Wild Gourd Farm

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Frugal Friday: Homemade Peanut Butter

We just made our first batch of homemade peanut butter, and we’ll never go back to store-bought again. It’s extremely easy to make and way more cost efficient, especially when you’ve been buying the good organic stuff like we had. We bought a 2 pound bag of raw organic Valencia peanuts from Azure Standard for about the same price as one 16 oz jar of organic peanut butter. You can also buy roasted peanuts, shelled or in the shell.

Here’s how to make your own peanut butter:

  • Roast 2 cups of raw peanuts in an oven at 350 degrees F. for about twenty minutes, rotating the nuts halfway to ensure even roasting. (Skip this step if your peanuts came pre-roasted)
  • Transfer the peanuts, skins and all, to a food processor and blend for several minutes. It’ll look clumpy at first, but the natural oils in the nuts will be extracted the longer you blend the mixture. Scrape the sides of the container and the blades periodically.
  • After about 5 minutes, you can adjust the consistency of your peanut butter by adding small amounts of canola or peanut oil, up to 1 teaspoon.
  • Add honey or salt as desired. We added about 2 teaspoons of honey to ours.
  • For chunky peanut butter, process 1/4 cup of peanuts into small pieces, reserve them on the side while you blend the rest of the peanuts into the butter, and add them at the end.

Get creative! You can use this process for any type of nut. We tried this amazing recipe for a vegan Nutella spread. Almond butter’s next on our list.  


7 responses to “Frugal Friday: Homemade Peanut Butter

  1. itsybitsybrianna May 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    LOVE peanut butter
    I have always wanted to make my own!
    please stop by and say hi

  2. Aunt Susan May 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Sounds yummy. I made almond butter for Passover. Similar recipe but took lots longer to process it. It was great!

  3. Quinerly May 15, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I’m a peanut butter freak. never thought about making my own. will try. wonder how long it will “keep”? I always put the organic stuff in refrig….

    I’ve been out of town. how are the girls???? will visit with them later today.

  4. Rachel May 22, 2011 at 9:47 am

    That Nutella was AMAZING!

  5. Mom July 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    next time you get peanuts let me know, If you would share some, Id love to try to make it myself. Or I could try to make it from roasted from the bulk bins. Ill let you know if I make it and how it turns out.

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