Peanut butter tends to harden when it is stored in a fridge for an extended period of time. If you have seen hard, rather dry-looking peanut butter for the first time, you may think it is no longer usable. Well, there is no need to worry. Actually, it is good news.
I will tell you how you can soften hard peanut butter, but I request you to please indulge me for a moment.
You have two reasons to be happy. One, the hardened and dry-looking peanut butter is easy to soften, just like when you opened that jar for the first time. Two, your peanut butter probably does not contain added peanut oil.
Peanut butter manufacturers add extra peanut oil to the already oil-rich butter to make it and keep it soft. It is a bad practice because the natural fat content in peanut butter is already 50%. By adding extra oil, the manufacturers only make it fattier. They also add sugar, and that too is unnecessary. Natural sugar-free peanut butter tastes sweet on its own. The lesson, try to buy peanut butter that does not contain added peanut oil or sugar.
How To Soften Hard Peanut Butter
You can soften hard peanut butter by keeping the jar out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes. If it is wintertime, you may need to keep the jar in hot water for a few minutes. That is it. Your peanut butter is soft again and ready to enjoy.
Make It Yourself
If it is hard to find peanut butter that does not contain added peanut oil and sugar, you may like to make it at home. All you need is unflavored raw or roasted peanuts. Here is the recipe. It is really easy.