Stirring natural peanut butter

On the left is a new jar of natural peanut butter. You can see how much oil is on the top. On the right is a jar that I stirred up with the mixer. It has been sitting in the fridge for over a week and has not separated at all.

We love our natural peanut butter, but there's one thing I don't like: trying to mix in all the oil on the top. It seems that no matter how hard you stir it it with a knife, the top is still oily and the bottom is still hard.

Last time I started a new jar of peanut butter, I emptied it into the bowl of my stand mixer. I gave it a very thorough mixing, then put it back in the jar and put it in the fridge. So far the oil hasn't separated back out. Hooray!

Before I figured this out I was seriously considering going back to normal peanut butter (the kind with added sugar and hydrogenated oils). But not now! I'm glad to have found such an easy solution.


  1. I've never thought of doing that. Brilliant! I've bought the Adam's No-Stir kind before, when I've felt too lazy to deal with all the stirring and separating. This is a great tip. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a good idea! I always make such a mess trying to stir up a new jar.

  3. That's how I do it too. Works great! What is you favorite brand? I had been getting Kirkland brand at Costco, but I haven't seen it in quite awhile.

    1. We get Adams brand. It's the only kind our store carries, I think. I haven't tried any others.

  4. You're a genius! I have to ask my husband to stir the peanut butter because I don't have the muscles for it. Even so, the bottom is always dry. We're trying our method going forward. THANK YOU!!

  5. I have been using my stick blender to do this. We get the costco kind, and there is enough headroom for me to insert and run the blender, as long as I don't fling it around too much. Haven't had it re-separate yet.