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Store Natural Peanut Butter Upside Down--Then Stir & Refrigerate

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Natural peanut butter doesn't contain added oils, but it does require regular stirring, especially when you first buy it. That can be messy and difficult. So each time I buy a new jar, I store it in my pantry upside down until I'm ready to use it. That mixes the oil better for easier stirring!

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When you finally open the jar, use a butter knife to stir the oil throughout the jar until it's well mixed. Then store your mixed peanut butter in the fridge and the oils will not separate!
- Submitted by COACH_NICOLE 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 32 Comments
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WESTCOASTGIRL2 3/25/2010 3:21:00 PM

    That's what we've been doing for some time now - it works great! Added bonus: the kids have an easier time getting the peanut butter off the inside of the lid than from deep inside the jar, so they'll actually spread their own without getting peanut butter all over their hands!
GIANT-STEPS 3/25/2010 2:35:00 PM

    I do that as well but another trick is to warm the peanut butter just a little in the microwave; makes it much easier to stir.
BRITTNEY0485 8/12/2010 7:27:00 AM

    Kroger brand organic peanut butter doesn't need stirring. It's the best! emoticon
CYNDY_55 5/24/2010 3:10:00 AM

    emoticon Tip!
CDSPARK 3/27/2010 1:22:00 PM

    I pour out the oil to save on fat.
MANDALORE 8/15/2012 10:16:00 AM

    the Amish community makes some good stuff!
VK2Z10 11/14/2011 1:38:00 PM

    emmainteresting, natural peanut butter has nothing in it but peanuts. jif, skippy, etc aren't natural because they have added salt, sugar, and oil. therefore, they aren't truly natural peanut butter. I prefer the Krema brand, or Trader Joe's.
RUSSELL_40 6/14/2011 11:05:00 AM

    I just got some natural P.B.. and was about to just toss it.. hope this works. I love p.b. &j sandwiches, but too much Na in normal P.B.
EMMAINTERESTING 5/22/2011 4:42:00 PM

    OK - not to sound like I have orthorexia nervosa or anything but - I see many people here posting that there is "natural" Jif, Skippy etc that don't require stirring. Please read the label - and if you are ok with those ingredients that's ok - just don't think it's the same as what used-to-be-called natural. I get Peanut Butter that has one ingredient - peanuts! Jif and Skippy have added saturated oils to "thicken" the pb - and both I think have some disguised sugar in there. I usually pour off most of the oil in the Trader Joe/Adams versions anyway, but I know for kids that is usually too dry, so the tips about upside down really work. I also keep it in the fridge even before I pop it open since there's nothing to stop oxidation. But also, I put the jar on top of a small plate - if that oil leaks out it's a big mess in the fridge :)
MELHAYWIRE 5/17/2011 8:44:00 AM

    I have been buying natural peanut butter for a year now and never thought to do this even though the first time stirring is always such a pain! Thanks!
RIBKNIT 5/11/2011 8:31:00 PM

    And I thought nobody did this except me :) I have been eating natural, no-salt, peanut butter for a long time, and now the other stuff tastes too sweet and salty and almost artificial. It's gratifying that with time, you can truly lose your taste for stuff that is bad for you. Hard to believe, but it's true.
MJ7DM33 3/15/2011 11:04:00 AM

    Thanks alot!
FINDINGBOBBIE 3/4/2011 9:14:00 AM

    Wonderful tip!!! I am always stirring my peanut butter and the closer to the bottom the harder it gets to stir
RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/25/2011 6:34:00 PM

    I do this too! I also store it in my fridge upsidedown until I open it. Stays fresher.
LDSLADYDI 2/13/2011 2:34:00 PM

    I love it! It helps keep it fresh and delicious!
MISSYC21 12/16/2010 1:36:00 PM

    I NEVER HAD NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER, AND I DO EAT PEANUT BUTTER. I NEVER EVEN SEEN IT IN THE STORE, BUT I THINK I WILL FIND SOME & TRY IT. THANKS FOR THE TIPS!
FEADHEAD 6/25/2010 12:53:00 PM

    Skippy makes a no-stir natural peanut butter too!
RAGGARWALAX 5/26/2010 1:59:00 PM

    Great tip!
DENNISBISHOP 5/18/2010 10:52:00 PM

    Works for me!
COFFEEGIRLCT 4/23/2010 9:50:00 AM

    I can honestly say that I never thought of that... it makes me want to start buying natural peanut butter again. I stopped because I could never stir it without the oil spilling everywhere. Thanks for the tip!
TONIABLAKE 4/16/2010 10:00:00 PM

    Thanks for this tip! I love it. I like natural peanut butter, but it can truly be a pain in the butt to mix it.
LILY_SPARK 4/12/2010 12:06:00 PM

    I grew up using natural pb & never had a problem with it. Sort of like when we milked the cattle, the cream was on top, no big whoop!
SOOKIE 4/12/2010 11:35:00 AM

    NOW I can go back to buying natural peanut butter. I've avoided it for a long time. GREAT TIP!

Thanks!
LILLIEBLUE613 4/6/2010 9:40:00 AM

    Thanks for the tip. I never thought of that.
_MAOMAO_ 4/3/2010 10:09:00 PM

    This is perfect. I'll put mine upside down, then on it's side - more than once if I'm not opening it for a few days. I grew up eating Adams peanut butter, so stirring was the labor intensive part.
PAISHAR2 3/31/2010 4:33:00 PM

    I PAID THE OIL NO MIND, BUT NOW I KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!!! THANKS FOR TIP!!!!

SHARON
YELLOW09RED 3/27/2010 2:23:00 PM

    Thank you for this information. I'll do it with my next jar.
You are a great motivator for my strength training and daily walks. Thank you, Debbie in TX emoticon
SASSYTHING52 3/25/2010 8:47:00 PM

    thanks alot cool
MSMAKEOVER 3/25/2010 6:07:00 PM

    Great tip! Thanks so much!!!!
SPARKGUY 3/25/2010 3:35:00 PM

    This is a great secret Nicole, I'll give it a try!

MATT425 3/25/2010 3:12:00 PM

    emoticon
1BAMBI1 3/25/2010 2:53:00 PM

    This tip works especially well if you buy the larger size of natural peanut butter. It is sometimes hard to reach the bottom to stir it. emoticon

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