How To Melt Peanut Butter? 5 Effective Ways You Must Know!

The fact is, you cannot just put peanut butter on a heating pan and expect it to magically melt. More specifically, peanut butter is slightly looser when heated. And when you heat it for a while, it burns quickly.

This fact is also the reason why you come to read this piece of writing. Melting peanut butter, however, should not be a daunting task. You can get a thick peanut butter kind of sauce if you know the right way. This writing on how to melt peanut butter will show you 5 different right ways.

1. Melt Peanut Butter Using Microwave​

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What You Need:

  • Peanut butter
  • Bowl/container compatible for microwave heat
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Microwave

How To Do:

  • Step 1: Take the wanted amount of peanut butter

Take some scoops of peanut butter and put them in the bowl/container. While adding the peanut butter to the bowl, spread it evenly on the central of the bowl. This task is crucial because you don’t want to peanut butter to curdle in the bowl.

​Otherwise, after heating in the microwave, it will come out with just the melted surface. The core part will stay in the same form as before microwaved. The other case is that the peanut butter will have a burnt surface.

  • Step 2: Wrap the bowl up

After putting the peanut butter into the bowl, use the plastic food wrap to cover the bowl. This step ensures the butter will not be dried out when the microwave heat it up. Covering the container will keep oil and water stay in the butter, which gives it a smooth texture when coming out of the microwave.

  • Step 3: Microwave the peanut butter

Put the bowl into the microwave, and set the temperature to "high". Also, adjust the timer at 30 seconds. After the heating time is over, check the result. If the peanut butter hasn’t seemed to melt entirely, you should put it back to the microwave for another 30 seconds. But this time forward, the temperature should stay at "medium" mode.

This step needs a little bit of meticulosity and observance. But when it is complete, the result comes out beautifully; you will have a thick sauce of peanut butter. What you should note in this step is that the temperature should be at medium or high.​

Many people seem to be rushing in this action as they set the temp to "grill" mode. It will destroy the texture of the butter, making it come out burnt. What makes the microwave heat works for melting the peanut butter is that it will melt the butter from the inside.​

Meanwhile, using "grill" or "bake" mode will be just like putting the butter on the pan. It will not melt that way. So remember the key here is using high microwave heat in 30 seconds.​

2. Melt Peanut Butter Using Stove

What You Need

  • Saucepan
  • Egg whisk
  • Two tsp of water for one tbsp of peanut butter

How To Do

  • Step 1: Set the saucepan over low heat

Let the pan rest at the low heat for about 20 seconds before adding peanut butter into it. And when putting the butter in, again remember to spread it onto the bottom surface of the saucepan evenly. This move will also ensure you even distribute the heat to the peanut butter.

  • Step 2: Whisk it thoroughly

While the peanut butter is on the saucepan, use the egg whisk to stir it up. This step needs a little bit of patience. Whisk it thoroughly until the peanut butter starts to get loose. You can use a long spoon or a pair of chopsticks to whisk it up. But using egg whisk is still more preferable.

  • Step 3: Add water along the way

Just when the peanut butter starts to get loose, add one tsp of water. Don’t forget to whisk the mixture up. Your whisking movements should be fast, or else the mixture will soon get dried and burnt. Also, make sure the temperature is always at the low level. Add another tsp of water to achieve the desired texture of the result.

3. Melt Peanut Butter Using Blender

What You Need

  • Peanut butter
  • A powerful blender/ food processor
  • Flavoring agents (optional)

How To Do

  • Step 1: Add peanut butter into the blender

There should not be more than 2 cups of peanut butter in the blender’s container. If you need to melt a significant amount of it, break it down into smaller portions. When there is too much peanut butter in the container, it will again curdle and prevent the blades from rotating properly.

  • Step 2: Set the blender at maximum speed

For a smooth texture, a high motor’s power is a must. Let the blender stir up the peanut butter at full speed for about 2 minutes. After that, stop the blender, give the peanut butter some whisking and start blending again. This action will further facilitate the blending effect.

  • Step 3 (optional): Add in flavor agent/ water

If you want the peanut butter to come with a balanced flavor, add some soy sauce, cilantro or rice vinegar. Or else, to tone down the sweetness, simply add in two tsp of water for one tbsp of peanut butter. After putting the agent/water, start the blender one more time for another two minutes until the mixture becomes a soft liquid.

4. Melt Peanut Butter by Ladling in Liquid

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What You Need

  • Peanut butter
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Egg whisk
  • Cream/ milk or any liquid according to the recipe

How To Do

  • Step 1: Determine the ratio

The ratio of peanut and liquid should be 1:1. However, depend on your expectation for the texture of the mixture, you may modify the ratio. The more peanut butter you add, the thicker the mixture will be. Still, you don’t want to change the ratio up to 2:1 or 1:2, the change will either make the mixture too stiff or too watery.

  • Step 2: Heat the liquid at low temp

Pour the liquid into the saucepan and set the temp at low heat. Give the liquid some whisking before it gets simmering. Right when the liquid gets hot, turn off the heat. The keyword here is "simmering", you don’t want to boil the liquid.

  • Step 3: Mix them up

Now put the peanut butter into the mixing bowl and slowly pour the hot liquid onto it. To make peanut butter and the liquid combine, give the mixture a thorough whisking for about 2 minutes. It is optional to heat the mixture up again, just remember to whisk it up until the peanut butter gets liquefy.

5. Melting Peanut Butter Using Freezer

There is not much to say about this method. Just put the opened peanut butter jar in the fridge. The rationale behind this approach is the nature of peanut butter. Peanut butter contains a lot of fat, very much like coconut oil. Thus, it is highly susceptible to extreme temperatures.

After letting the jar rest in the freezer more than an hour, ideally overnight, you will see that a good amount of fat and oil rise to the top of the jar. Then, scrape the oil away and dispose of it. Repeat the process until the peanut butter gets soft and pliable.​

Conclusion

In a nutshell, peanut butter is a stubborn ingredient when it comes to melting or blending with other foods. However, if processed properly, peanut butter has so many alternative uses to just spreading on the sandwiches.

The key to melting peanut butter is using heat, frost, or blender. This walkthrough on how to melt peanut butter hopefully provides you with helpful ways of making a sauce out of it. Enjoy your cooking.

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