The Joy of Peanut Butter

Try it, you might like it

I was telling someone yesterday about how I put peanut butter in my oatmeal. They thought that was weird and said they wouldn’t like it. I replied, “How would you know you wouldn’t like it?”

“I don’t know.. It just seems odd to me.”

“Well.. you might want to try it. You may discover you find it amazing!”

This has happened a few times when people discover the various ways I enjoy peanut butter. For many, they only partake in peanut butter as part of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They’ve even forgotten the joy of peanut butter on a spoon. I even lick peanut butter of the knife when I spread it on something. Knife.. spoon.. it’s all good.

A word about mastication

Everyone has their own limits and background on mastication. It can be colored by how you were raised or your religious beliefs. Some people are more open to how they masticate…  some less so. Just understand that everyone masticates and how you choose to masticate with peanut butter is entirely your business.

Your peanut butter, your choice

Now.. the truth is, however you enjoy peanut butter is fine. And I love me a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Even the most basic peanut butter and strawberry jelly on white bread; that is delicious. I don’t judge how others enjoy their peanut butter. And if you find that you really just like peanut butter as part of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, that’s okay. No judgement here.

But.. chances are, if you are limiting your peanut butter to just that, you are missing a chance to experience some wonderful combinations. Peanut butter offers such a wide pallet and wonderful opportunities to suit every taste. Hey.. who can forget peanut butter and chocolate.. It’s become an industry unto itself.

And there are as many types of peanut butter. I like my peanut butter chunky much of the time.. but creamy is good too. And natural peanut butter is amazing.. you need to spend a little more time mixing in the oils but it is well worth the extra work.

You may want to start small.. Just a slight variation. If you are used to the basic peanut butter and strawberry jelly noted above, maybe try it on whole grain toast. Or perhaps try blackberry preserves. If you are feeling adventurous, drizzle some honey on your peanut butter.. Or orange marmalade… mmmm.. Of course, peanut butter on a banana is a classic. But I enjoy peanut butter and apple sandwiches too.

It’s important you keep an open mind as you try peanut butter in new ways. But be careful. You may find that once you start, you can’t stop!

Soon.. you’ll be eating peanut butter with your oatmeal.. With brown sugar.. Or mixing peanut butter into your yogurt – with some blueberries on top.

In fact, some Asian recipes cook peanut butter into their dishes. It’s amazing as well. I’ll admit, I was apprehensive at first but after tasting it, I never looked back.

I’m at a point where I’ll try peanut butter almost any way once. Sure.. you may try something you don’t like – and if that is the case, just strike it from your list.

All I am suggesting is that you keep an open mind when it comes to how you enjoy peanut butter. I’m not saying every time you eat peanut butter that it has to be a experimental experience. But once in awhile, spread your peanut butter pallet.

Enjoy the Joy of Peanut Butter!

Note: This blog post was absolutely about peanut butter.

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