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11 Ways to Finish Up a Jar of Peanut Butter

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If a jar of peanut butter gets more love (or abuse) in a season other than summer, we haven't seen it. Camp sandwiches on camp sandwiches on camp sandwiches, PB&J till the cows come home. (Not that we're knocking PB&J.)

When the jar gets down to the two-fingers'-worth line—not enough for a sandwich—what to do, besides the perfectly reasonable solution of eating it straight from a spoon?

Here's how we do it:

Miso Peanut Pasta Salad
Miso Peanut Pasta Salad
  • Make a dressing out of it. Miso + peanut butter + chili sauce + apple cider vinegar for pasta salad, peanut butter + soy sauce + Sriracha + fish sauce for udon noodles or dipping. Soy sauce + garlic + sherry vinegar and you've got a marinade for tofu (or anything else).
  • You are never too old for ants on a log! It also happens to make a weirdly perfect midnight snack.
  • Make genius one-ingredient banana ice cream—but drop however much peanut butter you've got into the food processor, too.
  • Or simply scoop it onto an ice cream sundae.
  • Slightly more than two fingers'-worth? Make puppy chow, camp snack of dreams.
  • Rosa Parks knew that peanut butter makes for good pancakes. Make her recipe!
  • Bulk up a smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal.
  • Or use the mostly-empty jar as a vessel for hot chocolate—and shake!
  • Or whip it into oblivion with egg whites for pavlova. (We'd serve with it runny jam, but that's just us.)
  • Whisk it into caramel, and then drizzle it, Pollack-style, over chocolate bark.
  • Try it on a sandwich with with kimchi or a fried egg—you don't have much to lose!

How do you get to the bottom of the jar? Tell us in the comments.

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
Automagic Spring Menu Maker!

Tags: Peanut Butter, Leftovers, Cooking with Scraps