The peanut butter Is a very popular food in certain countries like the United States. Little by little its use is spreading all over the world, but it is still difficult to obtain in certain markets or sites. Therefore, nothing better than learning how to make homemade peanut butter, more naturally (without preservatives or chemical additives) and low cost.
If you can find a good and affordable offer of peanuts, make butter and save money while offering your family a home-cooked alternative to several desserts and preparations.
Interesting facts about peanut butter or peanut butter
Surely you think it is a modern invention, however, it is a recipe several centuries ago, more precisely in pre-Columbian civilizations such as the Aztecs or the Maya. They said mole (which means sauce).
The first time peanut butter was sold was in 1890 and was advertised as a food vegetarian And protein for people who did not have teeth. Five years later, a different processing process was created thanks to the Kellogg brothers, where steamed and unroasted peanuts were used.
In the United States it is one of the most sold products since 1958, when the brand"Jif"was launched. One tablespoon of peanut butter has 95 calories and 16 grams of fat.
Recipe to make homemade peanut butter
The ingredients you need to make peanut butter (about a cup and a half) are:
- 2 cups peanuts (300 g).
- 1 teaspoon and a half peanut oil or vegetable oil (optional).
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional).
- 1 teaspoon and a half of molasses, honey Or brown sugar (optional).
- A pinch of salt (optional).
Before using the peanut to make the butter, you must wash it in cold water to get rid of any excess dirt. Dry well and if it is the peanut in the shell, then you must remove it by hand, an easier task when they are dry. They do not have to be perfectly peeled either.
Roast the peanuts (this step is optional, depending on the taste of each). Some people prefer roasting the peanuts before processing them to give them a crunchy texture. However, this is completely optional and will make the recipe process take a little longer, so it will be up to you to decide whether or not you want to roast them. You can also buy roasted peanuts. If you decide to roast them: place the peanut in a bowl and pour slightly vegetable or peanut oil.
Preheat the oven to 176 ° C. Spread the peanuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Make sure they are not on top of each other so they are all evenly made. Cook for about 10 minutes, until lightly covered with oil and golden.
If desired, you can gently remove it every 2 minutes or so to prevent it from burning.
Place the peanuts in a food processor or shredder and chop until they are like powder. This will take a few minutes. For best results, grind the peanuts while they are still hot.
Process the peanuts for 1 minute. The mixture should start to look more creamy, like a paste or cream. Scrape the sides of the crusher and continue processing the mixture for another minute. Repeat at least 3 times to keep the desired consistency.
Remember that this peanut butter will not look as creamy as the one you can find on the market. This is because it is natural. Do not expect it to look creamy, but what will remain is... much more delicious!
Add salt and sugar to taste if necessary. You can also add small amounts of sugar , Molasses or honey, if you prefer a sweeter taste. Some people prefer to add these ingredients in the processor and mix them with the peanuts; Depends on the capacity of the appliance.
Put the peanut butter in an airtight glass container and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two to leave a less soft paste. The shelf life of homemade peanut butter is shorter than that of commercial versions , But most likely the home version will be completed even before you have to look at its due date and expiration date. It can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
How to Use Peanut Butter in Recipes
Now that you have made peanut butter and it is stored in your refrigerator, it is time to know some recipes to enjoy with whomever you want.
To spread a sandwich
What better use for the tasty Butter Of peanut what a classic sandwich? You can only use the original recipe or add some additional ingredients to suit your tastes (and whatever you have in the fridge or cupboard).
Peanut Butter Cookies
You can make these cookies easily by mixing the butter with flour , Brown sugar and a few additional ingredients. These"cookies"are even more delicious when you enjoy them with a glass of milk.
If you are looking for a rich dessert or a companion for the snack, this recipe is for you. All you'll need is peanut butter and sugar, chips chocolate The shredded coconut. Shape small balls with butter and then throw over any of the other ingredients.
When you have a birthday or want to offer something different to your children for breakfast , You can prepare a vanilla cake and fill it with the peanut butter. You can also use it for coverage.