Friday, 6 April 2012

Peanut butter for income generation and Nutrition

Peanut butter is a perfect spread for sandwiches which is made from roasted salted or sweetened peanuts. It is popular among adults and children alike in addition to being rich in nutrients, providing over 30 vital nutrients and phytochemicals. The nutrients include niacin, fiber, magnesium, manganese folate, phosphorus and vitamin E. They also contain about 25% protein, and exceeds proportion in any other true nut. They have been used to help fight malnutrition by famine relief organizations like the World Health Organization, UNICEF. Doctors without Borders have also promoted the use of these products to help save malnourished children in developing countries. A research that was carried out in the United States revealed that 1-2% of the population had allergic reactions the products   exposure with symptoms ranging from watery eyes to anaphylactic shock, for which treatment should be sought without delay. Use high quality and avoid moldy peanuts as they produce a carcinogenic substance called aflatoxin.

 Ingredients to make peanut butter include:-

1kg shelled and roasted peanuts

½ cup sugar

1 ½ tablespoon salt

1 cup cooking oil

The procedure of making the peanut butter is as follows:-

Remove the red or pink skin in preparation for making the peanut butter.

Mix all the ingredients and grind using an electric blender or a grinding stone.

Blend the mixture to a paste consistency

Pack and sell for income generation and self employment