Red Devil Recipe: Home Made Nut Butter

Maeve Thistel ‘23, Life & Style Columnist

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Nut Butter

Yields 32 ounces 

Time: 10 minutes

There is absolutely no reason why anyone should buy the overpriced nut butters found in general or health food stores; not when they are the easiest things to make yourself! I made it my mission about six months ago to perfect nut butter, and found that it only took one try to do so. The best thing about it? There is only one ingredient: dry roasted salted nuts. Salt, of course, is an obvious addition if there is not enough salt coating the nuts already, which is a possibility. I always use Trader Joe’s dry roasted almonds and cashews but you can certainly use nuts from other places. The key is that they are dry roasted, as additional oil will pool on the top when the nut butter sits. As long as you are brave during the blending process (blend and blend till you can’t blend it anymore), no additional oil is required. 

Ingredients:

16 oz. dry roasted almonds, cashews, or your preferred nut

Salt to taste

Directions:

1. Pour the dried, roasted and salted nuts into a food processor and blend on high till smooth. For the first few minutes you will have to blend and pause and blend and pause, scraping down the sides as you go. The crushed nuts will stick to the sides of the blender in the beginning. Just give it a few more minutes and the butter will begin to come together. Keep blending until the butter is smooth and “jumps” up and down in the bowl of the food processor. Most likely, this will be longer than you think is necessary. Stop blending, taste, and continue to blend until the butter reaches your desired consistency.

2. Pour the nut butter in two clean 16-ounce jars (I use my old Smucker’s Peanut Butter jars). Let the butter cool before you put the tops on the containers. Since you aren’t refrigerating the butter, it is best that it is room temperature before it is sealed.

Fun fact: My favorite part about making nut butter is the heat generated from the blending process. This is what makes fresh nut butter a true delicacy. Take a spoon (or an apple slice) and dive in.

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