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3 hours ago, expat_4_life said:

All right, been following this thread since it started a couple of days ago.

 

Never thought there could be so many nuances to making your own peanut butter.

 

Here is what I'd like you all to comment on - what are you eating that you have to make peanut butter by the KG?

 

As a kid I ate plenty of it, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter slathered on hot

toast, and my mothers favorite, peanut butted with banana.

 

I will admit I don't know why I abandoned ratting peanut butter, but I have been abroad

for the last 40 years in obscure places where you would not find peanut butter

on the "supermarket shelf".  So, I also get it - you're making something at home that is not

necessarily readily available and you like.

 

But what are you eating?

 

I make 2 kg of almond butter .. and it keeps almost forever. Not hard to make. 

 

I make it because its cheaper to make yourself than to buy it in a shop. 

 

Sometimes I make peanut butter too but prefer almond butter. 

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3 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

The contraption you linked above, according to the video, takes an hour or more....and shows them using/needing a fan to keep the device from overheating.... Not to mention being pretty noisy....

 

My food processor takes 3-4 minutes in total, and doesn't get hot or require any fan..

 

 

I have the device and use it here, no fan needed. Yes it takes an hour for 1,5 kg of the stuff.

 

But maybe the difference is that I make almond butter, peanuts are softer then almonds. I tried almond butter with the blender with knives (food processor) and I burned through a few of them. Does not happen with the machine. 

 

Food processor was just not up to the job (for almonds) i assumed the same would go for peanuts. If you say you can make it without breaking your food processor then peanuts are probably softer.

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54 minutes ago, robblok said:

I have the device and use it here, no fan needed. Yes it takes an hour for 1,5 kg of the stuff.

 

But maybe the difference is that I make almond butter, peanuts are softer then almonds. I tried almond butter with the blender with knives (food processor) and I burned through a few of them. Does not happen with the machine. 

 

Food processor was just not up to the job (for almonds) i assumed the same would go for peanuts. If you say you can make it without breaking your food processor then peanuts are probably softer.

 

I've never tried almonds in my FP, that I can recall...

 

But I have used both cashews and peanuts many times with no problem... I'm just guessing that cashews are probably softer than peanuts....and certainly softer than almonds.

 

 

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40 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

I've never tried almonds in my FP, that I can recall...

 

But I have used both cashews and peanuts many times with no problem... I'm just guessing that cashews are probably softer than peanuts....and certainly softer than almonds.

 

 

I destroyed a few food processors with the almonds, so then I came up with this contraption. It works like a charm. I make big batches once in a while and done. My food processors were of good quality but just did not survive.

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If you're in BKK, Bangkok Christian Guest House behind Central Silom sellsa homemade PB and granola.

 

<deleted>?!? We make our own PB so we don't add sugar! Sheesh!

 

I bought my Russell Hobbs 1.8-liter 220V food processor from Amazon. 

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3 hours ago, unblocktheplanet said:

If you're in BKK, Bangkok Christian Guest House behind Central Silom sellsa homemade PB

 

Do you know, is their PB 100% peanuts and nothing else?  Or they're mixing in some kind of additives/sweeteners?

 

That's one reason I like making our own at home -- I know exactly what we're getting and eating.

 

With a lot of non-mass merchandise food products sold in Thailand, they often have no nutrition labeling at all, and sometimes not even ingredient lists. The Thai FDA must have some kind of exemption for small seller products.

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This topic is right up my alley...

I have a Phillips blender with a small, about 8-10 ounce blending container. I fill it to 1/2 with peanuts and sometimes cashews too, pour a couple of tablesspoons of honey then 2 tablespoons of peanut oil (NOTE: The only place I have been able to find peanut oil is Villa MKT) blend until smooth scoop out into a jar or whatever and enjoy...You'll need to do this a couple of times to get it down but easy and not messy..Hope this works for you...

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On 5/28/2019 at 2:37 PM, BritManToo said:

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Just made my first batch using raw peanuts you recommended. I used Lotus house brand but probably comes from same source. Have to really keep a close eye on them to make sure they don't burn. Definitely better than the already roasted peanuts I had been using, which sometimes had a slight rancid or bitter flavor after being reheated. The taste is milder like you would expect from a commercial peanut butter. Thanks for the tip!

