Food Review: Amish Peanut Butter and Jelly (Kind Of)

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So, if you’ve been following along with my blog the last few days (and I hope you are!), you know I did a mini-weekend trip to Paducah, Kentucky and Metropolis, Illinois last weekend.

After I visited the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, I was looking for other things to do. There was a couple distilleries I was thinking of going to, one that even offered free tours and samples of moonshine. But that one seemed closed now (and not related to COVID-19)? And the other didn’t open for another couple of hours.

Then I realized only a half a mile away from the museum was this cute little general store called the Troutt Old Time General Store and Market. It’s in this little wooden building, almost looks like a cabin, and right on the corner of the street. I actually had to circle the block twice because I missed it the first time.

Here’s a screenshot of the building:

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I also was fortunate because they closed at 3 p.m. central time, and I had gotten there at a little after 2 p.m. central time. Once inside (with my mask on!), I had fun browsing the place. It’s what you would expect in terms of local stores like this: local products, like old fashioned candies (I got root beer and green apple hard candies from a different store earlier), old fashion soda, locally sourced and grass-fed beef (I picked up some beef jerky!), candles, honey, and so on. I also nabbed some Amish popcorn to try for a later food review.

But the main two things I picked up were the Amish peanut butter and b-e-a-r jelly (I wonder why they spell it with the hyphens?). Both are from a brand, at least I think you would call it a brand like any other brand, called Amish Wedding Old Fashioned. Both are made out of Millersburg, Ohio.

The peanut butter is 60 calories per tablespoon, so about 35 calories less than the leading brand, Jif. I will say, I’m surprised that the Amish peanut butter says it’s natural, but still has high fructose corn syrup.

Apparently, the container says to refrigerate after opening the peanut butter, but the owner of the general store advised me that that’s wrong. Because of regulations, they have to put that on there, but she said it’s best to not refrigerate it, otherwise the peanut butter will get too hard.

But I was thinking in my head, who refrigerates their peanut butter? I know people who do this, and I don’t get it. I’ve never refrigerated peanut butter. Now the jam I’m about to talk about, sure, but that’s a different story.

The b-e-a-r jam, which admittedly, I have no idea what b-e-a-r jam is and haven’t had it before, apparently is somewhat of a blend between blackberries, elderberry juice, apples and red raspberries. I mean, say no more, right? Yummy. It’s 35 calories per tablespoon, which seems to be slightly less than blackberry jam and other kinds of jam.

Taken together, I think I paid $10 for the two jars? As you can see in the photos, they’re rather small and probably won’t last long, but hey, $10 isn’t too shabby.

When I got back home on Sunday, the first meal I had was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to try out my new Amish peanut butter and b-e-a-r jam. It was a, pardon the pun, recipe for success because I also used one of my favorite kinds of bread: rye bread. Particularly, I was using Private Selection’s Light Rye sliced wide pan bread. Gah, it’s so good, but also, since I’m counting calories, this one freaks me out because one slice of bread alone is 120 calories!

That’s me being paranoid. Think about it. Overall, that’s only 335 calories for a meal (just the sandwich). That’s not bad for one meal when the overall daily calorie goal is to stay under 2,330.

Also, the reason I included “kind of” in the title is because I don’t think this bread would be considered Amish? I don’t know what makes for an Amish style of bread or not.

Anyhow, the peanut butter squeezes out nice and easy, making it, as it suggests, quite easy to spread onto the rye bread. I like that. It can be quite frustrating trying to knife the peanut butter out of the jar and then spread it delicately onto the bread. I appreciate ease-of-use!

So I’ll say this, the Amish are on to something because both the peanut butter and the b-e-a-r jam helped make for perhaps — I only hedge with perhaps because PB&J with the addition of bananas is hard to beat — the best PB&J I’ve ever had. The peanut butter was creamy and had delicious flavor. The b-e-a-r jam was a cornucopia of all my favorite sorts of jam, so what’s not to love there?

I legitimately ate that sandwich in about five seconds. D-e-v-o-u-r-e-d.

If you’re looking to take your PB&J game to the next level, seek out this Amish brand of peanut butter and jam. It does not disappoint.

What’s your go-to recipe for a PB&J? Do you stick to the classic of peanut butter, jelly/jam and bread, or do you include some additions, like how I mentioned adding banana? Do you ever toast or grill it? Toasted PB&J is one of my favorite ways to mix it up. And toasted and/or grilled bread in general is just superior to regular bread, let’s be honest.

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