Comments: 4129 • Responses: 67 • Date: 2013-02-25 00:23:58 UTCsource
anonymous1234211768 karma2013-02-25 01:31:33 UTC
Does peanut butter ever get stuck to the roof of the building?
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peanutbutterama1072 karma2013-02-25 01:32:44 UTC
Once that I know of. When they tested the pigging system. (See the question about crazy stories.)
TheLurkingMan1412 karma2013-02-25 01:43:00 UTC
has anyone ever fallen into a batch of peanut butter? if so, did they ever leave or did they just decide to live there from then on?
peanutbutterama1717 karma2013-02-25 01:48:38 UTC
There is no way to fall into a batch of peanut butter.
ChipSkyLurk1043 karma2013-02-25 00:33:18 UTC
peanutbutterama1312 karma2013-02-25 00:34:23 UTC
I dream about him daily. ;)
vrahlkbgji515 karma2013-02-25 01:42:25 UTC
peanutbutterama1281 karma2013-02-25 01:50:45 UTC
Wiggles420957 karma2013-02-25 00:28:22 UTC
OP has verified with the mods.
peanutbutterama407 karma2013-02-25 00:28:46 UTC
Yamshire271 karma2013-02-25 02:24:14 UTC
How to you get the peanut butter in the Reese's cups?
peanutbutterama668 karma2013-02-25 02:27:51 UTC
I don't know. I don't do that. But we do make jars of Reese's peanut butter.
sprankton264 karma2013-02-25 02:31:33 UTC
Am I right in thinking that the peanut butter in a Reese's cup is different from the other peanut butters on the market?
peanutbutterama351 karma2013-02-25 02:34:45 UTC
DannyBhoy7938 karma2013-02-25 00:37:40 UTC
Is there anything you've seen that would make you stop eating peanut butter?
peanutbutterama1777 karma2013-02-25 00:40:15 UTC
Absolutely not. It is a very clean environment. Water isn't allowed out on the floor for risk of bacteria. I can't wear my work boots outside of the plant. I have to wear a lab coat and a hair net. The operators wear a uniform that stays at the plant and is washed by an employee. They also wear a hair net and gloves. The peanuts that have not been roasted yet stay in the "raw room" which has no contact with any product that has already been roasted so that salmonella is at a lesser risk.
DannyBhoy71230 karma2013-02-25 00:42:09 UTC
Brilliant! I can continue with my peanut butter obsession.
peanutbutterama1455 karma2013-02-25 00:43:08 UTC
Eat on! Since working there I love peanut butter even more. Plus, I get it free.
CharlieTizard824 karma2013-02-25 01:29:38 UTC
I just ate some Peanut Butter on toast, Thank you peanut butter god.
peanutbutterama1353 karma2013-02-25 01:31:46 UTC
You're welcome. I'll be waiting for your nightly prayer.
TheWeatherReport77 karma2013-02-25 02:38:26 UTC
Now I lay me down to sleep, I thank the gods for the peanut butter to eat. The peanuts digest all through the night, and greet me at the morning's light. Amen
peanutbutterama50 karma2013-02-25 02:45:39 UTC
You shall receive many blessings for that.
brooksXV814 karma2013-02-25 01:35:29 UTC
I would like say thanks for already having a better AMA than the Krispy Kreme guy (no offense to him!). But anyways, how does your employer decide which peanuts are good enough to make their peanut butter?
peanutbutterama642 karma2013-02-25 01:38:15 UTC
Honestly, I am not involved in that decision making process. But, if the peanut has already come in and has been roasted, the laser sorter will kick it out if it doesn't look anything like a peanut. I'll try to get a better answer for you at work tomorrow if you'd like.
Bama011277 karma2013-02-25 02:16:32 UTC
What happens to the rejected peanuts?
peanutbutterama887 karma2013-02-25 02:21:38 UTC
They get put into a tank that is taken to a company that turns it into animal feed.
idontlikethisguy716 karma2013-02-25 01:16:15 UTC
What is the best thing to put peanut butter on?
peanutbutterama1647 karma2013-02-25 01:17:02 UTC
In my opinion, bananas. With some honey drizzled on top. Maybe a few chocolate chips thrown on, too.
