DIY Homemade Peanut Butter

Linda Kauppinen

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@cyrene

Courtesy of Pickyourown.org: Here's how to make your own natural homemade peanut butter from fresh or roasted peanuts. There are many reasons to do so: taste, nutrition and safety. Almost all of the commercial peanut butters contain added sugar, salt, oils, and often preservatives. Home-made peanut butter is not only healthier, it also tastes much better! You can make it smooth, chunky or in between! You can use peanuts, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, or other nuts, including a mixture.
You won't need to worry about your homemade peanut butter being contaminated too.


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Serves:

Makes 1 quart

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

1 bag(s)
unshelled peanuts or 1 can (2 cups or 1 lb) of shelled, raw or roasted peanuts (i think unsalted is healthier - you can always add salt, if you want to)
1-2 Tbsp
vegetable oil . (peanut oil, sunflower will work. (olive oil should not be used, because it would adversely affect the taste).
blender or food processor (a blender or fine food grinder seems to work best)
bowl
spatula

Directions Step-By-Step

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Step 1 - Shell the peanuts
Unless you bought shelled peanuts, you will obviously need to shell them and discard the shells (they make great mulch in the garden or add to your compost). I just quickly shell them by hand, and don't bother much with the thin read skins. When I have the peanuts shelled, I take them outside and just blow into the bowl while stirring it. The skins float away!
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Step 2 - Assemble your blender or food processor and ingredients
Set up your blender or food processor with the metal food processor blade attached, and add 2 cups of raw or roasted shelled peanuts into it.
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Step 3 - Get chopping!
Cover the bowl with the blender's lid and chop up the peanuts continuously for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture starts to clump up and is finely chopped.
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Step 4 - Scrape and finish chopping
Scrape down the food processor bowl to mix back the peanuts that are pushed to the outside where they won't get chopped. Process until you get the consistency you like (chunky or smooth).
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Step 6 - Tasting
Taste the peanut butter and add a touch of salt, if you like! For those that prefer a sweet peanut butter, you can add 1 tablespoon of honey, brown sugar or, if you are diabetic, Stevia (or if you prefer, Splenda) or other artificial sweetener.
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Step 7 - Eat or store
Just spoon peanut butter into a jar and seal. Store it in the refrigerator until you use it. It should keep for a month or two. You can also freeze it. It will keep indefinitely in the freezer. In both cases, you may need to stir the peanut butter to mix the oils back in (the oil tends to separate over time). And no, you cannot "can" the peanut butter - it is too low acid to safely can with home equipment.

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