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19 hours ago, DaRoadrunner said:

I'm looking for Gluten Free nuts. Can anyone help?

 

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7 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

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Thanks but it's not that simple. Nuts are often packed using the same packaging / processing machinery as grains. Cross contamination of only 20 parts / million is enough to make your Celiac very ill.

 

Thai nuts usually offer no advice on the pack as to if they are safe or not. Even some so called Gluten Free foods are not what they claim as many contain Cornflour or Maize starch or other harmful ingredients.

 

Animals that are fed on Corn are also a problem. Eat the meat and you get a reaction.

 

Da Roadrunner lives on fruit n veg (and bird seed of course). Nuts would be nice if I could find safe ones..... Yeah, I know... it is nuts!

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9 hours ago, DaRoadrunner said:

Da Roadrunner lives on fruit n veg (and bird seed of course). Nuts would be nice if I could find safe ones..... Yeah, I know... it is nuts!

 

You might find some useful options here:

 

https://www.verywellfit.com/are-nuts-and-peanuts-gluten-free-4157889

 

Just one of the sources mentioned above:

 

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There are two categories of "gluten-free" on Nuts.com: gluten-free and gluten-free certified (from the GFCO). Those products that are GFCO-certified gluten-free have undergone stringent testing that ensures they contain fewer than 10 parts per million of gluten. Meanwhile, products that are labeled "gluten-free" but are not GFCO-certified are considered gluten-free to the legal standard of less than 20 parts per million of gluten. 

 

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12 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

You might find some useful options here:

 

https://www.verywellfit.com/are-nuts-and-peanuts-gluten-free-4157889

 

Thanks but most of these are not available in Thailand.

 

The following are available here but read on...... It's not so easy!

 

Blue Diamond makes several gluten-free-labeled almond products but then adds.... "Be aware that the gluten-free nut products may be processed in the same facility as the gluten-containing nut products."

 

Planters Nuts. "This is a Kraft Foods company. Kraft has a policy of calling out any gluten-containing ingredients on product labels. However, unless a product is explicitly labeled "gluten-free," it could be subject to gluten cross-contamination, even if it doesn't include any gluten-containing ingredients."

 

Like I said.... nuts.

 

 

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9 hours ago, DaRoadrunner said:

Thanks but most of these are not available in Thailand.

 

 

One of the things I've learned from living in Thailand is, if a person needs retail items that are out of the ordinary, there's a good chance that they'll have to look outside Thailand to obtain them.

 

That's one of the reasons why I'm constantly ordering things, especially specialized food items, from Amazon U.S. and having them reshipped here by my reshipping service (Amazon's own intl. shipping is too expensive, and doesn't handle all of their items, so I use a 3rd party service that's cheaper and handles everything!). Because I want or need those items, and they're simply unavailable in Thailand from any source at any price.

 

That's a price you pay for living in a whatever rank world country this is....despite its other advantages and disadvantages.

 

PS - No one ever said this kind of stuff is easy in Thailand. But it is achievable, if you're willing to broaden your horizon a bit.

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On 6/24/2019 at 10:15 AM, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

One of the things I've learned from living in Thailand is, if a person needs retail items that are out of the ordinary, there's a good chance that they'll have to look outside Thailand to obtain them.

 

That's one of the reasons why I'm constantly ordering things, especially specialized food items, from Amazon U.S. and having them reshipped here by my reshipping service (Amazon's own intl. shipping is too expensive, and doesn't handle all of their items, so I use a 3rd party service that's cheaper and handles everything!). Because I want or need those items, and they're simply unavailable in Thailand from any source at any price.

 

That's a price you pay for living in a whatever rank world country this is....despite its other advantages and disadvantages.

 

PS - No one ever said this kind of stuff is easy in Thailand. But it is achievable, if you're willing to broaden your horizon a bit.

Finding, ordering and shipping stuff is easy. Getting Thai Customs Dept's sticky fingers off it is something else. Fortunately your average Somchai does not know what Peanut Butter is!

 

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