What NOT to Do When Making Your Own Peanut Butter

by Leigh Ann Otte

Have you ever made your own peanut butter? I just did. That’s because we’re featuring a nut-butter recipe this week. And, after slaving over the hot food processor for five minutes (it’s really easy), I’ve come up with some don’ts for you. I’m no gourmet cook, you see. I’m more of a, um, kitchen experimenter.

Keeping that in mind, when making your own peanut butter:

DON’T:

  • Use the last of the peanuts if you’re using the preroasted, salted kind. Or at least make sure you don’t get all that salt from the bottom of the can. Your tongue will shrivel up. (Next time, I’m getting the raw kind and baking them in the oven as directed. I just happened to have some roasted ones on hand, OK? Don’t judge.)
  • Put sugar in it.  Sure, the recipe doesn’t call for it, but I wanted to try it since most people are used to sweetened peanut butter. The sugar cut the rich nutty taste. The result was more bland and not as satisfying or mouth-watering. This coming from a sugar fiend.
  • Expect a completely creamy texture. I think the best way to describe mine is grainy. It’s still delicious, but if you get it creamy, I’d love to hear how.
  • Be afraid of putting olive oil in it. The recipe calls for olive or vegetable oil. I went with extra-virgin olive oil, and it didn’t affect the taste—at least from what I could tell. It only took a couple of teaspoons.

Finally, one do: Expect a savory, scrumptious result. (My results are pictured at the top.) Man, it’s good.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a professional writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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  3. Judy Rodman Says:

    Oh wow… what a quick, economical and easy way to get some healthy protein – the natural, unsweetened kind that really gives the body what it needs without costing it from bad oils and sugar! When I eat this kind of PB it is filling enough to keep me from junk food. The picture is lovely… if I had a spoon and was a little closer there wouldn’t be much left:)

    You need to haunt the kitchen more often!
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  4. lotte Says:

    Yes, good point, Judy: It’s filling and remarkably satisfying. And it’s so rich that you could almost believe it was junk food. :-)

    Leigh Ann
    Managing Editor
    MyFamilyDoctorMag.com

  5. Fredrick M Says:

    Oh wao,the natural, unsweetened kind that really gives the body what it needs without costing it from bad oils and sugar! A real interesting post,Thanks for shairng.

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