Make homemade peanut butter—and ditch the plastics!
Who doesn’t love peanut butter?? Homemade peanut butter is super easy AND you don’t have to stress over any added ingredients or preservatives. Store-bought peanut butter, especially if it’s not the natural variety, will often times contain hydrogenated oil—TRANS FAT. Remember our discussion on trans fats? And how BAD they are? Not good. Store-bought peanut butter may also contain vegetable oil, molasses, mono and diglycerides and sugar. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want all those things in my peanut butter. Not to mention… store-bought peanut butter will typically come packaged in plastic.
Plastic – not so fantastic..
According to the Environmental Health News, evidence is mounting that plastics are harmful for the body.
- In our bodies, the chemicals added to plastics can be absorbed by the body and may alter our hormones
- In the Earth, plastics can take years to break down and can leach dangerous chemicals into our soil and water sources
Plastic materials lead to even more problems when not properly recycled. I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of fish getting caught in plastics in the ocean and birds dying from swallowing plastics. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
From an article by National Geographic,
“Of the 8.3 billion metric tons [of plastic] that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter.”
If you must use plastic containers, consider doing the following.
- Choose BPA-free (BPA is also nasty stuff).
- Identify the resin number – This number relates to the types of plastic that make up the plastic container. The numbers usually range from 1-7 and your best bets will be 1, 2, 4 and 5. Numbers 3 and 7 often contain BPA.
- Avoid heating plastics. Heating and cooling plastic over and over can cause the plastic to degrade and materials can leach into your foods.
- Reuse (for cold storage!) and recycle whenever possible.
Glass > Plastic
Glass is the safer choice:
- Can be heated/cooled without concern, without leaching into foods
- It does not pose environmental concerns
- It has a non-porous surface, which avoids food/germ absorption
- Can be safely washed at higher temperatures
According to the Glass Packaging Institute,
“Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity – something few food and beverage packaging options can claim.”
To reduce our environmental impacts—Let’s stop buying plastic and start buying (or making) foods in glass containers. Glass can be recycled and made into new glass materials. Plastics are often one-time use products, with minimal reuse value.
Simple AND Sustainable
Skip the store-bought, plastic-wrapped peanut butter. Make it yourself! Homemade peanut butter is super easy (who knew!?) and lets you use a reusable glass container! That’s why we love our Mason Jars! We seriously use them for everything! Also consider throwing out your old plastic Tupperware and getting yourself some Glass Food Storage Containers! Great for leftovers, snacks, or packing some apples and peanut butter! Here’s how you can make your own homemade peanut butter!Print
Natural, super easy and so much better than store-bought!
- 2 cups raw, unsalted peanuts*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (I like to use Himalayan Sea salt)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Spread peanuts out on lined baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes
- Transfer the warm peanuts to a food processor or blender (for chunky peanut butter, set 1/2 cup peanuts aside for adding later)
- Pulse a few times until the peanuts are roughly chopped.
- Run the food processor continuously for 10 minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides as needed.
- After 10 minutes, the peanut butter should be smooth. Add salt and other additions including extra peanuts at this time and blend for another 1-2 minutes.
- Voila! Now, transfer your wonderful homemade peanut butter to your reusable glass container!
*You can use pre-roasted peanuts, but I still like to roast them for a couple minutes to warm them up and loosen the oils
Add-ins: Feel free to add in different ingredients to change the flavor. My favorite is a touch of honey. Other options include cinnamon/other spices or cocoa powder. Keep in mind though, that the shelf life decreases when you add other ingredients.
Store your homemade peanut butter in the fridge for a longer shelf life (it will keep for several weeks in the fridge)
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