We actually do not eat a lot of peanut butter in our house, but every once in a while it’s nice to have around for a quick sandwich, or for baking (which is more so the case). The odd thing is, even though my husband is the last one out of us all to eat peanut butter, he’s a stickler for “natural” peanut butter, a closet snob I guess you could say. Looking at the ingredients of natural peanut butter, they mostly say “peanuts, salt.” Now I’m thinking to myself with only 2 ingredients, how hard could it be to make?? NOT HARD AT ALL. Though your homemade peanut butter will not be *quite* as slick & smooth as the commercial version, you will be pleased with the result, trust me.
If you have a food processor, 5 minutes and some peanuts on hand, you are all set to make your very own! It will take 1 1/2 cups of whole peanuts to make roughly 1 cup of peanut butter. If you are concerned about keeping your peanut butter “natural”, make sure to check the label on the container of nuts that you buy. I was looking at a can of “dry roasted peanuts” and there were lots of extra ingredients in there!
From a cost perspective you can find a 15oz.-16oz. “all natural” jar of commercial peanut butter in the $3-$4 range, depending on the brand. In order to make that much you would need about 3 cups of fresh peanuts, which of course is also about 16 oz. Today I purchased a 52oz. canister of Planters “Extra Large Virginia Peanuts” from Sam’s Club for $5.76. That entire canister will make me the equivalent of 3 commercial jars of peanut butter, plus a bit more. So, if you make it yourself it is definitely cheaper PLUS you know exactly what is in it and can adjust it to your taste. For how simple it is to make you would be foolish NOT to!
Here’s what you need:
- food processor
- 1 1/2 cups of peanuts for every 1 CUP of peanut butter you want to make
- about 1 Tbls peanut oil for every 1 CUP of peanut butter you want to make
- salt (optional)
- sugar or honey (optional)
Here’s what you do:
- Pour all of the peanuts into the large bowl of your food processor fitted with a blade. Pulse a few times to get the peanuts going, then turn it “on”.
- Process the peanuts for at least a minute, stop the processor and scrape down the sides with your spoon if needed. Continue to process for another minute or so until it starts to ball up, like dough.
- Once it starts to ball up on you, add in about half of the peanut oil (OR the honey, if you are using it). If it seems to need a little more to smooth out, go ahead and add in a little more oil. Allow it to blend just a little longer until it gets to the smoothness that you like.
- Taste it and add salt and sugar if desired, blend just a little more to mix thoroughly.
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.