How to make peanut butter

How to make peanut butter

How to make peanut butter: Peanut butter is a product that can only be produced with a few ingredients. The peanuts that are used for this must first be carefully selected. In addition, there are a number of elements that can give peanut butter a unique taste. The end product can be sweet, salty and/or crispy as desired. The product can be roasted for this. What is the disadvantage of roasting? What largely determines the best before date?

How did peanut butter get its name?

In English the food is called ‘peanut butter’. This name, in which the words ‘peanut’ and ‘butter’ are used in combination, also occurs in other countries. In the Netherlands, however, people have opted for ‘peanut butter’. They have decided to do this because otherwise it can be confused with products that actually contain butter. However, it can be confused with ‘cheese’. However, this has been allowed because the word ‘cheese’ is also used for the product liver cheese, despite it does not contain cheese as an ingredient. The term ‘cheese’ may therefore be used in a different context.

How to make peanut butter

Ingredients

Peanut butter consists largely of peanuts, oil and salt. The amount of peanuts used during the production process is more than the amount obtained as a final product.

How healthy is peanut butter?

Peanuts are a healthy food and consist of unsaturated fatty acids. In addition, it contains various proteins, vitamins and minerals. Researchers suspect that it reduces the risk of heart disease. Despite this, peanut butter does not affect physical health. This is most likely caused by the other ingredients present in this product. However, when using oil with too many unhealthy fats, it can negate the positive effects of peanuts.

Production process

In order to process the peanuts, they are first finely ground. Sugar, honey or molasses can be added to this to give the product a sweeter taste. Molasses is a by-product of sugar that has been used as an ingredient in various foods since the sixteenth century. In addition, salt can optionally be added to give the whole a stronger taste. However, if the peanuts have already been salted in advance, it is not recommended to add extra salt. In the worst case, the food may become unusable for consumption. In addition, the expiration date must be taken into account. There is also the option of producing peanut butter entirely yourself.

It is possible to make your own peanut butter

When you decide to make your own peanut butter, you use the same ingredients that are used in the factory, namely peanut oil and salt. To make 350 milliliters of peanut butter you will need about two cups of peanuts (about 470 milliliters in total) and one and a half teaspoons of oil. This oil can be vegetable oil or peanut oil. To make the end result sweeter, you can use half a tablespoon of sugar. In addition, you need a kitchen appliance that has the ability to grind peanuts. Homemade peanut butter is less runny than store-bought products. This has to do with the intensity of the grinding process. The peanuts should be washed completely before they can be used. It is then possible to roast these peanuts.

You need extra time to make the end result crispy and crispy

When the peanuts are roasted, the end result will be a bit crispier. However, this can make it take a lot longer to prepare. The entire process takes about 20 minutes at most. However, without roasting these peanuts, the cooking process can be reduced to 5 minutes. In addition, sugar can be added to give the whole a sweet taste. White and/or brown sugar can be used for this. Syrup or honey can also be added as an ingredient.

The shelf life

Peanut butter has a very long shelf life. Even if the product is opened, it can be kept for as long as stated on the packaging. This is even when the food is outside the refrigerator and at room temperature. However, after a long period of time, some oil may float to the surface. In this case it is recommended to mix the oil again by stirring well with a clean spoon. The best before date depends most on the quality of the peanuts.

Bacteria and fungi should be avoided as much as possible

When bacteria are added, it can happen that the peanut butter spoils earlier than indicated. Like any other product, it is recommended to keep the product closed as much as possible. In some cases, peanut butter may not have a long shelf life because of a moldy peanut it contains. In the Netherlands, however, this almost never occurs. In the Netherlands, the rules regarding the quality of peanuts are very strict.

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