Peanut Butter

August 10, 2010 at 6:40 am | Posted in Food, homeschool | 2 Comments

Yesterday we made peanut butter from raw peanuts.  I always have fun making things from scratch, and it is neat to learn where your food comes from, and what exactly is in it, and why.  We stared with about 2 cups of raw peanuts.  Roll the peanuts under your hand on the table to crack open the shells.

Pick out the peanuts, and set aside in a dish.

Set the shells aside in a trash bowl.

Pour the shelled nuts onto a baking sheet.  (I used foil for easy cleanup.)

Spread peanuts around so that they aren’t stacked on top of each other.  You could make a lot more than this at once.

Bake at 350*F for 30-45 minutes, until roasted.  Mine were still raw after 25 minutes, and I didn’t realize it until it was too late.

Stand by the oven and ask “are they done now?” every 30 seconds.

Carefully scoop somewhat cooled nuts into your food processor.  Drizzle with honey and olive or peanut oil.  Blend on high speed until pureed into peanut butter.

It takes a while to puree.

Spread peanut butter on bread.  This picture isn’t too great, but I figured you would want to see what the homemade peanut butter looks like.  It would be darker had I cooked the peanuts long enough.

Add jelly to the sandwich, and devour!  Our small supply of peanuts made just enough peanut butter for two sandwiches.

Peanut Butter and Jelly is my son’s favorite sandwich.  Peanut butter was the last ingredient that we made from scratch: last month, we made jam, and the month before that we made bread.

My son has fun tasting the individual ingredients, and learning why each one is included in the recipe.  The honey sweetens the peanut butter, and helps bind it together.  The oil is also to bind it together.  Salt is normally added as a preservative – we didn’t use any since we consumed the mini batch immediately.

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  1. Very interesting! Rob and my oldest son, Cade, are both allergic to peanuts. I have a friend that makes SunButter made from sunflower seeds instead of peanuts. She has nut allergies in her house too. It taste pretty yummy. The trick is getting it smooth enough so that it spreads better.

    • I think my cousin makes other types of nut butters too – my peanuts wouldn’t grind well because they were still a little raw…


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