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How To Make Home Made Peanut Butter

Updated on May 14, 2015
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Peanuts In Vitamix Ready To Go!
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Have you ever wondered how to make home made peanut butter? Well this is how and it is easier than many of you may think. First you will need a high powered blender not just any run of the mill blender, but a really high powered one like a Vitamix or Blendtec.

The big advantage of this is that you now have control over the type of nuts that are used, and their freshness! The product that you buy in the supermarket was made several months before you buy it, and it can even be years old. If you make your own you will know exactly when it was made and what is in it!

It will also taste better and once tried you will never go back. It saves about half the price of store bought peanut butter too, sometimes more when places like the Bulk Barn have the nuts on offer at as much as 50% off.

Peanuts In Vitamix

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Recipe

Materials:

  • 3.5 Cups unsalted roasted peanuts

Tools:

  • Vitamix or equivalent blender
  • Vitamix tamping tool

Peanuts Measured Ready To Go

Instructions:

1. Add the half cup of peanuts and set switches to variable speed 5. Turn on blender and let run until nuts are small chunks (Used if you like chunky peanut butter only). Empty chopped nuts into your glass storage container.

After One Minute Using The Tamper

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Peanut Butter Formed After 1 Minute

2. Turn Blender on Variable speed 1 and gradually increase speed to 10 then switch to High speed and tamp the nuts down using the tamper tool, and blend until smooth, or required consistency is reached. Usually about 1 minute.

After Scraping Out The Peanut Butter

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Vitamix As Dirty As They Get

3. Scoop the peanut butter into your glass storage container. I use a long handled teaspoon. Be careful not to damage the spoon or blender blades. Once done your container will look like this!

Water And Detergent Ready To Go

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Vitamix Blender with Warm Water and Detergent

4. Do not worry! Add 4 cups of warm water, and a couple of drops of dish soap. Turn blender on Variable 1 and increase speed to 10 then switch to high and leave it to run for about a minute. The soap will froth up and the picture below shows what it looks like. Ensure you have the lid and stopper properly in place before you turn on!

Dirty Blender After Running On High For 1 Minute

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Cleaning The Vitamix Blender

5. When the container is clean and looks like this, remove lid and stopper and rinse them under a hot tap, empty the contents down the sink and then rinse the container too.

Drying The Vitamix

6. Place top stopper and blender container on a clean dish towel and let them air dry. All done.

Put the peanut butter in the fridge and leave for at least an hour before eating, unless you prefer it warm!

Vitamix Air Drying

No Trace Of The Peanuts Left
No Trace Of The Peanuts Left | Source

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Nutritional Values Of Peanut Butter

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 - 3tbs
Calories 170
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Additional Nutrition Data For Peanut Butter

Ingredient
Amount
Daily %
Calcium
 
2%
Iron
 
2%
 
 
 

You Will Need A High Power Blender Like A Vitamix

I use the Vitamix 1732 Turbo Variable speed blender shown here, but Blendtec also make fine blenders of the quality needed to make nut butters. Cheap blenders will overheat and even burn out trying to do this task. It takes less than a minute in the Vitamix just use the tamper tool and follow their instructions.

You Will Need Peanuts To Make It

It is easiest to use roasted, but unsalted peanuts to make peanut butter, although you can use raw nuts if you prefer. I buy mine at the local Bulk Barn, but they are available from Amazon if you do not have a local bulk supplier. Use unsalted and roasted nuts, raw nuts will work, but they do not have as much oil and will make a much stickier peanut butter. This will also make raw nuts more likely to burn out your blender. You could roast them yourself if you prefer as then tyou know what has been added and of course you can use an oil of your choice. Just a little is required to help prevent the nuts from burning while you roast them.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I have a kitchen equipment store dressage husbands kitchen where blenders can be found!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    If you have a high powered blender like the Blendtec or Vitamix they turn fast enough to extract enough oil from the nuts to not require any additional ingredients. You should not add refined sugar to anything if you can help it. Butter is not needed as there is more than enough oil in the nuts themselves. I hope you have a powerful enough blender to do this, once tried you will never purchase it made again!

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i had seen all sorts of peanut butter recipe but yours is different. No need butter and sugar?

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I make 3 to 4 cup batches in about 1 minute with mine. I know you can make it in smaller blenders, but they can and do often burn out. I tried making it in our old blender before the Vitamix arrived. It took over 15 minutes and was nowhere near as good, and we could smell the motor starting to burn out and the poor machine was struggling to turn at anything like its normal speed.

    You made a wise choice going for the Vitamix, they are really easy to clean and come with a great recipe book with lots of new ideas. I use mine nearly everyday, and then often several times in the day.

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    Kari 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    I have used a tiny little food chopper to make peanut butter for years. It has never crapped out, and always produced creamy peanut butter. So it is definitely doable without a vitamix. Just don't try to do large batches.

    That said, I'm getting a vitamix this month, so I won't need my little chopper anymore!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Peg, The blender may be up to it, but probably only in the short term. The food processor will likely be able to make it, but I have heard that it can take 15 minutes or there about. It is something to do with their longer blades and slower revolution speed. Maybe you have a special occasion coming and you could get one of the high powered ones as a gift. I use mine nearly every day!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It is simple and really good, but you do need a high powered blender as the cheaper models are quite likely to burn out. Both Blendtec and Vitamix (This is the one I have) are up to it. There is also a really good Australian brand whose name I forget.

