Peanut Butter: Why I Store It

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Peanut butter is a vital ingredient to have at home. While you may have it sitting in the pantry without paying much attention to it, peanut butter can come in handy at times when you need something flavorful and full of protein.

Mark reminded me of a famous man, George Washington Carver, who was often called the “Peanut Man.” He grew up in the South and went from an enslaved person to one who earned his doctorate and became well known throughout the world. Although he is known for developing over 300 products from the peanut plant, he also was an inventor and helped the economically starved southern states through some tough times. You can learn about his peanut products by visiting Tuskegee University’s website.

Storing peanut butter is a must in my household. I like to stock up on it while it’s on sale and then keep it in the pantry until I’m ready to use it.

There are a few good reasons to store it. If you’re not sure why you should have this kitchen staple at home, continue reading to learn more. In case you missed this post, The Best Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

Peanut Butter Knife Set

It Has a Long Shelf Life

Jif Peanut Butter

When it’s not opened, you can keep your peanut butter in the pantry for nearly a year before you’d need to open it and use it. The shelf life isn’t as long when you open it, giving you about three months to finish using it. However, it’s still a longer shelf life compared to many other foods once they’ve been opened.

Because it’s in an airtight container with a seal and lid attached, you can keep your peanut butter fresh for more extended periods. I know that I can stock up on peanut butter, place it in the cabinet, and leave it there until we need to open a new one.

In my household, we run through peanut butter like nobody’s business because everyone enjoys it. But with just the two of us, we buy small jars, I can’t eat rancid peanut butter, no way.

It’s an Excellent Source of Protein

While peanut butter tastes great, there is more to it than its great flavor. One thing you might like about peanut butter is that it’s an excellent source of protein. If you don’t eat meat, it’s important to get your protein from other sources, such as peanut butter.

Even if you eat meat, you may still want to increase your protein intake by consuming a bit of peanut butter each day. With enough protein, you can feel energized throughout the day without necessarily needing to rely solely on caffeine to keep you up and alert.

It Contains Antioxidants

Almond Butter

Although this post is about peanut butter, I wanted to add the picture above as a reminder that almond butter is a similar product with many uses and benefits, including beneficial nutrients galore. Give it a try, if you haven’t used it before. You’ll find it’s a great addition to your pantry inventory.

Many people don’t realize that peanut butter contains antioxidants that are good for the body. Consuming foods that contain antioxidants is good for your heart health. It can improve the condition of your heart and help to prevent severe conditions, including heart attack and the development of heart disease.

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While it’s good for the heart, the antioxidants in peanut butter may also prevent different forms of cancer from developing. Who knew that peanut butter could be so beneficial to your health?

Now that you know it’s an excellent source of protein and antioxidants, you may look forward to buying more of it.

There Are Different Variations Available

Peanut butter comes in different variations, giving you plenty of opportunities to find your favorite kind. While the simplest options are creamy or crunchy, other versions contain things like white chocolate chips, cinnamon, and even raisins.

It’s easier to find impressive peanut butter varieties now than ever before. So, if you want peanut butter with a touch of honey or peanut butter that also has a cinnamon and raisin touch to it, you can find what you’re looking for at the grocery store or online.

You Can Do a Lot With Peanut Butter

Organic Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is such a great ingredient to have at home because you can do so much with it. It’s not uncommon for me to grab a spoonful of it and eat it just like that because it tastes fantastic that way, but that isn’t the only thing you can do with peanut butter when you want to eat it.

There are many ways to get creative with it, using it as an ingredient to add flavor, protein, antioxidants, and nutrients to your meal.

Smooth Peanut Butter

Sandwiches

Make all kinds of sandwiches with peanut butter. You can spread peanut butter on one side of the bread and then add jam or jelly to the other side to prepare traditional peanut butter and jam or jelly sandwiches. However, peanut butter also tastes excellent with other spreads, including marshmallow fluff, honey, or Nutella hazelnut spread. It all depends on what you like to eat with your peanut butter. Most importantly, you can switch it up and always make something new and different using peanut butter.

