Our recipe for homemade sugar free peanut butter is on the way, but first we wanted to describe how we go about shelling piles of peanuts. Cracking peanuts by hand is fun if you’re also drinking beer, but cracking enough for peanut butter is a different story.
I know what you’re thinking – why don’t you just buy them pre-shelled? Well, we’ve searched high and low, and our peanut options in Hong Kong seem to be medium bags of peanuts in the shell, or tiny bags/tins of shelled peanuts that cost a fortune.
So, if you have a pile of peanuts, here’s the fastest way to get cracking.
Now you’re ready to make homemade sugar free peanut butter! Or just enjoy your pile of roasted peanuts.
- Remember that peanuts are oily. Oil heats up fast and stays hot, so the peanuts will keep cooking for a few minutes after you remove them from the oven. Don’t leave them in too long, unless you like your peanuts to taste like smoke or charcoal
- The end of the rolling pin is an effective tool for cracking through tough shells (like a hammer)
- Flip the bag over a few times to keep mixing the nuts
- Season roasted peanuts to your taste with honey, salt, cumin, paprika, pepper, etc