It’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Day in ‘Murica and we are celebrating with you! Although it is loved by many, few do actually know about the uses Peanut Butter or Jelly might be put to aside of sandwich-ing. Sadly, I couldn’t think of any other uses for jelly than cooking (and maybe sticking stuff together and attrackting ants).
If you search for it, you’ll find endless recipes for Peanut Butter. But since I don’t tolerate nuts very well, I started to look for different ways to use up my jar of Peanut Butter:
- Scratch Repair: You know those ghastly scratches on your nice wooden floor or table? Peanut Butter actually helps diminishing them. This works as well for tiny scratches on old(er) CDs – although for those I still prefer soap, which fills the small scrapes as well.
- Lubricant: No, not that kind of lubricant, it’s too sticky! But Peanut Butter actually helps with squeaky hinges and works as an oily aid when it comes to stuck tools.
- Glue Remover: The natural oils contained in Peanut Butter will loosen glue and gum for that matter like a charm! Wipe some over the problematic (i.e. sticky) area and wait for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a piece of cloth.
- Stink-Repellent-Bat-Butter: Bad pun again, I know (rereading I see just how bad it really is but now I’m too tired to think of something else). Nevertheless, frying Peanut Butter in a pan removes bad odors from the air just like cooking vinegar and it stinks a lot less. I personally don’t enjoy the smell but maybe it is connected to your love for Peanut Butter.
- Bug Carcass Remover: Yes, similar to the glue, Peanut Butter will also work as a very efficient windshield cleaner. The method is the same: Rub some on the offending spots, wait a few minutes, wipe Peanut Butter and dirt off and clean your windshield afterwards unless you’d like to attrackt even more bugs next time.
- Leather Cleaner: I know it, it’s way past time to finally clean your leather but on the one hand the special leather cleaners you see at the store are usually relatively expensive and on the other hand it’s a hassle. Can’t help you with the second one, but if you put some Peanut Butter on a soft cloth (I prefer cotton) and rub it on the leather surface in a circular motion, your leather stuff will be clean and shiny in a jiffy.
- Shaving Cream Substitute: Forgot to buy shaving cream again and can’t ignore the amount of hair your body is sprouting? No worries, Peanut Butter will take care of this issue as well. Just put it on the area you want to shave in a thin layer and go ahead!
Cooking with jelly is one thing and I suppose you already know a lot of uses and recipes with jelly. It could be served with a sweet and a salty dish, but have you ever tried making your own marmelade? If you don’t, I suggest you read on carefully, because I’m going to reveal another family recipe as how to cook starwberry marmelade:
- Wash and remove the steal of 1kg strawberries. Puree the berries and put them in a big cooking pot. Add the juice of 1 lemon.
- Add 1kg of gelifying sugar and bring briefly to the boil. Let it simmer for 8 minutes.
- Pour the still hot marmelade in preserving jars (you should cook them in boiling water for 5 minutes to make sure they’re germ free and to avoid mould)