The question often comes up about whether or not peanut butter should be refrigerated.
Some people say peanut butter need not be refrigerated while others say natural peanut butter should be refrigerated.
Therefore, this writer has done some research and found out that regular peanut butter is fine stored in a cool cabinet. However, natural peanut butter has a tendency to separate and the oil from the peanuts floats to the top. To prevent this, many people keep their natural peanut butter in the refrigerator.
If you don’t plan to finish your jar of natural peanut butter within a month or so, or if you live in a hot climate, consider refrigerating it.
According to research, the oils in the peanuts can go rancid if it’s not kept cool over a long period of time.
Consumers should follow the direction on the label. If the label recommends refrigerating after opening, then do so. Also, if your peanut butter develops mold, toss it because peanut butter is processed without preservatives, and it’s at a high risk for mold, according to the USDA.
After refrigeration, peanut butter is hard to spread. If you’re concerned about spreadability after you refrigerate it, place it on the counter at room temperature for a while before trying to spread it.
Hopefully, this information is one you can spread (pun, intended).