Cost: About $3
As I write this I’m choking down my peanut butter on the brittle gluten free tortillas I accidentally bought. The peanut butter is great, it’s the ground pulp (I assume) in this tortilla that’s throwing me off.
A few days ago I had the whim to make my own peanut butter. I didn’t have any in the house and I was surprised how easy it was to make on my own. First I roasted the peanuts, then I transferred them to my food processor. It was satisfying to see them going from peanuts to peanut dust to an oily paste.
The recipe calls for a small amount of honey and salt. My palate is not yet refined enough to enjoy such pure peanut butter, so I added maybe four times as much honey as the recipe called for. Enough to make it taste like the storebought stuff. I skipped the extra oil because it didn’t really need it.
- Easy to make in a pinch
- Can have less sugar, salt and oil than storebought peanut butter
- Skips out on a lot of the junk that goes into the storebought stuff. For example; molasses, vegetable oils, mono and diglycerides.
- Can customize flavour with different nuts or the addition of cocoa
- A bit cheaper than buying from the store
- Not that much cheaper. 300g of peanuts filled a small mason jar for around $3
- Jar only lasts about a month in the fridge
- Texture is not as creamy. This may be because I didn’t add oil, or because I didn’t process it long enough
In the end it lost half a point because it’s not that much cheaper and it has a fridge life of only a month. Tasty stuff, though. It’s worth a try and I’ll make it again. Maybe next time with cocoa powder…