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Is it bad to keep peanut butter in the fridge?

Last Updated: 21st January, 2020

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An open jar of peanut butter stays fresh up to three months in the pantry. After that, it's recommended to store the peanut butter in the fridge (where it can maintain its quality for another 3-4 months). If you don't refrigerate, oil separation can occur.

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Also, what happens if you refrigerate peanut butter?

You Don't Need to Refrigerate Peanut Butter — Most of the Time. Opened jars of your everyday, processed peanut butter can sit in a normal pantry for up to three months after opening. Keeping the peanut butter at room temperature also has the added bonus of making it more creamy and spreadable when you use it.

One may also ask, does natural peanut butter go bad if not refrigerated? In general, commercial peanut butter does not need to be refrigerated. Because of this, natural peanut butter can really only be stored at room temperature for about a month before the natural oils begin to spoil. You can store your jar of natural peanut butter in the fridge and it'll be good for around six months.

Similarly, it is asked, how can you tell if peanut butter has gone bad?

Sight is usually the most reliable way to tell if your peanut butter has gone bad. A common trait of bad peanut butter is a change in texture from soft and creamy to hard and dry. The color of the spread may also become darker and the pleasant aroma disappears. If the peanut butter begins to smell rancid, toss it.

Can peanut butter be stored at room temperature?

Answer: No — it's not necessary to refrigerate an opened jar of commercially manufactured peanut butter, says the National Peanut Board. An opened jar of processed peanut butter will usually keep well for about 3 months when stored in a dark cupboard at normal room temperature.

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