Peanut butter is a staple in many households, and it’s easy to see why. As an ingredient it’s versatile and delicious – you can use it as a dip for your veggie sticks, whip up a delicious satay sauce or some indulgent cookies – but did you know there are a ton of ways you can use it around the house, too?
After seeing all the uses, you just might want to store some more peanut butter in your pantry. Keep reading for 14 surprising other uses for peanut butter:
1) Remove chewing gum. The oil in peanut butter helps to unstick chewing gum from under tables, on the floor, in your hair… Everything.
2) Make medication more appealing. According to LifeHack, peanut butter is the perfect way to conceal medication that you need to give to your pets, or even little children.
3) DIY bird feeder. This is a classic: roll a pine cone in peanut butter, then roll again in birdseed, and hang it outside in a tree. Birds absolutely love it, and the oils and protein in the peanut butter keep them going through the winter.
4) Remove bug stains from your car. The Ready Store lists plenty of ways you can use peanut butter to clean, but the best one is this: rub some into your car windscreen and other areas affected by stubborn bug splatters. Leave it for a few minutes and then wash off – it’ll have them gone in no time!
5) Make a smoothie. The peanut butter sandwich has long been a favourite, but for a delicious drink with an extra hit of protein, try making a smoothie with peanut butter. You can find some fantastic recipes here.
6) Remove adhesive labels. The oils in peanut butter will help to remove that gummy glue which sticks adhesive labels on, according to Readers Digest.
7) Clean your hands. LifeHack suggests using peanut butter to clean sticky glue residue from your hands.
8) Make your own ice cream. Epicurious have an amazing recipe for a three-ingredient peanut butter ice cream, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. You can find their ice cream recipe (and other wonderful ways to use peanut butter) here.
9) Catch mice. Don’t believe the age-old myth that mice love cheese… LifeHack suggests that you try smearing peanut butter on your mouse traps instead! Apparently, they love it.
10) Clear out bad smells. Try frying a little bit of peanut butter in a pan to eliminate old cooking smells from your house.
11) Fix scratched CDs. Care2 suggest rubbing a little smooth peanut butter into a scratched CD and then wiping it clean with a dry cloth. Apparently, it works like a charm!
12) Use in place of regular butter. Peanut butter offers similar properties as regular butter – lots of lovely oils that tie other flavors together and moisten up baking. So where the flavors allow it, you can use a scoop of peanut butter instead – try adding it to your chocolate brownies or other baking, or adding it to a savoury sauce.
13) Leak-proof your ice cream cone. This suggestion is particularly delicious – pack a little bit of peanut butter into the bottom of your cone before scooping in the ice cream. It will stop ice cream from leaking out the bottom, and it’ll be a delicious little surprise for whoever gets to enjoy it!
14) Make frozen treats. Peanut butter freezes well, and has a delicious fudgy consistency when frozen. There are many great recipes for no-bake treats you can make with peanut butter (some healthy, some indulgent) – here’s a great one from The Food Network.
Peanut butter is a delicious and nutritious treat, but it’s healthiest to buy the kind that has no added salt or sugar (don’t worry, it’s still delicious). If you’re someone who enjoys eating the crunchy variety best, you might like to keep an extra jar of smooth peanut butter in the pantry for your DIY jobs!
RESOURCES LIFEHACK, BLENDTEC, EPICURIOUS, READERS DIGEST, THE FOOD NETWORK, CARE2, AND THE READY STORE