This is actually a favorite of mine. Peanut butter has been promoted as a pro-health rather than something to avoid. Actually it is true for peanut in itself which is the basic raw material for peanut butter contains a lot of essential nutrients for our health. Peanut butter contain a large amount of monounsaturated oil or some call it fat (the only difference of fat and oil is that oil is still liquid at room temperature while fat is solid, just so you know) which is considered heart healthy or is good for your heart. Some had feared of peanut butter due to the calories it contains but better fear no more because these are good calories. Aside from the good calories, peanut butter also contains vitamin B3 (niacin), Magnesium, folate, dietary fiber vitamin E (Tocopherol) and other antioxidants which is good for the skin, prevent cell damage and prevent risks of cancer. So what is actually inhibiting you from consuming my favorite peanut butter?
For some, there are health concerns particularly on peanut allergies. No matter how much they want to try it, allergies can come attacking them that can be very dangerous. If reaction persists, better to avoid it. Improper processing can also be a cause for the growth of the mold Aspergillus flavus which can release aflatoxins that is carcinogenic. Salmonella the cause of salmonellosis is also prone to this type of products if not processed properly. To avoid problems of toxins and contamination, make sure to buy from a trusted manufacturer and always check the product and label before purchasing. At the same time, make sure that you buy natural-made peanut butter to make sure that all the nutrients I’ve stated earlier are found in your peanut butter. If you have time, it would be best to create your own peanut butter to be able to ensure cleanliness of the product and assurance of the nutrients it contains while you can adjust the level of sweetness according to your taste.
Here are the basic steps to create your home-made peanut butter.
What you will need:
- food processor
- 2 cups of peanuts
- 1 ½ teaspoons peanut oil or vegetable oil (optional)
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- Pinch of salt (optional)
How to do:
- Spread the peanuts on a baking pan.
- Bake the peanuts at 350 degree Farenheit oven for 6-8 minutes. Shake them in every 2 minute interval to avoid the peanuts getting burnt.
- Cool after roasting.
- Place the peanuts into the food processor with the metal blade attached.
- You may add vegetable or peanut oil at this level if you like or just chop the nuts for around 2-3 minutes until the mixture forms a ball. (the nuts also contains its own oil that will be released when grinded finely)
- Scrape peanuts down from the bottom of the food processor as needed when processing the peanuts.
- Taste the freshly made peanut butter and add sugar and salt to your desire taste.
This can make you around 1 ½ cups peanut butter, if you want it to be thicker and finer, it will require you more time on the food processor. Now you have your home-made peanut butter for you or your family. Just make sure to store it in a tight seal container to avoid contamination and fast spoilage. Enjoy!