DoinItDirty627 karma2013-02-25 01:26:17 UTC
You know, I couldn't help but read the title of your AMA in a giddy voice. Is working in a peanut butter factory as happy a place to work as I imagine it being?
peanutbutterama851 karma2013-02-25 01:28:37 UTC
I would say yes. The employees are very nice and it smells amazing. Sure, it gets messy but it is so incredibly cool.
Vivarius104 karma2013-02-25 03:15:24 UTC
In reference to the title, what could we possibly not ask you about peanut butter? What secrets are you hiding?
peanutbutterama160 karma2013-02-25 03:17:30 UTC
Location, details that could identify me or my employer.
r_antrobus553 karma2013-02-25 01:28:13 UTC
Any crazy stories?
peanutbutterama991 karma2013-02-25 01:31:06 UTC
They tested out a pigging system, which is a hockey puck shaped piece that gets sent down a line to flush out peanut butter so that a new recipe can go through. When they first tested it, it shot out of the line and peanut butter went everywhere. Sadly, I wasn't working there at the time but we will be testing again here soon! :D
IhateToronto546 karma2013-02-25 01:40:15 UTC
Do you have a 1000 yard perimeter that pansy allergy sufferers have to stay out of?
peanutbutterama1167 karma2013-02-25 01:45:44 UTC
We considered armed guards to take them out but decided that if they really wanted in we could just subdue them with some peanuts.
roguepublichealth415 karma2013-02-25 00:43:04 UTC
peanutbutterama641 karma2013-02-25 00:47:18 UTC
All of the big names have different recipes and I am sure that some of the little brother brands have similar or the same recipes as the big brands. Personally, I can't tell the difference between certain brands. The main difference in peanut butter recipes are the sweeteners. Whether it is powdered sugar, honey, or chemical sweeteners. But each recipe is made with great care. Many tests are run to make sure that color, consistency, taste, and health standards are all up to the standards that the customer sets.
roguepublichealth243 karma2013-02-25 00:51:55 UTC
Dog bless you peanut butter person. Thanks for doing this AMA, bonus question: do you like crunchy or smooth?
peanutbutterama690 karma2013-02-25 00:53:54 UTC
Crunchy for me, smooth for the puppa dog.
Bonus fact: Crunchy peanut butter is made by just adding in chunks of peanuts to already made smooth peanut butter. My boyfriend always thought that it was just peanut butter that had been ground up less.
roguepublichealth369 karma2013-02-25 01:02:29 UTC
Thats what i thought too, my whole world is shattered. My wife refuses to believe it.
peanutbutterama357 karma2013-02-25 01:05:20 UTC
Now, this is just for my plant. For big brand named US peanut butter, this is the way it is made. However, I know if I go to Whole Foods and make the peanut butter with the machine there, it is just not ground up as much. :)
Waterrat171 karma2013-02-25 01:53:29 UTC
Do you make any that's just lightly salted?
I think sweet pb taste gross.
peanutbutterama283 karma2013-02-25 01:55:17 UTC
We do have some natural peanut butter that has little added ingredients.
Dragodot401 karma2013-02-25 00:52:22 UTC
How exactly is Peanut butter made? I literally just had some Apple with Peanut butter and sat pondering the whole time.
peanutbutterama661 karma2013-02-25 00:57:27 UTC
Unroasted peanuts come in through the door and are then sent through the roaster machine. They are then laser sorted to kick out anything that isn't a peanut. They then go through pumps and put into large bags. Some of the large bags are for the crunchy part and some are to be made into smooth peanut butter. They then go through machines that grind the peanuts into butter. It is then mixed with the proper amount of sweeteners and preservatives for it's formula. After that, it is pumped into the filler that fills jars. The jars then go through a metal detector, then are capped, labeled, heat sealed, tray packed, shrink wrapped, and then stretch wrapped onto a pallet. Raw peanuts in, yummy peanut butter out.
Dragodot216 karma2013-02-25 01:01:29 UTC
Dear god I thought it would be far more "plastic" than that with a bunch of stuff added in.
