How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

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Homemade Peanut Butter
Peanut paste and heap of nuts in glass jar. Peanut butter in bowl.

You’ll love this homemade peanut butter so much you won’t even buy store-bought.

Peanuts are an excellent source of protein and fiber. They also contain healthy fats that help lower cholesterol levels. However, peanuts are high in calories and fat.

If you want to enjoy peanut butter without having to worry about the health consequences, then you should try making your own. It’s easier than you think and you’ll love the taste.

Here are the steps to follow to make homemade peanut butter at home.

What kind of peanuts are best for peanut butter?

You can use any raw or roasted unsalted peanuts. Raw nuts have a more robust flavor, but they’re expensive. Roasted nuts will be sweeter and cheaper. If you don’t like intense flavors, roast them first before grinding them into our .The texture of the nut is essential too. The smoother it is, the better. So if you prefer soft peanut butter, choose whole blanched almonds instead of skinless almond slivers. Almonds are less oily than other types of nuts.

To get rid of the skins on the groundnuts, soak them overnight in water with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Drain well and rinse thoroughly. Then grind as usual.

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe: Ingredients & Equipment Needed

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

Three tablespoons vegetable oil

Four teaspoons granulated sugar

Pinch of kosher salt

Food processor

Steps To Follow For Making Homemade Peanut Butter At Home

Place all ingredients except the peanuts in the food processer bowl. Pulse until mixture becomes crumbly. Add peanuts and pulse again until combined. Transfer to a storage container. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes approximately 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts Of Homemade Peanut Butter

Amount Per Serving

Calories 122 Calories from Fat 90 % Daily Value

Total Fat 10g 15%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 5mg 0%

Potassium20mg 1%

Carbohydrates 4g 1%

Fiber 1g 4%

Sugar 2g 2%

Protein 6g 12%

Vitamin A 30IU 1%

Calcium 40mg 4%

Iron 0.5mg 3%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values maybe higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

How long can you keep homemade peanut butter?

Store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to two months. Freeze for more extended periods.

Tips & Tricks:

If you’re looking for a more chunky texture, try reducing the oil added to the nut/sugar mixture. For example, instead of 1 cup vegetable oil, use approximately half as much.

For smoother peanut butter, reduce the granulation level of the sugar. Instead of 3tablespoons, use less than half. Try experimenting with different levels of sweetness to nd what works best for you.

The type of peanut butter you end up with depends on the size of your batch. A smaller batch yields chunkier peanut butter, whereas a bigger batch results in a smooth spread.

To get rid of excess oil, strain through cheesecloth or ne mesh strainer. Discard solids left behind.

This recipe can also work well with other dry roasted nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, etc… Just adjust the amounts accordingly.

Use only new, clean equipment when preparing homemade peanut butter. Avoid using old appliances because they could contaminate the product. Also, avoid storing jars in direct sunlight. This might cause the oils inside to oxidize, which makes the peanut butter rancid.

Don’t add extra salt while processing the peanuts. Salt tends to draw moisture out of the nuts. That means there would be no need to add additional liquid during blending.

When adding the peanuts to the food processor, start by pulsing the machine slowly.

Once the mixture starts coming together, increase speed gradually.

Don’t overprocess the mix. Overprocessing causes the peanut butter to become grainy.

It takes time to develop the right consistency for homemade peanut butter. Keep mixing every few minutes until the desired consistency is achieved.

Try not to let the mixture sit around for very long after processing. Otherwise, the natural oils in the peanuts will separate from the rest of the mix. When stored properly, homemade peanut butter keeps its quality for several days.

How do you make peanut butter without a blender?

Suppose you don’t have a blender to make delicious creamy peanut butter at home! It would help if you had some essential kitchen tools like an electric mixer or stand Mixer. If you want to go ahead and buy one. It has been my favorite tool since I started making this recipe years ago.

Here’s how you can make peanut butter without a high powered blender:

Ingredients:

• ½ Cup Dry Roasted Nuts

• ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil

• ⅓ Cup Granulated Sugar

• Pinch of Kosher Salt

Equipment needed:

• Electric Hand Mixer

• Stand Mixer

Preparation Instructions:

In a medium-sized pot, heat the oil over low heat. Stir occasionally so that the oil doesn’t burn from heat once hot but before smoking. Set aside.

Add the sugar and constantly stir until dissolved. Turn off the burner. Let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, place the nuts into a large bowl. Pour the cooled oil over the top and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until everything comes together.

Transfer the contents of the bowl to another more giant bowl. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down any remaining bits stuck to the bottom of the first bowl. Repeat scraping until all the residue is removed.

Now transfer the mixture back to the original bowl. Using the same rubber spatula, gently fold the mixture until thoroughly blended.

Once thoroughly mixed, pour it into your container of choice. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Transfer to the freezer if necessary. Store in the freezer for about two weeks. The next day, remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.

What can you make with Homemade Peanut Butter?

Homemade peanut butter is excellent on toast, crackers, cookies, sandwiches, etc. Try spreading it onto apple slices as well. To get creative, try dipping strawberries, bananas, apples, pears, pretzels, etc., in homemade peanut butter.

Can you freeze homemade peanut butter?

Yes, you can store homemade peanut butter in the freezer. Just remember to keep it away from other foods such as ice cream. Freezing destroys the texture of most nut butter. They tend to turn mushy and lose their flavor. However, freezing does preserve the nutritional value of the ingredients.

Try out the homemade peanut butter recipe and enjoy!

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