Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Homemade Peanut Butter



Yesterday, I tried making my own peanut butter. It was really easy and fast using my food processor. I enjoy replicating store-bought items, not only for the potential money-saving or health benefits, but to have the knowledge of what all I can actually make in my own kitchen!

I used 1 pound of unsalted dry roasted peanuts and the finished amount of peanut butter was an almost-full pint jar of peanut butter! I followed the instructions for making peanut butter as stated in my food processor's owner's manual. I processed the peanuts in two batches(2 cups at a time), letting the peanuts mix and grind for around 2-3 minutes. Every so often, I stopped and scraped it down and then let it go again. At the end of 2 minutes or so, some natural oils began to form. I continued to mix until the peanut butter was the desired consistency. I added a little salt to taste and a little honey for sweetener. I will store this in the refrigerator.

It tastes very fresh and good, but doesn't have as strong of a flavor as I expected plain peanut butter to have! It will be delicious with honey and my homemade wheat bread.

4 comments:

Wilma said...

It sounds easy and healthy without all the additives and perservatives. The best part is you know it hasn't been setting in a storeroom for a long time. I bought mine 2 weeks ago and the expiration date is Feb 2008. not real fresh by then!

Diane said...

Now that sounds pretty easy. I may have to try my hand at this one because we go through a lot of peanut butter. How long will this stay fresh?

Mary Ann said...

Diane-
I'm not exactly sure how long this will keep in the fridge. I'm reading on different web sites that it's only 3-5 days. Another said two weeks. It doesn't have any preservatives and junk that the store bought stuff has, so it won't keep indefinitely.:-) I'll have to see how mine does and then let you know.

thehomespunheart said...

Wow - that sounds easy! I've never heard of making your own before! I simply love the idea of making everything I can from scratch!!! Let us know how long it lasts and how you like it, etc...