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Old 05-25-2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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Peanut butter - refrigeration?

I keep on hearing how you're supposed to refrigerate peanut butter, especially the natural kind, which totally makes sense to me because of all of the oils. It's so difficult to spread when it's cold, though, and I was thinking - I go through a jar every two weeks or so - does it still need to be refrigerated, seeing as how it's not exactly sitting in the pantry for months at a time?

And what about the kind with preservatives in it (which my husband INSISTS on buying) - how long can it be in the pantry without being refrigerated?



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Old 05-25-2008, 04:44 PM   #2
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Miss Kerry....I don't refrigerate either....No problems that I am aware of.

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Old 05-25-2008, 04:48 PM   #3
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I only buy the natural pb and never refrigerate it.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:52 PM   #4
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You can always microwave the jar for a short period of time dep. on your microwave's level of power. I do the same for hummus which definitely has to be refrigerated or at least the kind that I buy
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:58 PM   #5
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I've never refrigerated any type of peanut butter.
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:33 PM   #6
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in 55 years of cooking and storing food, i have never had peanut butter go bad. always store in pantry.

it would be a pain to try and spread cold peanut butter or to measure it out for cooking.

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Old 05-25-2008, 11:43 PM   #7
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Natural peanut butter that requires stirring to reincorporate the oils should be refrigerated to keep the oil from separating or going rancid since it usually doesn't contain and preservatives. The jar will usually state that it requires refrigeration after opening. Regular commercial peanut butters do not.
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:51 AM   #8
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If you go through a jar every two weeks, i wouldn't see the need to refrigerate it.
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:25 AM   #9
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I only buy natural peanut butter, and I refrigerate it, but not for food safety sake. I referigerate it because it makes such a mess when you have to stir the oil back into it every time you use it.

Now, if you use commercial peanut butter like Jif or Skippy, with it's preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated vegetable oil, it won't ever separate and you can keep it in the cupboard for months without it getting rancid.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:02 AM   #10
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I only buy ground peanuts from Whole Foods. The nuts are ground to a paste that contains no oils, no preservatives, no sugar and no unatural ingredients - just peanuts. The stuff is delicious but is a little harder to spread when cold. I never refrigerated jarred peanut butter but I do put the natural kind in the fridge. I have no idea why, I just do. By the way, because this is just pure ground peanuts, it makes the most awesome peanut butter cookies. Very rich, intense flavor.

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