I’ve got a bit of an obsession.
And apparently I’m not the only one. According to this highly reliable article, around 90% of all American households have at least one jar of peanut butter in their kitchen cabinets.
If you haven’t heard, this year’s peanut crop is supposed to be great. In Georgia, where nearly half of the nation’s peanuts are grown, the annual fall harvest has yielded a record amount of peanuts that farmers say taste better than average. This means that peanuts and peanut butter prices should start dropping. The crop has nearly doubled compared to last year. And unlike other regions where peanuts are grown, Georgia ‘runner peanuts’ have a compact shape and a fine texture, which makes them ideal for peanut butter, oil and fillings for candy bars and other processed foods. Well come on over!
Just be wary of organic peanuts, specifically ones sold at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. A salmonella outbreak was linked to the nation’s largest organic processing plant in the U.S. At least 35 people in 19 states have gotten sick from the peanuts, and more than 400 products have been recalled including raw peanuts, energy bars and peanut butter sold in stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
So if you’ve ever wanted to whip up your own nut butter, now’s your chance! And it’s so much easier than you think.
A food processor would be ideal. But since I don’t have one, I opted for my next best choice. My Magic Bullet! Yes, I admit it, I own a Magic Bullet. Guilty. I actually received it as a Christmas present last year. Not that I wanted one or anything.
The only real trick to making nut butters is to roast the nuts first. Or use pre-roasted nuts.
Honey Roasted Almond Butter
Makes 1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup Trader Joe’s sliced honey roasted almonds (also delicious on this salad)
Place almonds in Magic Bullet/food processor/blender and blend on high until smooth consistency is reached. Should look something like this:
Makes a little over 1 cup peanut butter
2 cups roasted peanuts
1-2 T peanut oil (as needed)
Place peanuts in Magic Bullet/food processor/blender and blend until peanuts start to turn into a butter. Scrap down the sides as needed. You may need to add 1-2 T peanut oil to get your appliance to appropriately cooperate. Alas, the only down side to using a Magic Bullet is that it’s motor is just too weak to completely butter-ize peanuts. Adding a bit of oil helped and thankfully I don’t mind crunchy.
Makes 1 cup pecan butter
2 cups roasted pecans – roasted my pecans myself and saved half for this salad. See how productive making nut butters can be.
Place cooled pecans in Magic Bullet/food processor/blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached. This nut will butter-ize the easiest thanks to the high fat content of pecans.
Nut butter lovers unite!