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Sounds easy enough and tasty, too. I just bought a new blender but it's the regular kind but I do have a food processor.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I can't wait to make this; thank you so much! Sharing it all around!!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Congratulations on getting a Vitamix, your eating will really get better and healthier now! This peanut butter is way better than bought, try it once and you will never go back. plus you know exactly what went into it!

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    Lana ZK 2 years ago from California

    I have to try it sometime! I got Vitamix just a few months ago, and so far all we've been doing is smoothies, but I plan to branch out :)

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It will keep several weeks, but we usually make up the quantity in this recipe and we eat it in less than 2 weeks, in theory it will keep as long as the nuts as that is all that is in there. Bought brands have preservatives and icing sugar and other additives. Kraft have an all natural brand though. Bought peanut butter can often be over a year old due to factory warehouse and supermarket storage. Homemade has non of the additives just the oil the nuts were roasted in. You can even buy raw nuts if you want pure peanut butter!

    The secret is using a powerful enough blender. The Vitamix blades turn at over 240mph and the motor is 1.5Hp so it will do the job quickly and efficiently other blenders are often not up to doing this regularly. Blendtec are also a good alternative, but Vitamix are an old and trusted American company with excellent product support. Most of their blenders are still working. They re-build the old ones and they work like new so can be a good buy if the new one is too expensive for your budget.

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    Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

    I didn't realize it was so easy to make peanut butter. When you look at the ingredients on the commercial brands, you'd think it was far more complicated. How long does it keep fresh when you make it yourself?

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you Prasetio I hope that she has a strong blender capable of making it. I know of only 3 makes that will do this in about a minute many of the low priced models do not turn fast enough and will actually burn out. Vitamix and Blendtec are both up for it.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Suzette the home made is easy and you know exactly what is in it. The only trick is ensuring you have a blender that is up to the task. Both the Vitamix (I use) and Blendtec are good for this, most others will burn out after a year or two. Check the reviews we are rally happy with the Vitamix and use it for Smoothies and all types of nut butter.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Funnily enough we used to buy Kraft as it was the best of the bunch, however you are right we have not bought any of theirs since buying the Vitamix.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you for your kind comments. I loved your poem on the Hub I looked at you are one talented lady!

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    Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

    I had no idea how to make peanut butter, but this recipe is quite easy. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I will try this as soon as I go and buy some peanuts. I'm sure once I've tasted the homemade I'll never go back to Kraft.

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    prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very informative hub. I'll show this hub to my mom. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up!

    Prasetio

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    Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    This is something I want to do and when I have enough hub money saved up I will buy from you :)

    Awesome post and liked your photos. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will pin, twitter and share with HP. Thanks my friend. Vocalcoach

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Home made peanut butter is definitely the best thing ever! I will check out the pictures to see what happened.Thanks for the feedback.

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    David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

    I wasn't quite honest above. As an adventurous young chef, long ago, I tried making walnut butter with some success. Peanut butter was a better store bought product then than it is now, so I never tried to make it. This article may challenge me to try it though, since I can't find any peanut butter I like in the stores anymore.

    BTW, just a note, but probably because of the system upgrade last week, two of your photos are missing on this article. I'm sure whatever you had there was more attractive than blank space.

    Well-written article. Thanks.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It is really simple and easy if you have a blender that is powerful enough! Thank you for dropping by.

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    Anna 2 years ago from chichester

    Awesome recipe!! I'm addicted to peanut butter and can't wait to try this recipe! Voted up (:

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    You should buy a Vitamix (from me of course!) and give it a try. I tried it in my old blender and my Cuisinart food processor and I could smell their motors burning under the effort and they could not beat the oil out of the nuts. The Vitamix not only can it does a great job in about 1 minute and from all the reviews they still appear to be going strong after 20 years of use.

    Better still you know exactly what is in it, in terms of no added sugar or salt, two of the biggest sneak thieves of our health. The first for diabetes and hypoglycemia and the second for hypertension and both for heart disease! Enjoy your lunch I know I can with confidence!

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    Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

    I never gave it a thought to try to make peanut butter, thanks for the recipe, as I do like my peanut butter. I have a peanut butter sandwich in my lunch today!!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I am really surprised that anyone can burn out a Vitamix. Mine seems to grind up anything and then some. What did you do? drop a wooden spoon into it, or something similar?

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    Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

    You are correct, about the Vitamix. I had one for about 20 years, until I completely burned the motor out. It was my fault, not a manufacturer's flaw. The Vitamix does a spectacular job making peanut butter!

    The Spanish peanuts? I simply love the flavor they have, and the little tiny bits of ground up "skin" give a nice eye appeal to the peanut butter.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    The thing about the Vitamix is that is that it actually has separated out the oil and it is really hot after just a minute! It runs at a blade speed in excess of 240mph. If I ran it much longer it would boil the mixture. I find that mine never separates by the time we have eaten it all, just wondering how long it takes in a processor? What is different about Spanish peanuts? I think the ones I use are from Virginia.

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    Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

    The only peanut butter we eat in my home, is homemade. I have been making our own peanut butter for many years. My method is a bit different, as I use Spanish peanuts, and run the food processor until the "butter" gets really hot, and the oil separates out of the peanuts. Then, I keep running it, and the oil incorporates back in. That keeps it from ever separating in storage. Great hub.

    P.S. One thing that is wonderful about making your own peanut butter, is that you know exactly - what - is - IN - it!