We are like all typical American families: we consume peanut butter like it is going out of style. And since part of this journey is a quest toward consuming more real food, your typical jar of peanut butter on the typical grocery store shelf is full of unknown weird ingredients. Not something we’re looking to consume.
Because of this I decided to try my hand at making peanut butter.
I used the recipe at Food Skills for Self Sufficiency as a basic tutorial, and made some tweaks. In an effort to save money, I bought peanuts from the bulk bins of my local health food store. I shelled enough to have about 2 cups of peanuts and put them in my food processor. After a minute or so the peanuts were chopped down to small grains – it kind of looked like sand in my food processor.
After another minute or so the oils in the peanuts began to be extracted and the coarse peanut paste started to stick together and ball up. At this point I added about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil as well as 1 Tablespoon of honey and continue to blend. The tutorial said that after about 10 minutes we should have had a runny, creamy peanut butter. Instead, I had this:
It was decidedly UN-runny. But it was very tasty. I added a little more oil, hoping it would break down more and it didn’t. Rather than continuing to add oil, I decided to just consider it done and spoon it into our jar.
The verdict: it was tasty for sure! But it was not creamy, and therefore, not very spreadable. We tried to use it on sandwiches a few times but it just ripped up our bread. In the end, I used it to bake a peanut butter dessert (which was DELISH!) and went to the store and bought some organic peanut butter.
But I’m willing to try it again. I think I’ll eliminate the honey next time, just in case it caused the peanut butter to thicken up. And next time, I’m not going to bother buying the bulk peanuts! I’ll just spend the extra cents and buy some previously shelled nuts. Try #2 will happen next month. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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