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Homemade Nut Butter
How to Make Yummy and Healthy Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter . . .
What's better than a PB&J sandwich? A PB&J made with fresh homemade peanut butter.
Homemade nut butter is easy to make and cheaper and healthier than the nut butters you buy in the store. Also, you can tweak it to your tastes to have it creamier, sweeter or saltier.
If you have a powerful machine with sharp blades, most nuts can be blended into nut butters in a matter of minutes. It may take some patience with some nuts but it's still very simple. The only ingredient you really need is nuts.
When you make your own nut butter you know what's going into it and when it was made. That's part of the reason why I mentioned that it is healthier. We've all heard about the scares about Salmonella in store bought peanut butter. You don't have to worry about that when you make the nut butter yourself.
In this lens, I'll discuss making nut butter with a Vitamix and with a food processor. I'll also include a few recipes. Let's get started.
What is the Best Tool for Making Homemade Nut Butter?
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Is a blender or a food processor better for making nut butter?
In order to make nut butter you need a machine with a powerful motor and sharp blades. Vitamix blenders and some food processors have both. A Vitamix or other industrial blender will give a smooth creamy texture whereas a food processor will give a grainier texture.
I have used a Vitamix 5200 for five years to make nut butters. It blends the nuts quickly into nut butter. Softer nuts like cashews, peanuts and pecans blend into butters much quicker. Almonds are harder nuts and require a bit of patience. You will need to stop the machine and loosen up the nut mixture one or two times. Once you have the consistency you like, stop the machine. If you use raw almonds you have to add oil to get a creamy texture.
If you have a food processor with a powerful motor and sharp blades you can use it to make nut butters. Cuisinart and KitchenAid are two brands that work well. You put the "S" blade in the machine, add the nuts and start it. You will need to stop it once or twice to loosen the nut mixture.
I think it's a personal choice as far as whether to use a blender or a food processor. The machine you use must have a strong motor and sharp blades otherwise the motor may burn out. I prefer the Vitamix because it is quicker and I've never had a problem making the nut butters. Part of the choice may simply depend on what you currently have.
How to Make Nut Butter with a Food Processor
This video shows you how to make almond butter with a food processor. The video is 3 minutes long - it takes a little longer with a food processor to make nut butters.
Have you ever made nut butter?
Nuts for Homemade Nut Butter
Nut butters can be made from peanuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias, and many more. What type of nut butter you make is, of course, up to you. You can combine two or more nuts and make your own unique nut butter like cashew macadamia nut.
Should you start with raw or roasted nuts? To ensure that the nuts are fresh, start with raw nuts. You can roast them yourself if you prefer the taste of roasted nut butters. Store bought roasted nuts often contain a lot of salt and other preservatives and are usually not as fresh as raw nuts. To keep my raw nuts from spoiling, I store them in the freezer until I'm ready to use them.
Where can you find nuts inexpensively? It is usually cheaper to buy broken nuts and since they're going to be ground it doesn't matter that they are broken. If you happen to live in an area where nuts are grown check to see if they have them at your farmer's market. If your grocery store has bulk items you may be able to find them inexpensively there. We buy our almonds on Ebay and have found good quality and prices there.
May you be Healthy