I absolutely love peanut butter. I have always ‘liked’ the flavor of peanuts, but I wouldn’t say my ‘love’ for them came around until I discovered all natural peanut butter.
In most stores you can usually find big brand peanut butters that state they are all natural. I tried quite a few of those and I didn’t find anything too grand about them. They were a little lackluster and always seemed to have a funny aftertaste. Then a few years ago I discovered that my local grocery store ground their own fresh peanut butter. So I decided to give it a try, and I was hooked instantly!
After reading the ingredients, I discovered the only ingredient was unsalted, dry roasted peanuts. After trying this and realizing how delicious it is, it made me question why so many others just didn’t taste right. I decided to check out the other brands and see what the labels said. First off, I should have been clued in on the front label, which for many name brands state ‘all natural peanut butter spread.’ Why doesn’t it say all natural peanut butter? Turn it around and you will see several different oils added. Peanuts have a lot of oil naturally; so why does anything needed to be added?
After buying a container of freshly ground peanut butter each week (I told you I love peanut butter), I started to wonder if I could do the same thing at home for less money. Yes, I could. I am fortunate enough to have a very large bulk buy section in my grocery store. All you have to do is buy unsalted, dry roasted peanuts, and grind them in a food processor. Pretty darn simple! You can also choose the consistency you want. If you like extra crunchy, only grind half of your peanuts until smooth, then pulse in the other half until at your desired texture. If you would like silky smooth, add them all at once and process.
After I started using this in my cooking, I couldn’t believe how much better the flavor was! Try it today!
- 1lb. unsalted, dry roasted peanut butter
- Place peanuts into a food processor.
- Process 5-10 minutes until you have achieved desired consistency
- Store in an air tight container, no need to refrigerate.
* Use peanut butter within 4 weeks. Store in refrigerator if planning on having it longer
(Originally Posted: March 17, 2014)