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How do you store your natural peanut butter

Sunday, December 23, 2018

My peanut butter says that it must be refrigerated but this turns the peanut butter into a rock and trying to spread it tears the sturdiest bread. My DH keeps telling me to put it in the the fridge but I keep it in my pantry. Today we finally settled our disagreement. I searched on the web to find out why something made of peanuts and salt needs refrigeration. I found several articles that say that refrigeration is just not necessary if you eat it up in 2-3 months. If you love peanut butter as much as I do and eat it regularly then IT JUST DOESN'T NEED REFRIGERATION!
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    Interesting. I’m fighting the same battle with almond butter.
    842 days ago
    It depends on whether it is natural no-stir or the old fashioned natural with the oil separated on the top. I thought your question was going to be about the oil, but I see it's about refrigeration. Good for you for looking it up! As for me, If the jar says refrigerate, I refrigerate. If it says no such thing on the label, I store it in the cupboard.

    If the peanut butter had oil in it that separated, I turned the jar upside down and placed it in a small bowl or plate in case some oil leaked out and because the cap got peanut butter on it somehow. That made the peanut butter and oil mix more. I did that whether I stored it in the frige or in the cupboard. Now I avoid all that by buying no-stir natural peanut butter. Sometimes the stirring in the jar was so hard to do that I actually hit the glass lip and got glass in the peanut butter and had to throw the whole jar out.
    847 days ago
    I used to buy Adams natural peanut butter - I'd pour off half of the oil, then mix in the rest and store it in the fridge. The oil would keep it soft enough to spread, but being in the fridge kept it from separating again.

    So, whatever works!
    847 days ago
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    We've never stored our natural peanut butter in the fridge, just for the reason you mention--it's hard enough to stir without adding cold to it, lol.
    848 days ago
    I put it in the fridge upside down so the oil doesn't separate. When I need to use it, I take it out, turn it back over and leave it to soften for 15-20 minutes.
    848 days ago
    Thanks, didn't know this. That helps.
    848 days ago
    We don't refrigerate our natural peanut butter. We've never had any turn rancid. Of course, we go through 2-3 pounds a month!
    848 days ago
    848 days ago
    Good to know. Peanut butter does not agree with me; but, almond butter does. And, like you used to do with your peanut butter, I've stored it in the refrigerator.

    I'll have to look into almond butter storage … particularly raw because the almond butter I buy is not roasted.
    848 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    This is good information, emoticon I store my peanut butter in the pantry as I do not like hard peanut butter. Sometimes, if you heat it up, it softens and spreads quite nicely. emoticon
    848 days ago
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