A few years ago, Eric and I switched to natural peanut butter. The switch came when I started to care about eating whole foods and knowing what was in the products we consume. If you buy natural peanut butter, you will probably know that it has the world’s shortest ingredient list. While looking at the ingredient list, I started to wonder if it would be easy to make my own peanut butter.
Curious, I turned to Pinterest. I found a great pin from the Kitchn titled How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter. The article describes making your own peanut butter as “truly, incredibly, ridiculously easy”. With a claim like that, I bought bulk peanuts from the grocery store and attempted to make my own peanut butter on Sunday Morning.
To make your own peanut butter, the Kitchn recommends roasting 2 cups of peanuts for ten minutes before throwing them into the blender. Next pulse your peanuts till they are grainy and start to blend them. Blend the nuts for three minutes, stopping every minute or so to scrape down the sides. At three minutes, the article recommends adding any extras to your mix. I added a tablespoon of peanut oil for a little extra creaminess and a tablespoon of honey for a little sweetness. Blend the peanut paste for another two minutes and transfer your finished peanut butter to a container for storage.
- This recipe was actually super easy!
- The times to blend listed the recipe were accurate.
- I bought peanuts in bulk and the total cost was cheaper than buying pre-made natural peanut butter.
- Amazing texture! This peanut butter is so smooth and creamy.
- No need to do that initial mix which is necessary with store bought peanut butter.
- The first time I opened the blender I nearly choked on peanut powder. Just be warned, the first time you take the lid off your blender, be ready for the puff of peanut particles/ air.
- Cleaning a blender after making peanut butter is brutal. Lucky for me, I put my trust sous-chef/ husband to work.
- This may be obvious to everyone but me, but hot blending roasted nuts creates hot peanut butter. We have a glass blender and it became so hot that it was difficult to handle.
Roasting the peanuts for 10 minutes creates a peanut butter that is a little too rich for my taste. Next time, I would roast the nuts for less time, or even try blending raw nuts. Despite the rich flavour, I would make this recipe again. Making your own peanut butter is easy and affordable. I also prefer the texture of the home made peanut butter to the store bought stuff.