Posted by: Jack | February 10, 2007

Peanut Butter Jars?

Peanut butter is a delicious and versatile product; great on sandwiches, spread on a variety of finger foods or even just licked right off your own finger. Although this butter has been around for centuries it seems that modern producers have failed to see that their standard jar is terribly designed. Sure it stacks well and the lids stay on tight, but any number of designs could provide these features. Where current designs fail is in accessibility. Regardless of the utensil used, be it spoon, knife or finger, it is nearly impossible to get the last 5% of the peanut butter out of the jar. And for people like me who choose to regularly grab a few pretzels or celery sticks and scoop up some peanut butter directly, there is no problem with a fresh jar. However, after you get down about ¼ of the way, there is virtually no way to access the peanut butter without getting some on your fingers.

Now I am totally anti people who complain about a situation without proposing any reasonable solution/alternative so I won’t just leave this at that. My idea is by no means revolutionary or ingenius so it really should have been implemented decades ago. But since it was not, here it is. It’s pretty self explanatory.

Today’s peanut butter jar:

Peanut butter jar of tomorrow (I know the editing is crude but you get the idea):

The capacity of the jar shown is probably not equal but obviously a container of approximately these proportions could be scaled to contain the standard amount of peanut butter.

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