8/29/05 | Jif Peanut Butter
[ Currently Eating: Peanut Butter Sandwich ]
If ever there was a Cheap Eats food that so many people around the world already eat without knowing it, it’s probably Peanut Butter. Besides providing endless hours of fun for your dog’s tongue, it can be a real life saver to have in the pantry for those between meal snacks. And it’s (relatively) cheap. I know some people who subsisted on peanut butter sandwiches in the “lean years”…
You can make the traditional peanut butter sandwich, or use it as a dip with veggies like carrots or celery. Or you can go Elvis with a Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich if you’re feeling adventurous. Or maybe make Vietnamese peanut dipping sauce for spring rolls. And there are a billion deserts to make with peanut butter in them from cookies to pies.
We usually buy the smooth variety of Jif Peanut Butter. The smooth type just seems to have more uses for it; I know a lot of recipes specifically call for non-chunky peanut butter. Not that I don’t also dig chunky peanut butter. Also, I always get the “Jif” and “Skippy” mixed up; and quite often call it “Jiffy”. Maybe because Jiffy is the popcorn brand (Jiffy Pop).
Peanut Butter also seems to last nearly forever, even after it’s opened. I know it can go stale though (smelling stale peanut butter = not recommended). But if you aren’t making sandwiches on a regular basis and just using it for between meal munchies, a jar can still last you a long time.
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