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Thread: Peanut Butter Quandary

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    Does peanut butter ever go bad? I've had an "emergency" jar in my desk draw at work for two years; haven't dipped into it for about six months until today. My lunch bagel was crying for something. Smells okay. A little oil that needs to be re-mixed into it. Tasted okay. (If you don't hear from me again, I answered my own question! :? )

    Any peanut butter officianados out there?

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    I found this on Answers.com
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    Does peanut butter go bad?


    It can, but it would have to have some contaminate added. Peanut butter has a natural bacteria fighter in it that keeps it from spoiling. The only thing that happens is it may seperate, the jar will look like an oily paint. Thats all you need to do is stir it. Peanut butter has a very long shelf life.

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    Thanks for the info Terri. My jars sit for a long time occasionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I found this on Answers.com
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    Does peanut butter go bad?


    It can, but it would have to have some contaminate added. Peanut butter has a natural bacteria fighter in it that keeps it from spoiling. The only thing that happens is it may seperate, the jar will look like an oily paint. Thats all you need to do is stir it. Peanut butter has a very long shelf life.

    Oh good! Thanks for the info. So, if my I can't feel my toes, I'm going to be okay? :shock:

    Thanksully, I don't have that allergy! But, I've been reading so many heavy subjects on the Board this week, I thought I'd ask something light hearted. 8-)

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    Here is a good link I found on PB

    http://www.livescience.com/mysteries...poiled-pb.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by samroberts01
    Expiration date? Hmmm.... oh yeah. Nov 2008. Again, hmmm.

    Rancidification? Too big a word for a Friday.

    "rancidification typically sets in about nine to 12 months after purchase, hence the “Best If Used By” that appears on the container." Oh oh! Anyone have a stomach pump handy?

    Recalculate.... lunch = bagel with rancid PB plus an orange. Will the healthy orange win over the rancid PB? (Forget about the bagel.)

    I'm not online during the weekend, so don't worry if I'm silent. I hope. :) :-D :D

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    WAIT! I found something else on that website.

    THE BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE!! Yesssss! I'm recovery already.

    All fun aside, thanks for the info. I think I'll toss this jar of PB.

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    LOL.. your welcome! I am a little obsessed with the food channel and have been since a child, I always remembered them saying nut oil can go rancid, so I thought I would look it up for ya. I am sure you will probably be ok, just might not want to eat anymore of it hehe. Maybe if you have some chocolate today it will conter balance it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samroberts01
    LOL.. your welcome! I am a little obsessed with the food channel and have been since a child, I always remembered them saying nut oil can go rancid, so I thought I would look it up for ya. I am sure you will probably be ok, just might not want to eat anymore of it hehe. Maybe if you have some chocolate today it will conter balance it!
    Excellent suggestion! Forget the orange counter-balancing the PB. Go for chocolate everytime! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Quote Originally Posted by samroberts01
    LOL.. your welcome! I am a little obsessed with the food channel and have been since a child, I always remembered them saying nut oil can go rancid, so I thought I would look it up for ya. I am sure you will probably be ok, just might not want to eat anymore of it hehe. Maybe if you have some chocolate today it will conter balance it!
    Excellent suggestion! Forget the orange counter-balancing the PB. Go for chocolate everytime! LOL
    Chocolate can solve anything! That is my theory!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samroberts01
    Chocolate can solve anything! That is my theory!
    I believe! I believe!

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    Peanut butter never goes bad in my house. It goes to fast. Almost as fast as chocolate. Tee Hee

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    That is my house to littlehud LMBO :D:D:D

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    If it doesn't smell rancid I would it, doesn't last that long around here. Sometimes we have a PB sandwich for supper.

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    Well, I survived the weekend --PB did not get me! But, I did throw it out. It's been sitting in a desk drawer at work for a couple of years as an emergency sandwich on bagel thingy so its time had come.

    Thanks for all the advice!! As for PB sandwich for supper, we fall back on cereal and oatmeal. Been there, done that!

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    PB would never go bad in our house. My son lives on the it. When he was growing up, he would have a PB sandwich on WW bread, a glass of milk and a banana every morning for breakfast. He's an adult now and not home as much, but the PB is always on hand.

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    I hate PB so I would care less if it went rancid. But I would have taken that bad PB and added some bird seed to it and set it out for the birds.

    Too late, you tossed it in the garbage.

    And it's fun to watch the dog's tongue try to lick out the empty jar. Give your dog an empty jar of pb and they will love you forever.

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    PB does go rancid sometimes and you can tell by smelling it. I really like Smucker's natural PB because the ingredients are just peanuts and salt. It does separate so they suggest you keep it in the fridge (that part won't help you at work QBeth, but it's yummy PB!).

    PB and banana sandwich and some ice cream makes a delicious dinner! You've got fiber from the bread and banana and protein from the PB and ice cream. What more could you ask for! :lol:

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    Try powdered peanut butter if you want to keep some emergency pb on hand. I have some called PB2 (you can find it online). All you have to do is add some liquid to it. As a plus, it has most of the fat removed so it is healthier for you. It tastes good too.

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    It's so easy to make peanut butter when you need it too! and so much cheaper. I keep a big bag of shelled peanuts in the freezer. In a small food processor, grind peanuts and add a little salt. My kids use to grind peanuts for peanut butter for each sandwich. It's fast and tastes so much better. For jelly they mashed some berries. Simply delicious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltMania
    Try powdered peanut butter if you want to keep some emergency pb on hand. I have some called PB2 (you can find it online). All you have to do is add some liquid to it. As a plus, it has most of the fat removed so it is healthier for you. It tastes good too.
    I use this too. I started using it when I was on WW. I really like it with a little jelly on toast or an English Muffin. Think that's what I'll have for breakfast. The company is here in GA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    It's so easy to make peanut butter when you need it too! and so much cheaper. I keep a big bag of shelled peanuts in the freezer. In a small food processor, grind peanuts and add a little salt. My kids use to grind peanuts for peanut butter for each sandwich. It's fast and tastes so much better. For jelly they mashed some berries. Simply delicious.
    We use to have a peanut butter maker but it wore out. I never thought about using my food processor. Why do you keep the peanuts in the freezer? Is it so they won't get rancid? DH wants to know if you parch the peanuts first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Quote Originally Posted by samroberts01
    Expiration date? Hmmm.... oh yeah. Nov 2008. Again, hmmm.

    Rancidification? Too big a word for a Friday.

    "rancidification typically sets in about nine to 12 months after purchase, hence the “Best If Used By” that appears on the container." Oh oh! Anyone have a stomach pump handy?

    Recalculate.... lunch = bagel with rancid PB plus an orange. Will the healthy orange win over the rancid PB? (Forget about the bagel.)

    I'm not online during the weekend, so don't worry if I'm silent. I hope. :) :-D :D
    2008??? It didn't have legs or move around on your desk? Picturing the Jif peanut butter man (like the Stay-puff guy from Ghostbusters) terrorizing your office...lol

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