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  •  try sunbutter. (3+ / 0-)
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    OrangeClouds115, martini, mieprowan

    Its better.  They sell it everywhere.  even Target.

    •  almond butter (2+ / 0-)
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      OrangeClouds115, Zydekos

      is incredible. Pricey, but worth it. Just a spoonful is like a spoonful of good chocolate!

      "The intelligence it took to bring us to modern society may not be enough to get us out of it." = Einstein

      by mieprowan on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 06:37:33 PM PST

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      •  Peanuts are called "groundnuts" some places (1+ / 0-)
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            I love almond butter too, and try to stay away from PB.      

            Since almonds are "tree nuts", I think they are generally safer than groundnuts from a bacteriologic point of view.

            Maybe I'm too paranoid, but if you imagine an apple and a potato and consider which one you'd least like to lick the outside of, you'll see why I worry.

            In a comment to a prior PB diary, I mentioned my worry about aflatoxin as a contaminant in peanutbutter. It is a carcinogenic fungus (mold) that sometimes grows on improperly stored peanuts.

            And did you ever buy roasted peanuts in the shell, like at the baseball game, or the circus like I did as a kid?  Or did you eat them out of a big bowl at the bar? (My favorite was where you could throw the shells on the floor.)  If so, you probably found an occasional little withered black peanut, sometimes moldy.  When I found those disgusting little peanuts, I always worried "How do they keep these out of peanut butter?"

        Well, maybe they don't.

        Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

        by Zydekos on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:20:32 PM PST

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        •  no, I don't think this is about that (0+ / 0-)

          the contamination came from the factory apparently, and the fatty nature of nuts helped the salmonella survive.

          Peanuts are actually legumes - they're like peas or beans, but the pods go into the ground to mature. It's a pretty fascinating adaptation.

          Far as things growing in the ground - well, unless you want to exist on unfallen fruit, I'm afraid you're going to have to deal with contact with the ground!

          I'll go further to say that I'd rather lick the outside of a (fresh) potato, that hasn't greened up any - than a commercial apple, as apples are one of our most heavily sprayed crops.

          Aflatoxin is definitely a concern, but this diary is about salmonella. But it's worth bringing up in case people don't know about it.

          I understand your getting OCD about this stuff, though. Hell, I go through my rice grains when I don't like their looks. Imagine me, sitting in my parlour with a baking tray full of rice, assiduously looking for the moldy grains. Way low tech!

          "The intelligence it took to bring us to modern society may not be enough to get us out of it." = Einstein

          by mieprowan on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:43:17 PM PST

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