Homemade Peanut Oil 自製花生油
By Ellen L.Published: 2014-09-23
The glistening golden liquid in this delicate porcelain dish is something that y'all have probably never tried in your life! Actually, until very recently, we had never tried it either! My 老公's mother had an old friend of hers from her home town of Xinhui 新會區 (near Macau) bring down a bottle of her 媽媽's homemade peanut oil! This peanut oil was lovingly prepared from the peanuts all the way thru the process of cleaning and crushing of the peanut to the extracting of the oil to the laborious sieving of the oil from the peanut bits. You would not believe how divine this peanut oil smells and tastes!
We are super picky about the oil we use in our house. We don't use any vegetable oils unless it is a cold pressed oil. We also make our own lard and go to great lengths to get pasture feed or raw butter. Actually I have got a whole lot to say about the topic of cooking oil that I will leave for another day. Suffice it to say that, after much research and trial, we now use a 'first press' peanut oil when we cook chinese food. So this gift was perfect for us! Be warned, however, that nice peanut oil tastes subtly of peanut. Which is a perfect complement when cooking most chinese food but if you are cooking something more delicate you might want to go for another oil.
We've started cooking some stir frys with this Homemade Peanut Oil and wow, wow, is it something else! Once in a while you get to taste something truly from the source and you get knocked off your feet with remembrance of what food was like when it was still real food. Not processed to death, not preserved to last 500 years, not sprayed with invisible chemicals, not tasting like metal from the can. Just real food!
We haven't tried making peanut oil ourselves (tho' I've thought about it before) but definitely plan to after we finish this gift bottle. I grilled and grilled my 老公's mother about how her friend's 媽媽 made the homemade peanut oil (poor thing, she's probably still traumatized!) and this is a recipe that I think should do the trick if you want to make your own peanut oil at home. Do let us know if you have any tips or tricks, we would love to know!
Homemade Peanut Oil Recipe 自製花生油
(makes 2 cups oil)
6 cups fresh peanuts
Remove peanut shells. Put covered peanuts in freezer overnight. Wrap frozen peanuts in towel and rub the skins off. Place peanuts in bowl and fill with warm (previously boiled) water and let soak for 15 minutes.
Drain water and then blend peanuts in blender until very smooth. Add 1-2 tbsp of warm (previously boiled) water if paste gets too stiff. Pour paste into sterilized air tight container, cover and put in fridge. Let it sit, undisturbed for a 1-2 days. The oil will start to rise to the top.
Strain through a fine sieve a few times to completely separate the oil from the ground peanuts. The peanut oil should be completely clear. Pour into your storage container and store in a cool dark place.
Tip: Your homemade peanut oil doesn't have preservatives in it like the store bought kind so be sure to store in cool, dark place and use it up quickly.
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