Peanut butter is equal to peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches. It is inevitably linked to childhood memories of sack lunches. It is an iconic American food. BUT, the problem with most peanut butters nowadays is that they are loaded with hydrogenated oil and sugar.
That is where the idea of making your very own peanut butter comes in. And yes, it is super easy, and again yes, it is natural with no added oil or sugar, and it can even be made without salt, if you like the flavor. You should bookmark this tutorial, as you will want to make this peanut butter time and time again!
The only thing that is required is a food processor or electrical dry mill. A blender will most likely not work. (Perhaps, a Vita Mix will - it seems to be able to do everything!) If you have any experience with making peanut butter in a blender, please share!
Your peanuts must be roasted. Salted peanuts are easier to work with than unsalted peanuts, but if you have the unsalted type, you can just salt the peanut butter. 1 c. peanuts will make about 1/2 c. peanut butter.
Place desired amount of peanuts in a food processor or dry mill. The food processor will require a good amount of peanuts to be able to do its work, while a dry mill can not hold very much. You will figure out how much your machine needs to work properly. Now, just turn on the machine! The blending time will vary depending on the machine you use. My dry mill takes about 5 min. It is very important that you blend the peanuts till they are almost liquefied, as the peanut butter will otherwise be sticky. The newly blended peanut butter should flow easily and fill in any indentations you make with a spoon. If the peanuts were not salted, add a dash of salt and blend again. When the peanut butter is totally smooth, pour it into a container. If you refrigerate it, it will become firm enough to hold its shape.
If you want crunchy peanut butter, just stop the machine when the nuts are chopped, remove about 1/10 of the nuts, and blend the remaining nuts till smooth. If the peanuts were not salted, add a dash of salt and blend again. Stir or pulse in the chopped nuts and pour the butter into a container.
This homemade peanut butter is not sweet, even though you could add sugar while blending it; however, it is utterly delicious slathered with honey. It is also a little stickier than commercial peanut butter, which is why, again, it is superb covered with honey. I hope you enjoy it, as it is all natural and very easy to make. If you like this how-to, please share it!