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10 Must-have Pantry Staples


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Peanut Butter
Peanut butter tends to go pretty fast, so keep a few jars on hand.
Peanut butter tends to go pretty fast, so keep a few jars on hand.
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Peanut butter isn't just for sandwiches, even though it fits that role perfectly. You can also use it in a variety of dishes and dips, especially those with an Asian influence. It's a great source of protein so when you eat it as a spread on fruits and vegetables, you're getting a double dose of health benefits. Add it to smoothies, spread some on a cracker or just eat it with a spoon -- peanut butter is a must-have for any pantry. Visit your local natural food store to get additive and preservative-free peanut butter that's ground fresh right in front of you. If the natural version isn't sweet enough, add a little honey to it for a taste your family will love.


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