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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. 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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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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5:27AM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

Really are you 100% sure it was a rats hair??? Sorry I cant beleive this article

2:04AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

This simply reflects on the low value placed on hygienic conditions where food is prepared. When customers don't demand cleanliness, it follows that they won't get it!

Organic is a better choice.....

1:59PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014


1:30PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

This is pretty disgusting. However, I've long known that there are "acceptable" amounts of all sorts of icky stuff allowed in food. No one likes it but it seems to be impossible to be totally "clean" in food processing even in your own home and garden.

Making your own PB might be an answer for some, but how do you know that there aren't some fragments of rat hair or something else in the peanuts that you buy to make your own PB? Do you wash the shelled peanuts first? How do you get them thoroughly dry after that? I'm afraid that in my house, despite regular cleaning, there are likely to be some airborn, tiny, hard-to-see cat and dog undercoat hairs that over the time that the peanuts could take to dry might end up in/on the peanuts.... Is that any better?.... Not sure myself but bravo to those who want to try this.

I have made my own PB in the past but no longer have the energy to worry so much about everything I eat. I do my best to be mostly organic & vegetarian but I burned out on being obsesive.

11:38AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

Thank you! I plan on trying this.

7:15AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Peanuts are loaded with pesticides....since they are planted in the ground they soak them (pesticides) right in. So making your own PB with certified organic peanuts only would be a wise choice. Thanks for sharing.

7:28AM PDT on Oct 3, 2014

Well it looks easy and I bet that homemade peanut butter tastes good too.

2:24PM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

And why would it have rat hair in it ?

4:34AM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Whole foods market offers customers the ability to make fresh peanut butter in the store. This is another alternative other than pre made.

12:20AM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Interesting article and comments.

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