I am leaving for New York for work very shortly, but here I am, throwing up a quick blog post before I leave!
In the interest of eating organic food (no more hidden chemicals killing off my good bacteria), I knew we needed to finally make the switch to organic peanut butter. Peanuts are typically grown as a rotation crop with cotton and soybeans, both of which are heavily sprayed and not intended for human ingestion. I confess I do really love the commercial-style sweetened peanut butter with its added chemicals and have never been a huge fan of the natural stuff. The best price I could find for organic peanut butter was $8 for a pint and for a while, I have simply ignored it and bought Jif or whatever.
Then I remembered an old favorite place of mine, Koinonia farms in Georgia. I buy my pecans from them with fond memories, but they sell other things, too. They have organic raw peanuts for peanuts (har har - for cheap). Then I remembered my dad's commercial peanut butter machine, salvaged from a grocery store through his business years ago.
Last night, I roasted several trays of peanuts and Dad brought the peanut butter machine over. We cranked out 2 quarts from 5 pounds of peanuts. At $3.05 per pound including shipping, my quarts of peanut butter cost $7.62 apiece! Hooray for do-it-yourself!
We sent Dad home with a pint of still-warm peanut butter and many thanks.
Now the machine lives in our basement and if you're local and interested, email me privately - I am happy to let you have a session with Dad's machine.