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Tips For Cooking with Peanut Butter (And Making Your Own)

November 12th, 2012 Cooking

Among the staples of American snacks and lunches, it is often said that none surpass peanut butter. Many people note that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches remain one of the earliest things they can recall eating. Or, perhaps they preferred to nosh on slices of bread complemented by peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches stand as a possibly healthier and just as scrumptious variation of the venerable P.B. 'n J.

Another nice thing about peanut butter is how it appeals to a wide variety of different palates - even some whose preferences may be considered strange by some people. Epicurean, a food website, has noted that it's not unheard of for individuals to enjoy a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich, a mix of peanut butter and bacon or peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches. The source goes on to note that President Hubert Humphrey was allegedly fond of peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise and catsup sandwiches.

If you feel like like indulging in some culinary experimentation, making homemade peanut butter could be a good option. A quick recipe from the Food Network's website says to mix 15 ounces of shelled peanuts into a food processor with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1.5. teaspoons of honey for one minute. After that, 1.5 tablespoons of peanut oil should be slowly poured into the amalgam for another one and a half minutes until smoothness is achieved. That's under five minutes worth of work, and the website says their homemade peanut butter can last for as long as two months, as long as its refrigerated.

Those looking for a slightly more health-conscious spin on homemade peanut can adhere to the advice provided by the website Love Veggies and Yoga, which says oils naturally found in peanuts can assume the role of the added oil, and salt is optional. One tip the online resource does note is that making peanut butter at home opens up any number of possibilities that aren't available at supermarkets. Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, vanilla and coffee extract and egg-less cookie dough are just a handful of suggested additives.

Get creative
Don't get us wrong - peanut butter and jelly is a classic for a reason. But who knows? Maybe, someday, Chai-Peanut Butter Apple Breakfast and Far East Peanutty Broccoli Salad will match the popularity of P.B. 'n J.

According to Peanut Butter Lovers, a website dedicated to (you guessed it) all things peanut butter-related, the Southern Peanut Growers recently announced the winners of its PB My Way recipe contest. The grand prize went Chai-Peanut Butter Apple Breakfast, which calls for combining chai tea, peanut butter, honey, and sugar-sprinkled cooked apples.

For the peanut butter-flavored broccoli, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, hot water and red pepper flakes should be thoroughly jumbled together. Then, broccoli, onions and red pepper are be to stir-fried with garlic, then combined with the sauce.

And we haven't even started talking about peanut butter cookies yet. Peanut butter cookies can be more brittle than most cookies, but Everyday Home Cook offers a softer, chewy take on the snack that's completely uncomplicated. To make softer peanut butter cookies, ingredients should be kept at room temperature before they're mixed together, and bakers should not wait until the edges of the cookies turn brown to remove them from the oven. After 12 minutes, the cookies may not appear thoroughly cooked, but the recipe author assures readers that they will be.