How to Melt or Liquefy Peanut Butter

By Ellen Douglas

Famously thick enough to stick to the roof of your mouth, peanut butter is a stubborn ingredient when it comes to blending it with other foods. Yet the fatty food is worth incorporating into dishes -- it adds creaminess to desserts and nutty depth to Asian-style salad dressings and dipping sauces, among other foods. The solution to peanut butter's consistency problem is to apply some gentle heat with a microwave or a low burner, or to add a hot liquid to it. For a no-heat approach to liquefaction, use a blender and a fluid ingredient to thin it out.

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Melt in the Microwave

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Step 1

Scoop the amount of peanut butter that you need into a microwave-safe bowl.

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Step 2

Put the bowl into the microwave and set the microwave to High. Program the timer for 30 seconds.

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Step 3

Check the bowl after 30 seconds. If the peanut butter has not melted enough, return it to the microwave and cook on High, checking at 30-second intervals.

Soften on the Stove

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Step 4

Scoop the amount of peanut butter you need into a small saucepan set over low heat. Melt the peanut butter by itself, or with other ingredients in the order specified in your recipe.

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Step 5

Allow the peanut butter to liquefy, and whisk it if the oils separate from the solids.

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Step 6

Remove the peanut butter once it reaches the consistency you want. Depending on the amount of peanut butter and other ingredients, this could take 5 or more minutes.

Process Those Peanuts

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Step 7

Put the amount of peanut butter you need in the blender or food processor.

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Step 8

Add a liquid and flavoring agents. For an Asian-style dressing, use an equal amount of rice vinegar, as well as small amounts of soy sauce, garlic and cilantro.

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Step 9

Process the peanut butter mixture until it becomes a well-combined liquid.

Ladle in the Liquid

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Step 10

Scoop the amount of peanut butter you need into a sturdy mixing bowl.

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Step 11

Heat the amount of cooking liquid, such as milk or cream, that's specified in your recipe. Use a saucepan over low or medium heat to warm the liquid.

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Step 12

Pour the hot liquid into the peanut butter, and whisk until the peanut butter begins to liquefy and combine with the hot liquid.

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Step 13

Proceed the mixture with the remainder of the recipe ingredients.