Getting Around the Peanut Butter Recall
though peanut butter, by itself, is still OK to eat, the overall
peanut butter recall has everyone recoiling
from buying anything peanut related. However, Americans eat on
average 3.3 pounds of peanut butter a year, so many of us are
starting to have withdrawals.
If you are worried about buying peanut butter based
on the recent salmonella scare, try these tasty and nutritious
ways to get your nuttiness now.
Make your own nut spread. Although major national brands of
peanut butter have not been recalled, making
your own nut spread is easy and fun. At certain grocery stores,
such as some locations of Co-ops, Whole Foods Market or Henry's,
you can grind peanuts to
butter. In less than one minute, you have a fresh, peanutty spread
without preservatives or added sugar. You can also make fresh peanut
butter at home; all you need are plain roasted peanuts and a food
processor. Put ¾ cup plain roasted peanuts in a food processor;
process two minutes or until smooth.
2. Get creative. Use
fresh peanut butter to upgrade homemade versions of snacks
that may have been recalled. For example,
spread a teaspoon of peanut butter on a whole-grain cracker instead
of purchasing ready-made peanut butter crackers. You might surprise
yourself by creating a better-for-you treat, such as our lightened
peanut buttery Swag Bars.
out beyond peanut butter. Almond, cashew, macadamia, walnut,
and hazelnut butters are unaffected by the recall. They
all offer a strong nutrition profile.
To see a
list of current recalled items, click here.