15 Reasons to Stock Up on Peanut Butter

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Peanut butter is a great addition to any bug-out bag or emergency kit. It requires no preparation. Just open and eat.
  4. It’s a necessary ingredient in many recipes, both sweet and savory. Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, anyone?
  5. 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.
  6. It’s one of those stick-to-your-ribs foods. The fiber and protein promote satiety and help you feel full longer.
  7. Peanut butter is an ideal spread for sandwiches. Combine it with jelly, jam, bananas, apples, honey, and anything else that sounds good!
  8. Mix it with oatmeal, with a bit of honey or other sweeteners, for an extra nutritious breakfast.
  9. 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.
  10. It comes in many varieties. For example, creamy, crunchy, super crunchy, natural, and so on. Everyone in the family gets their favorite version.
  11. To enjoy peanut butter all you need is a spoon. Or your finger. No double-dipping if you’re sharing the jar, though!
  12. A variety of package sizes ranging from individual packets to family-sized buckets exist. Each has its place in your food storage pantry.
  13. 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?)
  14. “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.
  15. 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.

43 thoughts on “15 Reasons to Stock Up on Peanut Butter”

    1. I LOL when Kroger sent me a bundle of store coupons….one of them was for a FREE 18 oz. jar of their peanut butter. It was like hitting a small lottery! HA!

  1. I volunteer at a food pantry and peanut butter goes in every box each month I hope this will still continue to happen as the price sores. I know that some of the recipants are elderly and the peanut butter makes a great lunch for them, no cooking. I see on the board at the pantry December pantry is going to give almond butter wonder how that compares in nutrituation???
    Your site has helped me a lot in getting ready for whatever their is to come, thanks a lot for your help.

  2. I would not put natural peanut butter in your long-term food storage. I tried it, and it gets hard and difficult to stir the oils back into the paste. Even though we eat natural peanut butter regularly, I would buy some commercial brand (Skippy, Jif, etc.) to put in long-term food storage. Since it won't get rotated like other foods, I would just donate it to the food bank every so often.

  3. I just bought 6 of the larger size peanut butter jars for almost the same price as the smaller ones. Probably fewer people buy those big ones as they are harder to stir and were left from before the price increase.

  4. I was at the market today and WOW have the prices on pb gone up!!!! The 16 ounce jar of Skippy that was $2.99 in Sept is now $4.99. I do live in a rural area with only a few stores, so our prices are higher then other places. Glad I stocked up, now I need to look for coupons.

  5. We have a good supply of peanut butter. My husband loves the stuff. We've also invested in peanut butter powder.
    Great source of protein.

    1. I would consider Nutella a good alternative to AIR, if I could breathe it!!! It has a fairly decent shelf life but won't be as versatile as peanut butter. I haven't stocked up on it, but only because it's too hard to resist!

  6. A wholesale Cash and Carry in my area (NorCal) has it in a 35# pail for about $57. Going up to over $80 soon though.

    Peanut butter=good


    Peanut butter and chocolate=manna from heaven

  7. All natural peanut butter has a lower shelf life than the stuff with hydrogenated oil, but I've not actual seen expiration dates on a jar only sell by dates. typically it looks like natural PB has about a 1yo sell by date and the other stuff has around a 2yo sell date. So for prep purposes you could probably double that or more as sell by dates are usually pretty conservative.

    Also if you want to store the natural and keep it from getting hard I recommend flipping it. if it is stored top up for months all the oil rises to the top, but if you flip it over every few weeks the oil will stay mixed better as it seeks the top of the butter again. storing it in the fridge after it is opened and mixed up will also keep it from separating.

  8. I’ve only had pb go bad once. It smells rancid when it’s bad… It was a bulk box of pb that I got from my local salvage grocery so who knows how old it was when I bought it. The portion I didn’t get transfered to jars took about three years – with the inner bag unsealed but tucked in – to go bad in my house. This stuff has an incredible shelf life. For storage purposes I’d prefer whole in the shell raw peanuts. better storage in Ma’s own wrappers And I live in a long enough growing season area to grow my own and perpetuate my supply. Think fifty pounds per person would do?

  9. i get PB for 10/$20 at smiths. they are normally $2.50/jar but go on sale sometimes – buy 10 get 50 cents off per jar.

    it’s the good stuff too. peanuts and salt. no sugar or fake oils.

    i’ve never had any go bad.

  10. Natural peanut butter does have a lot of oil and is hard to stir at first—-just stir up one time until it is mixed up and then store it in the frig. It does have oil and can go bad if heat is an issue. It will stay stirred up and easy to use has long as is cold.

  11. Hearing some of those prices now I am glad I stocked up when the base Commissary had their case lot sale. I got the large jars of Jif smooth and crunchy for just under $3 each and had coupons for $1 off 2 so for $2.50 a jar I bought lots of it. We use a lot of it when we get a hankering. I even eat it by the spoonful out of the jar. I know the lead food person at my local Big Lots and when they had a bunch of Planters PB Chocolate Cherry go out of date I went and nabbed it for free. IAW the FDA website it should be good for up to 5 years past the sell by date.

  12. Only one problem. Peanut allergies. A member of my fam has them. So I buy almond butter for him. It’s more expensive, though. But I am glad it is becoming more readily available.

    We all love Nutella, but surely it doesn’t have the same high protein as peanut butter, does it?

    1. The Survival Mom

      Jan, that is an excellent suggestion! I’ll pass it on to my contacts at a couple of food storage companies.

  13. I love this article about storing peanut butter. Who doesn’t love homemade whole wheat bread with peanut butter and jelly on it? Yummy!

  14. Victoria @ Stable Hands Equine Massage

    I have to stock up because my hubby is a peanut butter holic! Haha I Love the pb powder for smoothies.

  15. Tim and Jeanne Tapster

    Years ago PB came in glass jars. Now in plastic jars. Will the plastic unopened jars have the same shelf life ? Is the plastic safe ?

  16. I’m already doing a lot of the things you teach but would love to learn more. You seem to good knowledge. I have only been following you for a little while, so please excuse my ignorance. Do you know a lot about wild edible plants, their food value and medicinal use? I would love to learn about that also. Thank you. Maria

  17. We love peanut butter and always have lots of jars. In fact, getting down to just six or eight jars makes us nervous, and it’s time to start watching for a sale so we can stock up again. It’s a cheap, simple, nutritious food.

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    1. I refrigerate mine after opening to lengthen the time before it goes rancid. I would just buy a small cheap jar and try freezing for a month or so, then open it.

    2. Yes. I use it for candy making and baking. Never used it for sandwiches, I have fresh jars in my pantry. I bought a 5 pound can for baking one year, froze the surplus.
      Grandma prepper

  19. I just now (5/18) opened a clear glass jar of Natural Creamy Peanut Butter- composed of ONLY peanuts and salt (26 Oz Smuckers) purchased (7/14), dated best if used by( 6/15), and having been stored inside a totally dark 8×18 utility trailer with air conditioner controlled so as no to exceed 70 deg F in the summer ,but dropping well below freezing in the winter (I live in PA). I poured off the top layer of oil and found it not to be rancid as expected- and in fact it tasted fine. After mixing the remaining pb I found it to be indistinguishable from any newly purchased jar. I was unexpectedly very happy with the results since I have been harboring reservations from more negative projections I have seen on numerous web sites.

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