Peanut butter is definitely a great ingredient to have at home as it is full of healthy fats, rich in protein and tastes delicious.
Many people like to use it as a healthy ingredient in baking or simply to eat as a snack. However, what many people don’t know is that store bought peanut butter tends to be packed with sugar and other preservatives and can be expensive as well.
By making your own peanut butter at home, you can save money and you’ll always know exactly what’s going in there too.
Grinding up peanuts until they reach a soft, oily consistency can be a tough task, especially because it can take a long time.
With a cheap food processor, you can easily make peanut butter in a matter of minutes!
First things first, you want to decide what kind of peanut butter you want and if you’d like to add any extras to your peanut butter.
If you are on a healthy diet and looking for plain, crunchy peanut butter, peanuts will be the only ingredients you will need. However, you might want to add a pinch of salt or perhaps some sugar or honey if you want it to taste more like the store bought version.
After deciding which other ingredients you want to add to your peanut butter, you should clear up your workspace and prepare your peanuts.
In order to prepare the peanuts, it would be a good idea to wash them first to get rid of any dirt and dry them. Then, if you have a little extra time, you could roast your peanuts to make them crunchier and enhance their flavour but this isn’t necessary.
Another option would be to buy pre-roasted peanuts but regular, unsalted peanuts are completely fine.
After this step, you can add the peanuts to the food processor while still hot and pulse a few times. Be sure to check how the mixture is looking every once in a while and stop when you see that the peanuts have been ground into a flour or powder.
Once the peanut mixture has reached this stage, use the food processor to blend the mixture for around a minute. After a minute, you should remove the lid to look at the consistency of the mixture and it should be done when it is creamy and somewhat oily.
If the mixture is still a bit powdery, you can process once more, taking care to ensure that you don’t over mix. You should remember to get a spoon to mix the peanut butter when you stop in between to check its texture and scrape down the sides.
When it has reached your desired consistency, scoop up into a jar and keep in the fridge to set.