I didn’t realize today is National Peanut Butter Day. In honor of this holiday, I made my own peanut butter (using my Vitamix, of course. Do not try this with a regular blender or you’ll burn up the motor).
The following slide show demonstrates making one cup of fresh, all natural peanut butter. However, the process works better with two or even three cups at a time. This recipe makes two cups.
Fresh ground peanut butter
2 cups roasted peanuts
- Place all peanuts into the Vitamix container.
- Set Vitamix at Variable Speed 1 and turn on.
- Gradually increase speed to 10 then switch to high. Run for approximately 1 minute.
- Turn off machine and check contents. You may need to scrape the walls of the container with a spatula.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3. When the sound of the motor changes as if laboring, stop.
- Remove the Vitamix container from the base and scrape (using a spatula) out all peanut butter into a container for storage.
Peanut butter keeps in the refrigerator for a week, although it probably won’t be around that long! After you taste fresh peanut butter, you won’t enjoy the commercial jars of peanut butter that contain additives.
I enjoy spreading the peanut butter on a toasted slice of whole grain bread. I drizzle with honey. Nutritious and yummy! Try it and see.
So much has been in the news lately about pesticides and contaminants in fruit juices, you may worry about buying/drinking any juice. But commercially made juice isn’t that nutritional, anyway. Why not make your own? It’s a win-win-win because your own juice is safer, healthier, and cheaper.
There is a catch. You need a Vitamix machine. Regular visitors to the Hasty Tasty Meals Kitchen already know how enthusiastic I am about the Vitamix, but I’ll spare you a commercial of all its benefits. For now I’ll focus on juice.
Whole foods juice includes all the fruit (except the peel in certain foods like pineapple, oranges, and bananas): membrane, seeds (except for the deadly seeds found in peaches, apricots, and apples; you’ll want to remove those), pulp, and juice. A juice extractor removes everything but the juice, which leaves you with a high sugar/low fiber product. What a waste of good food!
Here is an example. To extract enough juice for two four-ounce servings of orange juice, you’d need two or three oranges, depending on size. With the Vitamix, you use one orange and a cup of ice. That’s it! If the fruit is too tart, you may add a touch of honey or other sweetener, but that’s optional and usually unnecessary.
Are you convinced? If so, go to Vitamix.com and place your order. Use code 06-006627 for free shipping!
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