My daughter has developed a liking for peanut butter. Since I am not big on buying things from the supermarket when I can make it myself……I made it myself. If you would like to know the other reason why I hesitate to pull things off the shelf and into my shopping trolley, read all the way to the end.
There is nothing difficult about making peanut butter. My people (Igbo Kwenu!) have been making a peppery version for years as an accompaniment to garden eggs. Off course they started out using their grinding stones to do this. I left out all the grunt work and simply pressed a button on my blender and Voila!, creamy, smooth peanut butter.
I used only one ingredient and that was – peanut, more popularly known as groundnut around these parts. My groundnut is salted and of the dark, well roasted variety which I much prefer for its full bodied flavor. The type that is lightly roasted and looks a lot lighter, has a different flavor. Whichever one you want your groundnut butter to taste like is the one you should use.
The tools I used were: My Vitamix with a tamper to press the groundnut down. A spoon for transferring the peanut butter into a container and a glass jar for storage. Very easy.
Place your groundnut ONLY in your blender and blend. I used the tamper in the Vitamix to press the groundnut down onto the blade. You will need to do this as well as the groundnut gets ‘stuck” and will be unable to move without your help.
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If you like chunky peanut butter, you can stop here and scoop out your bounty. Here is what it looks like:
Place this in your container and you are good to go! No refrigeration is necessary as groundnut butter does not go bad. Usually you will even find a film of oil rising to the top and covering the butter. That is pure groundnut oil which you can use for frying eggs e.t.c.
Now, if you would like to know why I do not like to buy from the supermarket, here is why! Jif is the brand that I see in most places and it is touted to be the Mom’s no.1 choice in the U.S.
From the label, you can see that there is more than one ingredient. On the official Jif website, we are told that the ingredients are: ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT.
That is different from what is on the can in this picture. While they are using about the same products, they have moved things around which seriously impacts the user. This information from the website states that they are using more sugar than the jar below. That is because sugar is now the second ingredient as opposed to being the last as shown in the picture below.
I am not even going to get into the weeds of what all the other ingredients are (yes, they are less than 2% of the entire product, but we have proven that they are not necessary with our home made brand). As long as there is more than peanut and salt in your store bought peanut butter, I would strongly advice that you leave it on the shelf.