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Alton Brown's DIY Peanut Butter Is Genius
Yahoo ^ | 5-22-14 | Alex Van Buren

Posted on 05/27/2014 2:33:52 AM PDT by kingattax

VIDEO AT LINK

You’re an avid home cook. You make your own pestos, your own mayonnaise, your own tapenades. You dominate at tomato sauces.

But now you’re perhaps sitting at your desk wondering why you’ve never made your own peanut butter. We are.

According to Mr. Alton Brown, whose hacks we’ve 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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1 posted on 05/27/2014 2:33:52 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

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.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 2:54:58 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: All

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.


3 posted on 05/27/2014 3:02:31 AM PDT by Liz
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To: DemforBush

Btt


4 posted on 05/27/2014 3:02:37 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: kingattax

Thanks! Bookmarked!


5 posted on 05/27/2014 3:03:37 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: kingattax

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.


6 posted on 05/27/2014 3:19:10 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: kingattax; DemforBush

Thank you both!


7 posted on 05/27/2014 3:19:16 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Liz

Thank you!


8 posted on 05/27/2014 3:19:46 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: kingattax

got to try this! love Thai peanut sauce...


9 posted on 05/27/2014 3:24:54 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: kingattax

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.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 3:31:30 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: kingattax
Best peanuts EVER!


11 posted on 05/27/2014 3:37:18 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Vinnie

12 posted on 05/27/2014 3:38:43 AM PDT by Liz
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To: kingattax

A non-union grocery chain, Winco, just runs dry roasted peanuts through a nut grinder. The unit is cleaned regularly. Costomers grind their own.


13 posted on 05/27/2014 3:39:02 AM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: CharlesOConnell

My Vitamix will make peanut or cashew or almond butter quite easily.


14 posted on 05/27/2014 3:49:57 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: All
THAI CHILI PASTA / PEANUT SAUCE / Cheesecake Factory recipe

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.

15 posted on 05/27/2014 3:51:38 AM PDT by Liz
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To: equaviator
Not quite...
16 posted on 05/27/2014 3:52:14 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Good for you!

Alton Brown would be excellent if he just got over the notion that he was funny!


17 posted on 05/27/2014 3:55:02 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Liz

Liz: is this served hot or cold? It’s usually served cold at Chinese restaurants.


18 posted on 05/27/2014 3:57:39 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: DemforBush

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.)


19 posted on 05/27/2014 3:59:19 AM PDT by Liz
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To: miss marmelstein

Delicious cold as leftovers. But served hot in restaurant.


20 posted on 05/27/2014 4:01:44 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

OK.


21 posted on 05/27/2014 4:05:02 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: kingattax

bkmk


22 posted on 05/27/2014 4:18:42 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: kingattax

Going to try this. Thanks


23 posted on 05/27/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Liz

That’s it. !!
I imagine the peanut police would classify it as an ‘instrument of death’ today.


24 posted on 05/27/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

I hope you kept the Mr Peanut machine and the box it came in-—looks like valuable nostalgia to me.


25 posted on 05/27/2014 4:39:03 AM PDT by Liz
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To: kingattax

Placemarker


26 posted on 05/27/2014 4:55:41 AM PDT by kalee
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To: kingattax
There's a lot of stuff you can make from scratch. Right now I'm making flavored syrup (for shots at your coffee bar). Ingredients (nuts, vodka, sugar) will cost less than $1. I'll refill the bottle that sells for over $4 at the supermarket.
27 posted on 05/27/2014 5:08:10 AM PDT by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Alton says "Welcome to Cutthroat Kitchen!" ;)
28 posted on 05/27/2014 7:30:59 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: mason-dixon
Was just over at my buddy's house yesterday.

His wife is making vanilla extract.

Vodka, vanilla beans, 6 mos. in a glass jar.

29 posted on 05/27/2014 7:32:28 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

“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.


30 posted on 05/27/2014 7:44:47 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: Syntyr

I hate that show! Give me Chopped any day.


31 posted on 05/27/2014 7:52:03 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Liz

That sounds tasty.


32 posted on 05/27/2014 7:56:01 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Syntyr

He’s too thin.


33 posted on 05/27/2014 7:56:54 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I love “Chopped” and “Iron Chef”. My favourite Iron Chef is Masaharu Morimoto. He’s brilliant.


34 posted on 05/27/2014 7:58:50 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Syntyr
It's great. Much better than store-bought vanilla.

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.

35 posted on 05/27/2014 8:00:26 AM PDT by wbill
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To: greeneyes; Marcella; JRandomFreeper

Ping.


36 posted on 05/27/2014 8:00:30 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: DemforBush

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.


37 posted on 05/27/2014 8:03:00 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: equaviator

Yep, those are delicious.


38 posted on 05/27/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Syntyr

http://www.beanilla.com/blog/homemade-vanilla-extract

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-vanilla-extract-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-197785

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_vanilla_extract/


39 posted on 05/27/2014 8:05:34 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: miss marmelstein
I hate that show! Give me Chopped any day.

Same here!!!!

40 posted on 05/27/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Peanut butter is VERY expensive in the Czech Republic - it’s considered one of those “foreign delicacies” - whereas peanuts themselves are quite cheap.

Sounds like a business opportunity! you could start your own brand, or sell 'in store' PB making machines.

41 posted on 05/27/2014 8:35:38 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: najida

Your man...


42 posted on 05/27/2014 8:45:04 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: Gabz

Chopped is an alright show but I can’t stand to watch that girly female man that hosts it.


43 posted on 05/27/2014 8:47:43 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: envisio

I find him far less offensive to watch than Alton Brown on Cutthroat.


44 posted on 05/27/2014 8:50:11 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: trisham

Did you catch Iron Chef the other night - America vs. Australia? I thought it was terrific.


45 posted on 05/27/2014 8:52:00 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: equaviator; All
Anyone recall when these were around?


46 posted on 05/27/2014 9:21:26 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Syntyr

Knew there was a reason I liked him aside from his cooking.


47 posted on 05/27/2014 10:34:27 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Liz
I hope you kept the Mr Peanut machine and the box it came in-

I wish..
Do you have to be licensed to own one now ? :^)

48 posted on 05/27/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: trisham

Easy and tasty


49 posted on 05/27/2014 10:39:24 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Rebelbase

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.


50 posted on 05/27/2014 10:45:41 AM PDT by Drawsing (Fools show their annoyance at once, the prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16)
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