Frugal confession #23

My son loves peanut butter. Yup, ever since he was a toddler he has loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. For his fifth birthday (which is when, in this family, one learns to think of others-philanthropic fifth), he chose to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for 1000 people. We pared that down to 200 and sent the rest of the supplies to the food pantry and to a group heading to Haiti. That was 6 birthdays ago. At that time it was peanut butter and grape jelly, now it is with honey. He still loves his creamy peanut butter though, so we get it in big plastic jars. I know, I am against more plastic, but try finding peanut butter in large quantities in glass on a budget. So to make it count, I try to get every last slather of the stuff out or the jar. I do this with a few tools, the first is a skinny rubber spatula. There is an amazing amount of the butter stuck in the curved bottom, flat sides and upper part that is keenly removed with one of these pliable instruments. The other is just a butter knife. Right around the rim below the lid and in the groves that start the curves on the upper and lower edges one can get a last teaspoon's worth. A teaspoon is sometimes the best instrument for the dregs of the container, but by the time I have applied these three instruments to the jar, I have squeezed out an extra 3 or 4 sandwiches, which tickles my frugality and my son's taste buds. Happy digging!

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