DIY Peanut Butter, Healthy, Quick, Cheap and Tasty!
DIY Peanut butter is quick to make, tasty and less than half the price of shop bought products. The added advantage of making your own peanut butter is that you can control the important ingredients since most shop versions contain excessive amounts of sugar and salt.
History and Origin of Peanut Butter:
Since peanuts are native plants from the American continent this is where we must look for the origins of Peanut Butter. It seems that the Aztecs were the first to discover that the nuts could be roasted and then ground up finely to form an edible paste.
More recently, the Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson obtained a patent in 1884 that described how peanuts could be roasted and then milled between plates to form an edible paste.
But it was not until 1903 that the the US physician Dr. Ambrose Straub obtained the patent for the first peanut butter making machine. Incidentally, his interest was in creating a nutritious product that could be used to feed patients without teeth! Just suck it and see!!
The Good, the Bad and the Toxic……
The great thing about Peanut butter is that it contains around 25% protein, vitamin B3, vitamin E, plenty of fibre and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid. The protein is what is called “incomplete”, but when eaten with wholemeal bread the two foods compliment each other to form a complete protein….pretty handy for those sandwiches!!
The bad thing about peanut butter is that commercial versions contain a lot of added salt and sugar…and some even have added hydrogenated vegetable oils which have been associated with risks of heart disease and strokes. However, the biggest concern is that sometimes low quality peanuts are used to make the product, and these can be contaminated with the molds that create carcinogenic aflatoxin. Since this is a well known risk most countries carry out rigorous monitoring of both raw peanuts and and various products they are used in.
Why take risks with your health when you can easily make DIY peanut butter so that you are in complete control of the quality of all the ingredients. It takes just minutes to make, and since it has no additives needs to be stored in the fridge where a jar will keep for a month…but you are unlikely to be able to keep your hands off it for that long!
Ingredients for DIY Peanut Butter:
This is all you need to make delicious peanut butter at home:
- Unsalted dry roasted peanuts without their skins
- Any other kind of roasted nuts or seeds you feel like adding (eg pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds or almonds etc)
- A pinch of salt
- A small spoonful of honey per jar
- A couple of spoons of Peanut oil per jar
- A food processor with a rotating blade
The cheapest way to buy the peanuts is to grab a bag of the ready roasted nuts still in their shells. Sprinkle them out on a work surface, put a wooden chopping board on top and press down firmly to split the shells. Take out the nuts and rub off the skins before putting them into an empty jam jar. You will need One and a third jars of shelled nuts to make one jar of DIY peanut butter: The best way is to measure it out like this and make one jar at a time so that you can use it immediately.
Shell the nuts and fill a jar so you know how many you will need….one and a third jars!
It has to be said that shelling the peanuts does take some time….but you could get the kids involved since they are going to be eating most of it anyway. Alternatively look out for the unsalted roasted nuts that have already been hulled….or your last option is to buy the nuts and roast them yourself in the oven for around 15 minutes at 350F
Read how to roast peanuts at Homecooking
How to Make DIY Peanut Butter:
Once you have all the ingredients to hand it will take you literally two minutes to turn them into DIY peanut butter…just follow these steps:
- Put the nuts into the liquidizer container…preferably one of those with a lid otherwise the nuts will fly everywhere!
- Blast the nuts for 15 seconds. Take the lid off and stir everything up. Repeat 2 or 3 times or until the nuts are getting pretty fine
- For a standard jam jar add one T spoon of honey, a pinch of salt and a couple of tablespoons of peanut oil
- Put the lid back on and blast for another 15 seconds. By now you should have a nutty paste
- Check the consistency and taste….if it is still too solid add another spoon of oil
- The nuts are naturally pretty sweet so you can also make it without the honey if you want
- If you want really smooth peanut butter just push the paste down into the liquidizer and give it another couple of blasts
Use a blender with a lid to make your DIY Peanut Butter so that the nuts don’t fly everywhere!
Once you are happy with the product then just spoon it out into a clean jam jar with a plastic screw top lid. You need to store this in the fridge since you have not added any preservatives except the pinch of salt.
DIY Peanut Butter…the final product…really tasty!
Take a Frugal Tip from the MeanyGoat and start making DIY Peanut butter today. Do the math, if you are a regular eater of Peanut Butter then it is really easy to save over $50 like this. That means $50 more in your pocket rather than in the coffers of some fat-cat supermarket chain. Don’t forget to make double quantities on January 24 which, as we all know, is National Peanut Butter Day!!
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