I started making peanut butter a couple weeks ago! Oh My Goodness, YUM! And so stinkin’ easy!
You take peanuts – (yea, duh, right?) If they are in a shell, you de-shell them, lay them on a cookie sheet and roast them at 325 for about 8-10 minutes. Be sure to give them a shimmy-shake every few minutes!
Throw a few handfuls into a food processor and do some spurty chops and once the nuts are in tiny pieces just throw that sucker into high gear! Stream in a couple tablespoons of canola or peanut oil while it’s processing and let it go for about 5 minutes, or until it’s the consistency you like. Then I added a little splenda for flavor, but you could use honey as well.
Last week I bought some that were already honey roasted (OH MY GOODNESS!) and just made them right up in the processor as they were! Yumm! It went fast! They kids have never eaten so much peanut butter before (ok, me too…) It was lovely on bread, apples, a spoon… you get the idea.
Now, let me tell you about food processors. They don’t have to be real fancy. Mine was an attachment that came with my blender I bought a year or so ago. Of course IT BROKE TODAY! Stripped the gear making hummus! Oh, the catastrophe! BUT where I was going with this is you can buy the little $10 electric food chopper and make up small batches at a time. It will work! I may have to go pick one up tomorrow if I can’t find a suitable replacement STAT on craigslist.com! I bought my original small 1.5cup electric food chopper for $5 at Target about 13 years ago when I started making my baby food. It lasted until I sold it at my garage sale last year. That was through 3 different babies I made food for, plus whatever else I used it for.
Darn it! If I hadn’t sold it, I could have fresh peanut butter right now…