Sometime last year (and in a past blog post), I tried making my own hummus and came to the realization that homemade is better than store bought. Since then, I’ve wondered what else I am normally buying, but could be making at home.
For a long time, I’ve been tempted to try making peanut butter and have always put it off. When I decided to re-start the blog this week, it seemed like as good a time as any to finally do it.
Truth be told, as much as I LOVE peanut butter, Mark and I don’t eat a whole lot of it at home. I usually have to buy a jar whenever I’m in the mood to make cookies or buckeyes or some other peanut butter recipe because we don’t always keep it in the house. But that doesn’t mean I couldn’t get used to always having a homemade batch on hand.
So…while out shopping today I stopped at the nut store (yes, we have everything in my neighborhood!) to pick up a bag of Unsalted Roasted Spanish Peanuts and then I stopped at the grocery store to buy Peanut Oil.
Once at home, I pulled out Kosher salt and honey and was ready to go.
Or so I thought…
It turned out that I hadn’t looked at the peanuts closely enough in the bag. They still had the skins on them. And the recipe stated that the skins needed to be off. *sigh* There I sat for 30 minutes, rubbing skins off a pound of peanuts. On the upside, I rediscovered my love of show-tunes with a new Pandora channel. Nothing like stripping peanuts and singing “Climb Every Mountain” on a Saturday afternoon, am I right?
Once the peanuts were “naked”, I dumped them into the food processor with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons honey. Those three ingredients took a spin for a minute, and then I added the oil – 1 1/2 tablespoons to start. After another two minutes of processing, I took a taste and adjusted the flavors (basically, I added a little more of everything, except peanuts).
TA-DA, I had homemade peanut butter!
Just as with the hummus, I may never go back to store-bought again. It is really good! And it was so simple to make.
Of course, now I have to figure out what to do with it…. PB&J Sandwiches? PB & banana sandwiches? Cookies? Candies? Ice cream sundae topping?