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Category: Kitchen: Homemade

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Homemade Peanut Butter

By Nikki Willhite

www.allthingsfrugal.com

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 also. However, there are several reasons you may want to try making it on your own.

It doesn't require many ingredients, and making it yourself can be a fun activity for your family. You can also use your creativity and make it special.

Also, homemade peanut butter  is 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 up within a couple weeks. Or you may can it. (To can it, fill clean, mason canning jars full of the peanut butter, leaving about an inch of space at the top. Simmer at 180 degrees for one hour in a water bath container.

If the oil starts to separate and rise to the top, just turn the jar upside down.

For those of you who want to give it a try, here is how to make homemade peanut butter.

Ingredients

Peanuts
Oil

Use approximately 2 Tablespoons of Oil for every Cup of Peanuts. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Peanuts do have a lot of oil already 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.

Procedure

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.

 Here is your chance to be creative! The above recipe is very plain. If you are going to the effort of doing it yourself, make it special. Use some delicious macadamia nuts for the chunks, or add some honey for the oil.

You can also add pecans, sunflower seeds, and other nuts, some honey for the oil, or even some chocolate or butterscotch chips.

 Peanut butter doesn't have to be plain. Have some fun with it.
Think of the cookies you can make!

 

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