For the longest time, I would buy the cheapest jar at the store. All of it is the same, right? WRONG. If you take a few minutes to read the labels, you will soon find that all peanut butter is NOT created equal. Some companies add oil to help it spread on bread more easily. Some add sugar, salt, AND oil, make it not that healthy in the long run. Different brands have different add-ins, some great, and some not so great. Just make sure to always read the labels and decide what you want and don’t want.
Why would I make peanut butter?
We tend to stick with the natural or organic kinds, sold in the glass jars at the store. The reason being, most of the time the ingredients are simply peanuts and salt. I find that we all like the actual peanut taste and when you get the cheaper jar, you are getting a sweeter, oilier taste and can barely even taste the peanuts. That’s my preference though, to actually TASTE the peanuts.
If you buy a jar of natural or organic pb and find that it has separated, I have a quick and easy fix! Simply pour the entire contents of the jar into a food processor or blender and blend it for about a minute, until everything has been mixed together.
If you pour the oil out of the jar, you will find that your peanut butter is hard and difficult to stir…and spread. But if you take the time to do this simple pb hack, yours will taste better, spoon out more easily, and spread well. No need for those extra ingredients!
How do I make my own peanut butter?
Now that we have established why you would want to buy natural or organic peanut butter, you can see why it may just be better to make your own. Sure, you can add anything you want, but it is definitely not necessary!
All it takes is a powerful blender or food processor (I love my Vitamix!), some peanuts, and a little time!
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Is it cheaper to make your own peanut butter?
Yes. You can typically find organic peanuts and make your own organic peanut butter that costs less than the jarred variety. Squawkfox breaks it down here.
How long does homemade peanut butter last?
Some people say to store it in the fridge, but that’s not usually necessary, unless you cannot finish the jar in 4-6 months. I’m not sure I know any household that cannot finish a jar in a few months, but in that case, just make a smaller batch.
Obviously, if it doesn’t look right or has an off smell, do not eat it. But if the oil has simply separated from the peanut paste, then just pop it back in the blender or food processor and let everything mix back up and you are good to go!
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- 1 cup roasted peanuts (you can use raw peanuts if you prefer, just make sure to rinse them well)
- (salt, honey, or sugar is optional)
- Place all of the peanuts into the food processor or high powered blender.
- Gently pulse the peanuts and then slowly turn up the speed until peanuts turn into peanut butter.
- Stop every few seconds and check the peanut butter. You will probably need to scrape the sides throughout the process.
- When desired consistency is reached, scrape all of the peanut butter and place in an air tight container. For best results, store in the refrigerator.
Feel free to go wild with your homemade peanut butter. Crunchy or creamy? Salty or plain? Sugar or honey....or no sweetener? It's your homemade peanut butter, you can make it however you like!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
The writer is not a doctor or nutritionist and this nutritional information is just a guideline. Please consult your doctor or nutritionist for more accurate information.