Crackers

Spread peanut butter on crackers for a quick and delicious snack. Peanut butter goes great on all kinds of crackers, including buttery Ritz crackers, soda crackers, and even saltines. So no matter what you have at home, you can spread your peanut butter on top and enjoy a quick, easy, and delicious meal.

Cookies

Did you know that you can even make cookies with peanut butter? You can combine a tablespoon or two of peanut butter with flour, sugar, and other ingredients to prepare the most delicious peanut butter cookies you’ve ever tasted.

And, if you don’t feel like baking cookies, you can prepare no-bake cookies using peanut butter, oats, chocolate, honey, and a few other ingredients. The no-bake cookies are an excellent source of protein, so you can eat them as a pick-me-up in the middle of the day when you need a bit of extra energy.

These aren’t the only things you can do with peanut butter. Some people like to spread it on English muffins, some like to use it as a spread for apple slices, and others like using it in some of their favorite baked goods, including banana bread with chocolate and peanut butter. You can find hundreds of recipes containing peanut butter as an essential ingredient.

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Mice & Rat Bait

Ray reminded me about using peanut butter for catching mice and rats, how did I forget that one!?! These are the Mouse Traps I use and Rat Traps (we get desert rats)?!

What is the Shelf Life of Opened and Unopened Jars?

Here’s the deal, peanuts, and most nuts are oily and will become rancid very quickly sitting on your pantry shelf. This is why I always recommend storing nuts of any kind in your freezer. Therefore, I recommend looking at the brand of peanut butter or almond butter you purchase and look at the “best if used by this date”.

Now, this doesn’t mean the next day you will need to toss that jar in the trash. Of course, it doesn’t. But a year later, I would question the quality of the peanut butter. If the jars are open, I would eat the product within 2-3 months. Almond butter will depend on the brand.

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peanut butter bar recipe
Peanut Butter Bar Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 people
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2-3 cups chocolate chips sweet chocolate or semi-sweet These will be sprinkled and spread over the cooked pan of peanut butter bars, so set these aside.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet (12-inch by 16-inches). Cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar, then add the eggs and continue to cream the mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and blend until smooth. Spread the peanut butter mixture onto the greased cooked cookie and bake for 10 minutes. After baking, turn the oven OFF and quickly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the bars and return the pan to the oven to melt the chocolate. After 2 minutes remove the pan again and smooth the chocolate chips evenly across the peanut butter bars. Let them set up overnight before cutting, preferably. You can also place the pan in the refrigerator to set the mixture quicker after letting it cool for a few minutes. Once the chocolate chips and the peanut butter bars are set, you can cut them into squares.

Final Word 

In my household, peanut butter is a staple. None of us have an allergic reaction to peanut butter, so we make sure to eat it as often as possible. Not only is it nutritious, but it’s also a great source of protein that is easy to use to make different meals.

If you’re not storing peanut butter, you should consider it. You can buy containers of peanut butter while they’re on sale to save money and then keep the containers in your pantry until you’re ready to use them. May God Bless this world, Linda

Peanut Butter: Why I Store It

31 thoughts on “Peanut Butter: Why I Store It

  • August 1, 2021 at 7:15 am
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    We keep plenty around. We like it but my granddaughter will always eat it when everything else fails. She’s on the spectrum and has had throat issues fixed on the past several years. I literally thinks it’s kept her going. I know during my athletic army years it was a great source of quick easily digestible protein and other good stuff.

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    • August 1, 2021 at 9:00 am
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      Hi Matt, Mark and I will eat P & J for dinner sometimes if we have had a hectic day. I grew up with peanut butter on crackers, I love it! I’m glad peanut butter has helped with her throat issues and health. Kids love peanut butter! Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 7:24 am
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    We have powdered peanut butter. Haven’t tried it yet, but will when the others are gone. I just bought some almond butter. I first bought some almond butter biscuits. Like a sandwich cookie. It tasted so good I had to buy some almond butter. I also saw some cashew butter
    R.

