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Nut "butter" angst

JeffW | Mar 27, 201602:29 PM     8

Dear Chow hounds....Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy everything!

I would so appreciate a nudge on my path for creating ultra smooth nut butters, and I'd like to start off with some of the antics I have worked through so far.

#1 I have used my small Cuisinart to turn Pistachios into a nut butter, and to a point, this has been the closest method that I could wrap around. It took 5 minutes, and the housing felt a bit too warm, after I was done. The nut butter was close to what I wanted, but a tad gritty.

#2 I have used my Bamix immersion blender, with the small little accessory that has it's own dedicated blade....mediocre results.

#3 I have used a Krups type of coffee grinder...the type with a single blade that spins super fast....this did not work for me

I have yet to try my Vitamix, as I felt that it could work with a large volume of nuts, but I did not want to use more than 4 oz. weight.

#4 I saved this last method for last, and to tell you the truth, it really did give me a result that was better than my first method. I went and purchased a never used Salton Peanut Butter machine on Ebay. These are not made any longer. I made a very smooth Pistachio butter yesterday, and was pretty thrilled. However, I can see that this machine is very plastic like, and if I am not super careful, this machine will certainly not stand the test of time.

But what I learned from this machine (while cleaning up), is that the principle is really like a metal burr coffee grinder. 2 plates that spin against each other, to create a flowing nut butter.
I've thought of purchasing a reasonable burr grinder, to experiment with making a nut butter, but I don't know how easy it would be to remove both burrs, and clean out the unit.

After exhaustive googling, I really can't see many choices out there, unless I want to purchase commercial equipment, and that obsessive, I am not.

So if anyone out there can give me some guidance in this area, I would be very happy to hear.

Best wishes all,
Jeff

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