There are some foods that are more economical to buy at the store
rather than make at home. Dried pasta products are one example.
Peanut butter is also probably more economical to buy at the
store. However, there are several reasons you may want to
try making it on your own.
Making peanut butter does not require many ingredients, and
making it yourself can be a fun activity for your family. You can
also use your creativity and add extra ingredients to make it
Homemade peanut butter will also be healthier, as it will lack
many of the preservatives of the store bought variety.
As with all food made without preservatives, it will have a short
shelf life. You will definitely have to keep it in the
refrigerator and use it up within a few weeks.
However, you also can also freeze or can it. If you can it, just
be sure to leave about an inch of space at the top or the jars.
Simmer at 180 degrees for one hour in a water bath container.
If, after storage, the oil starts to separate and rise to the top
in your peanut butter jars, just turn them upside down.
Here are the basics of making homemade peanut butter.
Use approximately 2 Tablespoons of Oil for every cup of Peanuts.
You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Peanuts already have a lot of oil in them. If you use a peanut
with a lot of oil, like Spanish peanuts, you do not have to add
as much additional oil.
A good blend that requires no additional oil is 1 cup of Spanish
peanuts and 1 cup of Virginia Peanuts.
To make the peanut butter, all you have to do is put your peanuts
and oil in the blender and whip them together.
If you want your peanut butter chunky, remove about 1/4 cup of
the peanuts before your begin blending the peanuts and oil. When
the mixture is almost blended, add the nuts. Puree it a few more
times, to break up the nuts and finish the blending.
Now you have the option of adding additional ingredients to the
final mixture. Use some delicious macadamia nuts, pecans,
sunflower seeds or even some butterscotch chips or chunks of
Peanut butter doesn't have to be plain. Have some fun with it. As
an added bonus- think of the peanut butter cookies you can make
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