Smooth, creamy, and all natural homemade peanut butter.
I won’t pretend to be a major health fanatic. I believe in eating intentionally and enjoying it. I like to eat mostly whole and nutritious foods but having a high quality indulgence is one of the finest things in life. What I’m trying to say here is that though I don’t eat completely healthy or organic there are certain things that I’m very picky about. One of those things is peanut butter. I’m kind of a homemade peanut butter snob.
My good friend introduced me to Adams Peanut Butter when I was 15 and my life hasn’t been the same since. I’ll admit, it took me a couple of tries to be fully converted. But once I saw the light I could never go back. I wouldn’t be caught dead with a spoonful of Skippy (ok that’s not totally true. SOMETIMES I use it in baking). After getting used to natural peanut butter the regular kind basically tastes like shortening.
When you look at the ingredient list of a really good peanut butter the only two ingredients should be peanut butter and salt. Lots of them have added sugar, oils, and preservatives that give it that shortening flavor and consistency. There are some that say “natural” on the label but still have all of those extra ingredients. So if you’re looking for a quality peanut butter to buy. Check that label.
When I first got married we bought Adams Peanut Butter religiously. But the two of us went through about a jar a week. So basically we spent a quarter of our grocery budget on peanut butter. I made a lot of our other staples from scratch to save a few pennies so I thought, “why not peanut butter?”
There was a little bit of experimenting involved in finding the right kind of peanuts but the rest was amazingly simple. Just throw it in the food processor and bam. Homemade peanut butter. You’ve got to use roasted, salted peanuts. If you have the time you can easily roast the peanuts yourself but just be sure that they are roasted. That’s what brings out the oils in the nuts and gives it that smooth consistency. It’s also pretty important for the peanuts to be salted. The consistency remains the same without the salt but it’s a little bland (think unsalted peanuts). If you’re on a special diet that requires low sodium though it’s easy to leave out!
So, if I haven’t convinced you yet, go try this! It only takes a minute or two to make and is only a fraction of the cost natural or fresh ground peanut butters. Give it a try and let me know all of your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.