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    • August 1, 2021 at 9:06 am
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      Hi Deborah, we can buy almond butter biscuits??? I bet we can make some!! I did not know we could buy cashew butter, oh my gosh! I bought one can of powdered peanut butter, but as I remember it did not have a long shelf-life. It was hard for me to stir, it’s thick, like peanut butter. The taste was fine. I remember it has less fat or something. Not sure. Great reminder. Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 7:33 am
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    Although I cannot eat peanut butter(almond and cashew are great!), please remember that peanuts can grow one of the more toxic molds on the planet! Be careful, please. Also, any nut butters that need stirring, should be kept refrigerated once open and stirred. I store them upside down as I find them easier to mix that way. Enjoy and stay safe!

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    • August 1, 2021 at 9:08 am
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      Hi Jan, thank you, I do remember reading that about peanuts growing molds. I love almond butter. I’m glad you mentioned that some of the nut butters need to be refrigerated, thank you! I like the idea of turning them upside down. Linda

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      • August 1, 2021 at 11:41 am
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        It’s also good on celery with raisins or dried cranberries. Also, wrapped in a lettuce leaf. ‘Tis good.
        A spoonful of peanut butter tastes good all by its self.
        I like it here, I like it there, I really like it anywhere!

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        • August 1, 2021 at 11:53 am
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          Hi Mary, oh my gosh, I grew up with peanut butter on celery with raisins! Oh, cranberries sound great, too! I will have to try the lettuce leaf, and I love a spoonful of peanut butter! Life is so good! Linda

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        • August 1, 2021 at 7:44 pm
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          Update:
          My grandson likes to stir a spoonful of peanut butter into his hot chocolate. Just another use for it. I have yet to try it like that. He says it tastes great. He is a picky eater so I was surprised by that. It must be good.

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          • August 2, 2021 at 7:17 am
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            Hi Mary, oh my gosh, I love chocolate peanut butter ice cream! I need to try this!! I love new ideas, thank you! Linda

  • August 1, 2021 at 7:48 am
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    My vegan grandkids love peanut butter and banana sandwiches and as a snack, a banana with peanut butter spread on it. Yum all day. Thanks again for yet another great post.

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    • August 1, 2021 at 9:09 am
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      Hi Debra, thank you for your kind words. The grandkids are the best! Almost my entire family is going vegan, I love hearing this! Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 10:17 am
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    Peanut butter is also the best bait to put in rat and mice traps.

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    • August 1, 2021 at 11:19 am
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      Oh Ray, you are so right!! I need to add that to the post, how did I forget that one!!! LOL! Thank you, Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 10:21 am
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    I don’t really care for bananas by themselves. I often eat a toasted english muffin with peanut butter and banana buttons for breakfast

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    • August 1, 2021 at 11:28 am
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      Hi Margaret, I like the term, banana buttons! I have not heard that before, thank you for sharing! I grew up on peanut butter sandwiches with sliced bananas, which I have now learned are banana buttons! I LOVE this! Linda

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    • August 1, 2021 at 11:35 am
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      Hi Robin, are you asking about oatmeal or oat groats? It has 4 cups of oatmeal. You can possibly replace the white flour with oat flour, I can’t guarantee the results because I have only made it like the recipe shown. I wish I could help, Linda

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    • August 1, 2021 at 11:36 am
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      Hi Robin, I’m sorry, I now see you are asking what to use instead of the oats. I’m not sure, I will have to think about that. You may need to experiment with different items, even beans possibly. Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 1:37 pm
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    I like peanuts but peanut butter FORGET IT. I just can’t eat it. I am also allergic to most nuts. The only ones I can eat are peanuts, cashews, and walnuts. I showed my allergy list to a doctor all 10 pages and he said he had never seen someone with such a long allergy list (Of course I didn’t just list my allergies I made sure I put what reaction I had on it also), and he was surprised I could eat Peanuts, cashews and walnuts but no other nut. Never had seen someone who wasn’t allergic to either ALL nuts or Peanuts. That said I can’t eat peanut butter. I don’t know what the difference is but it just makes me sicker than a dog. So I stay away from it. My husband and kids like peanut butter but I stay away from it. I do that with a lot of foods.

