I am on a crusade to continuously reduce the amount of garbage my household creates. While I think we’re doing a very good job – we recycle everything and because we don’t buy much processed foods a lot of what we do throw away comes from food scraps and leftovers – there is always room for improvement. I make homemade yogurt and homemade laundry detergent to avoid the plastic containers, we haven’t purchased paper towels/napkins in years, and I made all of Evelyn’s baby food when she was only eating purees. The next venture?
Homemade peanut butter!
This is really the easiest homemade mothering trick yet. And, not only does it help the planet by reducing waste, but it was also cheaper than buying factory-made peanut butter. But, I think the best part is that the only ingredients in my peanut butter are peanuts! Popular peanut butters available at the grocery store also contain sugar, fully hydrogenated vegetable oils, and mono and diglycerides. Ick!
I brought a re-used plastic bag to Whole Foods and filled it with a pound of bulk peanuts for $1.99. At home I dropped the nuts into a food processor, pressed “on”, waited 90 seconds, pressed “off”, and poured the homemade peanut butter into an old peanut butter jar. Could not be any easier!!
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