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How to make peanut butter

Peanut butterUnlike most of you, I wasn't raised on peanut butter.  I can remember when I first tasted peanut butter as a child --- freshly ground in the machines at the GNC in the mall.  The gunky paste quickly became one of my favorite foods and I was thrilled to eat peanut butter sandwiches in my lunch box for years.

Here in rural Virginia, though, real peanut butter is hard to come by.  Instead, the shelves in the grocery store are full of jars of hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, masses of salt --- oh, and a few peanuts.

Today was the first time I tasted real peanut butter in years.  Yum!  It was worth every minute of shelling those wiley nuts.  Check out my guide on how to make peanut butter (from raised bed to bread) on the resources page.  Also, if any of you have any bright ideas on how to shell peanuts fast, I'd love to hear them!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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