Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Commercially processed peanut butter is loaded with sugars and hydrogenated oils and other stuff that are not good for a diabetic. I stopped accepting it from the senior commodities, the food bank, and the neighbors because I’m working to control my diabetes. If I can’t eat it then I don’t want it in my house. I leave it for the next person getting food if they want it.
But, gee whiz, I do like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every now and then. So, I decided to make my own chemical free and sugar free peanut butter. I bought these dry roasted peanuts. I checked to be sure it was only peanuts and nothing else.
I put the peanuts into a microwave safe glass bowl and warmed them for two minutes. You need the peanuts to be warm.
Then into the food processor. A blender would work too. After a few seconds the peanuts look like course ground cornmeal. I used a spatula to scrape down the sides.
Gave it a few more seconds in the food processor and it starts to clump up but is still dry looking. This is where peanut butter recipes tell you to add oil. But adding oil is honestly not necessary. Don’t add anything. Just keep processing.
I scrape down the sides and process a few more seconds. You see the peanut butter has started to smooth out and release its own oil. At this point the peanut butter would be the chunky version if you like that kind. You could stop and its ready to eat.
I keep processing until it goes very smooth and creamy looking, plus a few seconds more.
I added nothing. It was the warming of the peanuts that brought out their own natural oil. The food processor did the rest. I was looking forward to a peanut butter sandwich. I started to put the newly made peanut butter into a jar when suddenly I saw this.
Dang! Dang! Dang! When did that happen? Somehow, without noticing, I had cut the spatula with the very sharp processor blades. I searched through the peanut butter but the piece was not to be found. Disappointed, I threw away the peanut butter. No way was I going to eat it with ground up rubber spatula all through it. So I get out more peanuts, a different kind, to start all over.
I had bought two types of peanuts to see which one tasted best as peanut butter. This time I was very careful when scraping down the sides. The final result was great! It tastes just like eating fresh peanuts. So much better than the store kind.
Its very smooth with no oily taste. No added salt, sugar, or oil…. or rubber spatula either. Just simply peanuts. My daughter suggested I add some honey but I’m gonna leave it plain just as it is. When I want it sweet I’ll add the sweet to my sandwich by using honey or homemade apple butter.
This needs to be refrigerated and will keep for about 6 months. You could leave it out on a counter but the oil could go rancid. It will keep for a couple of years if frozen but really who keeps peanut butter that long? It can’t be home canned because of density issues.
I see some warm morning toast with a little bit of peanut butter in the future. Hmm…. maybe with some of the apple peelings syrup I made. Next time I’ll make half this amount or even less. I also have a tiny, single serve food processor so I could actually make only enough for one sandwich if I want.
Hazelnut, cashew, walnut, almond….. oh the possibilities!