After sharing with you some things I like to make with peanut butter, you’ve probably guessed that we go through quite a bit around here. I like it on apples, too, and it’s a pretty good source for protein and snacks. I’ve always been a peanut butter snob, though, and have bought only real peanut butter as an adult.
By real I mean the kind that has only two ingredients- peanuts and salt. Yes, it’s also the kind you have to stir, but it’s well worth it in my opinion and it’s never seemed like that big of a deal to me (I’ve also made it from peanuts in a food processor, but not since my kids were younger- we go through too much now).
A number of years ago I realized that Costco had an extra-large jar of natural peanut butter that would save about $1.50 for every large jar I bought. That’s a pretty big savings. But I couldn’t see, physically, how I could stir all that peanut butter.
Enter my sweet sister-in-law who taught me this trick which is pretty painless and saves us $36.00 over the course of a year (at $3 savings a month).
Yes, $36. On peanut butter. Who knew?
Before I get to the trick I learned from my sister-in-law- I thought I’d pass on this little extra tip I do. These extra large containers always seem to have more peanut oil than the smaller jars (is this just perception?) and when I leave it all in the peanut butter is just too runny and then it, well…runs off the bread.
So I’ve started pouring most of it off.
Years ago I use to just *gasp* throw it away. I know, shocking. But I’ve mended my ways and now it goes in a jar to use for stir-frying and Asian foods. Did you know that peanut oil is the best for Asian foods and stir-frys because it can be used at the high temperatures called for in these recipes? However, it was so expensive that I used to never buy it and would substitute something else.
Ha! Now I have all the peanut oil I could want (just don’t use it in homemade playdough if you’ve run out of your other oil- trust me on this).
Not only do I save buying the extra large jar, but I get peanut oil out of it, too! It’s enough to make my heart go pitter-patter.
Yeah, I know- it doesn’t take much.
And here’s the tip that helps save us all that money: empty the entire container into the bowl of a stand mixer and let the mixer do the work.
Isn’t that wonderful? An added bonus is that it gets really stirred, so it seems to stay stirred for longer than when I just stirred the butter in the smaller jars.
I pour half of the stirred butter into a smaller jar for serving and the remaining back into the huge container.
I keep both on a shelf, as peanut butter only needs to be refrigerated if you’d like to slow the separation. I don’t like cold, hard peanut butter so I don’t refrigerate it and I’ve never had a problem. If you’d prefer to refrigerate, go ahead- or keep the larger container in the fridge and a smaller one for serving at room temperature.
Three dirty items, a few minutes of my time = $36 savings (more if you count the peanut oil!)
I’d say that’s a pretty good return!
This is linked to Fun w/Food Friday