With all the modern conveniences available today, it may seem ironic that there is a resurgence of creating homemade products lately. More and more people are looking for ways to DIY; I am one of them. I get a kick out of growing my own food, sewing my own clothes, grinding my own flour, and making my own cleaning products. Next on my “do it myself” list is making my own bar soap and making my own nut butters, especially peanut butter. We use a lot of peanut butter at my house and I think I’d have a greater appreciation for it if I had made it myself.
Here at Green Mountain at Fox Run, our chef, David Smith has been making homemade almond butter and sunflower seed butter for quite some time. He does so in a commercial food processor. Here are the basic steps:
- toast nuts, if desired, in a 400 degree oven for about ten minutes
- transfer nuts to food processor and process until crumbed into a fine meal
- while processor is running, SLOWLY add a neutral tasting oil (peanut, canola, etc…) until paste forms
- continue to process until smooth and creamy
- store in glass jar in fridge
My personal food processor might not heavy-duty enough to handle this, but I’m thinking my upper body strength is. To really bring it back to basics I think I will try a manual grinder to make homemade peanut butter. Vintage meat grinders have nut butter attachments. Ironically, despite not being a meat-eater, I believe I have a vintage meat grinder at home, so I’ll give this a go. I’m excited.
What homemade products do you make in your kitchen? Does it make a difference in how much you appreciate something when you’ve made it yourself?