sandwiches and Snacks

The peanut butter & jelly sandwich has been a staple of packed lunches for decades; why not shake things up a bit? Jelly isn’t the only spread that pairs well with peanut butter. Honey works just as well, or you can substitute fresh fruit for jelly to make sweet sandwiches that even picky eaters will love. Try the following sandwich ideas:
  • Saratoga Peanut Butter Company’s Chill ‘n Chocolate with sliced bananas. (We recommend wheat bread for this one.)
  • Saratoga Peanut Butter Company’s Blizzard Butter with apricot preserves and sliced apples or bananas.
  • Saratoga Peanut Butter Company’s Almighty Almond butter with sliced apples and a drizzle of honey. (If your child’s school does not permit peanut products, this is a great alternative!)

Sandwiches aren’t the only way to work heart-healthy peanut butter into your diet (or your child’s). For example, dips are a great way to get kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. These recipes only take a minute to mix, and make a great snack with fruit slices, carrot sticks, or anything else you can dip! Try mixing equal parts Saratoga Peanut Butter Company’s Plain Jane Creamy and honey. Or, mix Saratoga Peanut Butter Company’s Plain Jane Chunky with a handful of raisins and a pinch of cinnamon… you can even add a spoonful of canned pumpkin, for a touch of fall flavor.


Dessert

Finally, here’s a dessert recipe your family will love: the Peanut Butter Parfait. Combining rich peanut butter and delicious chocolate, this treat will delight kids of all ages. And Mom & Dad can indulge too, because the Peanut Butter Parfait is that rarest of finds: a low-calorie version of a dessert that has all the taste of the original.

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat chunky peanut butter (try Saratoga Peanut Butter Company’s Plain Jane Chunky)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 cups cold fat-free milk, divided
  • 1 cup plus 6 tablespoons reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped salted peanuts

In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and 2 tablespoons milk. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; set aside. In another small bowl, whisk remaining milk with the pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spoon half of the pudding into six parfait glasses or dessert dishes. Layer with reserved peanut butter mixture and remaining pudding. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Refrigerate remaining whipped topping. Just before serving, garnish each parfait with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and 1-1/2 teaspoons peanuts. Yield: 6 servings.
[via Taste of Home]

 
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