Questions and answers with The Wolf Pack : What is your best peanut butter recipe?

Question from Al

We are trying to learn how to make peanut butter. I have been saving for a food processor so we can make the butter and should be able to get one this month. I haven’t found the answers to my questions from the internet, so I thought it would be good to move away from the online rumor mill and ask the experts here.

One of our goals is to find a way to store peanuts long term, so how should we buy them; in shell, shelled, skins left on or skins removed? An article in Mother Earth News recommended, to make peanut butter, buying nuts that had the skins removed as that was sort of labor intensive.

I’ve read that moisture in new nuts is a problem, so I’m wondering if running them through the dehydrator is a good idea, if so: in shell or shelled? What is the best method to oven roast peanuts; shelled or in-shell? One article, but only one, said to blanch them.

Would both roasting and dehydrating be of benefit; if so, which should be done first? To get the longest possible shelf life, what should we store in the freezer; unshelled, shelled or peanut butter? Are plastic jars (used P.B. jars) OK for freezer storage of peanut butter? We prefer to not put glass jars in the freezer. What is the long term shelf life? What is the best time of the year to buy bulk peanuts? Who do you buy from? Finally, what is your best peanut butter recipe? Thanks M.D. and thanks to the Pack.

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Comments

  1. Roasting the peanuts is needed for them to be more available to digest.
    They should be dried carefully and kept dry in storage.
    Very heavy duty Blenders can make peanut butter, and some do or did offer smaller containers for that sort of thing.
    Most appliance instructions can be found on line, so you can check if they recomend you can make peanut butter in a particular Blender or Food Processor. The machines I have seen made just for making peanut butter are bigger and more powerful than the usual home blenders and Food Processors.

  2. I don’t believe the fat content of peanuts will allow long term storage. The fat will go rancid.
    I’ve read that they can be stored in their shell if kept in a freezer inside a freezer bag for up to a year.
    Maybe you might want to look into how to make peanut powder and then make peanut butter from there. Though peanut powder has a shorter life span than flour.

  3. When I saw the headline, I thought ‘Oh, Boy! Recipes which use peanut butter. Yum!’

    So it goes. We don’t make peanut butter because it isn’t cost effective for us, but USE peanut butter…..

    ‘Peanut Butter & Bacon Sandwich on Toast’ is pretty self explanatory, but here goes: Favorite peanut butter slathered on a piece of hot toast, cover with a layer (or more) of crispy bacon, cover with a piece of hot toast.

    Insert in drooling mouth, gently close eyes, chew slowly. Bliss out.

    Excellent accompanied by a tall glass of cold milk.

    • tommy2rs says:

      Yep, peanut butter and bacon have this synergistic effect that makes the combination much better than it sounds. Only point I differ on is I like to use a toasted whole wheat Thomas bagel.

      I also use peanut butter to make a sauce for chicken using chicken stock, crunchy peanut butter and sri racha chili paste. I got the idea for the sauce from a recipe for African groundnut stew.

      And finally, the best peanut butter I ever made was the simplest, though least cost effective. Took an immersion blender to a can of beer nuts and kept going until I had peanut butter.

      • The chicken sounds good, tommy2rs.

        Another simple one:

        Peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich. Also peanut butter, lettuce, and bacon sandwich.

        Pretty much anything plus bacon. I am rather fond of bacon with bacon. Add bacon to taste. And don’t forget peanut butter, which got this whole thing going in the first place.

        Slices of apples with peanut butter: MMMmmmHmmmm, Good. Also celery with peanut butter.

        • Schatzie Ohio says:

          You guys with your peanut butter sandwiches. You forgot the peanut butter with banana sandwich and of course the fluffer nutter sandwich.

        • tommy2rs says:

          Lol….We need an updated Monty Python Spam skit with bacon instead of spam. Bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, and bacon.

    • Personally, I prefer sourdough bread with my peanut butter and bacon. Creamy peanut butter with chewy bacon, and a side of Lay’s Salt and Vinegar chips.

      Two years ago at the Renaissance Faire, they were selling thick cut, hickory smoked bacon dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmmm bacon candy!

    • Encourager says:

      Penrod, you forgot the banana!!!!

  4. HiPlains says:

    Sorry Al, I wouldn’t expend the effort to grow/process peanuts…can’t grow peanuts where I am anyway, too cold. That said, I do store commercial peanut butter in cool, dark pantry and just opened a jar 3 yrs past due date and it tastes, digests just like it’s supposed to! Give me homemade bread, homemade jam with it any day :)

  5. mom of three says:

    We made peanut butter once it was good but not to keep long term. If you want homemade do a small batch at one time. I just buy it from Costco, now.

  6. Speaking of peanut butter , I was at the local muscle head / health supplement store the other day , and I saw jars of POWDERED peanut butter ! that got me very curious as a prepper , has anybody tried it ?

    • I’ve seen it ,but have not trided it yet. I was thinking about getting a jar , and trying it tonight.

      • Sorry for the sp . I didn’t have my cheaters on.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          It’s marketed by a company called PB2, have numerous jars of it. You mix a bit of water with it to re-hydrate it. It taste like any other PB. They make it in 2 flavors, normal PB flavor and chocolate, both are good but I would give the taste edge to the natural PD. I sprinkle it on top of ice cream and it taste great. The dog agrees with me as she cleans every bit of the ice creme and PB powder off the bowl every time.

          Shop around for it as prices vary, a local survival store sells it for $9.99 a jar and the local Anderson store sells it for $5.29 for the same jar.

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    • We have used the PB2 powdered peanut butter for camping and hiking. My husband puts it in a zip lock bag, adds the water and squeezes it around until it’s the right consistency. It also works great in smoothies.

  7. Nostalgia & Tradition says:

    Peanut butter makes pretty good dog treats too.

  8. We buy dry roasted unsalted peanuts and pour them into the food processor. Push the go button and watch it turn into peanut butter. If you like crunchy toss a handful in at the end for just a few seconds, and you can add a pinch of salt if you like. Keep in fridge and it won’t separate. Your machine instructions will tell you how many nuts you can process at a time. Easy-peasey. It’s the only peanut butter we eat any more.

  9. tommy2rs says:

    Just saw this on simply recipes

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chocolate_peanut_butter_bars/

    I got to the filling part and thought “I could add crumbled bacon to this!”

  10. Peanut butter smoothie
    2 pints FROZEN milk, should be medium soft, not hard frozen.
    1/4 cup peanut butter
    Optional nutmeg or cinnamon

    We use cardboard pint milk contains, from the freezer.
    If the milk is really solid, 60 seconds in a microwave (your time may vary) makes the block soft enough to crush or break with a fork. Break up large chunks so they can be hit by the blender blades.

    Put the chunks of milk in a blender and run till smooth.
    Add the peanut butter (I use a large tablespoon, and just dig out a ball the size of a small orange)
    Add cinnamon or nutmeg if you like.

    Blend until mixed. Makes about two servings.

    Alternatively, you can use whole nuts, blended until they are close to “butter” consistency, then add frozen milk chunks. Most hulled nuts will work. Macadamia nuts work well, they have a high oil content and I like the taste.