- Tuesday, 11 October 2011
- Cooking With Kids
Homemade peanut butter is simple to make and teaches kids how they can change food in one form into a different type of food. Shelling the peanuts for homemade peanut butter strengthens small finger muscles that are used in writing as well as patience and perseverance. It takes a lot of peanuts to make a little peanut butter.
Counting, weighing and measuring are math skills kids can use when making homemade peanut butter. How much did the peanuts weigh in the shell? How much did they weigh out of the shell? Is one cup of peanuts in the shell the same amount when they are out of the shell?
Shelling peanuts is also a great time to talk about the long history of peanuts and how George Washington Carver came up with 300 uses for peanut butter!
Math, science, muscle building, history, virtues and family time. And you just thought you were making peanut butter!
- One bag of roasted peanuts in the shell
- Vegetable oil
- Honey (optional)
- Salt (optional)
- Blender or food processor
- Shell and skin peanuts, then put them in the blender or food processor. This may be a hard job for a blender so you may want to blend the peanuts in small batches.
- Chop peanuts until the butter forms. It may not be completely smooth. If you would like to sweeten the peanut butter or add some salt, add it before you begin chopping the peanuts. You will need 1 Tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.
- After the butter has formed, slowly drizzle the oil into the blender or food processor while it's running.
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to two months.