Thursday, October 29, 2009

Homemade Peanut Butter...maybe.

Today in the quest to fend off boredom...
As I mentioned earlier, I've had a lot of free time lately. For some reason or another as of late, one of the things I enjoy most is to cook. I thank my old friend Cindy for that. Here we've been cursed with the smallest, most ill-equipped kitchen I've ever seen. To prepare food we have a 2 burner hotplate and a microwave. Not my favourites. I genuinely miss having an oven! And after a month of alternating between pasta and rice dishes, we're due for a change in routine. To the internet! This site is my newest and most used bookmark.
Aside from the delicious potato and leek soup I made yesterday, I came across some tips for making peanut butter. It's one of Steve's favourite foods, and something you just can't really get here in France. (I'll post a pic of their version soon, it's laughable)
I've been hunting for an inexpensive food processor, and seemingly hit the jackpot this morning at a flea market, for 2 euros. (it's a salad spinner, chopper, and batter blender all in one!) The catch? It's hand-cranked.
I bought some peanuts anyway, tasted one on the way home and realized they still taste like a squishy-ish legume. To the roaster-oven! 10 minutes in there on a litt
le tray and they were as good as North American. lol. After toasting it was easy to remove the skins and toss them into the chopper with a bit of oil. Ready to crank away. ha!
I spent about 20 minutes grinding, getting sweaty and covered in peanut dust before giving up. I did make 2 sandwiches with raspberry jam and the "extra crunchy peanut butter," and they weren't that bad.

Still on the hunt for an electric chopper.

1 comment:

  1. As soon as I began reading this, I remembered that my grandmother brings jumbo jars of peanut butter back to Italy with her. Always, always, always. And if she's over the 50 pound luggage limit, other stuff goes. The PB stays. I guess she doesn't have an electric chopper either.


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