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.