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There is never a dull moment in the Nouveau Raw Kitchens and today didn’t let me down. I have been meaning to a do a post on how to make your own nut butter for some time now (several years actually) but I just never got around to it. I wanted to provide a stack of photos so you could watch the progress as whole nuts turn into a butter. So today, I finally did it.
Setting up for the photo shoot proved to be interesting. I only have my iPhone for taking pictures and thank goodness my girlfriend Ruthie gave me a special holder that attached the iPhone to a tri-pod. Boy, don’t I feel all “up town”. hehe
With the food processor in place, the almonds soaked and dehydrated… I was ready. Small snafu… the tri-pod was too short and I couldn’t get a shot looking down into the machine.
So, I shortened the tri-pod and placed it on the counter. Next snafu… Now I was too short to see the “camera” screen to take the pictures, so I had to break out the ladder. Yeah, it was beginning to look pretty darn comical around here. With everything in place and the camera angled perfectly, I took my first picture. The battery went dead. lol Ok, I fixed that and we now had endless power surging through the iPhone.
I turned the food processor on, set the timer for 2 minutes and things were well on their way. Whats that I hear? My
camera iPhone is ringing?!! I climbed up the ladder, got on the counter and looked at the screen of the phone. I was, the bank… the bank? Oh gosh, I have to take this call. I slid the bar over which answered the call and I switched it to speaker. “Hello”…. It was Tracy from the bank…. “Oh dear Tracy, can I ask you to hold on for a second?” I climbed off the counter and down the ladder, turned off the food processor (which had to be ringing in her ears haha), ran over to the timer and paused it. I scampered back over to the counter and climbed back up to take the call. I am sure she couldn’t understand why I was giggling, making grunting noises from climbing all over the counter and so forth. After hanging up, I turned my phone back into my camera and continued with the project.
I stopped the food processor every two minutes and removed the top so I could take a picture. You might be hard pressed to see a difference between some of the photos but after all that work, I was bound and determined to bring you along on my adventure of making almond butter. :) It took 26 minutes to turn 2 cups of almonds into 1 1/4 cups of almond butter. Keep in mind that this will vary depending on your food processor. So don’t be shocked if it takes more or less time for you to make.
My example is just a template. I learned many other things during this process… all events listed took place in two-minute intervals. I can guzzle 16 oz of water, I can run through the house like a mad woman taking dirty clothes from the hamper and into the washing machine. I can use the restroom, I can sing the “American Anthem” ok, maybe hum most of it in under two minutes, I can use the restroom, I can do 246 jumping jacks on the mini trampoline, I can wash a sink full of dishes, and once again use the restroom (darn that 16 oz bottle of water) and I can trip over the trash bag on the floor, snagging my big toe on it, thus dragging it as I half stumble through the kitchen, only to find that I left a trail of garbage all over the floor. So, making nut butter can teach you more than you can imagine! lol
5/22/15 I updated this recipe today. I mentioned below that every food processor will vary in the time that it takes to make nut butters. Back in 2013 when I made this recipe I was using a Cuisinart processor and it took 26 minutes. Today, I am using a Breville Sous Chef processor and it took 12 minutes.
Yields 2 cups