I have to admit that I’m not much of a peanut butter fan, but my nephews were coming to stay with me for the weekend so I picked up some kid friendly organic foods for them.
Like any 6-year-olds, they love their PB&J sandwiches. So, I bought my first jar of organic peanut butter. I’d heard that natural peanut butter separates and that peanut butter mixers are recommended, but I thought, Do I really need a special tool for peanut butter?! I’ll just use a knife.
I was wrong.
When I opened the jar I found a half inch of oil that separated to the top. And when I stuck my knife in to stir it, the oil immediately oozed over the side of the jar, spilling all over the counter and my hands. With each subsequent stir, more oil spilled over the side into a big pool on my counter. It was so laughable it almost resembled a Saturday Night Live sketch.
My nephews just kept watching me and rolling their eyes — and asking where my peanut butter mixer was … you know, the one their mother uses. And after all that work, the peanut butter was a gooey unstirrable mess.
We ended up going out for lunch.
I’m sure you can imagine the jokes my family now makes about me. Even though I’m an excellent cook, I’m now known as the girl that can’t even make a PB&J sandwich. Please, take my word for it when I say, “Yes, you need a peanut butter mixer.”