Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Peanut Butter Crises 2011

I should have listened to my husband.

His hero is George Washington Carver, the inventor of peanut butter. My man LOVES his peanut butter. And after 18 years of being together, I will admit, I'm a peanut eater too.

Years ago, when I was getting my garden cleaned and closed up for a winters rest, the Mister said I should plant peanuts because they would not only yield a crop of nutty deliciousness, but Mr. Carver had proved that peanut plants help the soil for future harvests.

I chuckled at his practical ways.

What he said was true. But it is also true that he and I eat a LOT of peanut butter.  I could grow the peanuts, but when it came to mashing them up and putting them in a jar, I wasn't so keen. After all, why grow them myself when "I can buy organic peanut butter at the Buy-in-Bulk Warehouse for practically nothin' ?"

Of course now I am eating my words. Without nutty goodness.

I had heard talk around the blogosphere about a peanut shortage, but I didn't believe it.

I guess I was in denial.

The rumors are correct.  Don't panic, but, there's a peanut shortage.

Right before I went to bed last night I read this article. I tried to break the news gently to The Mister.

"The price of peanut butter is going up 40%. I hope you like almond butter."

I thought he took the news pretty well until I received a phone call this morning at 9:00a. He had called to see if I had gone to the store yet to start a peanut butter stockpile .

We may need an intervention.

I, for one, plan to do my part in this crises.

For instance, this morning for breakfast I toasted a slice of Whole-Wheat Pumpkin yeast bread with peanut butter and half-a banana, but I only used one-tablespoon of peanut butter instead of two. And this afternoon, instead of making peanut-butter cookies I am going to make Nutella Sandwich Cookies.

It's all going to be OK. But I think I will run stop-by to the store today for a jar or eight two... and maybe next year I'll try my hand at peanut farming.

Happy Tuesday!


Lindsay said...

ahh just when I depleted my stock pile from the above mentioned store!! Must go get some ASAP! What is a mom of a preschooler suppose to feed her preschooler?

Joy for the Seasons said...

oh that made me chuckle...I will arm myself against crazy people at Target today trying to clear the shelves of their beloved PB!


Greetings from Portland, OR (ok, so it's really Vancouver, WA, but give me some slack).

When I can't sleep I blog surf. Every so often I come across a blog like yours- very well written, nice photos (except, where are the pics of your husband?). You express yourself very well and I have spent the last hour and a half reading the entire 6 years or so. I was concerned about the time you drank a hard lemonade alone- that can lead to a lot of different problems...

Anyway, I give your blog a grade of A. It was a pleasure reading it. Oh, and I enjoyed the video of the deer.

Take Care,


Becca @ Our Crazy Boys said...

Costco said that their "decision to stop producing Kirkland Organic peanut butter [wasn't] related to the peanut shortage."

I'm posting a photo on your fb wall to make you smile. And maybe a little jealous. :)