Hearing that it is literally kinda just peanuts churned up makes me love it even more. Thanks!
peanutbutterama242 karma2013-02-25 01:03:13 UTC
No problem! I can't guarantee that all plants operate the same way but if you're eating US big brand peanut butter then it is likely produced in this fashion. :)
AncientSwordRage134 karma2013-02-25 02:06:30 UTC
Wait...so you check for peanuts after roasting?
peanutbutterama198 karma2013-02-25 02:08:55 UTC
A laser sorter shoots out the shells or anything that isn't a peanut.
superpencil121114 karma2013-02-25 02:15:22 UTC
What exactly would be in there that "isn't a peanut?"
peanutbutterama257 karma2013-02-25 02:16:19 UTC
The red shell that is outside of the peanut after it has been shelled.
Ballerinja379 karma2013-02-25 01:46:26 UTC
What food tastes great with peanut butter that people don't know about?
peanutbutterama910 karma2013-02-25 01:54:03 UTC
Hamburgers. I went to Puerto Rico on vacation and there was a peanut butter burger at the restaurant we ate at and it was phenomenal. Sweet relish on one side of the bun, peanut butter on the other, and burger in between.
Petefritz343 karma2013-02-25 01:30:53 UTC
peanutbutterama569 karma2013-02-25 01:31:19 UTC
Even more than ever.
SamWilber326 karma2013-02-25 01:11:05 UTC
What exactly do you do on a day at work?
peanutbutterama671 karma2013-02-25 01:14:30 UTC
Well, I am an Industrial engineering intern. So in the past few weeks I have watched specific machines on our A line to find out how to make them more efficient and decrease downtime. Right now I am beginning to design a piece of equipment that can help align a skid of empty jars before they go into the depalletizer to be sent down the line and filled.
Decyde313 karma2013-02-25 01:48:33 UTC
I have a jar of peanut butter best by June 2012 in my cupboard. Is it still good?
peanutbutterama1285 karma2013-02-25 01:52:53 UTC
I am not an expert, so I can't comment.
I'd eat it.
ChrisssC208 karma2013-02-25 01:27:55 UTC
Does your factory also produce other nut butters? If so have you tried any & what is your favourite?
peanutbutterama337 karma2013-02-25 01:29:52 UTC
No, but it is something we are looking into. Personally, I love Nutella and my boyfriend loves sunflower seed and almond butter.
bumbling_mumbler196 karma2013-02-25 01:38:34 UTC
So, how many pounds of ground-up bugs are actually in the average batch of peanut butter your plant produces? (This question is based on an urban legend from my youth.)
(EDIT): So, OP responded directly to my original question. Thank you all so much, but let's upvote a true hero, like sweet, sweet peantbutterama.
peanutbutterama394 karma2013-02-25 01:40:13 UTC
I could not tell you. But, we do have a positive pressure system at doorways and truck loading docks that will send a bug right back out the door. If we did have a way to quantify how many bugs we had, we would have some way to eliminate or decrease that number.
organizedmutiny195 karma2013-02-25 02:15:02 UTC
What brand of peanut butter will I most likely never hear about?
peanutbutterama530 karma2013-02-25 02:19:22 UTC
organizedmutiny119 karma2013-02-25 02:34:34 UTC
You're right! I have never heard about that. Is it peanut butter with honey mixed in?
peanutbutterama206 karma2013-02-25 02:39:57 UTC
Honey jelly stripes.
nyctree173 karma2013-02-25 00:54:28 UTC
does being an employee grant you a specific amount of free peanut butter per year?
peanutbutterama525 karma2013-02-25 00:59:15 UTC
Unfortunately I am not entitled to a specific amount. However, I do get unlimited peanut butter. :)
Gamejunkie69172 karma2013-02-25 01:22:30 UTC
Are you entitled to any perks of working at a peanut butter factory?
peanutbutterama402 karma2013-02-25 01:27:48 UTC
Free smells! And peanut butter, of course.
wisenheimer160 karma2013-02-25 02:32:11 UTC
Are you a choosy mother?
peanutbutterama182 karma2013-02-25 02:34:07 UTC
MyOfficeMcNulty148 karma2013-02-25 01:51:51 UTC
For a man who has never tried peanut butter, give me a good reason to do so?
peanutbutterama504 karma2013-02-25 01:56:37 UTC
Get off Reddit and go buy a jar of peanut butter. You deserve it.
bcnorton145 karma2013-02-25 01:39:15 UTC
I'm a crunchy type guy!
peanutbutterama151 karma2013-02-25 01:43:59 UTC
It depends on the machine, but everything will be sanitized at least once a week depending on what the machine is. Some are cleaned much more frequently.
