>Really choosy moms….


…choose to make their own peanut butter.
I know I’m behind the times.  I mean, everyone probably already makes their own peanut butter – right?  The fact that I continue to purchase hydrogenated and corn-syrup sweetened peanut butter for my family is just a sin – right?
I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to finally realize the error of my ways, but it has.  I mean, I would occasionally buy natural peanut butter when it was on sale (and when I was consciously thinking about it), but it was always more expensive than what I really wanted to pay. 
For some reason, though, the other day I just had a revelation.  Maybe it’s the fact that this month, Foodbuzz is featuring peanuts as their flavor of the month.  Or maybe it has to do with my ever-increasing desire to make things from scratch.  I don’t know what it was, exactly, that finally drove me to it – but yesterday I went to the grocery store and bought two pounds of raw Virginia peanuts for the express purpose of making peanut butter.

It’s simple enough, really.  Begin by toasting your peanuts.  I just spread my two pounds out on a foil-lined half-sheet pan and stuck them in a 350F oven for about 40 minutes.  Then I let them cool slightly.  
 Then I put them in the food processor (in two batches).
 First they looked like this
Then they looked like this
And finally, they looked like this (after 3-5 minutes)
At this point, I tasted the paste for flavor and decided it needed some salt, so I added a couple of healthy pinches and let it run about 10 seconds more.  Then I spread it on some homemade whole-wheat bread and shared it with the 4-year-old.
He declared it a success.
Surprisingly, two pounds of peanuts makes about 4 cups of peanut butter (32 oz. by volume).  I think I paid about $5.00 for my two pounds of peanuts, so that’s not so bad.  It’s definitely better for us – and now I have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what’s in our peanut butter.
So, if you haven’t already (this is me hoping I’m not the last person on the planet to make her own peanut butter), I encourage you to try making your own peanut butter – or almond butter, or hazelnut butter, or any other kind of nut butter you desire.  It’s really so easy, and the end result is much better than anything you can buy.

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