My husband and I have different peanut butter preferences – I tend to be a Jif girl, while he is a Trader Joe’s creamy salted peanut butter guy. We eat peanut butter every day as part of our breakfast, so we go through a lot of peanut butter in a month. Jif costs between $2 and $3, depending on whether I have a coupon or it’s on sale, while the Trader Joe’s peanut butter costs $2.79 per pound.
We decided to see if we could make peanut butter in our Vitamix blender. We once tried to make it in our old KitchenAid blender, and the results were gritty and uneven. A pound of peanuts (roasted, unsalted) at TJ’s costs $3.29, so we knew that this initial experiment would not end up saving us money. However, if the peanut butter turned out well, and we could get bulk peanuts for less than $2.79 a pound, we would be able to control the ingredients and consistency and avoid additives and trans fats.
We re-roasted the peanuts in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, let them cool slightly, then poured the nuts, a bit of salt, and a teaspoon of canola oil into the blender. Within minutes, we had a steaming, creamy peanut butter that tastes really different from store-bought. It is very nutty and delicious, and I could eat it with a spoon. We had a good time cleaning out the blender.
No savings for our experiment, but if we can find bulk peanuts for less than $2.79, it would be worth it.