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Glory87
02-01-2008, 03:24 PM
http://www.lehmans.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=5912&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=peanut+butter+mixer

I just ordered this (and some honey apple butter). I hate stirring natural peanut butter so much and dread it every time I start scraping the bottom of a jar. If this thing works, I will be in peanut butter heaven!!!


WaterRat
02-01-2008, 03:46 PM
Oh, interesting. I would like this too. I was looking at peanut butter in the store the other day. Kroger's Private Section brand has an organic natural pb that looked interesting until I read the ingredients! Yes, it had organic peanuts, but it also listed organic palm oil! Huh, what's up with that!! Plus it had an organic sweetner, which I suppose is better than HFCS, but really, how can it be calling itself natural with added oil and sugar!! (It did have salt, too, but frankly I can't eat pb without salt. It took me long enough to eat it without sweetner :) )

nelie
02-01-2008, 03:55 PM
Funny,

I don't know why but I never have a problem with peanut butter separating. It usually needs a good stir when I first open the jar though.


meowee
02-01-2008, 04:14 PM
Really seems to depend on how long it has been sitting around. Even a brand new jar doesn't need stirring if it was only manufactured a short time ago.

Unfortunately, once I get one opened it NEVER lasts long enough to separate again. :mad: Hey -- even though I'm talking about the 100% natural, nothing but squashed peanuts, kind -- too much of a good thing is still too much. :lol:

nelie
02-01-2008, 04:18 PM
Between my DH and my dog, we go through lots of peanut butter. I don't eat very much of it myself.

WaterRat
02-01-2008, 04:35 PM
Oh Nelie, you just brought back a lot of memories - of my mom's german shepherd trying to get the pb off the roof of her mouth. :lol: She loved the stuff though....

Glory87
02-01-2008, 04:36 PM
I usually only have to mix it the day I open the jar, but that's the WORST because it's so full oil glops EVERYWHERE! ugh! I can't wait until it gets here! When I buy peanut butter, it's only allowed to have TWO things - PEANUTS and SALT.

bargoo
02-01-2008, 04:41 PM
Glory, let us know how this works. I hate having to stir and stir,etc.

modkittn
02-01-2008, 04:53 PM
A friend gave me stirring advice once. Before you open the PB jar - let it sit upside down for a while. The oil will go to (what is on the top for the moment) the bottom of the jar.

Turn right side up and stir with a long fork.

Works for me every time! After I use it the first time, I put it in the fridge. I never have problems with it after that.

nelie
02-01-2008, 05:06 PM
Glory,

When I buy peanut butter its only allowed to have one thing, peanuts :)

I also turn my peanut butter upside down so it isn't too bad on the first opening. It really doesn't need to be stirred again after that and I keep my peanut butter on the shelf. Although, as I said, between DH and the dog, peanut butter doesn't last long. Maybe a month.

BlueToBlue
02-01-2008, 09:57 PM
I buy peanut butter that is a blend of peanuts, wheat germ, flax seed oil, egg whites, honey, salt, and flax seeds. It has about half the fat, one and half times the protein, and twice the fiber of regular natural peanut butter (and only 80 calories per tbsp). And it tastes like regular peanut butter.

But it is really hard to stir up when I first open it. I dump the whole jar into a mixing bowl and get out my electric hand mixer. That makes pretty short work of it and things stay pretty neat. Once it is mixed, I dump it back into the jar and store it in the fridge and I don't have any more problems with the oil separating.

baffled111
02-01-2008, 10:18 PM
That sounds good, Barbara. What's the brand?

BlueToBlue
02-01-2008, 10:40 PM
It is SnacLite Power PB (http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2761103&cp=2167100.2102410&parentPage=family). I get it at my local GNC store (which is conveniently located right next to my Trader Joe's) but you can find it online as well (GNC sells it on their website or you can google it). I really like it and I find it to be remarkably filling. I stir a tbsp into my oatmeal--it is heavenly :cloud9:.

When you look at the nutrition data, be sure to notice that SnacLite considers a serving to be 4 tbsp, whereas normally a serving of peanut butter is 2 tbsp. So you have to do some math to compare it to other peanut butters.

Ilene
02-01-2008, 11:02 PM
On the Ellen DeGeneres, Kid Inventors Show she had this young girls Bella Prieto who invented the ''Bottoms Up Peanut Butter Jar'' it had two screw top lids, one at each end so you could stir the oil .... I thought, this was a great idea... I wish I could find a You Tube video to show you, I can't seem to find anything though :shrug: sorry :(

Barbara, I've taken out my hand mixer too, to mix pb... That PB sounds really good :hun:

Circebee
02-01-2008, 11:19 PM
I just pour the oil off the peanut butter and down the drain- it still tastes great, and spreads OK, so why would I want to mix all of those calories BACK IN?

