The only choices for peanut butter at Carrefour in Shanghai are Skippy’s and cheap Chinese peanut butter, both full of sugar, hydrogenated oil, and even MSG! We buy organic peanut butter from Trader’s Joe whenever we visit the U.S. and bring them to China. Due to limited luggage space in addition to other food items we need to bring back, our organic peanut butter supply doesn’t last very long.
Now that I have the Vitamix, I’ve been exploring all the things I can make organically and here in China. Today’s experiment was peanut butter!
Step 1: Finding plain peanuts
Finding plain peanuts was not easy. China rarely sells anything plain. Almost every bag of peanuts, shelled and unshelled, at Carrefour has addded salt, oil, seasoning, and MSG! I did find a small bag of organic plain peanuts but was not cheap. Finally, I found a Costco-size bag of plain shelled peanuts at Metro.
Step 2: Roasting peanuts
Before making peanut butter, you have to roast the peanuts first.
Experiment #1: Roasting peanuts in a wok. At low, I roasted the peanuts for about 20 minutes and the results didn’t turn out too well. Some were a little burnt while others didn’t seem roasted at all.
Experiment #2: Roasting peanuts in an oven. At 350F, I placed a single layer of peanuts in an oven pan and baked for 20 minutes. The peanuts turned out very roasted, a bit too dark.
Experiment #3: Roasting peanuts in an oven, at 350F for 10-15 minutes. Perfect!
Step 3: Making peanut butter
- Place 2-3 cups of roasted peanuts in the VitaMix container.
- (optional) Add brown sugar or honey to suit your taste of sweetness.
- (optional) Add 1-2 tablespoon of oil. Adding oil helps to blend peanut butter.
- Select VARIABLE, speed #1 and turn on the machine. Quickly increase to #10, then to HIGH.
- Use the tamper to push the nuts into the blades and blend until butter begins to flow freely through the blades.
The peanut butter came out very well, rich and creamy. If you want a chunkier peanut butter, adding a few peanuts during the middle of blending.