View Full Version : Nut butters/How Not to Kill a Food Processor
10-20-2008, 12:16 AM
I have killed every single food processor I've ever owned (and some that weren't mine!) making nut butters, which i luuuuuuuuve. I just got a "new" FP at a thrift store and am psyched about using it, but I don't want to just kill it again like all the others. Any advice?
10-20-2008, 01:16 AM
You may be killing the butter too, making nut butters in a food processor will cook it with many nuts like almonds as the friction generated increases the temperature well over 118.
You should also let it process for maybe 30 seconds, then 5-10 minutes of rest, especially when it's starting to get hot.
I'm also curious to know, were any of the FP's you killed made by Cuisinart? If you're getting cheap ones maybe it's time to get a Cuisinart, the one I have has a 20 year warranty on the motor (Cuisinart MP-14N).
10-20-2008, 03:46 AM
You need a Green Star for Nut Butters..........Be Nice, STOP killing everything.
10-20-2008, 06:47 AM
yeah, or if you dont have a vitamix, coffee grinder is cheaper :) and will do the same thing as far as making it into flour first. just do in small amounts. kind of "pre-processes" so it wont kill your FP. but it will still take a LONG time in the FP and you need to stop it and let it coool down every so often
10-20-2008, 08:23 AM
I will either make it in my vita mix OR I will make some almond flour in my coffee grinder then add a bit of oil until I get the desired consistency.
10-20-2008, 08:34 AM
can anyone share a favorite green smoothie recipe?? sure would appreciate it!!!
10-20-2008, 09:44 AM
you might have better luck if you post this as a new thread titled "green smoothies?" or something like that. that way everyone will see it. they wont really see it as the post you have here unless they happen to look at this thread
basic green smoothie is fruit with a handful of greens and enough water or raw juice to help your blender to turn over. the idea is to keep upping the greens over time to get more greens in, as your taste buds adapt.
a basic one that people usually like is banana + spinach. good with berries too if you have them
personally, i cant do bananas in my smoothies as they make my tummy feel bloated, --and i also cant get spinach easily, so ive made one with stinging nettles, peaches, sorrel and blueberries and a bit of honey that was quite drink-able. ive found peaches, mangos, and berries to be the best, strongest "flavor balancers" in smoothies, but thats just me.
if youre just starting out, try to stick with the milder greens for a more pleasant taste--spinach, romaine lettuce, purslane if you can get it, nettles, sorrel, etc. alot of people use kale, etc but i find it too strong flavored for smoothies and my blender cant handle it well either.
generally avoid things like MUSTARD GREENS, unless you are making a savory, fruit-free smoothie.
also, melons tend not to digest well with other things so i dont advise using them in your smoothies.
use the search tool on this website and you will find a billion postings on green smoothie recipes
use the search tool to search for
10-20-2008, 10:07 AM
Thanks kaybee for the info!!
10-20-2008, 01:13 PM
hey thanks for the tips, everyone. i don't have a vitamix (someday...), so i'll try it in my coffee grinder first. also, i guess i should be soaking the nuts before i make them into butter?? the last time i made nut butter, i hadn't even heard of raw, so i didn't.
i don't add any oil to my nut butter - do you?
raweater - i honestly can't remember what brands i've had in the past. my budget's very limited - hopefully someday i can afford a really good one! i just found one at the thrift store for $10 - it's a hamilton beach.
10-20-2008, 01:23 PM
I don't add oils to my butters but did try adding almond oil to my last nut butter but it messed the taste and probably isn't raw. If you soak the nuts the butter will only be good for about 3 days, otherwise it will keep for months or even years. If you soak and fully dehydrate them it should keep for months.
You can probably get a used Cuisinart on ebay for cheap, it would be cheaper than getting a $10 one every few months and cause much less garbage/pollution, let those cheap $10 ones for someone that will do light jobs and not kill them.
I also recommend a green star for juice and nut butters, it makes nut butters in minutes without overheating it, but it does cost several hundred dollars.
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