Perhaps all of you have been onto this for ages now and I’m only just catching up. It’s a tip I picked up from the terrific cookbook Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys by Lucinda Scala Quinn. I know, I know, I don’t have any boys, but it’s a good book no matter what kind of kid you happen to have.

Anyway, here goes: If you buy natural nut butters, that is peanut, tree nut, soy nut, or seed butters that aren’t processed with partially hydrogenated fats (AKA trans fats) then you are well familiar with the separation that occurs when it sits on the shelf. Wading through the oil that collects on top has a big “ick” factor, especially amongst kids. The tip? Simply store your nut and seed butters bottoms up so all the good stuff you are after is right at the top when you open the jar.

See?