Making The Change to All Natural Peanut Butter

It wasn’t until a few years ago — due to a compelling article I had read about the health benefits of pure peanut butter — that I decided to start buying the natural kind. Let me tell you – it wasn’t an easy transition for me or my kids. A childhood of Jif Brand peanut butter and jelly sandwiches had thoroughly distorted my tastebud’s understanding of what peanut butter is supposed to taste like. When I first started buying natural peanut butter, I hated not only the taste (where was the sugar?), but the texture and the unpleasant pool of oil upon first opening that slops over the side of the jar as you try to stir it down. I shopped around and tested a few brands before I found one I could live with — which ended up being Smucker’s. It took a while for me to warm up, but now I can’t imagine going back to those super sugary brands. I’ve made the switch and along the way I learned a few tricks to make it work, so I thought I’d share them with you here…

Store your unopened jar of natural PB upside down — all of the oil will be at the bottom of the jar when you open it and stirring it will be a lot easier (and neater).

If you get pushback from your kids, like I did, try blending your old peanut butter with the new and gradually reduce amounts until you're at 100% natural.







  1. Tonpia  July 25, 2013

    One hint i have is to stir it well when you first open it, then store it in the fridge. No need to re-stir the goop.

  2. Maggie  July 30, 2013

    We’ve been buying natural peanut butter for years, which also helps avoid the added salt and palm oil added to more processed varieties. At some natural food stores, you can also “make” your own peanut butter, by using the machine which presses fresh peanuts ONLY, into a creamy version of peanut butter: DELICIOUS!