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anonymous1234211768 karma

Does peanut butter ever get stuck to the roof of the building?

peanutbutterama1072 karma

Once that I know of. When they tested the pigging system. (See the question about crazy stories.)

TheLurkingMan1412 karma

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 karma

There is no way to fall into a batch of peanut butter.

ChipSkyLurk1043 karma


peanutbutterama1312 karma

I dream about him daily. ;)

vrahlkbgji515 karma

So... father-figure?

peanutbutterama1281 karma


Wiggles420957 karma

OP has verified with the mods.

peanutbutterama407 karma


Yamshire271 karma

How to you get the peanut butter in the Reese's cups?

peanutbutterama668 karma

I don't know. I don't do that. But we do make jars of Reese's peanut butter.

sprankton264 karma

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 karma


DannyBhoy7938 karma

Is there anything you've seen that would make you stop eating peanut butter?

peanutbutterama1777 karma

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 karma

Brilliant! I can continue with my peanut butter obsession.

peanutbutterama1455 karma

Eat on! Since working there I love peanut butter even more. Plus, I get it free.

CharlieTizard824 karma

I just ate some Peanut Butter on toast, Thank you peanut butter god.

peanutbutterama1353 karma

You're welcome. I'll be waiting for your nightly prayer.

TheWeatherReport77 karma

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 karma

You shall receive many blessings for that.

brooksXV814 karma

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 karma

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 karma

What happens to the rejected peanuts?

peanutbutterama887 karma

They get put into a tank that is taken to a company that turns it into animal feed.

idontlikethisguy716 karma

What is the best thing to put peanut butter on?

peanutbutterama1647 karma

In my opinion, bananas. With some honey drizzled on top. Maybe a few chocolate chips thrown on, too.

DoinItDirty627 karma

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 karma

I would say yes. The employees are very nice and it smells amazing. Sure, it gets messy but it is so incredibly cool.

Vivarius104 karma

In reference to the title, what could we possibly not ask you about peanut butter? What secrets are you hiding?

peanutbutterama160 karma

Location, details that could identify me or my employer.

r_antrobus553 karma

Any crazy stories?

peanutbutterama991 karma

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 karma

Do you have a 1000 yard perimeter that pansy allergy sufferers have to stay out of?

peanutbutterama1167 karma

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 karma


peanutbutterama641 karma

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 karma

Dog bless you peanut butter person. Thanks for doing this AMA, bonus question: do you like crunchy or smooth?

peanutbutterama690 karma

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 karma

Thats what i thought too, my whole world is shattered. My wife refuses to believe it.

peanutbutterama357 karma

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 karma

Do you make any that's just lightly salted? I think sweet pb taste gross.

peanutbutterama283 karma

We do have some natural peanut butter that has little added ingredients.

Dragodot401 karma

How exactly is Peanut butter made? I literally just had some Apple with Peanut butter and sat pondering the whole time.

peanutbutterama661 karma

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 karma

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 karma

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 karma

Wait...so you check for peanuts after roasting?

peanutbutterama198 karma

A laser sorter shoots out the shells or anything that isn't a peanut.

superpencil121114 karma

What exactly would be in there that "isn't a peanut?"

peanutbutterama257 karma

The red shell that is outside of the peanut after it has been shelled.

Ballerinja379 karma

What food tastes great with peanut butter that people don't know about?

peanutbutterama910 karma

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 karma


peanutbutterama569 karma

Even more than ever.

SamWilber326 karma

What exactly do you do on a day at work?

peanutbutterama671 karma

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 karma

I have a jar of peanut butter best by June 2012 in my cupboard. Is it still good?

peanutbutterama1285 karma

I am not an expert, so I can't comment.

I'd eat it.

