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Sunday, November 3, 2019

I Know What You Did!


I Know What You Did!




I eat a lot of peanut butter…chunky style.  We buy multiple large jars at Costco.  The jars are almost bigger than the knife I use to extract the peanut butter.  When the jar starts to get empty, I hate scrapping it clean.  The knife gets messy, it takes a lot of time, and I don’t get enough on the knife in one dip to spread the peanut butter the way I like.

Surprisingly enough, this starts a problem in the cranky house.

When the jar gets low, I will just throw it away.

“Don’t throw that jar away, I can scrape it out and put what’s left in the new jar!”

“I don’t like the scrapping’s; they taste like the plastic jar they were scrapped from.”

“They do not!”

“You don’t eat peanut butter; how do you know?”

“I just do!”

“We have two more jars of virgin peanut butter, just let me enjoy them and leave the scrapping’s alone.”

“It is a waste!”

“You’re talking about maybe 30 cents of waste, give me a break.  Let that be my luxury, un-scrapped peanut butter!”

“I don’t like waste.”

“What? Waste!  How about your storage unit that we pay every month to store CRAP!”

“Don’t start on me with the storage unit, some of that crap might be good crap!”

Anyway, this happens every time the current jar gets near empty.

Tonight, the jar was almost done.  Without saying anything, I filled it with water and got a new jar out of the pantry.  Mrs. C who was at the kitchen table said nothing.

I enjoyed my peanut butter on bread with my end-of-dinner coffee when Mrs. C looked at me and said,

“I know what you did!”

“What?”

“You know.”

“What?”

“You filled the peanut butter jar with water so I can’t scrape out the remains stuck to the jar.”

“Well, yes.  So now we don’t have to argue about it.”

“You know you’re a jerk, don’t you?”

“Maybe.”

18 comments:


  1. I'm wondering what it would be like being a jerk LOL. I always swill empty jars but if there's any of the contents left over they go down the sink with the swilling water.

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  2. You could use a long handled spatula I suppose, but I am with you on this one all the same.

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  3. I use a long handled iced tea spoon on my almond butter jars. But I suppose your method works, too. Ha!

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  4. Man, I love peanut butter but dammit I'm a scraper too--enough! I'm 58, it's time I started living a little :)

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  5. I was leaning towards the misses this time but since she doesn't eat it, I guess it is your call.

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  6. I'm on your side about tossing that 30 cents worth of clinging peanut butter. I'm not sure I believe the "plastic" taste, though. I'd have gone with the argument that scraping it out gives you carpal tunnel syndrome, and that the scrapings Mrs. C digs out will contaminate a new jar.

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    1. I agree that scrapings shouldn't be added to a new jar, just spread on bread and offered to joeh.

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  7. I am with her...no waste and use a spatula. Also the jar needs to be spotless for good recycling.

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    1. She uses a rubber spatula which I also think ruins the taste.  And my plastic is always recycle clean!

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  8. Your solutions are simpler than mine. I would have suggested giving her the jar and asking her to use the scrapings to make cookies to give to the neighbors or something. I do agree that scraping the jar isn't worth the effort and that it tastes like plastic.

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  9. We get these large peanut butter jars from Sam's Club (no Costco in our area) only it's JIF and yes, crunchy! I was thinking about the jar thing. I believe we just throw it away. We don't recycle them or clean them out...I'm not going to heaven am I.

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  10. I am a scraper with peanut butter when I'm eating it, which currently I'm not due to its high calories. But I must not be a connoisseur because I couldn't distinguish the taste being different if one scraped to the bottom. Why don't you transition from jar to jar when Mrs. C. is not home?

    betty

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  11. I scrape my jars as much as I possibly can to get all the peanut butter out. When the knife no longer does a good enough job I'll use a long handled spoon or skinny spatula, and I do the same with jam and vegemite, sweet mustard pickles, pretty much anything, so that washing out the empty jars isn't such a chore. Most things will melt off the sides when the jar gets soaked in warm to hot water, but not peanut butter. Which doesn't taste like plastic, just tastes a bit drier, maybe a bit stale, but still peanutty.

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  12. Look at you livin' high on the hog and wasting a whole $.30. You wild man you!

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  13. You are lucky to have such a loving wife who is trying to save your pennies that you recklessly throw away. Maybe she's related to Val!

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  14. this time I am on your side dear Joe :)
    i would do the same

    scrapping is out of my agenda as well :)

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  15. Use a long handled spatula, and when that starts to come up empty, too, say to heck with it and put in the water!

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  16. I have to admit I'm a scraper. I blame my mother - she used to put a slice of bread into a jelly jar and wipe it out, getting out the last bits and smidgens of that jelly. You know, because there are children starving in Africa...

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