Friday, May 23, 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter

What's Cookin'?

While I was looking for something totally, completely different I stumbled upon these old photos that I had taken to post about making peanut butter.  I'm sure they were taken *years* ago!

Step 1:  Soak the nuts.  We soak our nuts in salted water a la Nourishing Traditions.  After soaking: drain, rinse, drain.

Step 2:  Dehydrate the nuts.  Okay, you don't necessarily need to do this step if you are making the peanut butter right away.  However, I actually prefer the taste if we use dehydrated nuts instead of going straight to the food processor.

 [Note:  I had gotten some less expensive nuts with the hull on.  Organic nuts are important to me but are more expensive; thus the hull issue.  I find that it comes off much easier once the nuts are dehydrated.  I swish them around with my hand in a bowl/colander and stand outside in the wind :).  The wind was always fierce at our previous house!  So, the hulls just floated away...]

Step 3:  Bag and freeze the nuts until ready to use.  [Or skip and go straight to Step 4]

Step 4:  Add the following ingredients into the food processor.  Process until desired consistency. 

One huge tip that helped me to finally make smooth PB without burning the motor on my food processor:  I process until it feels a little warm, which is just a couple of minutes with my model.  Let it rest for a while.  Whir again for a few minutes.  Let the machine rest.  And so on until it is as smooth as we like it.


This will take some tweaking according to your family's tastes.  Each of my children make it slightly different.  One adds more honey and another adds more salt.

2 Cups peanuts
1 Teaspoon UNrefined salt
1 Tablespoon coconut oil

That's it! :)

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