Pin Test: Testing and reviewing pins from Pinterest.
There’s something calming about being in the kitchen making food from scratch. Knowing exactly what goes into it, that there are no artificial ingredients or preservatives and knowing that you’re saving the family money are just added benefits to making homemade recipes. I enjoy it. It’s work, but soothing work.
And apparently lately I’ve needed some therapeutic work since our kitchen was filled with homemade bread, yogurt, chicken stock, garlic cheddar sour cream biscuits, pumpkin pie spiced granola, and slow cooker black beans in less than a week. After being a stay at home mom since April, I recently began teaching part time. I’m blessed to be able to teach just ten hours a week, but it’s amazing how ten hours out of the house can throw a wrench into my whole schedule. So, instead of spending time revamping my cleaning and housework schedule (or blogging), I’ve been escaping to the kitchen to spend some time cooking.
Homemade peanut butter seemed like the perfect addition to my stock of homemade foods. I love natural peanut butter, the kind that lists only two ingredients on the label: peanuts and salt. Unfortunatley, natural peanut butter is usually more expensive than regular peanut butter (which is usually full of added sugar and other ingredients like palm oil). So, when I saw a post at simplyshellie.com about how to make your own peanut butter in five minutes, I knew this would be a great recipe to try for a Pin Test post. I pinned it to Pinterest and made plans to buy some roasted peanuts as soon as possible.
Pass or Fail?
The savings on making my own peanut butter isn’t huge, but it does save a bit. I can purchase 2lbs of peanuts for under $6 at Costco. It yields almost three pints of peanut butter. One pint of Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter is about $3 at Walmart.
But even if savings weren’t a factor, this recipe is so easy to make, and kind of fun too! Just throw some peanuts into a chopper or food processor, pulse and then run continuously for a few minutes. I did need to take a break every minute or so to let my poor little chopper rest since it overheats easily, but the peanut butter turned out perfectly!
What’s your favorite recipe to make from scratch?