Have You Been Storing Your Peanut Butter Wrong?

Keep your nut butter at optimal freshness with this easy trick.
Jar of peanut butter

It's satisfyingly creamy, full of satiating healthy fats, and one of our best snacks for weight loss—but not if you spoon through the entire jar in one sitting. Since we're betting you don't (everything in moderation, right?), where do you store your peanut butter after you're done dipping in apple slices and celery sticks?

How to Store It

If you're noshing on natural peanut butter—as you should be—your best bet is to store it upside down. Since natural peanut butter consists of just peanuts and sometimes a sprinkle of salt rather than a slew of added hydrogenated oils, you'll notice a thick pool of oil floating at the top. This oil separation is totally natural, but it can use some serious arm grease when stirring it. The solution? Popping the jar in your pantry upside down will help evenly distribute the plant oils, avoiding the layer of oil from rising to the top, PureWow reports. Wait, pantry?

Where to Store it

Yes, you can totally store your PB in the pantry—as long as you finish the jar within a month of opening it. According to MaraNatha, one of our favorite natural peanut butter brands, you can keep your nut butter in a cool, dark place, like your pantry. According to its Nut Butter FAQ, "You may find that refrigeration is not required, as long as you use the contents of the jar within a reasonable amount of time. If you choose to do this, check the aroma of the nut butter regularly to ensure it is not becoming rancid." Since natural nut butter is preservative-free, their shelf lives are shorter than that of Jif or Skippy. So as a general rule of thumb, if you know you'll polish off the entire jar in less than a month, go ahead and store it in your pantry. And if you take a little more time nurturing your jar, opt for storing it in the fridge to avoid mold.

Eat this! Tip:

If you store PB in the fridge, let it sit out at room temperature for about five to 10 minutes before each use to avoid spooning into a rock-hard peanut spread. Looking for the perfect natural sandwich staple? Consult our exclusive report, The 36 Top Peanut Butters—Ranked.

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