How Much is Inside Peanut Butter?


Peanut butter.

A favorite among children, vegetarians and elephants, peanut butter holds a prestigious position in the hierarchy of american food. It is a good food which is actually good for you. For this reason, it is incredibly expensive, fetching $3-$5 per jar.


The undiluted peanut flavor is too strong for many, so it is usually combined with other foods to temper its fresh-roasted impact. One common method of peanut butter delivery is to pack the channel of celery stalks.

This preparation can become a geometric nightmare. Measuring the size of the celery channel, and calculating the apropriate volume of peanut butter has stymied more than one junior chef.

How much celery can one jar of peanut butter fill? On Sunday night, we decided to find out.

This experiment was going to take a lot of patience, and a lot of celery. Michelle cracked open the Jif and immediately fell in love.

Oh, that Jif is smooth!

I raided the produce section in Safeway, buying 9 bundles of celery for $1.49 each.



The plan was to use one whole 28 ounce jar of peanut butter, to fill as much celery as possible.

Johnnie, Michelle and Meredith got right to work.

Peanut butter fever swept through the barbeque. Most everyone had celery-packing experience, so we skipped my powerpoint presentation.

It was easy, if a little messy. It would have been a cleaner operation if we had just used whole shelled peanuts, before they were crushed into paste.

Or, we could have done it sober.

There really aren't a lot of other actions in food preparation like loading a stalk of celery with peanut butter. You could say that it is like frosting a raingutter, rolling your own vegetable cigarettes, or preparing kinder-sushi.

Please continue reading part two of how much is inside peanut butter?

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