I have not watched a cleaning process for every machine, but some machines get taken apart and each piece is taken to the sanitation area so that it can be properly cleaned and dried before taken back into the plant area.
Basically, once a new recipe is ready to be put into jars, they pump the lines with some of that peanut butter so that the recipes don't mix. then, they start the filler and begin filling the jars. The first few jars will have to be taken off of the line since they will not be full.
peart138 karma2013-02-25 01:53:48 UTC
peanutbutterama170 karma2013-02-25 01:54:35 UTC
macaronisalad102 karma2013-02-25 01:39:37 UTC
Best solution to the dry-mouth-peanut-butter problem?
peanutbutterama300 karma2013-02-25 01:44:10 UTC
flopthefeesh33 karma2013-02-25 02:22:55 UTC
Was that a question or an answer?
peanutbutterama72 karma2013-02-25 02:29:40 UTC
Depends who the person is?
fozziefreakingbear37 karma2013-02-25 03:42:28 UTC
AMA-er is asking us questions!
What has the world come to!?
peanutbutterama64 karma2013-02-25 03:44:57 UTC
What HAS it come to?
Believeitorleaveit99 karma2013-02-25 01:45:24 UTC
Read that a jar of peanut butter can have up to 30 insect fragments and a rodent hair per 100 grams (or something along those lines). Is that true? Are there any really gross stories you've heard about people finding weird things in their peanut butter?
peanutbutterama200 karma2013-02-25 01:47:03 UTC
I'm sure a bug could get in here or there but we have a positive pressure system at doors and loading docks to suck the bugs and debris back out of the plant. Also, operators are watching constantly and would notice such a thing. If they did, they would take the jar off of the line and toss it. And no gross stories, thankfully.
Weeded92 karma2013-02-25 01:55:46 UTC
peanutbutterama157 karma2013-02-25 01:59:38 UTC
PM me your location/willingness to move.
Tripl3Tre30 karma2013-02-25 03:30:00 UTC
Although I haven't submitted a thought provoking question, all I have to say is thank you for being so interactive with the community. Some AMA's realize what they got into and answer like 3-4 and fall off the face of the earth. You however seem to be an awesome individual, and have a job to match.
peanutbutterama45 karma2013-02-25 03:32:35 UTC
I am determined.
mymamalovesme90 karma2013-02-25 01:21:23 UTC
How tasty is your peanut butter?
peanutbutterama179 karma2013-02-25 01:23:27 UTC
I can eat peanut butter that is two weeks fresh (no earlier) and it is delicious.
DoinItDirty85 karma2013-02-25 01:25:33 UTC
Why no earlier?
peanutbutterama178 karma2013-02-25 01:27:31 UTC
Samples of the peanut butter are being tested for many bacteria. It is also tested for customer satisfaction standards but the bacteria test is the concern. The tests take up to two weeks to complete.
anonymous12342179 karma2013-02-25 01:31:14 UTC
Any stories of employees that didn't know they were allergic?
peanutbutterama129 karma2013-02-25 01:33:56 UTC
No. I assume by this point in life they have been exposed enough to know. And I guess the employees assume you wouldn't apply at a place that makes peanut butter if you're allergic to it since the question never came up during my interview process.
hoboswithhandgrenade68 karma2013-02-25 01:59:29 UTC
How do you harvest the rape seed oil? I feel like it would border on the illegal.
peanutbutterama107 karma2013-02-25 02:04:28 UTC
It's a very messy process. I recommend gloves.
hoboswithhandgrenade39 karma2013-02-25 02:06:09 UTC
But what about emotional dirtiness? I feel like I'd have to spend a few hours curled up in the fetal position in the shower after a day of doing that. They don't make gloves for your soul.
peanutbutterama62 karma2013-02-25 02:15:02 UTC
I know a good psychiatrist.
roastedcomment68 karma2013-02-25 01:06:47 UTC
Do you know how jelly is made?
peanutbutterama173 karma2013-02-25 01:08:57 UTC
Honestly, I do not know much since I haven't visited that plant before. I do know that fruit comes in and jelly goes out, but I do not know the specifics. If you would like to know anything specific, I can figure it out for you tomorrow! :)
Goatbelly65 karma2013-02-25 01:40:48 UTC
Peter Pan or Jif?
peanutbutterama106 karma2013-02-25 01:50:36 UTC
Never had Peter Pan, to be fair.
