By Katy Killilea
Natural nut butters are great for families trying to avoid trans fats or for kids who attend schools that have banned peanut butter. But it’s hard to settle on a satisfactory strategy for blending the separated oil back in. Dump and scrape the separated goo into a shallow container and mash it with a fork? Mix it with whatever spreading knife is handy and splash it onto your sweater? Haul out the Cuisinart and give it a whiz? Store the jar upside down in the fridge and hope for the best? Not elegant solutions.
Here, to save the nut butter mixer’s day, is a gadget from inventor Bob Witmer of Ohio. A hook, inserted through a rubber gasket in a metal lid, gets vigorously cranked and the nut butter becomes utterly smooth. Once the job is done, you pull the hook out through the gasket, which very tidily cleans off every bit of butter from said hook. You then replace the Witmer Peanut Butter Mixer lid with the lid that came on the jar originally.
In terms of the natural nut butters available here, one-pound-size glass jars are prevalent, and the Witmer “Model 100 for 16 ounce jars” fits right on these. Witmer makes other sizes for larger jars, for that rare person who is both a bulk shopper and a strict natural food enthusiast. When my package first arrived from Witmer, I used it on a jar of cashew butter. I liked how the gadget works so much that I washed it off and mixed a jar of tahini. In both cases, less than a minute of cranking thoroughly reintegrated the oils, and the cleanup was simple. Anyone who mixes more than a few jars a year would do well to get one of these–it is reasonably priced and takes up very little storage space.
Model 100 Crank Mixer for 16-ounce jars: $9.95
To order online: witmerproducts.com