Grandpa Witmer's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/06/29/grandpa-witmers-old-fashione-2.html

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Because refrigerated organic peanut butter is a complete pain in the ass to stir up

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From 2015:

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Hello? Yes. I’d like to report a crime

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You could save $10 and just use a butter knife, which you probably already have. It can also be used to spread peanut butter onto your bread, and has a variety of other uses in your kitchen. After I stir a new thing of peanut butter, I put it into the fridge which keeps it from separating out again.

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Now do a Whirly Pop…popcorn maker.

It also roasts coffee beans very well.

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You could also simply store it upside down until ready to use and use the previous butter knife suggestion. It does take a minute or two to fully stir up the first time you use it, but afterwards - unless it’s sitting for an extended period it works fine.

Also, just keep it on the counter/pantry. Unless you’re going through this stuff super slowly - it won’t last long enough for the temperature to be an issue, and it’s so much easier to mix/stir at room temperature.

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Good choice of music, Mark. Unfortunately, it’s a unitasker.

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I stand in defense of this one. The only unitasker in our kitchen besides a vegetable peeler. This tool just. fucking. works. I’d wager you nay-sayers are a bunch of oily-handed soup skimmers, satifsfied to spill peanut oil all over yourselves half-assedly stirring with a knife, then eating only the top-half of soup du huile d’arachide before tossing the can with a fudgy brick of mortar at the bottom. Get off my lawn, the lot of you.

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The problem with most ‘natural’ peanut butter that has a inch of oil on the top.

And if you mix it with a knife, or fork, you end up ejecting a good bit of the of the oil on your hands and kitchen floor. Yes. I know I’m a bit clumsy.

But this device is a good thing to use…the only problem is that it’s sized to a particual size of PB jar…so if you get the correct sizes of lids or you have to rig up a solution with an old lid and dremel tool.

It multi tasks if you want to cos play “Captain Hook” for halloween.

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See, we get the 80 oz Adams Crunchy from Costco and this little thing just won’t cut it. I always think of chucking a mixer whisk into a drill but then I just reach for a wooden spoon and use it like a spurtle. The key to mixing when there is a layer of oil on top is to start with a slow up and down plunging, not stirring, motion. After a few seconds, the oil starts to mix and then you can stir it round and round.

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This. We get different peanut butter depending on what store we’re going to when we need to replenish.

Having said that, when I’m not feeling cheap and we’re at a store than offers fresh-ground PB, that is the very best solution, for not that much more money.

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I never understood why natural peanut butter has the oil slick on top. I make my own peanut butter by just dumping two cups of peanuts into a food processor and blending until smooth. That’s it and there is never a pool of oil in the storage container. Tastier, cheaper, healthier, easier, cleaner.

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Exactly: fresh ground is well blended. It’s when it sits around for weeks getting shipped to stores and then sitting on shelves that it separates.

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Agreed that buying small quantities of fresh ground pb is the way to go.

If that isn’t an option, non-natural pb is really not so bad. It has a very small amount of hydrogenated oil which keeps it from separating.

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Beater from a hand blender and a power drill does the trick at my place.

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Why not use just one beater IN the hand blender? It’s already set up to work together.

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That “Rubber Hole” is called a grommet, Pea-nut.

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@nneul and @Some_Traveler; welcome aboard, comrades! Who’da guessed that an advert for a peanut butter agitator would bring in two new people; or are you both long time lurkers who got agitated by this subject and so stirred yourselves to post? Either way, it is nice to get more commentors. :+1:

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Or you can just flip it over and put it in the fridge when you get it home.

Does half the mixing work for you.