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    • August 1, 2021 at 3:35 pm
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      Hi Jackie, I have a friend who has a daughter that is allergic to peanuts. We never have peanut butter when she is around. It’s not worth the allergic reaction. Be careful, Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 3:02 pm
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    Wow Linda,
    great reminders on my favorite. I’m going to share something that this post inspired just now. I had some bananas that I wanted to use up so I sliced them in little circles and froze them on parchment paper I made a chocolate type sauce with coconut oil and choc chips and a tlbs of cocoa.
    Now my light bulb moment I’m going to use peanut butter in with the dipped chocolate and bananas After I dip all I then place them in a container for the freezer and on such hot days I just get a few out and it’s such a great treat my grands and hubs love them.

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    • August 1, 2021 at 3:29 pm
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      Hi Debbie, oh my gosh this is the best idea ever! I love chocolate, coconut, and bananas. Yummy! Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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    Hi Linda,
    I check Amazon or Walmart.com when I have extra money. If the peanut butter is on sale I buy several jars. We buy the 2 packs of the Jif. I have been fortunate to catch it a lot cheaper than in the store sometimes. But since COVID the prices are not so much different. My daughter goes in on it with me. Sometimes we buy 10 of the 2 packs. You can buy more online sometimes. Our Walmart has had very little on the shelf since COVID. We go through the Jif peanut butter around here. I do buy cheaper brands to have on hand to give to people who need help. I have 20 year shelf life powdered peanut butter for the time when we cannot buy it.
    Chloe likes to spread peanut butter on a tortilla and with sliced bananas and roll that up and eat it. Your Peanut Butter Bar recipe sounds delicious and I am going to make that!
    Blessings, Jackie Perkins

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    • August 1, 2021 at 5:32 pm
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      Hi Jackie, oh I need to check online to look for lower prices, a great tip!! Thank you for letting me know the stores are low on stock. I’m fuzzy about my peanut butter brand too. Jif and Skippy are my favorite. That recipe is so good, I hope you like it. Stay well, stay healthy, Linda

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  • August 1, 2021 at 7:07 pm
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    To Jackie; I am allergic to ALL NUTS and SEEDS especially Almonds, Hazelnuts and Sesame Seeds. When tested I didn’t have a severe reaction to Peanuts but none the less a reaction to them. I have been told by my PCP and Allergist to NEVER eat any nuts or seeds and products with nuts and seeds in them. Until last year I had never had any problems with nuts although my lips would itch after I had anything with Almonds in it. But I never put 2 and 2 together and realized that I might be allergic until I ended up in the ICU with anaphylaxis reaction to peanut butter. My tongue and face was swollen beyond belief. I can’t be around anyone eating peanuts or peanut butter, the smell makes me sick The reaction is very dangerous and can kill you. I love peanut butter and have eaten it until I was 72 years old, but have not eaten any since. I am now 73 years and would like to see some more years. Love your site and the recipes I can use.

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    • August 2, 2021 at 7:16 am
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      Hi Mildred, oh my gosh, that is scary!! Glad you’re okay!! Thank you for your kind words, Linda

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  • August 2, 2021 at 3:35 pm
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    5 stars
    My husband is the baker in our family. He makes Peanut butter Blossoms, but unlike most recipes who add the Hershey Kisses when the cookies come out of the oven and the cookie is still soft, my husband adds them before baking. The heat changes the chocolate and makes it even better.

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    • August 2, 2021 at 4:44 pm
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      Hi Chris, wait are you talking about the peanut butter cookies you put the kiss in the middle? Does your husband add the kisses in the batter? Oh my gosh!! I’m all over this, I want to make some right now!! Love it! Linda

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  • August 2, 2021 at 7:02 pm
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    Set the kiss in the center of the unbaked cookie on the cookiesheet. Trust me it will not melt. This only works with the regular kisses, not the dark chocolate

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    • August 2, 2021 at 7:35 pm
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      Hi Chris, oh my gosh, I’m going to make some of these! I need to pick up some chocolate kisses, what a great idea! Linda

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