Well, there *IS* a better way than all of that stirring and separating and stirring again. Here's how:
1. ONLY buy organic peanut butter in jars, never in plastic tubs.
2. Stir it well the FIRST time you open the jar to get most of the oil incorporated back into the peanut pulp.
3. Add a tablespoon of (sulpher free) organic molasses and stir again to incorporate.
Let it marry over night, and there you have it! Peanut butter that does NOT separate. '-)
I figured this out by Googling "homogenized peanut butter," (there is no such thing and never has been) and found a whole bunch of different kinds of websites, including one from a "social network" in which a woman (possibly near my age, and back then ALL peanut butter separated!) said that when she was a child, her mother would stir in a spoonful of honey and their peanut butter would never separate again.
Well, I tried that. DO NOT USE HONEY! Honey and peanut butter have a chemical reaction and the peanuts cause the honey to crystalize. Yup. I used honey in my first effort, and thank goodness I only tried it with about a third of the jar. It ended up a lot more like peanut butter penoche than it did peanut butter. And the longer it sat (a day) the "tighter" it got! My current housekeeper is Mexican, and when I handed her a spoon of it to taste, that's what she said: Aha! Penoche de cacahuates! It was no longer spreadable and tore holes in the bread when we tried. So, no honey!
It *IS* the pure cane sugar in molasses that puts the oil and peanuts in suspension. And molasses was the tradition before "Modern Chemistry" began messing with our food. But I can attest that organic molasses does the trick nicely! Next jar I think I'm gonna try pure maple syrup, at least with a little bit to find out if that works. Hey, it may turn out to be a heavy competitor for Nutella! Who knows?
Now, for a final comment, I cannot, for the life of me, understand WHY some company like Smuckers, of Jiff, or Skippy has not figured out they could corner the market on organic peanut butter by simply adding a bit of organic molasses to the product. It would STILL be organic! duh....
Oh, and just for the record, I do not plan on trying corn syrup, Karo or otherwise, simply because corn syrup and/or beet sugar can mess up certain candy and confection recipes, so I'm just not even going to try that route. But if you do, and it works well, let us know!
And Happy organic peanut butter to all of us who want it!
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