I wrestled with myself for a while, would it REALLY be worth making homemade peanut butter? In Wichita I had a local source for raw peanuts that was pretty cheap. Here I do not, and though I buy a lot of stuff in bulk the thought of buying peanuts in bulk for only a dollar per pound less then what I can buy peanut butter.
But, I was spending a LOT on natural peanut butter as we began transitioning to GAPS and even before then when I was avoiding wheat. My favorite grain free baking medium is nut butters.
Then I stumbled across something at my local Aldi.
Dry roasted unsalted peanuts, for $2.69/lb (or less when they are on sale!) just a little more then if I were to buy peanuts in bulk quantities.
It may be silly- but my biggest hindrance to not making peanut butter from scratch is I hate roasting peanuts. Not a big deal, but enough of a one that I was just buying the peanut butter. So, that is my short cut to making homemade peanut butter. Not having to dirty up another pan to roast peanuts.
The best thing is since I want to both bake with this peanut butter as well as use it in more traditional senses, I can leave out the salt. You can add it in if you would like though.
Making peanut butter if you have a food processor. Literally all you have to do is put the peanuts in and turn it on. I have a really great food processor that can do a pound at once, you might have to adjust the amounts depending on what you have, you can also make it in the blender if you have a good one, but I am unsure of how much you can do at once.
Just starting to go! I merely start it then go about other kitchen duties while the food processor does all the work. I don’t even scrape the sides!
About two minutes in, you might be tempted to stop at this point, but DON’T. The texture is really gritty.
Another minute later. This is ALMOST done. Since I am always doing other kitchen stuff I wait for the food processor to sound like it is cutting through water instead of something with subsistence.
All done! The best part is even though the only thing I did was dump the peanuts in and turn it on, Christopher tells me “You made peanut butter! GOOD JOB!”
1 pound of peanuts will make just under 1 1/2 cups peanut butter. I put it in 1 cup jars though, because that is the amount I use for my two favorite peanut butter muffins. Honey sweetened Grain Free Peanut Butter Muffins, and Banana Peanut Butter Muffins (which is coming tomorrow, my reason for publishing this today).
I often do several pounds at once while working on other stuff, because the food processor is already dirty. Why not?
How to Make Natural Peanut Butter
1 pound peanuts, dry roasted (instructions follow if you are doing that yourself)
1/2 t salt (optional, I leave out since I bake with it)
If you need to roast the peanuts, spread them on a sheet pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. They will smell strongly, but not really change color. MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THEM. Peanuts LOVE to burn. I should know.
Put the warm peanuts in your food processor, and let it go. For my food processor I do a pound at a time, but for less powerful ones you might need to split it up into smaller amounts. If in doubt let it keep going. I do not even bother scraping the sides because it all blends eventually.
After it is done add part of the salt, taste and add more if you would like.
Yields appr. 1 1/3 cup