If you are a fan of nut butter and regularly buy it at the supermarket you would know how expensive that small jar is. Why waste money on such a small jar which is not even healthy when you can make it at home with very few quick and easy steps. Homemade nut butter is tastier, healthier and costs a lot less than what you would get from the store. Food processor is the best appliance to make nut butter but if you don’t have one, a good quality, high powered blender will do the job just fine. Your blender can perform a long list of tasks besides making smoothies and milkshakes. Nut butter is just one of them. You can many other things as well.
Here is a recipe with which you can make your own fresh jar of homemade almond butter with only 2 ingredients and your trusty blender. You need a good quality blender from a reputable manufacturer to handle the task. I would recommend Vitamix or Blendtec. Make sure that the motor is at least 500 watts otherwise it will not be able to handle the task. BlenderReviews.io is here to find the best blender for your kitchen.
2 cups roasted almonds
1 tsp salt
Lay a cookie sheet on an oven dish. Lay the almonds over it.
Roast them for 15 minutes at 350 degrees in a preheated oven. Keep checking to avoid burning of your nuts.
Take the nuts out of the oven and let them cool at room temperature. Do not go to the next step until your nuts have completely cooled down.
Transfer the roasted nuts to your blender jar.
Close the lid tightly.
Turn the blender on with its speed on high.
Blend till the butter becomes smooth and creamy.
Make sure not to leave the blender on for too long. Blend for 30 seconds and turn it off. Turn it back on and blend for another 30 seconds. Continue doing this till you get the right consistency. If left on for longer than 1 minute time, you will risk overheating of motor.
Add the salt after you get a smooth butter. Blend for a further 30 seconds.
When your butter is ready, transfer it to an airtight jar. Allow it to cool for sometime at room temperature and then store it in the refrigerator.
This recipe will make a thick consistency of nut butter. If you prefer thinner consistencies, you can add 1-2 tbsp of some neutral light tasting oil.
You can add flavorings like vanilla essence or sugar to your butter. Add your flavorings towards the end after you get a smooth butter. Blend the butter with the flavorings for 30 seconds to get a uniform paste.
3. Do not overfill your jar with nuts because they will be a burden on the motor. If you have a 48 oz container, do not add more than 2 cups of nuts.
Once you have decided upon buying a food processor, the next big question is which type suits you best. When you go shopping for food processors, you will find endless varieties from simple ones that are only good for chopping to more complex varieties which come with a range of different functions and are available in a range of different sizes.
1. Hand operated
These are simple machines which do not run on electricity and instead use a little manual effort to chop, mix or dice small quantities of ingredients. These models are simple to clean and store because of their compact size.
These are strong food processors built to process large quantities of food in little time to cater the requirements of a commercial kitchen.
3. Mini food processors
These are small sized food processors that run on electricity and offer lesser functionalities and a smaller processing size as compared to a full-sized food processor. It’s great for making small amounts of dips or sauces or processing food for a smaller family.
4. Full-sized food processors
These are the most popular varieties of food processors which come with a range of functionalities to make food preparation easier for the user. A variety of attachments to cover each of the functionalities are available sometimes including a dough blade for kneading dough.
If you enjoy juices and keep your family’s health on top of your priority list, your kitchen is incomplete without a good cold press juicer. The quickest and easiest way to make sure each member of your family gets their appropriate share of vitamins and minerals is to treat them with fresh, homemade juices every day. With a cold press juicer, the extracted juice will stay fresh for up to 72 hours so you can even store the juice and use it for multiple days so you won’t have to waste time and energy every day. The major issue with any kitchen appliance is its cleaning. If you stop to think about it, you will find that the appliances in your kitchen that are harder to clean, would be hidden away in some closet and will only occasionally find their way on the kitchen counter when it is absolutely necessary. It’s a good thing that the good manufacturers understand this point and try to make the appliance as simple to clean as possible. Since cold press juicers are a very recent addition to the juicing family, there modern design is also kept simple to use and clean.
No matter how simple it may be to clean your cold press juicer, it will help to read the instruction manual first which is included in the packing and also follow the points mentioned below regarding the care and cleaning of your cold press juicer.
Equipment that you will need for cleaning the cold press juicer:
A non abrasive sponge which does not leave marks on the plastic components of the cold press juicer.
A small nylon brush for cleaning the filter. A clean toothbrush will also do the job just fine.
A mild dish soap
Lots of clean water.
Steps to clean the cold press juicer:
Unplug the cold press juicer and separate all the detachable components.
Remove and discard all the pulp from the pulp container. If you want to save some time in cleaning this container, you attach a plastic bag on its rim so that all the waste collects in it.
Fill your kitchen sink with water and add some dish soap to it. Now add all the detachable parts that need to be cleaned inside the sink.
Use the nylon brush or toothbrush to clean the filter properly and all the corners and crevices of the cold press juicer where the food might get stuck.
Now thoroughly rinse every part with clean water and set them out to dry.
Once everything is dry, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe all the parts to remove any remaining moisture from them before storing them.
A clean cold press juicer is absolutely necessary for producing a healthy homemade drink which is free from all kinds of bacteria and that will last longer than that made with a dirty blender. Now all you have to do is gather the equipment and start cleaning,