Why I Will Never Buy Peanut Butter Again

I love peanut butter.

Over the years, I have bought countless jars of it—whether smooth or chunky, it’s totally yummy. Besides, it is packed with powerful health benefits: protein, vitamins, antioxidants, good fats and much more.

But now that I know what I know, I am never going to buy peanut butter again. I am going to make my own.

Here is the first reason: store-bought peanut butter is likely to contain some small amount of rat hair. I’m not sure whether this is more comforting or disgusting, but the United States Food and Drug Administration regulates this, saying that peanut butter can have no more than an average of one rodent hair per 100 grams.

To be fair to peanut butter, a tiny amount of rodent hair is unlikely to cause health issues. And peanut butter is certainly not the only food that contains “allowed” contaminants. Pizza sauce has fly eggs, and insect parts get the green signal in potato chips. But more worryingly, dyes, rancid oils, harmful chemicals and hormones lurk in many of these everyday foods. And in many brands of peanut butter, partially hydrogenated oils — another term for deadly trans fats — are added. Is it worth it?

Which brings me to the second reason I won’t go shopping for peanut butter again: it is almost ridiculously easy to make at home. Bonus: it is less expensive and tastes much better than any commercial brand.

Here is my recipe:

1 big handful of roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon peanut oil
Honey to taste
Kosher salt to taste

Put everything in the food processor, and blend coarsely or well.

Five quick minutes, and you get fresh, rat-hair-free peanut butter. A delicious thought, indeed.

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324 comments

L i s a V i c i o u s

Ewww gross

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoniabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing

Jean Griffiths
JeanisAWAY G.about a year ago

Same as Margie Mmmmmm!

Margie Szelmeczka
Margaret Szelmeczkaabout a year ago

Hmmmm

Anne P.
Anne P.about a year ago

Thanks for the article. Nut butters are so easy to make if you have a food processor. Plus, you control the ingredients! Buy organic peanuts as conventional peanuts are loaded with pesticides.

Andrea S.
Andrea S.about a year ago

i think buying locally or from a smaller company would also suffice in lieu of making one's own peanut butter. but to each their own! i'll stick to the rat hair, i guess :p

Lee Rowan
Lee Rowanabout a year ago

Donald R, a little vinegar will take the peanut butter out - it cuts the oil. We don't usually make our own at home, but we do get pb on the mixer beaters when making peanut butter frosting (for chocolate cake, of course.)

Lee Rowan
Lee Rowanabout a year ago

eek.

I grow some of my own vegetables, and OMG! BIRDS POOP on the PLANTS!

So I wash them off.

Can't do much about the occasional bite taken out of them by bugs or slugs, but the diatomaeous earth keeps those down. I use it sparingly because it kills the beneficials, too, so that only goes on the cruciforms. The toads do their part, but I think they probably excrete in the garden, too. And let's not talk about the idiot mama bunny who never seems to realize that if she stayed out of the back yard she wouldn't be chased by our dogs.

Food grows in dirt. It can't be helped. We have a grind-it-yourself setup at our local health food store, but unless I'm mistaken even commercial (organic) peanut butter IS sterilized before it's put in the jars, or it would be spoiled before I opened it.

There's too much fear in the world. This isn't helping.

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M.about a year ago

A certain amount of rodent hairs and other things we really don't like to think about are permissible; as foods stored in warehouses, on ships, docks, etc have access to rats... lots of them.

Ann Bodimeade
Ann B.about a year ago

You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die, as my grandmother used to say. By all means make your own but do you really think your kitchen would pass the hygiene standards of commercial premises!