Making nut butter and nut meal

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PollyPhillips

Making nut butter and nut meal

Hi. I use masses of ground nuts in cooking for special diets at home, currently made in a small Krupps coffee grinder. Very time consuming as it can only cope with a few nuts at a time before gunging up the works and stoppping grinding.

We also eat lots of bought nut butters and would like to make our own if poss.

I understand both the Blendtec and Vitamix processors will produce much larger quantities of ground nuts in one go, and can also produce nut butter? Before splashing out on one of these (very expensive!) machines, it would be great to hear from anyone who uses either of these machines for both ground nuts and butters, and the quantities they can produce in one go. Many thanks

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Nut butter

I have a vitamix, and have used it to make nut and seed butters.

It is a jug style blender, so the part of the container below the blades can be hard to get to, both for mixing and emptying the container.

Roasting the nuts first makes them easier to blend, and unroasted nut butter is a bit bland.

Buy a good quality compatible oil (groundnut for example). You will need to add oil to get the right consistency. 100% nuts is too dry and the machine over heats.

Pulse, don't run the machine continuously. The mixture is very heavy and the motor can burn out.

My OH bought the vitamix especially for making nut butters, and it is probably one of the best machines for this purpose. Unless you can source cheap nuts though it isn't really worth it.

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Forgot to say, it is better to batch process or it will be butter at the bottom before the top layer is ground.

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PollyPhillips

Thanks ES

That's very helpful. Reminded me that I had read somewhere that the Blendtec had a wider base to the jug so was easier to empty and clean. I have since found a really informative website totalblender.com that compares the Blendtec and Vitamix. I think I am heading towards the Blendtec as it will fit under my cupboards unlike the Vitamix. Also seems to be a bit cheaper and will do ground nuts and nut butter. Thanks again for your helpful reply.

 
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