The expats I've met in person and online come from all walks of life. Some are older, some are younger, some have kids, some are living the single life - but there's one thing we can all attest to: at some point you miss the hell out of American food! (I'm thinking of adding a page with all my "from scratch, American" recipes for my fellow expats). The food here is incredible, fresh, free of processed chemicals and additives, but sometimes you just want some damn peanut butter. After my 80oz supply ran out (shout out to Dion, Tony, and Jay for mailing it to me!!), I figured I could go PB-less until our next trip to the States, or I could have a go at making it myself. I found some guides on Pinterest and it didn't seem too difficult. One thing that really worried me is that I don't have a food processor. Although, it's at the very top of my "to buy" list. I don't know how it keeps escaping my grasp, because I've wanted one for years. I figured I'd give the old blender a try instead. By the way, Brazilians love their blenders. They function as blenders, food processors, and mixers all-in-one. Seriously, look up blender cakes.
At my local store, I can buy peanuts whole in a bag, roasted and split, or roasted and ground. I figured I'd try the roasted and ground (torrado e moido) to give my blender a little break. I did put the ground peanuts in a pan in the oven at 200C to let them get a little warm. For some reason I thought that might help them blend better. So you can take that step or leave it. After that, I threw small amounts of the ground peanuts in my blender at a time and blended it until it got shiny and creamy. I did add about 1.5 teaspoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 3 tablespoons of soybean oil. I just added the ingredients slowly until the taste and texture seemed right. Also, I was using 500g of peanuts, which is just over 1lb. I thought my blender was going to burn out, but it worked! The color turned out a little lighter than the JIF that was previously in the jar pictured, but the taste is perfect. I put it on some toast this morning and my kids couldn't even tell the difference.