Ilene
02-01-2008, 11:24 PM
I just pour the oil off the peanut butter and down the drain- it still tastes great, and spreads OK, so why would I want to mix all of those calories BACK IN?I've dne that but it's extremely dry... specially by the time you get to the bottom of the jar...

Glory87
02-02-2008, 01:22 AM
I just pour the oil off the peanut butter and down the drain- it still tastes great, and spreads OK, so why would I want to mix all of those calories BACK IN?

Well, I'm maintaining my weight (I didn't eat a lot of peanut butter during weight loss actually) and I LIKE the heart-healthy fat in peanut butter. I actually struggle every day to reach my goal of at least 25% of my calories coming from healthy fats - it is a challenge for me!

The calories for my breakfast (Kashi waffles and peanut butter) is counted and fits into my day, so my only problem is actually stirring the darned oil INTO the peanut butter! :)

modkittn
02-02-2008, 09:06 AM
Well, I'm maintaining my weight (I didn't eat a lot of peanut butter during weight loss actually) and I LIKE the heart-healthy fat in peanut butter.

I think Glory put this perfectly. The oil from peanuts is healthy oil - good fat! This is the reason I keep it in. It would be easy to pour it out, but the oil is good for you and if you pour it out the consistency of the PB isn't as great, so I leave it in.

nelie
02-02-2008, 10:32 AM
Yeah I agree, it is healthy fat. I do have peanut butter powder that has been defatted if I wanted that.

Circebee
02-02-2008, 10:56 AM
Got it! Sorry, sometimes I get stuck in the old mindset of CaloriesIn/CaloriesOut, that I forget about the positive aspects of healthy foods. I'm sure that some healthy Omega 3 fatty acids would actually be helpful for my dry winter skin- whoohoo for healthy fats!

ellis
02-02-2008, 11:20 AM
A friend gave me stirring advice once. Before you open the PB jar - let it sit upside down for a while.
:yes: I was just going to say the same thing.
As soon as I buy mine, it goes on the pantry shelf upside down. And stays that way. Like Nelie, I don't refrigerate mine. It's gone within a couple of weeks, and stays fresh.

BlueToBlue
02-08-2008, 07:57 PM
Got it! Sorry, sometimes I get stuck in the old mindset of CaloriesIn/CaloriesOut, that I forget about the positive aspects of healthy foods. I'm sure that some healthy Omega 3 fatty acids would actually be helpful for my dry winter skin- whoohoo for healthy fats!

Also, you are probably not pouring as many calories down the drain as you think when you pour off the fat. You have to remember to recalculate the number of servings in the container based on how much you've poured down the drain. Let's say your PB container has 16 servings; each serving is 2 tbsp and 200 calories. So the total container has about 3,200 calories (16 servings x 200 calories). You pour off 2 tbsp worth of oil; each tbsp of oil is about 120 calories. Now your container only has 15 servings (because you've discarded approximately one 2-tbsp serving in oil) and a total of 2,960 calories (3200 originally less 240 calories poured off). The end result is 197 calories per serving (2,960 divided by 15 servings). You poured off all that good fat to save 3 calories per serving.

Moreover, peanut has both good fats and bad fats. Good fats are generally those that are liquid a room temperature (like olive oil). So the fat that you are pouring off is largely good fat. Bad fats (like butter) are solid at room temperature; those don't separate from the peanut butter so you can't pour them off. So by pouring off the oil in your peanut butter, you are pouring off the good fats but leaving the bad fats.

wennygrrl
02-09-2008, 02:04 PM
Circebee, I also drain the oil off of the peanut butter when I open the jar. I can't tell the difference at all and once I stir it up, I don't need to bother doing it again.

Glory87
03-02-2008, 02:45 PM
Okay - UPDATE!

I finally had a new jar of peanut butter and got to use my new stirrer.

First - the stirrer only fits 16 oz jars of peanut butter! This is good to know (the last jar I had was too big).

Second - first few stirs are REALLY hard (but not messy AT ALL since the stirrer lid is on and the stuff can't ooze everywhere)

Third - LOVE IT!!!! It stirs all the way to the bottom and gets everything nicely mixed.

I am in well-stirred, no mess, natural peanut butter heaven!