No lumps for me thanks …

Just so we’re clear …

I really like fruit.
I really like jam.
I really like yoghurt.

I just REALLY don’t like chunks of fruit in my jam or yoghurt. If I wanted chunky pieces of fruit I’d just eat some actual pieces of fruit. In my opinion, jam and yoghurt should always be kept smooth … real smooth. I don’t mind a bit of fruit puree in the mix, but I can’t stand dipping into a tub of yoghurt or reaching into a jar of jam and coming away with a huge chunk of fruit (strawberry is most often the culprit for me).

Now there is one exception I make to my desire for smooth, un-chunky spreads … and that is of course peanut butter. I take my peanut butter in super crunchy form, which roughtly translates in colloquialΒ form to ‘chunky as all hell’.

How about you? Are you a chunks-of-fruit lover or loather?

24 Comments

  1. Teresa

    I firmly believe the only spread that should be chunky is Peanut Butter! I often buy passionfruit yoghurt and raspberry jam to avoid any icky fruity chunks.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – I’m sooooo very glad that I’m not alone in my dislike of ‘chunky’ fruit in my jam and yoghurt … As for Peanut Butter, yes chunky is a delight. My dad always buys super crunchy peanut butter, but once found that they’d accidentally put ‘smooth’ peanut butter into a jar with ‘super crunchy’ packaging. He promptly wrote to the manufacturer to complain about it, and they ended up sending him a whole box of super crunchy!!! … perhaps this is where I get my love of super crunchy from?? πŸ™‚

  2. jan

    I’m worse than you. I insist on only jelly, strained to remove all vestiges of anything but the juice. It’s hard to find among all the jams, preserves, fruit spreads, etc., but I am persistent.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Oh I completely know where you’re coming from with your love of jelly … so that nothing even remotely chunky is present. Perhaps that’s the natural evolutionary path I’m on with my jams and yoghurts. Such quirks in the things we like to eat sure does make it more of a challenge to find the brands that suit … but that’s so much better than having to put up with unwanted visitors in our spreads! πŸ™‚

  3. maekitso

    I’m all for chunky lumps in my jam, for that is surely what it means to be of the pressed and tightly crammed. Chunky butter of the peanut as of chunky dairy milk and lumpy smoothies, on the other hand! No thank you, maam.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Brad – Mmmm, interesting that several voices in defence of the chunky pieces in jam have been raised. Perhaps I suffered from some childhood trauma which made me unable to appreciate the chunky lumps in jam that you so like (I wonder if there’s treatment for that?). However, I’m completely with you on the anti chunky dairy milk and lumpy smoothies … that’s just not right at all.

  4. Fourth Daughter

    Random post indeed… fitting that I randomly found you via The Bird with the Golden Seed… for what it’s worth, I’m with you.. when I was little I liked fruit yoghurt but now I can’t stand it. But yes, peanut butter MUST have chunks, what’s the point otherwise!?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – I must admit, my chunky jam post IS pretty random … even for me! πŸ˜‰

      Anti-chunky fruit yoghurt lovers unite! πŸ™‚
      I had to laugh at your response to chunky peanut butter … I’m completely with you there, without the chunks there just isn’t any point at all!! πŸ™‚

  5. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Oh thank goodness… someone who feels the same way I do! Every morning I put my knife into my strawberry jam and stir it all up, around and around, to try and mix in the lumps! And then I poke around until I can scoop out the non-lumpy bits to put on my crumpet. I guess I should just look for a brand with no lumps, but I like the taste and consistency of this one (the non-lumpy bits that is!!). lol

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – It’s always nice to know that other people feel the same way as we do … even when that thing is about something like lumpy jam! Like you, I used to do the ‘stir’ the jam thing up before using it, but I found that the chunky fruit blighters still managed to sneak their way onto my toast. Now I go for a stealth approach and try to weed out the chunks when I see them, so they don’t have a chance to hide. There’s nothing worse than a huge chunky bit of fruit on your toast / muffin / crumpet … it’s like hitting a big cold spot on your warm treat. Yuck!

