You might not think that freezing peanut butter would be a controversial topic. But believe it or not, there are passionate debates on both sides of this issue. Some people say that freezing peanut butter ruins the taste and texture, while others claim that it’s a perfectly acceptable way to keep their favorite spread fresh. So, what’s the truth? Is it safe to freeze peanut butter? Let’s take a closer look.
Although freezing peanut butter might change the texture, it won’t necessarily make it unsafe to eat. In fact, freezing is actually a great way to extend the shelf life of your peanut butter. Just be sure to transfer it to an airtight container before you stick it in the freezer. Otherwise, ice crystals can form and ruin the taste.
When thawing frozen peanut butter, do so slowly by moving it to the refrigerator a day or two before you plan to use it. This will help prevent the formation of condensation on the surface of the peanut butter, which can make it watery and less flavorful. If you’re in a rush, you can also thaw frozen peanut butter by placing the container in a bowl of warm water. Just be sure to stir often so that the heat is distributed evenly.
Typically you shouldn’t freeze the peanut butter if it comes in a glass container as it can crack.
Also, the maximum amount of time you’ll want to keep the PB frozen is about 5-6 months. After that it will be safe to use and to eat, but the texture and taste of the peanut butter will be negatively impacted by the long freeze.
So, is it safe to freeze peanut butter? The answer is yes — as long as you do it correctly. When stored in an airtight container in the freezer, peanut butter can last for up to six months without losing any flavor or quality. Just be sure to thaw it slowly in the fridge (or using a bowl of warm water), and you’ll be good to go!