Bad news for peanut butter lovers. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked peanut butter to a recent outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. Initially, the food recalls were limited to a few batches of snack crackers from companies like Little Debbies and Austins. But the list of recalled products is growing by the day, and now includes peanut butter crackers and products like Famos Amos cookies, Keebler Soft Batch Peanut Butter Cookies, Wegmans Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream, CLIF bars, LUNA bars, and even certain brands of pet food that contain peanut butter paste. Click here for an updated list of peanut butter product recalls.
The FDA has narrowed down the source of contamination to the peanut butter and peanut paste produced by Peanut Corporation of America at its Blakely, GA processing plant. Still, it will take a while before it is clear exactly which products are contaminated and which are safe to eat. But never fear, you don't have to give up those healthy and super-easy PBJs just yet. Its easier than you think to make your own peanut butter. Here's how its done:
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
1-1/2 tsp organic oil (like peanut, olive, or veggie oil)...this is optional
salt (also optional)
Pour peanuts into your food processor or blender. Chop continusouly for 2-3 minutes. If you like your peanut butter really smooth, add a little oil to the mix to get it to the desired consistency. Add salt for taste. Store in the refrigerator.