Have you ever noticed that when you buy natural peanut butter, the oil separates at the top of the jar? You always have to mix it with effort to get that creamy texture for toast.
Well, we’ve learned from The Huffington Post that we’re actually storing it wrong! In order to keep the oil evenly dispersed throughout the jar, we just need to store it upside down. Who knew?
Here’s why it works. When you buy natural peanut butter, the ingredients should only be peanuts and oil. That means there aren’t any stabilizers present, like hydrogenated oil, so the peanut oil naturally separates from the peanuts. When you store the peanut butter upside down, the oil rises to the bottom of the jar, so to speak.
If you keep your jar in the fridge, you’ll have to take it out and turn it right side up a good while before using it so it can cool enough to move within the jar on its own.
Now that you know how to store it, let’s talk about the delicious ways you can enjoy it!
Fried Peanut Butter Bites
- Take and freeze about 15 tablespoon-sized balls of peanut butter on a baking sheet. Give them a couple of hours to get nice and frozen.
- Take a can of crescent roll dough and cut as many 2” squares as you can out of it. (We’re looking for 15, since that’s how many balls of peanut butter we have in the freezer.)
- Take the frozen peanut butter balls out and cover them each with the crescent dough until they are completely covered. Put them back in the freezer until your oil is ready!
- Heat a pot of canola oil to about 350 degrees and dunk those peanut butter balls in until you get a nice crispy golden brown look, then take them out.
- And finally: sprinkle some powdered sugar over them and enjoy! Delish.
If you’d rather have a more savory dish, try this recipe for creamy peanut butter hummus instead:
Creamy Peanut Butter Hummus
- Shell the chickpeas from one 15 oz can and toss them into the food processor. Get them nice and finely ground.
- Add two tablespoons of peanut butter and mix until it’s combined.
- While the food processor is still on, pour ¼ cup of olive oil into the mix. You can vary this amount based on the consistency you prefer.
- Mix in ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper, and ½ teaspoon of paprika.
- Garnish with a little extra paprika on top and enjoy with your favorite veggies!
Of course, you aren’t bound to just one recipe. Try them both. I know I will!