There is no real wrong way to eat peanut butter, in fact it is simply delicious straight out of the jar with a spoon. This world-famous spread is included in so many recipes and drinks it is already legendary among food items of the world. Peanut butter is an all-American paste that grew In popularity and rose from being a simple sandwich filling to being used in all forms of dishes. Peanut butter and jelly is one of the most common phrases in American culinary terms and, right or wrong, it is here to stay. In this blog we look at some of the ways to eat peanut butter that perhaps you have never dreamt of, but first we look how to make this awesome spread.
How to Make Peanut Butter
Anybody is capable of making peanut butter, all you need is few ingredients and a blender, and you are in business. Just as the actual product is simple, making peanut butter is also simple. There are, however, one or two stages before peanuts can actually become a spread and can be spooned over your bread or toast. Place some peanuts in a blender and turn it on; initially the mix looks impossibly crumbly at the bottom of your mixer and looks nothing like the famous paste should. But the key is not to panic; don’t be tempted to throw your mix away, have trust in your convictions and let the blender do its work. After a few minutes, the oils from the nuts start to bind the mixture and it begins to resemble something that is edible. In about three to five minutes you may think you have the real McCoy but keep blending away. Between five and seven minutes the mixture goes through a transformation and something magical happens, it suddenly becomes a few degrees softer and is the correct smooth texture. Suddenly you realize that you have created what all your peanut butter dreams have been made of – the perfect smooth spread.
What You Should Expect
Looking at your homemade creation and dipping your finger into the mix, you may be a little disappointed at the end result. Homemade peanut butter will never be as smooth or taste exactly as the commercial brands, such as Skippy. Your homemade creation will always have a slightly rougher texture, try adding a little more peanut oil to help elevate the creamy texture and taste. If you use a powerful blender, this will also help. And giving the nuts a good roasting in the oven often brings out the buttery and nutty flavor more because it warms the oils up and helps the blended mixture to jell better. If you are adventurous, you can apply this very basic technique to other favorite nuts or combination of nuts. So, you can make your own pistachio or almond butter which will definitely impress your friends. Also try adding a little more salt to taste and perhaps add a little honey, this will bring a ying and yang to the whole mix, and the butter will have a perfectly balanced flavor.
So now you have your basic mixture, in part two we look at some of the different ways you can enjoy eating peanut butter.