Peanut butter tends to harden when it is stored in a fridge for an extended period of time. So, 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 may be good news, and I will tell you why later in the article. But first, how to soften peanut butter:
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. That is it. Your peanut butter is soft again and ready to enjoy.
Actually, Store-bought Hard Peanut Butter May Be Good
If your store-bought peanut butter looks hard or dry, it is possible that it does not contain added oils.
Peanut butter manufacturers add extra peanut oil (or other oils) 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 oils or sugar.
Make It At Home
If it is difficult to find peanut butter that does not contain added oils 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 simple.
Watch this YouTube video to see if peanut butter is healthy and if you are using the right kind of peanut butter.