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18 February 2007



Vegemite rocks.


salmonella, shmalmonella.

If you believe in peanut butter, clap your hands.

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throw it out. not because of salmonella, but because peanut butter is satan's own food. horrid, yicky stuff that gets stuck on the roof of your mouth and makes you feel as if you've eaten a nice blend of hardboard and wallpaper paste. enid was once treated to a reese's peanut butter cup by an expat american who thought that these sweets were the closest thing to sugar-based heaven. enid nearly threw up, but couldn't show it because she'd taken this poor man's second-to-last reese's peanut butter cup in the whole world.

sorry, she's with the australians on this one. vegemite, yum. marmite, double yum.


You people are savages. Enid, I was going to reveal the secrets of El Toro Taqueria to you, but based on that comment you're going to have to find your own best mission burrito. I once carried one back to Portland for the Producer. We used to live in Noe Valley.



bah, enid's grumpy now. she likes good restaurant advice and she can't help not liking peanut butter. it's genetic; she's english. (enid and the man nearly went for a house in noe valley, but then this one found them the day afterwards.)

Samantha Louise

Keep it! Risk it! You know you want to :) Just eat it and pray for your life!

By the way... Australian Peanut butter is THE BOMB. You should try it.

As is vegemite.

PS> EAT IT and stuff the warning!


You could somehow cook the peanut butter to kill the salmonella. Put it, sealed, in a pan of boiling water for 20 minutes. It could ruin the peanut butter, of course, but with that many preservatives I reckon it can take it.

I am not, I should add, a doctor. It may require more than 20 mins in a pan of boiling water to kill salmonella in jar.


I admit this has become a bit of a tempest in a teapot. I am going to America in a couple weeks, so I can get as much PB as I want. Still, I haven't thrown it out yet.

Though PN, your suggestion is compatible with my existing skill set. I boil good!


tricky one... love PB, however this is a smooth one, not crunchy, so therefore less valueable. Not sure on the boiling tactic, but it sounds interesting.


If it was a natural peanut butter like Adam's, I would say boil away. It would be akin to home pasteurization. But Peter Pan may have stabilizers, fillers, and good ol' persatives. I'm not sure how they reactive to heat.
I have a tin foil stomach, no intestinal foritude whatsoever. I always get some sort of stomach thing on every trip, worst was in Sweden of all places.
If you do risk it, hopefully you have access to Gatorade, the best cure for post food poisoning dehydration.

Kate the Trailing Spouse

Why boil it? Why not freeze it? Surely if you "boil good" you must make lovely ice cubes.


Can't imagine what boiled peanut butter would taste like.....
There was article on slate about the salmonella thing http://www.slate.com/id/2160235?nav=tap3


Szerelem, I saw that slate piece and I found it annoying. It didn't tell me the odds of getting sick if I ate the peanut butter. It didn't tell me if it would help to boil it and it didn't say if freezing it would help either. No one gives me the information I need to know.

And Anna, my mom made us eat that adams stuff when we were kids in an ill-fated effort to shield us from those preservatives. I hated that stuff. The preservatives and the sugar are what make it so goooooooood!

If I decide to eat it, I will live blog the, uh, "fallout."


Vile Vegemite ... ????

Peanut butter, sure I understand although if I added salt to the stuff I found in Istanbul, both in Mecidiyekoy and Atakoy supermarkets, it wasn't so bad ... but Vegemite, that is brown gold ... ! writes the Yeni Zelanda.

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