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 that it is no longer usable.
Well, there is no need to worry. Actually it is double good news. One, the hardened and dry-looking peanut butter is easy to soften again, just like when you opened that jar for the first time. Two, Your peanut butter does not contain much of 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 very bad practice because the natural fat content in peanut butter is already 50%. By adding extra oil, the manufacturers only make it more fatty. The lesson, try to buy peanut butter that does not contain added peanut oil.
How To Soften Hard Peanut Butter
Hard peanut butter can be softened again just by keeping the jar out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes. If it is winter time, you may need to keep the jar in hot water for a few minutes. That is it. Your peanut butter is ready to enjoy.