We normally have a good stock of peanut butter that we have on hand here in Haiti. This peanut butter is collected stateside and then shipped down on a semi container with other supplies we use throughout the year for RHFH. This fall we were unable to send the container due to a lack of funds. So we had to figure out a way to continue to have peanut butter on our menu. This is how we are currently doing it.
We purchase peanuts at the local market. Items are measured different here than might normal to you. Many items are measured in marmite or timarmite. A marmite is a #10 can. So this is 2 heaping marmites.
The peanuts are then roasted.
This is what they look like after being roasted. Then they outside skin is removed. This is done by rubbing the peanuts together and then flipping them up in the air in the object below. When they are flipping them the wind with carry the skin to the side.
The peanuts then make their way to the local grinders. He grinds them with a hand grinder. At this point you can add things to the peanuts if wanted. Many here in our area add hot peppers to the mix. We add nothing at this point.
It is dry and thick after being grinded.
Cooking oil is add to the peanuts. The oil is heated before it is added. When I asked why it is heated they said if it is not heated the batch will spoil quicker. They want the oil very hot, so they add a leek and cook it until it is almost burnt, then they know the oil is hot enough.
The oil is added to the dry peanuts. The amount depends on how runny you want it. I tend to not make it to runny due to the kids eating it. It makes for a mess when it is running off the sides of the bread with 60 kids eating it 🙂
I also add a bit of sugar to it. Most that made homemade peanut butter in our area do not add sugar, they prefer the hot pepper mix.
Then is it mixed up again.
We find container to put it in for the week.
The above homemade peanut butter cost us around $14US. We use the above amount in one week. This does not in any way take the place of the Medika mamba that we use for the children on that program. We will continue to purchase that product from Meds & Food for Kids. By making our own peanut butter we are helping locals by purchasing the products here in Haiti. This also does not mean we will not continue to collect PB while state side. This is just where we are at right now to continue with our normal menu.