poloman1234561 karma2013-02-25 00:59:27 UTC
Smooth or crunchy?
peanutbutterama118 karma2013-02-25 01:00:21 UTC
Crunchy! And smooth for my dog.
m4r1j4v45cr1p753 karma2013-02-25 03:56:14 UTC
As a person who is allergic to peanut butter, I have no questions to ask you.
peanutbutterama119 karma2013-02-25 03:58:09 UTC
What's your favorite color?
little_nan37 karma2013-02-25 01:21:26 UTC
So what specifically do you do? Is it an assembly line type of factory? What is your role in the process?
peanutbutterama61 karma2013-02-25 01:26:13 UTC
I am an industrial engineering intern. I focus on eliminating downtime in order to increase efficiency. Currently I am working on designing something to help align a skid before it enters the depalletizer to increase safety. The operators mainly start up the machines and watch to make sure nothing goes wrong. Occasionally, they may have to stack a skid by hand or glue a label on by hand so there isn't downtime. Everything else is machine operated.
kittieslovelettuce35 karma2013-02-25 02:07:00 UTC
I just wanted to share that as a wee child, my very favorite episode of Mr. Rogers was the one where they show a peanut butter factory.
What sort of qualifications does one need to get a job where you work? I saw you described your job, do you have an engineering degree?
peanutbutterama32 karma2013-02-25 02:12:12 UTC
I am a student on a co-op semester. I'm working on the degree! My tuition bill shows it, too, sadly.
AWallaby31 karma2013-02-25 01:33:37 UTC
What types of pumps do you use to transport the peanut butter from point A to point B? What is the process of turning the roasted peanuts into the paste? What sort of machine will put the peanut butter into the individual packages?
peanutbutterama34 karma2013-02-25 01:36:55 UTC
We use a positive displacement pump. A vacuum system sends the peanuts to where they need to go. The peanuts basically go through a machine that grinds them since that is all that it takes to turn peanuts into peanut butter. Additional ingredients such as sweeteners and preservatives are added after the grinding process. We have a filler that fills the jars, one line has a 32 head filler and the other is currently a 10 head filler. But it will soon be replaced with a 28 head filler.
viruskit25 karma2013-02-25 01:51:50 UTC
How delicious do you smell at the end of every day?
peanutbutterama54 karma2013-02-25 01:57:16 UTC
If my boyfriend picks me up from work he says that he can smell it and it is pretty good. By the end of the day it seems faint to me.
zen_monkey10 karma2013-02-25 01:42:45 UTC
Why do you suppose nobody at that those salmonella factories reported the pigeons flying around and crapping on the peanuts?
What makes you different than them?
peanutbutterama27 karma2013-02-25 01:50:17 UTC
Luckily, we were not part of that salmonella breakout. And no birdies in our plant. I suppose poor leadership and no genuine care for the product caused those plants their issues.
MrAustrasian7 karma2013-02-25 01:48:34 UTC
Nice, I work at a factory too! How do you like the environment so far?
peanutbutterama10 karma2013-02-25 01:51:44 UTC
Personally, although I am not an operator, I love it. It is and isn't the same thing everyday and you always have to be on your toes. Especially with food products.
whitesuburbankid5 karma2013-02-25 02:03:15 UTC
do you know anyone with an anaphylaxic allergic reaction to peanut butter? any scary stories? any special de-peanut butter techniques used?
peanutbutterama7 karma2013-02-25 02:05:48 UTC
My granny. No scary stories. If I were to go to my granny's house I would just wear something that has been washed and wash my hands if I had had peanut butter earlier in the day.
Crisspie135 karma2013-02-25 01:42:56 UTC
Simple , after working in the factory do you still eat peanut butter?
peanutbutterama13 karma2013-02-25 01:48:52 UTC
I want it everyday. The smell...
Lets_Draw3 karma2013-02-25 02:21:02 UTC
Have you gained weight since working at the factory? (Since peanut butter is high in fat and calories)
peanutbutterama3 karma2013-02-25 02:31:38 UTC
hartmanwhistler1 karma2013-02-25 01:51:33 UTC
Is anyone who works for the company allergic to peanuts... that would be crazy.
peanutbutterama6 karma2013-02-25 01:57:28 UTC
No. I think they'd be dead.
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