Did you know that Americans eat enough peanut butter in one year to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon? That's A LOT of peanut butter! Although, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, considering I am probably responsible for about half of that consumption :)
Besides being delicious, there are several health benefits of peanut butter, including protein, healthy fats, potassium and fiber.
I decided to do a little research on making my own peanut butter. I figured it had to be better for me than all of the store bought peanut butter I consume. Sure enough, I was on the right track:
- Homemade peanut butter doesn't have any of the harmful preservatives that commercial peanut butter usually has.
- You can decide what gets added to your peanut butter, if anything at all.
- Since you are purchasing the peanuts, you can decide where they come from.
As long as you have a food processor and some peanuts, the entire process takes no longer than 5 minutes.
I used 1 16 oz. canister of unsalted organic peanuts - use whatever kind you prefer! The amount of peanuts you use, will correlate with how much peanut butter is made.
Add peanuts to the food processor. (I literally only used peanuts. If you want to add oil, salt, sweetener, etc. you can, but for me that kind of defeated the purpose.
The peanuts will go through various stages while the processor is on (crushed peanuts, fine powder, paste, thicker paste, doughy, gritty peanut butter, smooth peanut butter). It took about 5 minutes for my peanuts to turn to my desired peanut butter texture. Continue processing until the peanut butter is smooth enough for your liking.
The peanut butter will be more runny immediately after you finish processing since it is warmed from the motor. After refrigeration, it thickens up a bit.
I store my homemade peanut butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Although I could keep it at room temperature, I prefer my peanut butter on the thicker side.
As long as I can make my own , I will not be buying commercial peanut butter for a long time... it's that good!