      I now buy the ‘no lump’ jam brands, but it’s certainly a challenge to find one with a nice taste! (it’s nice to know I’m not crazy) … lol! πŸ™‚

  6. Erika Lee Sears

    Smooth Peanutbutter. I am ok with a little bit of fruit in jam/yogart but no seeds. The jam can’t be lumpy- if its lumpy that drives me crazy! No lumps and no seeds.

    PS Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Oh, I don’t think I’ve come across an advocate of smooth peanut butter before … it’s so lovely that there’s such diversity in what we like and don’t like in our humble spreads.
      I’m totally getting your no lumps and no seeds jam vibe. I don’t have a problem with fruit seeds, but I know my husband does … he can’t stand them in anything … actually he doesn’t really like raspberries for that reason … it’s all those little seeds, he feels he has to munch on them all.

  7. Francesca

    Great post! I used to feel exactly the same way about yoghurt, but now I like it either way. And I’ve always liked chunky jam, perhaps because I’ve usually always had it home made. And crunchy peanut butter is the best! Hurrah! xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Francesca – I’m glad you liked my ‘chunky’ fruit post. I wonder if I’ll ever change my thoughts on chunky yoghurt, or whether my anti-chunk path is set in stone?
      I often wonder if I’d like chunky jam if I’d eaten more home made jam as a child … the jams that you eat (based on the photos you share on your blog) always look wonderful, so I guess I can at least appreciate the visual joy of chunky jam.

      Here’s to a mutual love of crunchy peanut butter!! πŸ˜€

  8. Kate

    Crunchy peanut butter, yum. Fruity chunks in my jam, yes. But my goodness keep those mushy suspect lumps of ‘fruit’ out of my yoghurt.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kate – Yes I say YUM to crunchy peanut butter too. So many people are sharing their love of chunky fruit jam – I wonder if it depends on the type of jam we enjoyed as a child??? I can never understand the inclusion of chunks of fruit in yoghurt … I just like yoghurt.

  9. Lynne

    I definitly like it all lumpy!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – It’s nice to know there’s a balance between those who like the lumps in their jam and yoghurt and those that don’t. I can only agree with you on the peanut butter being chunky … perhaps this makes me a jam and yoghurt wimp? πŸ˜‰

  10. Kyladoesstuff

    I am in total agreement here (apart from the peanut butter thing as I don’t like the stuff) but lumps should stay out of jams and yoghurt…those snotty little pieces sneak up on you when you least expect it!
    xxxK

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kyla – Yes, here’s to no chunks in jams and yoghurts! Like you I find it’s those horrible chunky pieces that are so very sneaky … they’re like chunky fruit ninjas that somehow get themselves onto your treat of choice! πŸ˜‰

  11. Susan

    I’ll have mine chunky please. πŸ™‚ All the above chunky – gives a flavour burst!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Susan – Oh see that whole ‘flavour burst’ idea behind liking the fruit chunks totally makes sense to me and I wish I could appreciate it. It’s just that I can’t overcome that icky feeling of eating a mushy cold piece of fruit when I really just want to be enjoying the rest of my meal. Perhaps it’s because I view my fruit in yoghurt or jam as the side to the main meal that I don’t want it stealing all the glory? Who knows … πŸ™‚

  12. Mel

    Jam-wise I definitely prefer smooth and bit-free (can’t stand the seeds, ugh!) I rarely eat yogurt because it seems to aggravate my eczema, but the only yogurt that’s allowed to have lumps in is cherry. I can’t eat peanut butter at all because of my nut allergy!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – YAY for another lover of smooth jam!
      That’s a shame you can’t eat yoghurt all that often, but your ‘lumpy cherry yoghurt’ theory does have merit … I like to use yoghurt as a substitute for the unhealthier ice-cream.

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