I often get asked, “how do I start homesteading”? To me- it’s simple! Just start making things that you would normally buy from the store. Eat a lot of bread? Learn how to make bread (doesn’t have to be sourdough). Like tomatoes? Grow some! Eat eggs? Maybe get some chickens? Honey- what about bees? I know not everything is possible given location, climate, etc but you know what everyone could make? Peanut butter. It’s literally two, sometimes three, ingredients. And all you need is a food processor.
I also am constantly asked how much money homesteading saves us. To be honest- it usually doesn’t. I’m fine with breaking even. I’m even fine with paying more but getting to control what goes in our food makes it WORTH it. That being said- this is one recipe where you would save money if you just made it at home. It may only be a $1 or $1.50 but if you buy a jar of peanut butter every week, you are looking at saving about $50 annually. While it may not seem like much, that’s just ONE product that you can make at home that will save money. Imagine if you did a dozen or so of those and how much you could save (if that’s the goal- I mean, who doesn’t love saving money)? PLUS- this is DELICIOUS!
You will need a food processor for this recipe. This is the one I use!
Ingredients (this makes one 16oz canning jar)
- 2 cups Spanish peanuts (these are oiler and make the peanut butter creamy)
- 2 TBSP honey
- 1 tsp salt
- Set oven to 350
- In a bowl, add ingredients and stir / coat all peanuts
- On a parchment covered cookie sheet, spread peanuts
- Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and bake an additional 10 minutes
- Let cool for 10 minutes
- Add to food processor
- Pulse food processor several times before setting to “low” setting
- Every 1-2 minutes, scrape the sides
- Continue until creamy
That’s it! It’s so easy and such a great recipe for kids to help with too!
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Definitely giving this a try! Thank you!