For all of you who love the Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter and have been missing it, you’ll be thrilled to hear that it’s back! I think it has been out of stores for more than a year, so this is big news. I think it disappeared after the salmonella scare in late 2011 and throughout 2012, when it was recalled, even though none of it ever tested positive for salmonella. And to add to the peanut problems, in 2011 there was a peanut shortage due to changes in prices (low for peanuts, high for cotton which is what many peanut farmers switched to growing) as well as a drought. Since Costco couldn’t get the quality peanuts they demand for their peanut butter, they had to *gasp* stop making it all together. But now, all the peanut butter loving Costco members can rejoice because KS peanut butter is coming back.
Can you believe that 90% of American households buy peanut butter? Of course, I guess everyone has a jar hanging around in their pantry even if they don’t use it regularly. At Costco you can get three different types of the Kirkland Signature peanut butter. As there used to be, there’s the KS Organic Creamy Peanut Butter, as well as KS Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. But there’s a new butter in town: Kirkland Signature Natural Chunky Peanut Butter. If you’re in the Northeast region though, unfortunately, you will have to wait until November to stock up on the KS Organic Creamy Peanut Butter until November.
No matter which type of peanut butter you get from Costco, there’s nothing more in that jar than just the basics needed to make peanut butter: peanuts and sea salt. Costco’s peanut of choice is the Valencia, which is a bit harder to grow, but these nuts have a better taste and a natural sweetness that makes them ideal for peanut butter. The KS Natural peanut butters come in a two pack of 40 ounce jars, and the KS Organic comes in a two pack of 28 ounce jars. Since there’s nothing in the mix but peanuts to get the buttery smoothness, you might get a bit of separation with that oil layer on top, but don’t freak out, just stir it back in and you are good to go for making an excellent peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or whatever peanut buttery treat you want.
For more information about the Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter and everything that goes into it, check out the September 2013 Costco Connection article “Working for Peanuts“.