Tips for saving money on Peanut Butter as suggested from the ThriftyFun community.
Try to use less peanut butter when you use it. It has a good flavor and a little goes a long way. The palm oils in peanut butter aren't good for your health. Using less helps with that too.
Editor's Note: Real peanut butter should only contain peanuts and salt. Be sure to check the ingredients of any brand you buy.
Don't be faithful to only one brand. Use coupons and buy the brand that is on sale. Always check the cost per ounce to compare prices.
By Carol in PA
Find a good old-fashioned food co-op. Or do a miniature version, have your friends save empty jars and then the group of you order in a biggie.
First of all, I try to buy as close to natural or organic as I can, but don't like the oil on the top. Any peanut butter I use, I always add honey to it, because I like the sweeter taste/smoother texture. It also depends on why/how your are stretching. For baking or such, probably not much you can do. Sandwiches, pancakes, etc, the honey works, stretches by maybe a quarter to a 1/3 more. And is very good for you. Try it. Depending on the price of your honey, I don't know that this would save you a lot of money.
When you find a good buy on peanut butter, buy lots and stick it in the freezer. Seems to stay fresh forever and doesn't change the consistency one bit.
Buy in bulk. I have a 5 lb tub of Fisher's peanut butter I got for 5 dollars at a bulk food store. Not all peanut butter has Palm oil, by the way. Check labels, there are many formulations so pick the one you think is healthiest. You can even make your own by grinding peanuts and adding nothing at all.
Some stores have a peanut butter "machine" where you can grind it right there. It is fresher, healthier and often cheaper.
If you like the Adam's Peanut Butter but hate the stirring, store the jar upside down before trying to stir it. The oils then go to the bottom which makes it easier to stir. Once the peanut butter is well stirred, you can put it in the refrigerator and the oils will stay stirred. Put some in a smaller jar for more immediate use.
When my sis and I were going to "grade school" Mom used to put the peanut butter jar in a warm oven ( The jars were GLASS then ) The warm peanut butter was easy to spread on toast made in the oven as well, we didn't have a toaster, and she sprinkled a light coat of brown sugar on it. On cold foggy mornings that was the best breakfast....
Still is. Guess moms can microwave it now.
Organic and natural peanut butters are so much healthier than the others. I haven't found a "commercial brand" that doesn't have transfat in it -- a very dangerous ingredient, and the more I research it, the more I wonder why it is allowed to be in our food. But, I digress. Regarding the oil separation that occurs with these peanut butters, sometimes storing them upside down doesn't work entirely. An easy solution is to dump the whole jar into a small pot and gently warm slightly on the stove. Keep stirring and the hard packed parts will easily combine with the separted oils. Then spoon it back into the jar and keep in the fridge as usual. If your jar is plastic, wait until the peanut butter is cool before spooning it back in, or choose a different jar that is glass. The toxins in the plastics leech into our foods, especially fatty/oily foods, and the heat encourages this leeching. I buy peanut butter in glass jars whenever I can. I also buy organic because I read that non-organic peanuts are high in pesticides and herbicides. Apparently, they often plant peanut crops on the fields after harvesting the cotton crops because nothing much else will grow after all the pesticides and herbicides that are used on the cotton crops. The peanut crops are designed to replenish the soil for the next cotton crop, but unfortunately, this means we get to ingest them with our peanuts.
I opened a new jar just this week. I have trouble stirring the oil into it before storing in the fridge. This time I put one beater into my electric mixer and slowly stirred the peanut butter in the jar. I kept a paper towel around the jar to absorb the oil that spilled out. I will use this method again.
I buy fresh peanuts in huge bags and keep them in the freezer. Anyone who has a blender can make fresh peanut butter every week. Just add a little canola oil to your blender and get it going. Then add in the peanuts until you get the mixture the way you want it. Add whatever salt you want, a little goes a long way and you have fresh peanut butter that tastes hugely better than that in a jar. I keep mine in the refrigerator in a little jar and use it up in about a week. Mums with kids would go through a lot -- I got through only about 5 tablespoons in a week. I use my Bamix mixer to make it but blenders work well too - just maybe a little messier. Enjoy!
When I was in school I worked in the lunch room kitchen. Whenever they had peanut butter sandwiches they always added applesauce to the peanut butter. It helped the peanut butter go further and it made it easier to spread on the bread and when you ate it it went down easier. I'm not sure of the quantities but i would guess 2/3 peanut butter and 1/3 applesauce. Or maybe just trial and error until you find what is good to you.
One of the stands at Cleveland's West Side Market sells unusual baking items, spices, and freshly ground peanut butter! You ask for a pint or quart container, and the roasted peanuts are ground right in front of you. It's great peanut butter because it doesn't separate the oil like other brands. The texture is not quite as smooth as regular PB, but it is not chunky, no way, Just chewy and delicious and nutritious.
I buy as much as I can when it goes on sale for $1/18 oz jar at the beginning of the school year. I was lucky and it went on sale again around the first of the year for the same price. We go through a lot of peanut butter in my house so there is no chance it will go stale before we can use it all.
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