The online reaction to the recent recall of peanut butter makes it sound as though none of us will ever enjoy a nice PB&J again. At my house, peanut butter consumption continues as usual. Why? Because I make my own peanut butter.
You can, too! It's easy and far tastier than the stuff that comes in a jar. Here's the list of ingredients: peanuts.
Buy a can of cocktail peanuts and pour it into a blender. Blend on one of the low settings, stopping often to push the peanuts down onto the blade with a rubber spatula. It takes a little while, but eventually the whole batch gets smooth enough to blend without assistance.
As soon as the peanut butter is an acceptable consistency (don't over-blend - that can cause the oil to separate), scrape it into a container with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
If the thought of cleaning all of the sticky peanut butter residue out of the blender makes you despair, just take it apart and put the pieces in the dishwasher.
Enjoy your fresh peanut butter! I predict that you'll never go back to the jar kind with all of the extra sugar and oil.