How to make homemade peanut butter
Peanut Butter in the Making
Peanut butter is a food item that you can easily and inexpensively make in your own kitchen, as it does not require a lot of ingredients. Making your own peanut butter will also provide a healthier alternative to the commercial, store-bought kind, as homemade peanut butter will be free from harmful addtives. If you can find a good, inexpensive supply of peanuts, making peanut butter may help save money while providing you with your own tasty batch of homemade peanut butter. Of course, the shelf life of homemade peanut butter would be shorter as compared to its branded counterparts, but chances are, your homemade peanut butter would have all been gobbled up even before you get the chance to consider its storage life!
Rich, creamy peanut butter tastes great on sandwiches, in recipes, or even by itself. Try making this peanut butter recipe with your kids.
Homemade Peanut Butter Ingredients
For this recipe, you’ll need:
• 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
• roasted, unsalted peanuts (shelled or unshelled)
• pinch of salt
Select the Peanuts
Start with roasted, unsalted peanuts. You can buy them shelled or unshelled. If you buy unshelled peanuts, enlist family members to help shell them faster.You can take off the red skins of the peanuts, or you can leave them on. If you leave them on, you’ll see little red flecks in the final product, which some people like in homemade peanut butter.One cup of peanuts will give you about 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
Combine the Ingredients
Pour 1 tablespoon of peanut or vegetable oil into a food processor. Now, pour in the peanuts. Add a pinch of salt. You can always add more salt later.Put on the lid and start the food processor. It will take around 2 to 3 minutes to chop and blend the peanuts.If the peanuts seem stuck, stop the machine to scrape the sides of the bowl. Then start mixing again. If you need to help it along, add a little more oil. Remember the oil will make the peanut butter thinner.
Serve or Store the Peanut Butter
After 2 to 3 minutes, stop the food processor and get a close look at texture of the peanut butter. Once it is as smooth as you like it, pour the peanut butter into a serving dish or storage container.For crunchy peanut butter, chop some additional peanuts. Pour them into the bowl, and stir them into the peanut butter. Spread the peanut butter on your favorite bread for a delicious snack at any time of the day.
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