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Why I Will Never Buy Peanut Butter Again

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. While we cannot know or avoid every such ingredient, why not stay away from those that can easily be fixed at home?

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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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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3:19AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Home made PB - Yummy, my dogs love it too!

11:00AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Knew about so many parts of bugs in various cereals, flour, etc. Now rat parts...Will be spending all my time making food from scratch, there'll be no time for anything else.

7:24PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

There's a machine at my food coop where you can make your own

6:37AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Rat hair? This has reminded me of my biology teacher who once told us he'd found a rat's tooth in a sausage, whereas a friend of his had found in his sausage a rat's tail. :-)

12:39PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Second time today saying " ignorance is Bliss" . Soon I will not have time for anything. I already make my own bread, need you ask why. I grow my own veggies. I get organic PB in a glass jar (since plastic leaches into everything)and PB in a glass jar isn't easy to find, and now looks like I need to make my own PB. Make my own tomato sauce, grow my own organic GMO free corn to make my own tortias. Calgone take me away!

7:26PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

note to self : buy food processor to avoid rat hair, then again, there could be rat hair in the peanuts i buy, but whatever.

5:57AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014


2:40AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

That's disgusting! .....And, along with this story, which includes "honey to taste" in the recipe, which I will definitely try, below that article, is a suggested page to read of: "3 Reasons to Stop Eating Honey". So, does Care2 want us to try the recipe or not? Nice contradiction there. ;)

2:22AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Thanks, so I guess I have to try this recipe

11:19PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Rat hair in Peanut Butter?? Jykes!! Nooo good!!! Why did you tell me that?? Well, I am most grateful for your recipe, although the idea of cleaning afterwards isn't enchanting - maybe I can ask my wife to clean?? :))

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