Peanut butter

Real peanut butter is nothing but peanuts and a smidgen of salt

Real peanut butter is nothing but peanuts and a smidgen of salt

Fetch your jar of peanut butter. Don’t worry, I’ll be here when you get back. If you are reading on a mobile device, feel free to bring me along.

Now let’s take a look at the ingredients. If all you see is peanuts and a little salt, give yourself a hearty pat on the back and skip the following section.

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So, your peanut butter isn’t just peanuts and a dash of salt. Try not to take it too hard that a kitten died in the making of what the label declares peanut butter.

Smucker's® Natural creamy peanut butter

Smucker's® Natural creamy peanut butter

Take heart, you can redeem yourself. Head to your grocery store and buy yourself some real peanut butter. Remember, just peanuts and salt. It may cost more than the spreadable kitten puree you’ve been eating thus far, but the taste is oh, so worth it. I recommend Smucker’s®. With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good, right? Right. It’s also the only brand I consistently find in stores.

Now then, if you’ve never seen the real stuff before, don’t worry about the layer of oil in the jar. Perfectly natural. We’ll be taking care of that at home.

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Peanut butter, upside down to move the oil to the bottom of the jar

Peanut butter, upside down to move the oil to the bottom of the jar

Whenever you buy a jar, I have found the best thing to do is store it upside down. What, upside down? Yes, upside down. Please don’t argue with me. Like Nike used to say, just do it. Eventually, the oil will move to the bottom of the jar. That makes the next step much easier.

The first time you open the jar you will need to stir the oil and peanut butter together again. Why? You want spreadable peanut butter, not something you’ll need to carve out of the jar.

Put away the spoon. I have found it best to use an ordinary table knife. Slice down, across the bottom, and pull back up. Turn the jar slightly and repeat, until thoroughly mixed. By having the oil on the bottom of the jar, mixing takes less time and is less messy. As a bonus, you’ll have fewer extra thick globs to contend with.

Storage is easy: screw the lid back on and put the jar back in the cupboard, right side up. There is no need to refrigerate. For the most part, the peanut butter will stay mixed. The tiny bit of oil that does separate out will be easy to mix back in.

Enjoy the taste of peanut butter that tastes like peanuts, not some poor imitation of peanut-like flavor. Yum!

And remember, no kitten is harmed in the making of real peanut butter.

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