Personally, I like sugar-fortified, processed, ever-smooth peanut butter like Jif. However, other folks like natural peanut butter, supposedly because it tastes better and is better for you. What’s the fun in that? The downside to natural peanut butter is that it separates over time. You need to stir it up, especially after you open the jar for the first time.
People use butter knives, spoons, spatulas, and all manner of improvised contraptions to do this, but none of these are optimal. Such crude solutions are messy; they get peanut butter all over the jar, the counter, and yourself.
Enter the Witmer Company peanut butter mixer. It is a novel and clean solution to stirring natural peanut butter.
The Witmer Company mixer is composed of a steel stirring rod, a metal screw-on cap, and a plastic membrane.
Operation is simple:
1) Screw the lid onto your jar of natural peanut butter
2) Insert the metal stirring rod into the hole in the center of the lid
4) Stir more
6) Withdraw the mixing rod. Notice how the plastic membrane on the inside of the lid scrapes the peanut butter off of the rod.
7) Remove the membrane and rinse
With just a few turns of the handle, you can turn your natural peanut butter from this:
Yeah, I can’t really tell a difference either. However, Stilts and Sedagive? seemed impressed, so there you have it. If they’re happy, I’m happy.
The Witmer Company peanut butter mixer is about $10 before shipping from Amazon.com and other e-tailers. I haven’t seen one in a brick and mortar store, but I bet they are out there. It is a highly specialized device, but it costs so little that I don’t mind. I can’t help but respect its efficiency, and who knows what other trouble it could stir up?