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Peanut butter, Part II

Gosh, I thought my readership would immediately act like empiricists and try it themselves. ;-) It's not like I was suggesting that one place pop-tarts in a toaster and jam the eject lever in the down position.

Okay, if you want to accept on authority what occurs when you microwave peanut butter, here's what happened.

I was hoping to make a peanut butter topping for my ice cream. I thought that if I mixed three tablespoons of peanut butter (organic) with an ounce of maple syrup (artificial, sugar-free) in a bowl and microwaved it for 30 seconds, I might get a hot, liquid-y topping.

Instead, the peanut butter mixture simply expanded slightly, like a marshmallow puffing up over a campfire. It did not liquefy at all; in fact the consistency was slightly stiffer than the pre-microwaved peanut butter. So I ended up putting chunks of hot, puffy peanut butter on my ice cream.

Please feel free to experiment by using different styles of peanut butter, either adulterated or not with other ingredients.


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Apr. 10th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
My peanut butter experiment
You made my day. ;-) Upon reading your post, I immediately had to see it for myself.

In my experiment, I used Jif peanut butter (smooth) and Mrs. Butter-worth's syrup (original). After mixing the ingredients, I covered the bowl with a paper towel because I certainly didn't want to clean up the mess just in case there was a peanut butter explosion in the microwave. After microwaving for the allotted 30 seconds, the mixture looked foamy and frothy. After stirring, it was hot and extra creamy but not liquid-y. Instead of an ice cream topping, it looked like some nice cake frosting.

Just in case you wanted to experiment further, you can get a nice thick liquid-y peanut butter topping if you mix peanut butter, butter, milk, and vanilla. I don't remember the amounts of the ingredients, though. Well actually, I don't even know it those are the correct ingredients. :-)

Btw, thanks for the good laugh with the Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches Experiment. Incidentally, I don't think I will try that one.
Apr. 10th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Do trust me, I was quite tempted to conduct a little weekend experiment. However, my fear of cleaning up some extreme mess deterred me from acting before inquiring.

Good to know though.
Apr. 11th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
something else to try
I recall placing a small plastic bowl of freshly cut, raw green beans from my garden in a vegetable oil and minced garlic mixture in my microwave, covered with a paper towel. I can't recall how long I did this for or if anything else was involved but, the sparks were magnificent. The paper towel nearly caught fire. Pretty...
Apr. 12th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
I can't help it, but I laugh every time I think about this peanut butter thing. It is just so amusing to me. Thank you for lightening my mood.

And the pop-tart experiment just cracks me up. I can just picture Tom Green replicating that experiment with his off the wall humor.
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