I have come to the point where I will definitely buy organic peanut butter ready-made as you can find it cheaper than you can find the organic peanuts to make the stuff. Same goes for almond butter. But there is one butter that I absolutely will not buy in the store- no way no how: Coconut butter...behold Amazon's offering for Artisana coconut butter:
Are you kidding me? $26.95?? No thanks. I'll make my own. Trust me, I wouldn't do it if it wasn't beyond-easy. Please note that you absolutely can use a mini-processor. Here's the process:
- Buy 8 oz. raw coconut for $3.25
- Open bag of coconut
- Pour into food processor
- Insert ear plugs into ears
- Press 'start' and let run on 'high'
- Take several whiffs of bliss as the coconut gets churned
- Wait patiently until coconut becomes butter (can be several minutes)
- Pour into container
- If you feel so inclined, take a photo next to your iphone for size-comparison purposes
- Eat butter and try not to make embarrassing "mmmm" noises nor leave a bit of drool on your chin.
- Store in fridge to chill butter so that you can 'grate' it with a fork.
- Store at room temperature for a more creamy butter (or if you're in Los Angeles in the 2010 summer, it will be rock hard at room temperature as you will not see blue sky for months on end and it will be foggy and drizzly and you'll wonder why you bought all those cute breezy sundresses at Ross when really you should have bought the Ugg boots except that they are so ugly but so comfortable I'm told...sorry, where was I? Oh right, the pictures)
|Organic, unsweetened coconut|
|$3.25? Hello, lover.|
|Action shot- weeeee!|
|Sniff and wear those earplugs. Seriously.|
|Have patience my child. This can take up to 10 minutes or so.|
|Now it's getting creamy but has coconut 'bits' in it- I LOVE it at this stage|
|Now it's nearly liquid- but it will solidify again.|
|Two small containers- about 4 oz in each.|
I spent 40 cents per ounce making this at home vs. $1.70 per ounce with Artisana. Yay me... I win.
Some ideas for using coconut butter:
- spread on ANYTHING and eat it: cracker, bread, veggies
- chill in fridge and shred with a fork on top of oats, cereal or pancakes
- use on spoon or directly in hot cereal
- 'glaze' a protein cake
- heat and drizzle over pancakes
Q: What item(s) would you rather make at home than sell a kidney to buy? Favorite use for coconut butter?