Peanut butter. It’s nutty, gooey, finger-lickin’ goodness in a jar. No one has to twist my arm to convince me to stock up on peanut butter. But in case you need some convincing, here are a few great reasons to include it in your food storage pantry.
Why You Should Stock Up On Peanut Butter
- Peanut butter is good for you. It’s packed with nutrients, full of good-for-you fats, and, in moderation, can assist weight loss. Just keep an eye on the sodium and sugar content.
- It has an incredibly long shelf life, even when opened. Low moisture content, high oil content, and high levels of Vitamin E all contribute to its longevity.
- Peanut butter is a great addition to any bug-out bag or emergency kit. It requires no preparation. Just open and eat.
- It’s a necessary ingredient in many recipes, both sweet and savory. Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, anyone?
- It’s a high-calorie food, providing plenty of energy. That’s important because calories are critical in emergencies. So in order to make sure your food storage pantry won’t starve you in an emergency, read this article about how to make sure you’re storing enough calories.
- It’s one of those stick-to-your-ribs foods. The fiber and protein promote satiety and help you feel full longer.
- Peanut butter is an ideal spread for sandwiches. Combine it with jelly, jam, bananas, apples, honey, and anything else that sounds good!
- Mix it with oatmeal, with a bit of honey or other sweeteners, for an extra nutritious breakfast.
- Peanut butter can improve mental health. Really. It’s because of its chemical composition. For more information, go here. That’s certainly reason enough for me to stock up on peanut butter for an emergency.
- It comes in many varieties. For example, creamy, crunchy, super crunchy, natural, and so on. Everyone in the family gets their favorite version.
- To enjoy peanut butter all you need is a spoon. Or your finger. No double-dipping if you’re sharing the jar, though!
- A variety of package sizes ranging from individual packets to family-sized buckets exist. Each has its place in your food storage pantry.
- Peanut butter is rich in folate, which is a necessary nutrient for pregnant women. (How many more good things can we say about the nutrition in peanut butter?)
- “All Natural” peanut butter is available and doesn’t contain trans fat. However, because most natural peanut butter also lacks preservatives and stabilizers, it’s recommended they’re stored in the fridge once opened.
- Spread a bit on a pine cone, and you can feed hungry birds during the winter.
How Can I Store the Ingredients to Make Peanut Butter?
Two great options for making homemade peanut butter include powdered peanut butter and peanut flour because both have longer shelf life than jarred peanut butter. Make only what you want and at the time you need it.
- Use powdered peanut butter if you want to avoid the oils in peanut butter but want the flavor for recipes.
- If you want full control over your peanut butter, use peanut flour. No sodium or sweeteners are added. You add those if you want and in the quantities you wish.
Do you stock up on peanut butter?
This article was originally published on January 13, 2015.