Monday, August 18, 2014

Should I Refrigerate My Peanut Butter (Or Any Nut Butter)?



A Fooducate community member recently asked about the shelf life of nut butters. Here’s what you need to know.
Peanut, almond, and cashew butters are not only tasty, they are a good source of healthy unsaturated fats. These fats are susceptible to rancidity as a result of oxidation, and that’s why manufacturers recommend refrigeration.
However, the oxidation process is not immediate, and if you seal the lid on your nut butter and keep it in a cool dark pantry, you can go for 2-3 months without refrigeration. Another benefit of non-refrigerated storage is that your nut butter will be easier to scoop out of the jar and spread. Always use a clean utensil so as not to introduce any contamination. If you live in an extremely hot area, the refrigerator may be a better choice.


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