Food Engineering/Manufacturing/Peanut butter commercial production recipes
Expert: J. Peter Clark - 2/25/2013
Question I am from nigeria and would want to go into peanut butter production and i need some ideas on the best economical method to start, can honey be added to peanut butter to improve the taste? If no could you list for me some of the flavours that could be added to peanut butter to make is unique and sellable. Thanks
Answer In the US, peanut butter must contain at least 90 % peanuts. Other permissible ingredients include sugar, salt, additional oil, and emulsifiers, such as mono- and di-glycerides. In other countries, the regulations, if any, may be different. Honey would be compatible in flavor with peanut butter, but might require a waiver to be added in the US. I believe there have been products in which jams or jellies were swirled with peanut butter, but I do not know if they succeeded. Peanut pieces are routinely included to make crunchy peanut butter. Old fashioned peanut butter is made without additives, and so will separate upon standing, but some people like it that way. Chocolate might be compatible, simulating popular candies.
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