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Friday, November 18, 2011

Peanut Butter Lover's Month!

It's Peanut Butter Lover’s Month! 

What kind of peanut lover are you? Me, I consider myself a peanut butter brand snob: I’m a creamy Jif–only kind of mama. I don't believe in store-brand peanut butter. I don’t care what's on sale or what coupons are available for anything other than Jif. And I admit I even had to force myself to buy the reduced-fat jar (I never believed in reduced-fat peanut butter, either, until I had kids, and my round parts got rounder, and the wrong places got round, too).
Anyway, regardless if you’re a brand snob or not, smooth or creamy, full fat or reduced fat (or organic or omega-3 or — the list goes on and on): peanut butter lovers love their peanut butter. So please enjoy these fun bits and pieces about peanut butter, the yummiest spread on Earth!

Fun facts:

  • Today, almost 90 million jars are sold annually. That's almost three jars per second!
  • When making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, 96 percent of people put the peanut butter on before the jelly.
  • It takes 772 peanuts to make a 16.3 oz jar of peanut butter.
  • "Arachibutyrophobia" (pronounced I-RA-KID-BU-TI-RO-PHO-BI-A) is the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  • Americans eat about 3 pounds of peanut butter per person each year, totaling about 500 million pounds enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon.
Alternative uses for peanut butter (i.e., it's not made just for jelly):
  • Use peanut butter to remove a wad of gum from your hair.
  • A small amount, rubbed with a cloth, will easily remove a price tag sticker.
  • Got mice? Add a gob of peanut butter to your mousetraps — they can't get enough.
  • Peanut butter makes a great lubricant! Squeaky doors, rusty blades, and anything that needs a dab of oil can be revived with a little peanut butter.
And now for something you can do with the kids: Make your own peanut butter!
Do you love peanut butter so much, you've thought about making your own? Try this fun, family-friendly recipe, and see if your stuff is as good as your favorite jarred brand!

Homemade Peanut Butter
2 cups roasted shelled, unsalted peanuts
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Place peanuts, oil, and salt into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend well, until desired texture is reached.
  3. Place peanut butter in an airtight container.
  4. For crunchy peanut butter, add 1/4 cup of peanuts and blend again, but for just a short burst or two.
  5. The oil will separate from the peanuts during storage. Simply stir and serve.
Finally, I have to include this absolutely brilliant peanut butter recipe. If you're looking for something delicious and seasonal with that satisfying sweet/spicy taste, look no further.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Mousse

Makes eight 6-ounce servings.

2 cups canned pumpkin
2 cups creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Reddi-Wip topping
  1. Coat a skillet or small saucepan with cooking spray, and cook pumpkin for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Let cool.
  2. With a hand mixer, combine pumpkin and peanut butter. 
  3. Add powdered sugar, and beat on high. 
  4. Add whipping cream, and beat on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy. 
  5. Spoon into serving dishes, leaving room at the top for the garnish, and chill for at least one hour.
  6. Before serving, top with Reddi-Wip, and garnish with candy corn before serving.
Post submitted by Alisa from The Mommies Network's Content Team

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