Friday, January 16, 2015

Trader Joe's Roasted & Salted Peanuts

You could argue that peanuts are peanuts. And you'd have a point. But then again, they're not.

I go through cycles with peanuts. I get reminded that they exist, buy some, eat them every day for a few weeks, then get kind of tired of them, and neglect them for weeks or months or even years at a time, until something reminds me that I haven't had them in a long time, and I binge again.

Many such cycles have taught me that there is a distressing inconsistency to most brands of peanuts, both the national brands (I'm looking at you, Planters) and store brands. One tin of them is wonderful, the next lacking in all flavor. Some tins are too salty, others not enough--even from the same manufacturer.

So what I especially like about this TJ's product is its consistency. I've been on a fairly prolonged nightly peanut indulgence--long enough to be on my third one-pound bag now--and they have been good throughout. I have had exactly one peanut that had an off taste, which I think is a remarkably low rate. They are all roasted and salted just right, from the top of the bag to the bottom, and from one bag to the next. And that's reason enough for me to make TJ's peanuts my first choice from this day forth.

Will I buy it again? 

Many times, I'm sure.


  1. Anything thing to like about these peanuts:

    A bag of them perfectly fits into one of the hard-plastic containers that you get from Planter's (and generic store brands).

    You can use that hard-plastic one over and over and over and ... -- and feel just a little virtuous as you eat your TJ's peanuts.

    We generally get the half-salty and unsalted varieties (in a nod to my blood pressure), and they are equally consistently good.

  2. I have a bag of the half-salt ones in my cupboard right now, but haven't opened it yet.

  3. Also try the blister peanuts sometime - they're particularly good dropped into the tomato soup.

    Thanks for the prolific reviewing!