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    safe to eat?

    Whoops, so last Friday I opened a new jar of smuckers peanut butter, didn't see the refridgerate after opening. It's the Smuckers Natrual Peanut Butter one. Upon taking a closer look this morning, I noticed the warning. So, do you think it's ok to use still?

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    Alrighty then! Time for lunch!

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    Peanut butter alone usually doesn't have to be refridgerated. If it's the one with jelly in it too then I wouldn't eat it. That being said, I had some jelly that sat out for a week after opening it and it was still good.
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    If it's cold in your house it should be okay.
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    Because it's natural, it's probably full of bacteria and fungus and maggots and stuff.

    Yay, preservatives!


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    I keep the temp at 68 F throughout the day

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    Peanut butter lasts for friggen ever.

    cept my organic one doesn't at all.

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    I keep my natural peanut butter in my cabinet and it never goes bad. It also makes it easrier to spread on the bread
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    We never kept PB in the fridge as I was growing up. Never harmed us. And, like ngateguy said, leaving it out makes it easier to spread. I keep it right beside my Nutella.

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    Keep the natural stuff in fridge to keep the oil from separating after you stirs it in!

    Its fine.....eat it!

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    That's what I was thinkin'.

    I ate it, it was good. No side effects :-] ... yet ...

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    one sure way to find out.

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    I've eaten organic peanut butter my whole life. I've never actually seen it go bad, even when it's primarily stored outside the fridge in the summer time.
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    Should be just fine, unless it smells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    Because it's natural, it's probably full of bacteria and fungus and maggots and stuff.

    Yay, preservatives!

    They all have traces of mold/fungus. Unfortunatly the natural kinds are the worse cases for the growth, esssssspecially when not refridgerated!

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    Peanuts and peanut butter from lesser well-known sources may contain higher than trace amounts of aflatoxin, a mold that grows on peanuts and corn, and has been implicated in liver and bladder cancer. Although there was a scare about this back in the 80s and as a result everyone was warned to refrigerate PB and not to buy it from places that grind their own (because the peanuts and the machinery weren't regulated to the same extent that PB factories were), I haven't really heard anything since. Except, of course, that ubiquitous "Refrigerate after opening" thing on natural PB labels and lids.

    Personally, I do refrigerate it during the summer, because I get real tired of having to stir it up before every use- it doesn't separate when it's cool. Of course, it's impossible to spread too, but I'm happy to nuke it for a couple of secs to make it spreadable again. During the winter, our house is cold enough that refrigeration isn't needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
    They all have traces of mold/fungus. Unfortunatly the natural kinds are the worse cases for the growth, esssssspecially when not refridgerated!
    First refrigerating will not stop mold growth. Second I am 51 years old and have never, I mean never, refrigerated my peanut butter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ngateguy View Post
    First refrigerating will not stop mold growth. Second I am 51 years old and have never, I mean never, refrigerated my peanut butter.
    Never said it would. Just thought it was implied that refridgerating would impede the growth slightly.

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    I leave "natural" peanut butter of various brands out on the counter for months after opening, often with the top off for days at a time. It's never done anything to me (others may suspect otherwise).

    The main reason to refrigerate natural peanut butter is to prevent separation-- even with stirring every time, you end up with oily peanut butter at the start of the jar and dry at the bottom. When I remember to put the lid on and put it in the fridge I put it in upside down so that the oil will migrate partway up before it all solidifies, then I use it before it migrates the other way.

    I've never in my life seen peanut butter get moldy (even the kind full of sugar), and I think the main mode of going bad is drying out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck View Post
    I've never in my life seen peanut butter get moldy (even the kind full of sugar), and I think the main mode of going bad is drying out.
    Right- I don't think anything can grow in there anyway. Actually, the aflatoxin mold (when it's there) is on the peanuts before they are ground- pardon the pun, since peanuts are called groundnuts in much of Africa because- hark- they grow on the ground. Aflatoxin is a soil-borne mold. It doesn't just appear in peanut butter after you've bought it. If it's there, it's in the jar before you buy it. Not sure why people though that refrigerating PB is going to protect against aflatoxin infection.

    Oh- BTW, love' em or hate 'em, the FDA regulates PB very, very strictly with regard to aflatoxin. They have a pretty stringent food processing inspection program for this stuff.

    But it is helpful in dealing with that nasty separation problem. I HATE having to stir up a jar of natural PB every time I use it. I'd rather store it in the fridge and nuke when needed to soften it up. You know, so it doesn't tear the Wonder Bread!

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