ChrisssC208 karma

Does your factory also produce other nut butters? If so have you tried any & what is your favourite?

peanutbutterama337 karma

No, but it is something we are looking into. Personally, I love Nutella and my boyfriend loves sunflower seed and almond butter.

bumbling_mumbler196 karma

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 karma

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 karma

What brand of peanut butter will I most likely never hear about?

peanutbutterama530 karma

organizedmutiny119 karma

You're right! I have never heard about that. Is it peanut butter with honey mixed in?

peanutbutterama206 karma

Honey jelly stripes.

nyctree173 karma

does being an employee grant you a specific amount of free peanut butter per year?

peanutbutterama525 karma

Unfortunately I am not entitled to a specific amount. However, I do get unlimited peanut butter. :)

Gamejunkie69172 karma

Are you entitled to any perks of working at a peanut butter factory?

peanutbutterama402 karma

Free smells! And peanut butter, of course.

wisenheimer160 karma

Are you a choosy mother?

peanutbutterama182 karma


MyOfficeMcNulty148 karma

For a man who has never tried peanut butter, give me a good reason to do so?

peanutbutterama504 karma

Get off Reddit and go buy a jar of peanut butter. You deserve it.

bcnorton145 karma

  • How often do they shut down production and clean the machines?
  • What is the cleaning process like?
  • What is the shut down/start up procedure?

I'm a crunchy type guy!

peanutbutterama151 karma

  • 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 karma


peanutbutterama170 karma

Oh yeah.

macaronisalad102 karma

Best solution to the dry-mouth-peanut-butter problem?

peanutbutterama300 karma


flopthefeesh33 karma

Was that a question or an answer?

peanutbutterama72 karma

Depends who the person is?

fozziefreakingbear37 karma

AMA-er is asking us questions!

What has the world come to!?

peanutbutterama64 karma

What HAS it come to?

Believeitorleaveit99 karma

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 karma

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 karma


peanutbutterama157 karma

PM me your location/willingness to move.

Tripl3Tre30 karma

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 karma

I am determined.

mymamalovesme90 karma

How tasty is your peanut butter?

peanutbutterama179 karma

I can eat peanut butter that is two weeks fresh (no earlier) and it is delicious.

DoinItDirty85 karma

Why no earlier?

peanutbutterama178 karma

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 karma

Any stories of employees that didn't know they were allergic?

peanutbutterama129 karma

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 karma

How do you harvest the rape seed oil? I feel like it would border on the illegal.

peanutbutterama107 karma

It's a very messy process. I recommend gloves.

hoboswithhandgrenade39 karma

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 karma

I know a good psychiatrist.

roastedcomment68 karma

Do you know how jelly is made?

peanutbutterama173 karma

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 karma

Peter Pan or Jif?

peanutbutterama106 karma

Never had Peter Pan, to be fair.

poloman1234561 karma

Smooth or crunchy?

peanutbutterama118 karma

Crunchy! And smooth for my dog.

m4r1j4v45cr1p753 karma

As a person who is allergic to peanut butter, I have no questions to ask you.

peanutbutterama119 karma

What's your favorite color?

little_nan37 karma

So what specifically do you do? Is it an assembly line type of factory? What is your role in the process?

peanutbutterama61 karma

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 karma

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 karma

I am a student on a co-op semester. I'm working on the degree! My tuition bill shows it, too, sadly.

AWallaby31 karma

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 karma

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 karma

How delicious do you smell at the end of every day?

peanutbutterama54 karma

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 karma

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 karma

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 karma

Nice, I work at a factory too! How do you like the environment so far?

peanutbutterama10 karma

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 karma

do you know anyone with an anaphylaxic allergic reaction to peanut butter? any scary stories? any special de-peanut butter techniques used?

peanutbutterama7 karma

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 karma

Simple , after working in the factory do you still eat peanut butter?

peanutbutterama13 karma

I want it everyday. The smell...

Lets_Draw3 karma

Have you gained weight since working at the factory? (Since peanut butter is high in fat and calories)

peanutbutterama3 karma

Not yet.

hartmanwhistler1 karma

Is anyone who works for the company allergic to peanuts... that would be crazy.

peanutbutterama6 karma

No. I think they'd be dead.