Making peanut butter is super easy and is a great way to save money....especially if you can find dry roasted peanuts on sale. You also have maximum control over what goes into it...you can do salt or no salt, honey or agave or no sweetener at all!
Following this recipe, I made 16 ounces of peanut butter for approx $1.25. Even the super cheap, preservative laden peanut butter is $3 for 16 ounces. You will save even more if your family is used to buying Adams or another premium natural peanut butter.
- 14 ounces (by weight) roasted shelled peanuts*
- 2 Tbsp pressed coconut oil
- Agave syrup or honey to taste (optional)
- Sea salt (optional, though you will probably want a bit if using unsalted peanuts)
Yields 16 ounces (by volume) of peanut butter
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Pour the peanuts into your food processor
Lock the lid and process on high approximately 2 minutes
It may start to look gritty...like finely chopped peanuts
Check your peanut butter
If it's not smoothing out very well, melt a couple tablespoons of coconut oil (which is solid at room temperature) in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Add to the peanuts and process 30-60 seconds.
Add agave syrup or honey to taste (I added a little less than a tablespoon of agave). Taste and add salt if desired when using unsalted peanuts.
Process another 30-60 seconds
Stop here if you want chunky peanut butter
Keep processing if you prefer smooth peanut butter
Pack your fresh peanut butter into a 16 ounce jar with a lid.
Feel good that your kids are eating peanut butter with no preservatives or dangerous ingredients. Smile that you just saved money, too.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How long will this keep? Does it need to be refrigerated?
Food safety standards recommend that you keep in an airtight container in your fridge for up to two months. Keeping in the fridge helps the oil stay suspended longer, too.
I will admit I am a bit rebellious and keep about 3 weeks worth in a sterilized glass jar in my pantry and nobody has gotten sick from eating it. If you choose to do this, do so at your own risk.
Can you can peanut butter?
Peanut butter is too thick to make it a food that you could can at home (the heat would not be able to permeate everything evenly). This process is so quick, though, needing to repeat it every 2 months or so isn't a big deal.
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