Daily Prompt: Sliced Bread < < The Art of Peanut Butter
Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
I must confess. I am a peanut butter addict.
Although peanut butter came about long before sliced bread (it was first developed in 1890 and called “peanut paste” for people with bad teeth and then introduced to the world in 1908 when Krema Products Company in Columbus, Ohio started selling peanut butter to the public, according to the bloggers on the “Peanut Butter Lovers” web page), I believe peanut butter is better than sliced bread. Hold the exclamations- No way! Are you crazy?!– while I defend my case.
Each salty, smooth spoonful of peanut butter cakes your tongue, coats the roof of your mouth. Full of flavor and instant energy (especially for us vegetarians), as it’s packed with proteins. Most importantly, all that salt paired with anything sweet- and I literally mean anything– is a match made in some kind of nutty heaven.
However, there is an art to proper peanut butter eating.
1. Don’t eat Jiff’s. Just. . .don’t do it. There might a total of four peanuts used for the whole jar and the rest is basically sugar and hydrogenated oils. . .ew. Instead, eat natural peanut butter. You know, the kind that freaks you out at first, because all the oil separates and rises to the top of the jar until you stir it up. No additives, no sugar.
2. Keep the natural peanut butter in the refrigerator to prevent future separation of the oil. Plus, cold peanut butter is delicious.
3. If you want a spoonful, it doesn’t have all the extra gunk that processed peanut butter does. Which means it will be really goopy, like pudding, and will start to melt as room temperature hits it. My first natural peanut butter spoonful ended up as sandy colored stain on my crotch.
To avoid ruining your clothes, you will have to use some kind of cup (I use mini tuba-ware cups) and eat it out of there.
THE BEST WAYS TO EAT PEANUT BUTTER [Trust me people, I’m an expert]
1. With York Peppermint Patties (another obsession of mine).
2. With anything chocolate (kind of obvious, Reese’s beat me to it).
3. With bananas, apples, pears, pineapples, strawberries. . .basically any fruit.
4. Peanut butter on waffles (it’s healthier than plain butter, I can assure you of that. Tastes better, too.) with honey or natural maple syrup. I usually sprinkle some cinnamon on, too.
5. With Dannon’s 100% non-fat Greek yogurt (best flavors: vanilla, honey, or original with blueberry at the bottom). I recommend mixing the scoop of peanut butter in along with granola.
6. Eat your applesauce with granola, a spoonful of peanut butter, and sprinkled cinnamon. This tastes amazing and has probably less than half the calories of a triple scoop ice cream.
7. Peanut butter, banana, cinnamon, and honey sandwichs-sliced bread and peanut butter are old friends, obviously.
8. Peanut butter and apple butter on basically anything.
9. Peanut butter on pancakes.
10. Peanut butter in cookies.
11. Eat your cereal with a spoonful of peanut butter (but not in front of a significant other as this is not the most attractive thing to eat with all the milk running down your chin and the double dipping of the peanut butter into the bowl!).
12. Dry cereal and a spoonful of peanut butter.
The consumption of peanut butter is an art. . . get creative people!