Friday, April 16, 2010

Homemade Peanut Butter

I have found out that blogs are great ways to stalk keep up with old friends.  I've discovered some great blogs by people I knew in high school and college.  And I almost always learn something from them.  Today, I used this post to try to make my own homemade peanut butter.  Since I consider myself a connoisseur of all things nut-butter-related, I had to try out this recipe.

The ingredients were simple enough.  1 cup of unsalted peanuts.  1 1/2 tsp peanut oil.  1/4 tsp salt.  Much better looking than the ingredients listed here:

All the ingredients went into the food processor and I set it spinning for about a minute and a half.

The taste was great.  Very pure and peanut-y.  The texture was still a little grainy, but I didn't mind it at all.  It was sort of between smooth and crunchy.

Kinda makes me wish I had some celery sticks to dip in it.  I might try a spoonful of it in my ice cream for dessert tonight.

So, what did I learn.....
1) Homemade peanut butter is pretty yummy
2) In my corner of the middle of nowhere, it is impossible to find shelled peanuts.  I had to shell a lot of nuts to get a cup.
3) I think this recipe would work for all sorts of different nuts.  I'm already thinking of almonds and macadamia nuts.  Yum.

What is the last thing you made from scratch?

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