I love peanut butter! But I only use natural peanut butter without added fats. I especially avoid hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats. The downside to natural peanut butter is that the oil separates and requires remixing, which is no small task. The one upside to the procedure is the privilege of licking the mixing utensil when the task is completed. If the peanut butter is kept refrigerated after being well mixed it should never need to be done again.
I have never looked forward to opening a new jar of natural peanut butter because the mixing process is tedious, time consuming and can be messy with the separated oil spilling over the sides of the jar. I know people who purchase “regular” peanut butter even though they would like to use the healthier natural kind but find it too daunting. Well, today I found a solution. It may not be a new discovery to others but it is to me.
The KitchenAid® hand blender has an attachment called a “milkshake liquid blender rod.” It also works great for mixing thicker substances like natural peanut butter. With the jar held steady to prevent it from spinning around, what would take about five minutes of strenuous stirring with a butter knife can be accomplished in less than a minute with the “milkshake liquid blender rod.”