You have just acquired a lovely jar of crunchy peanut butter. As you took it to the kitchen, though, you pause to consider: Where does this batch belong?
Will placing the spread in the refrigerator help keep its freshness, or should it be stored in the cupboard with the cheaper items you purchased a month ago?
According to the Huffington Post, natural peanut butter may be stored for more than a month on a cold, dry pantry shelf.
If you store this type of spread in the refrigerator, it may be extremely dense when you make your morning toast.
However, you may want to refrigerate your peanut butter if you don't think you can finish the jar within a month.
The National Peanut Board suggests refrigerating unsealed peanut butter jars to improve shelf life beyond three months.
In contrast to the refined oils found in commercially available peanut butter, the oils in natural peanut butters are unrefined and perish quickly.
As with any other ingredient, if the peanut butter has a strange odor or is discolored, you should discard it and use a different jar.