Bonding and DIY Peanut Butter
I found the peanut butter makers on sale online and in bazaars pretty but never bought any because they just take up too much space. If I were to buy it to make sense, I reckon I should make peanut butter at least once a week or once a month to justify its existence and the space it will occupy in the cupboard.
I finished a bottle of peanut butter on my own for a week and it got me thinking. No, not that I shouldn’t be eating too much but that maybe I should make it myself. I read the ingredients of the bottle I finished and it had ingredients that no longer sounded like food–hydrogenated vegetable oil is one of the simpler ones to understand and I just know it’s not good for me.
My daughter had a project that required work outside the house. It involved using a hacksaw and a PVC pipe. She’s been putting it off for over a month. To make sure that she does it, I needed to hang out with her in the garden. Carpentry is not our thing. I figured it would take long so I decided to make peanut butter using a mortar and pestle while keeping her company and making sure that she does the work.
She ended up pounding the mortar and pestle work and I ended up with the hacksaw.
We pounded the roasted peanuts with sugar and salt for a very, very, long time. The oils came out and it also tasted great. It was coarse and chunky because when we finished with the pvc pipe and the hacksaw, we didn’t want to do it anymore. She called it caveman peanut butter.
There’s a faster and easier way that doesn’t involve a peanut butter maker. A food processor. The advantage of having a food processor is that it does a lot more things than just make peanut butter.
It took us less than 30 minutes to make it too.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup peeled, roasted peanuts, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tbsp salt
Put them all in a food processor and pulse for about five minutes. Scrape the sides every so often. When the nuts are in much smaller pieces, whizz on high. Stop every two to three minutes to scrape the sides. Stop whizzing when you reach the consistency you desire. Voila! Homemade peanut butter.