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Homemade Peanut Butter using Anchor Butter and Honey Oct 9, 2015

Homemade Peanut Butter using Anchor Butter and Honey

It's NOT Peanut Oil
I have always been a big fan of peanut butter until I learned that the oil floating on top of store-bought peanut butter is not peanut oil, but cheap cooking oil. That was a downer. Fortunately, I discovered how easy it is to make your own homemade peanut butter, using only high quality ingredients you want for a fraction of the price.

Carbon Public Market
Here in Cebu City at the Carbon Public Market, there is a peanut butter making section. I went there and ordered a kilo of peanuts for grinding (P80-P100/kilo + P3.5/kilo for grinding). Make sure you tell them not to put sugar or oil - just plain peanuts for grounding. Take that home and mix it with the other ingredients.

Utensils:

  • deep sauce pan for the entire mixture
  • wooden spatula

Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo of ground peanuts (~P100)
  • 1.5 blocks of Anchor Butter (P105/block)
  • 1 cup of honey (P150/long neck of local honey)
  • pinch of salt
Preparation:
  1. melt the butter in the sauce pan at very low heat
  2. add the ground peanut butter, salt and honey (adjust according to taste)
  3. mix well with wooden spatula
  4. add either honey or more butter if you want a gooey consistency
  5. put peanut butter in glass jars and refrigerate (the butter can get rancid if at room temperature)

Tips:

  • since you are getting your own peanuts ground, you can choose either the peanuts with skin (which gives peanut butter its red brownish color...and also gives you arthritis), or one without skin
  • the peanut grinders will not put your butter in the grinder, so it's best to get the mixing at home when you arrive.
  • at this point, you can start saving those sardine glass jars for peanut butter storage
  • be careful when going to Carbon Public Market. It is notorious for pick pockets and snatchers. Be wary of the kids - they're the ones who do it. They can swarm you pretending to be begging, when they are actually distracting you while others go deep into your pants and bag pockets

Ending Thoughts
One batch makes around 6 jars - enough to keep you supplied for quite a bit. I tried adding Nutella to the mixture, but peanut has such an overwhelming taste that it drowned the Nutella altogether. In fact, it also drowned out the butter taste - it tasted like regular peanut butter. At least I know I used a healthier alternative. When I was at Besao in the Mountain Province, I tasted a unique blend of peanut butter - the best I ever had. They added a secret ingredient that added dimension to the peanut butter. To date, I have no clue what it is. But when I find out, you'll be the first to know.

--- TheLoneRider

finding the peanut butter section in Carbon Market, Cebu peanuts go into the grinder whistling while I work keep the heat very low - you only want to melt the butter
the butter and peanut butter will be lumpy and the consistency will initially look too watery after some mixing, when the butter and the peanut butter cluster melts, you get a smooth creamy consistency start saving those glass jars after finishing off sardines, mayonaise, etc. Make sure you clean them well and use bleach to rid it of any residual smell or taste. Sometimes, washing alone is not enough happy camper, having completed another food project

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