How to Make Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Candy

Ah, the joys of homemade peanut butter! It is far superior to any peanut butter found in a jar on grocery store shelves, and far less expensive too. Here's how to make it.

| July/August 1974

Homemade peanut butter is great stuff, far superior to any found in a jar on a grocery shelf. First off, it tastes better. Second, it's healthier for you because it's made with fresh ingredients and with natural oil rather than hydrogenated fats. And finally, this great source of protein and energy is relatively inexpensive to make: It costs less than 40 cents per pound.

Recently I bought a 125-pound sack of shelled raw Spanish peanuts on a special order from a grocer in my town. The store purchased the Georgia-grown nuts from a candy jobber and charged me 32 cents a pound, a total of $40 for the bag.

The first thing I did with my peanuts was to make some of them into delicious peanut butter spread, according to the following recipe:

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

1 to 2 pounds raw shelled peanuts
Honey (optional)
Up to 1 cup Peanut oil

Spread one to two pounds of raw, shelled peanuts in a shallow baking pan. Roast them at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about one hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the peanuts from the oven and let them cool.

Grind the peanuts into a meal using either a food grinder or an electric blender set at high speed. Then add a few sprinkles of salt to taste, plus a spoonful of honey (if using sweetener). Honey is preferable to sugar because it seems to disperse better. Finally, mix in the peanut oil — as much as one cup for a 2 pound batch — until all the particles of roasted peanut meal have been moistened.

Inger MacRae
9/21/2012 10:49:34 PM

Does anyone have a good source for buying organic raw spanish peanuts?

9/21/2012 5:41:55 PM

just to say thanks for people who shares to other people without asking money...thanks again

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