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Submitted by: Laura Mills

How to make peanut butter from scratch.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Crack open the shells and remove the peanuts. Measure out about one cup.
  2. Remove the red skin from the peanuts.
  3. If you want chunky peanut butter, put the peanuts in a food processor or grinder and run the chopped mixture through three or more times until the peanut butter is the consistency that you like. For creamy style peanut butter, chop up the peanuts in a blender.
  4. Add about one to two tablespoons of cooking oil in small amounts and regrind or blend the mixture until the peanut butter is the familiar paste consistency.
Homemade peanut butter contains no preservatives or other additives. To avoid spoiling, keep any unused portion in the refrigerator.

Did you know… that over half the peanuts grown in America are used for peanut butter?


The peanut contributes over 4 billion dollars to the U.S. economy each year.

The first major use for peanuts was as food for pigs.

One of the world's most famous peanut farmers is former United States President Jimmy Carter.

For more fun facts of the peanut and peanut butter, go to:

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Kids Cooking
by: Time-Life Books
Scrumptious Recipes for Cooks Ages 9 to 13

Kid's Party Cookbook
by: Penny Warner
Recipes for all sorts of foods that kids like and can fix themselves or with minimal help from parents.

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