Peanut paste is obtained by several methods of known in the food arts in which raw peanuts are roasted, blanched, and ground to create the peanut paste.
On the other hand, peanut butter comprises peanut paste as well as a stabilizing agent, a sweetening agent, salt, and optionally, an emulsifying agent. Peanut butter is mainly known for being sold as a spread, and peanut paste is regularly sold to be used as an ingredient in cookies, cakes and a number of other retail food products.
Distinction from peanut butter
A number of peanut paste products have been used over the centuries, and the distinction between peanut paste and peanut butter is not always clearcut in ordinary use.
The term has been used in rural Queensland, Australia, as a synonym for peanut butter. This followed pressure from dairy farmers who did not want peanut butter competing with butter for market share.
The product was known in Western Australia and South Australia for many years as peanut paste because, by definition, 'butter' is a dairy product. The same product was available in other states - presumably Queensland excepted - as peanut butter. Manufacturers complained about having to produce different labels for different states and the Western Australian government changed the rules on the use of the word 'butter' to allow for one set of labels.
As ingredient of peanut butter
Generally, peanut paste acts as the main ingredient in peanut butter, from 75% to as much as 99% of the recipe.
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