This delicious, creamy spread is a common accompaniment to bread, crackers and jellies and is also used as an ingredient in baking, cooking and confectionery creations. They come in different textures, and is a rich source of dietary fiber, Vitamin E, Pantothenic Acid, Folate, Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Aside from consumption, we’ve listed down other surprising uses of peanut butter in our daily lives.
HACK #1: GUM REMOVER
Ever had a piece of gum stuck in your shoe, hair, clothing and furniture? They can be a hassle to remove. Try rubbing peanut butter into the areas with gum and you will be amazed at how these easily wipe off! Peanut Butter is a source of saturated and monounsaturated fats. The presence of this fat and oil is what gives this spread its ability to remove sticky substances in various objects.
HACK #2: RESTORE LEATHER GOODS
To maintain leather goods, oil is usually applied to help the fibers remain flexible. A quick fix for scuffed and cracked leather accessories and furniture is to lightly dab a small amount of peanut butter and rub in a circular motion with a soft cloth to quickly restore moisture and flexibility.
HACK #3: SHAVING CREAM SUBSTITUTE
Thinly apply peanut butter to the area you want to shave and your razor blade will glide on smoothly. The oil present in peanut butter acts as a barrier protecting your skin from irritation and providing it with moisture and nutrition.
HACK #4: BUTTER SUBSTITUTE
Butter is used in cooking and baking, if you want to add a nutty flavor to your dish or baked goods, try replacing butter with peanut butter. Most Asian dishes and sauces calls for peanut butter in their recipes.
HACK #5: BAKING COMPANION
Before lining your baking sheets with wax paper, add a tiny dab of peanut butter to the corners to prevent the wax paper from rolling. You can also rub a small amount of peanut butter to trays and grills to prevent food from sticking.
HACK #6: LUBRICANT
Air, moisture and exposure to the elements hastens the build up of rust in iron and steel. Items commonly found around the house like hinges, door knobs, machinery and equipment are prone to rusting. Rubbing peanut butter into the rusted areas can eliminate squeaks by providing lubrication and softening rust.
HACK #7: SUGAR LIP SCRUB
Oil and fat content in peanut butter softens dead skin and provides protection and hydration to the lips’ sensitive skin. Combine with sugar and this delicious lip scrub will create a gentle sloughing effect to reveal softer, smoother lips.
HACK #8: ICE CREAM CONE PLUG
Ice cream is a popular frozen treat loved by many, but it can get a little messy to eat once they are placed in cones. Lessen ice cream drips and add a delicious surprise by putting a small amount of peanut butter at the bottom of the cone.
HACK #9: CONCEAL PET MEDICATION
If you’ve ever struggled with giving medication to your pet dog or cat, try smearing peanut butter all over the tablet or pill to get them to ingest it. Dogs and cats are reported to like this gooey spread and this trick will help them take their medication/s easily.
HACK #10: PROTEIN PACKED SHAKES AND SMOOTHIES
Peanut butter was once served to patients to aid in their recovery. It is easy to swallow and is packed with proteins. Try adding some peanut butter to your smoothies and shakes for an instant protein drink.