I used to be of the belief that homemade always trumps store bought. This was almost a universal truth in my life; food, clothes, gifts – you name it, I would rather make it than buy it. I was maybe even a little bit self-righteous about it.
I swore a blue streak (really nothing out of the ordinary there, except that I was maybe a little louder) while making them and they ended up looking like garbage.
No really. Don’t look too closely at that picture, because they are bad. And I had to redo the oven mitt twice, cutting the seam out both times so that in the end I could barely fit my hand in it. Kind of defeats the entire purpose of having an oven mitt, doesn’t it?
After that, I decided that some things just aren’t worth the extra time and effort.
The problem is that in order to figure out what’s worth it and what isn’t requires that you actually make it. That’s what they call a Catch-22 right there, kids.
Nerd note: If you haven’t read Joseph Heller’s book that coined that phrase, you are doing yourself a disservice. It’s one of my top five all-time favorite books. Ever. (Saying ever is redundant, I know, but serves to illustrate how much I love the book. Which is a lot. Get it? Redundancy = emphasis. English class dismissed.)
I thought I had it all figured out. I can hear my mom in my head right now: Famous last words. I know, mom. Get out of my head!!
Homemade BBQ sauce? Totally worth it. Homemade sprouts? Big time worth it – easy. Cookies? DUH.
But nut butters? All that process, scrape, process some more, scrape, repeat, repeat, maybe add some oil, do you roast the nuts first or not?, blahblahblah. No thanks.
I’ve read so many blogs that swear up and down how easy it is to make, but then go on to explain the eleventy step process that takes FIFTEEN minutes. And that doens’t even include cleaning all the food processor parts.
Not to mention that minor detail – I don’t own a food processor.
Plus? My coop has a fresh ground peanut butter machine. Sure, it’s twice as expensive as buying nuts, but takes mere seconds to press the button. Time is money, let’s not forget.
I blame Justin.
When I was in Vancouver, my friend’s husband let me try his jar of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, and lord have mercy on my soul.
I never liked almond butter, but this stuff was just…no words. It was GOOD. Also? Ten dollars for a tiny jar. So obviously not happening.
That jar of nut butter made me eat my words and I am officially converted to the world of homemade nut butters.
I’m still a rookie, so don’t ask me too many questions, but I can assure you that the homemade version trumps the store bought version without even so much as a second glance. Even the freshly ground stuff.
I made peanut butter and sunflower seed butter and they both came out as smooth as….butter. Hehe.
I lused roasted seeds and nuts and added some vanilla and cinnamon to some of the peanut butter, but that’s as creative as I’ve gotten so far. I have big ideas that will come to fruition soon.
I’ve got more seeds and more nuts and now I just need to borrow my friend’s food processor again. Or suck it up and buy my own.
So, if you are on the fence about nut butters and whether you should make your own or not, listen to me – it is not over-hyped. It is worth the time.
Also? I didn’t scrape once. I’m a rebel like that.
Have you ever made your own nut butter? What’s your method? Any flavor suggestions for me?