Friday, January 27, 2012

Food Storage Friday: Almond Butter

Almond butter! No more will I have to beg my mother-in-law to bring jars of you from Costco to me in her suitcase!  You are simple and quick to make! Ahh, self-reliance, how good you taste.

 Ingredients: almonds

Yep that's it.  Although you will need a food processor or a heavy duty blender.

 I'm using roasted and salted almonds. But you can use raw, some people prefer the taste of raw. I just happened to have the roasted kind because it's good for snacking.

 Put the almonds in the processor, with the knife blade attachment.

 Turn the processor on. It helps if you have an overeager 4 year old to help with this step.

 Let the processor run. You can already see that there is a layer at the bottom which has already passed the crumb stage and the oils from the almonds are being released.

 A few more minutes and it's clumping into a ball of almond dough.

 Just a brief note about my processor in case you're interested. This is the only one I've ever had, so I can't compare it to others, but it made quick work of the almond butter.

I've seen around the web, this taking about 15-17 minutes to process so I guess it depends on your machine.  Also, raw almonds will take a bit longer to process than roasted ones.

If you prefer the taste of roasted and you already have raw, just pop them in the oven or on the stove top to roast them for a bit (at a low temperature, stirring frequently).

 After only 3 minutes, at this point I stopped the processor and scraped down the sides.

 After 6 minutes:  my white balance is off on the camera so the almond butter didn't actually get yellower, but check out how smooth that is.

 Put it in a container and refrigerate.  After testing it of course.

Almond Butter

2 cups of almonds

Process in food processor until smooth, pausing every few minutes to scrape down the sides with a spatula.  Store in the fridge.

If you're feeling wild and crazy try this recipe:

4 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Or if you prefer peanuts:

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter

Have any of you made your own nut butter before? 
It was so simple I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner!


Just Me said...

That looks totally easy and delicious. I am working on my food storage and prepping. I love your website and you all give such great information. I also love that you are honest in that you are still working on your food storage too. It makes me feel a bit better than "I am not the only one".