Skip to comments.Alton Brown's DIY Peanut Butter Is Genius
Posted on 05/27/2014 2:33:52 AM PDT by kingattax
VIDEO AT LINK
Youre an avid home cook. You make your own pestos, your own mayonnaise, your own tapenades. You dominate at tomato sauces.
But now youre perhaps sitting at your desk wondering why youve never made your own peanut butter. We are.
According to Mr. Alton Brown, whose hacks weve featured before, whipping up your own peanut butter is as simple as frying peanuts in a wok, adding honey and salt, and blitzing them in the food processor.
Now we sort of feel like idiots. Especially since Brown delivers a killer pro tip at the end, about adding a bit of chili oil for kind of a Southeast Asian thing.
Excuse us while we leave work early to go fry up some peanut butter. File this under genius.
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Neat link. Most commercial peanut butters have too much sugar added to them for my liking, so I’d give this one a try.
BTW, not really the same thing as making peanut butter, but since Alton used a wok to fry the peanuts, here’s a recipe for a Thai snack I ran across some years ago. You can adjust the amounts and ratios based on your personal tastes. I’ve found variations all over the web, too.
1 cup whole cashews
1 large spoonful of honey
1 tsp oil
1/2 cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut.
1 small dried red chili pepper, seeded and diced fine.
Toss the oil and honey into a hot wok and stir. When mixture is hot, and cashews and stir until just coated. Throw in coconut and chili pepper. Chow for a just a minute or so, so the nuts are glazed but nothing is burnt. Pour onto parchment paper or a non stick pan and let cool.
Yummy.....SE Asian peanut butter would be great in the classic Peanut Sauce (2 tbl soy sauce, tbl ea p/butter, hoisin, grated gingerroot, minced gar/cl) mixed into steamed Japanese eggplant strips, juliened bell pepper, carrot, bok choy, onion——served on a bed of hot basmati rice.
Thanks for posting; I never realized how easy it was to make and I have all the necessary kitchen equipment and ingredients.
Peanut butter is VERY expensive in the Czech Republic - it’s considered one of those “foreign delicacies” - whereas peanuts themselves are quite cheap.
I’m going to have to give this a try.
Thank you both!
got to try this! love Thai peanut sauce...
One of my sons loved peanut butter.
For Christmas we got him a Mr. Peanut peanut butter maker.
It was a plastic likeness of Planters Mr. Peanut about 12-15 “ tall.
Put peanuts into his hat, cranked his arm and butter came out......don’t remember where.
He loved it.
A non-union grocery chain, Winco, just runs dry roasted peanuts through a nut grinder. The unit is cleaned regularly. Costomers grind their own.
My Vitamix will make peanut or cashew or almond butter quite easily.
PEANUT SAUCE Mix cup smooth p/butter, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3 tsp chili paste, 2 tb br/sugar, 2 juiced limes, 1/2 cup hot water, minced gar/cl, tsp ea rice vinegar, ground powdered ginger, 1/2 tsp sesame oil.
ASSEMBLY Layer on plate, cooked thin spaghetti, sliced cooked chicken, blanched carrot slivers, water chestnuts, chp cilantro. Pour sauce over; toss to coat.
SERVE topped with cilantro, chopped peanuts; bean sprouts.
Good for you!
Alton Brown would be excellent if he just got over the notion that he was funny!
Liz: is this served hot or cold? It’s usually served cold at Chinese restaurants.
Mmmmm....that sounds good.
Trisha Yearwood on foodTV made these luscious PEANUT BUTTER BALLS.
Stir on med heat cup sugar, 1/2 c ea dark/white corn syrup.
Offheat, add 2 cups crunchy p/butter. Stir/fully combine.
Then add 4 c rice cereal; mix well. Shape into palm-size balls. Setup on waxed paper.
(Will store airtight 2 weeks.)
Delicious cold as leftovers. But served hot in restaurant.
Going to try this. Thanks
That’s it. !!
I imagine the peanut police would classify it as an ‘instrument of death’ today.
I hope you kept the Mr Peanut machine and the box it came in-—looks like valuable nostalgia to me.
His wife is making vanilla extract.
Vodka, vanilla beans, 6 mos. in a glass jar.
“His wife is making vanilla extract.
Vodka, vanilla beans, 6 mos. in a glass jar.”
Huhhh... Never knew that one... Thanks! Will have to try that.
I hate that show! Give me Chopped any day.
That sounds tasty.
He’s too thin.
I love “Chopped” and “Iron Chef”. My favourite Iron Chef is Masaharu Morimoto. He’s brilliant.
I've got a small bottle with vanilla beans in it, just top it off with cheap vodka when it gets down a little. Probably Grain Alcohol would do fine, too, but I'm cheap.
Replace the Beans every few months, when I think of it. They cost a couple bucks for a small packet at World Market.
Saves money, and frankly, I like it better. I use it all the time for things like pancakes. Works just fine.
The best peanut butter we’ve found is Smart Balance. It has an intense flavor, and it isn’t nearly as sweet as some others.
Yep, those are delicious.
Sounds like a business opportunity! you could start your own brand, or sell 'in store' PB making machines.
Chopped is an alright show but I can’t stand to watch that girly female man that hosts it.
I find him far less offensive to watch than Alton Brown on Cutthroat.
Did you catch Iron Chef the other night - America vs. Australia? I thought it was terrific.
Knew there was a reason I liked him aside from his cooking.
Do you have to be licensed to own one now ? :^)
Easy and tasty
I have a friend who was traumatized by Mr. Peanut when he was a kid. True story.
But on another note... My wife makes a great peanut soup. She got the recipe from a restaurant in Washington DC where some of our founding fathers used to eat. Reportedly, peanut soup was George Washington’s favorite.
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