Are you concerned about all the additives and preservatives that are put into processed foods? If you are, I am sure whenever possible you like to make your food from scratch. Without the necessary kitchen gadgets and appliances it is not always possible but I recently discovered that we don’t have to be held back by these shortcomings. Yep. I came to this conclusion when I discovered that I could Make Peanut Butter With a Blender.
How It All Began
Like some of you, I like to putter around in the kitchen and try my hand at making my own food from scratch. When you read the labels on the processed foods, it’s just amazing to see some of the things you are putting into your body. Most of the stuff you can’t even pronounce.
I am by no means a chef or any great person in the kitchen but because I want to do whatever is in my power to ensure that I eat the healthiest I can, I try to make my own foods from scratch whenever I can. So I bake my own bread, cook all my peas and beans from scratch, made hummus, tried my hand at nut butter…….. and that’s where the challenge began.
My First Try at Peanut Butter
My first try was almost a success. On second thought, I would say it WAS a success. You will see why in a moment.
I took out my large 7 cup food processor, added my ingredients according to the simple recipe I had and started whizzing. I was excited as I saw the various steps occuring as outlined in the recipe. The peanuts breaking down into fine grains, then getting crumbly, then sticky, then pasty……….it was doing all the right things and doing it very quickly.
Just a few more minutes of whizzing according to the recipe and it would get super creamy.
I checked my peanut butter. It was spreadable. I was elated. But had I reached the final point or did it need one final whiz?
Should have quit while I was ahead
I decided to give it one final whiz but then………..disaster. There was a resounding c-r-a-c-k followed by crashing sounds. I turned off the food processor in what I think was milliseconds, but the damage was already done. The S-blade had broken while it was going at 40 hundred mph. Okay, I exaggerate. I haven’t a clue what 40 hundred mph is like and I have no idea how fast the S-blade spins but it sounds like it spins very, very fast and it broke mid spin.
The peanut butter was not to blame. The blade had cracked a long, long time before and pieces of the plastic part had actually broken off over time.
I took out the broken blade and examined my peanut butter. It was nice and creamy…………with a generous serving of white plastic pieces.
I must admit that my heart would not allow me to throw away my first ever homemade peanut butter so I painstakedly sat down and picked out all the plastic pieces.
Delicious peanut butter.
I was sold. From that moment I wanted to make all my peanut butter at home.
Where to go from there
I was on a roll now. I needed to replace my S-Blade and get cracking (no pun intended) with more nut butter recipes. Alas, my food processor is an old model and I have not been able to find a replacement blade. I therefore decided to buy another processor. Since my original processor still has the other functions working, I decided to buy a smaller processor like the ones I see them use on youtube when they are making peanut butter.
I was anxious to try it out. This time I was making almond butter. I whizzed and I whizzed and I whizzed and I whizzed.
5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes. I am only whizzing a few seconds at a time but I am encountering various reactions over this time. The processor gets hot. Rest. The stuff in the processor is hot. Rest. There is smoke coming out of the processor. Rest. Repeat. Can I tell you, this went on for about 1 hour. You must be wondering why I did not stop. Well I just didn’t know what to do with this crumbly, mushy mess which was now neither almond nor butter, so I just plodded along.
Good news. It finally turned out into delicious almond butter. Bad news. I had no intention of ever trying to make nut butter in that food processor ever again.
Enter the Nutribullet
The thought did not hit me like a lightning bolt. Nothing so dramatic. But while I was researching the wattage of larger food processors (I was yearning to make nut butter again), it suddenly struck me that my nutribullet was more powerful. Hmmmm! I wonder if I can make peanut butter in the blender? Well there was only one way to find out.
I roasted my peanuts, tossed a cup in my Nutribullet, added a spoonful of olive oil, a spoonful of honey and a little salt. I attached my extractor blade and the test began.
The peanuts were broken up very quickly and I had a pasty consistency in no time. I was having a problem though with the fact that the butter kept moving up the side of the cup and not staying on the blades long enough, I had to be stopping every few seconds and scraping or shaking the contents back unto the blade. It was nice and pasty but not as smooth as I wanted it to be. If I were able to scrape and push down the contents onto the blade while blending I would have finished way earlier. That was my main drawback.
Then another thought hit. The Nutribullet had done a good job so far and in a reasonable time. It had made spreadable peanut butter. What if I scraped the peanut butter into my little (almost rejected) food processor for a final whiz or two.
So I did just that and -voila- lovely, creamy, delicious peanut butter.
Hurray for Nutribullet. I am back on my peanut butter making spree. And not just peanut but other nut butters as well. And we can’t leave out tahini and hummus.
Do you want to make peanut butter at home but don’t have a food processor? No need to worry. The job can still be done with a powerful blender like Nutribullet or which ever other powerful blender you own.
Get that blender out and start whizzing. You are going to be amazed at the delicious peanut butter that you are able to make.
If you don’t yet own a powerful blender, you can get one here.
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