For years we were making fresh peanut butter for ourselves in a small grinder — it was better than anything we could buy at the grocery store but we couldn’t make enough to sell it more widely :^(
…one day we got a delivery of peanuts from a supplier that left us scratching our heads — the peanuts had been shelled! Well, we couldn’t stand to see good nuts go to waste, so we invested in a proper grinder and got down to business. A happy accident for all concerned, and now we can share our delicious peanut butter with everybody who already knows how good our nuts are.
How We Make Our Peanut Butter
Are you familiar with the acronym KISS? It stands for keep it simple, stupid. That might be a good way to describe CB’s philosophy on making peanut butter — when you start with a great tasting fresh roasted peanut, why would you want to mess around with that? No added oils, no added sugars, no emulsifiers, no salt, just fresh roasted peanuts ground into jars, one at a time, and shipped straight to our customers and retail partners.
Nutrition & Health Benefits
You already know how tasty good peanut butter can be or you wouldn’t be on this page (we don’t need to preach to the choir), but perhaps you didn’t know how healthy and nutritious it is when made right. CB’s Peanut Butter is simply our fresh, lightly roasted peanuts ground into a delicious nut butter (sometimes less is more).
Roasted peanuts are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (including oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil) and also a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. Peanuts have also been found to contain the phenolic antioxidant resveratrol, the beneficial compound found in red wine and grapes. Roasting can increase another of peanuts’ antioxidants, primarily a compound called p-coumaric acid, by as much as 22%, making roasted peanuts richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets. With all that goodness it should not be surprising that studies have shown that frequent peanut consumption can lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, stroke and colon cancer1.
THAI PEANUT SATAY DIPPING SAUCE
- One 13.5-ounce can full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 ounces (approximately 1/4 cup) of Thai red or (for milder taste) Massaman curry paste
- 3/4 cup CB’s fresh roasted peanut butter
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
Put everything into a medium pot and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, turn heat to low. Let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes (be careful not to let the mixture scorch at the bottom of the pot). Take the pot off the heat, let the sauce cool down to room temperature (or slightly warmer), and serve the sauce with chicken satay or fried tofu (or whatever else you want to dip into the deliciousness). From She Simmers Thai Home Cooking.
SOME EASY AND NUTRITIOUS LUNCH IDEAS
Try a bowl of kimchi (a Korean spiced and fermented cabbage dish) topped with CB’s fresh roasted peanut butter — adds flavor and protein to what is already considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. A certain person around here is addicted to this combination.
This one might not be for everybody, but every peanut butter lover owes it to him/herself to try it at least once — the Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich. The quest of the perfect PB&P sandwich has even been chronicled in The New York Times. Some people prefer dill pickles, some like the sweet pickes, you should probably try them both before writing the idea off. A favorite here is made with CB’s peanut butter and Claussen Chill Dills cut nice and thick on some chewy whole wheat bread.
For many more wonderful recipes that include nuts and seeds, check out Susan Herrmann Loomis’s Nuts in the Kitchen cookbook.
1: Source of health benefits of eating peanuts is the nonprofit The Worlds’s Healthiest Foods, which specifically cites the studies involved in these claims.