Making peanut butter is a very satisfying and easy process. A food processor or, a blender will make this job much easier. Don’t have any of those things? Do it the old-fashioned way and grab a mortar and pestle. The old-fashioned approach requires a lot of patience. Lastly, you will need roasted peanuts. Nothing else is required. Making nut butter is a straightforward process. Personally, I prefer the raw taste of peanuts, but if you want to get nutty you can add honey to sweeten it up.
How to Roast Peanuts?
To roast peanuts, preheat an oven to 350° F. Place the peanuts on a baking sheet or sheet pan. Stir the peanuts at least twice as they cook to help them cook evenly. Peanuts inside their shell will take a minimum of 25 minutes in the oven. Unshelled peanuts will cook to a golden color in 15 minutes. Feel free to let them cook for longer for a heavily roasted flavor (Highly recommend), but do not burn them. Also, keep in mind that the peanuts will continue to cook after they are removed from the oven and they need at least 10 minutes to rest.
Peanuts are not the only buttery nut out there, in fact, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans can be turned into nut butter. To make the mentioned nuts into nut butter, follow the same process below. The nuts must be roasted prior to blending and yes all these nuts can be combined to make mixed flavored nut butter. Nut Butter has unlimited applications. My favorite application is to use it as a dip for sliced apples. For a deliciously healthy and quick snack using peanut butter try our oatmeal breakfast bar recipe!
How To Store Peanut Butter?
Natural peanut butter can be stored at room temperature for a month before the oils begin to spoil. Store your jar of peanut butter in the fridge and it will stay fresh for 5 months. Stir the peanut butter well before putting it in the fridge to keep its consistency longer. Commercially bought peanut butter will usually last longer, because of added preservatives. For those, refer to the storage instructions that are on the packaging.
How To Make Peanut Butter?
- Food Processor
- Mortar and Pestle
- 1 Cup Peanuts Roasted/Unsalted
- Gather all the necessary equipment and ingredients in a reliable working space.
- Add roasted/unsalted peanuts to a food processor, or blender.
- Grind, or blend at a slow speed at first and slowly work your way up. Some blenders, or food processors may get overheated during this process. Take it slowly, give your machine a break for 5 minutes every 10 minutes. The time varies depending on the nut and equipment used. Do not get discouraged if it takes a few minutes for consistency to look right. It took me 6 minutes, before the peanuts began to turn into a buttery consistency.
- Stop when the right buttery consistency is reached.