Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sweet, spicy peanut butter

If you're looking to economize, doing more yourself (not just terms of food), is a great place to start. Greater appreciation for the food your preparing is a common side-effect. I've talked about this before (breaking down whole chickens rather than buying their parts, curing your own meats etc.) but making peanut butter is unlike these other examples in that it really requires no knowledge or skills on your part, making it an extremely easy way to cut out the middle man. For the most basic butter, toss some plain peanuts in your processor and watch em go. Feel free to add embellishments as you please (honey, maple syrup, maybe a little peanut oil to thin it out etc).
I roasted these peanuts with some salt, butter and brown sugar then threw em' in the food processor with some cayenne, paprika, and smoked black pepper to make kind of a bbq peanut butter.

3 comments:

James said...

"Leads to greater appreciation" the labels are being printed off now.

Something that needs no skill. Sounds like something for me then. I have some cashews knocking around. Never tried peanut butter croissant.....

Jumper said...

Curious to know your peanut roasting technique. Mine never taste quite right (the roasty part - the flavorings I think I can handle)

denise said...

I love the idea of adding cayenne, paprika, and smoked black pepper!