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Making Natural Peanut Butter Easier to Spread
Natural Peanut Butter
One goal in our family is to try and eat healthier. We use peanut butter a lot in our house. When you read the ingredients of a jar of peanut butter, sometimes the list goes on and on. That made me a little sad.
A few years back we switched to natural peanut butter. We decided that peanut butter should be just that - peanuts (and maybe a little salt!). But there should not be a list of fillers, some which we could not pronounce.
We loved the taste and thought it was better in our sandwiches. The only problem we had with it was the separation of the peanut butter and oil. It was such a pain to mix it each time we wanted to use the peanut butter. I tried pouring the oil off, but by the end of the jar, the butter was rock hard. Not very appetizing. Not all of them would separate all the way all of the time, but most of them would separate a little, especially if not used regularly.
There are mixers out there that you can purchase to fit on top of your jar to mix the peanut butter when you use it, but I really did not want to spend the money. One more gadget was not on my list of additions to our kitchen.
One day my husband suggested that we just pour the whole jar in a bowl and mix it with the hand mixer. I thought, "Why not?"
It worked so wonderfully, I cannot tell you how happy I was. We dumped the whole jar of peanut butter and oil in, turned on the mixer to high, and mixed until it was light and fluffy. The peanut butter tasted amazing. It spread beautifully and was quite airy.
The only hesitation I had, was the worry that it would separate again in the fridge. Well, after 2 months in the fridge, it was still light and fluffy and did not separate. We had found a way to have natural peanut butter without a fuss! I was so happy.
Now, I am notorious for trying to cut calories out of everything. Peanut butter is one of them. I have since tried mixing it up after pouring out some of the oil on top. It still works and still stays creamy and fluffy.
This is not rocket science, but it is one of those short-cuts that we all have in life that makes lunchtime a little less hectic.