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It's easy to save money on peanut butter. Buy bulk, unsalted peanuts and grind in a blender. Add salt as needed.
We get our peanuts for $1.25 lb. I like $2.50 for a big jar of peanut butter, rather than $7 a jar, don't you?
By Bonnie from Spokane, WA
I totally agree about making your own peanut butter. It should be kept in the refrigerator since homemade peanut butter does not contain preservatives and it will go rancid.
In the morning along with our cereal, I toast two bagels for me and DH. Then spread on some homemade peanut butter and drizzle some clover honey on the top. It is DELICIOUS!
if you add enough salt, it will not go rancid--the salt is the preservative. Check out the Brand "Adam's" Peanut Butter. The only two ingredients are peanuts and salt.--no need to refrigerate.
Choosing the Right Peanut Butter (including homemade peanut butter)
Peanut butter is found in about 75% of our homes. Since it is so popular and there are choices, we thought we would help you choose the right peanut butter for your home. We will tell you a little about peanut butter's nutritional value, how to store peanut butter, and how to make your own homemade peanut butter and then you will be armed to choose the peanut butter that is best for you.
You can choose from four different types of peanut butter:
Regular peanut butter: This is the peanut butter most often found on the grocers' shelves. By law, this peanut butter must contain 90% or more peanuts with no artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Some brands may contain sugar, salt, and stabilizers - often hydrogenated oil. Though a small percent of the product, the hydrogenated oil keeps the peanut oils from separating and improves shelf life. Two tablespoons of this peanut butter typically contains 16 grams of fat with 3 grams of that being saturated along with 190 calories.
Natural peanut butter: Natural peanut butter is 100% peanuts (plus salt) and contains no hydrogenated oil. The oil will separate from the peanuts and must be stirred back in. (Turning it upside down before use will help distribute the oil.) It must be refrigerated. You will find this peanut butter in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
We prefer this peanut butter both for baking and the table because of its fresh peanutty taste and because it contains neither sugar nor hydrogenated fat.
Peanut butter spreads: Peanut butter spreads contain only 60% peanut butter. Check the label carefully to see what else these spreads contain. Typically, they do not have to be refrigerated.
Homemade peanut butter: You can make your own peanut butter in your blender. Homemade peanut butter is made by blending roasted, unsalted peanuts with salt (about 1/2 teaspoon per cup), and a couple tablespoons of peanut or safflower oil. The added oil helps make the peanut butter smooth. You can leave it chunky or keep processing until it is smooth. You can also use salted peanuts but leave out the additional salt.
Regular peanut butter can be stored in a cool, dark cupboard for up to twelve months. Once opened, it should be used within six months. Natural peanut butter should be kept in the refrigerator and used within six months. Homemade peanut butter should be kept in a closed container in the refrigerator and used within two weeks.
Peanuts ground into a paste or "butter" is peanut butter, and about as natural as you can get. No additional ingredients are necessary except a preservative: monosodium chloride (an inexpensive preservative). This is natural peanut butter; needs no refrigeration, and is commonly found next to all the other peanut butter types in the non-refrigerated section of the grocery store.