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Where to Buy Cashew Butter?

Pamela May 23, 2008 11:57 AM

I'm trying out a new recipe. It's a brown rice and walnut loaf with cashew gravy. The recipe requires "cashew butter," which I've never even heard of.

Where does one find cashew butter? I don't think the regular grocery stores carry it, but of course, I have never ever looked for the product, so don't know. Would it be in the baking aisle or the dairy section?

I'm in the Los Angeles area (South Bay).

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    vanillagrrl May 23, 2008 12:02 PM

    look for it where you find peanut butter. or perhaps with the peanut butter in the natural foods/organics section.

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      Pamela May 23, 2008 12:03 PM

      Great! Thanks so much, vanillagrrl!

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      newfoodie May 23, 2008 12:06 PM

      Trader Joe's carries it as well.

      1. OCEllen May 23, 2008 12:08 PM

        Whole Foods and Trader Joe's both carry cashew butter.

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          FoodieKat May 23, 2008 02:14 PM

          I looked for cashew butter at my local Whole Foods (Tustin, CA) but they did not have it.

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            Das Ubergeek May 25, 2008 02:32 PM

            I was just there yesterday -- they have it, but it's near the bulk nuts, not near the peanut butter. It's also ridiculously, shamefully, chutzpathically expensive.

            Henry's in Fullerton has it for -- literally -- a third of the price of that ridiculous Tustin Whole Foods.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              FoodieKat May 25, 2008 05:37 PM

              Huh, guess that's why it's called Whole Paycheck, eh? Last time I was at WF I was laughing at how expensive some of their stuff is. That's why I prefer Sprouts these days. Will try Henry's next time. Thanks for the tip! :-)

        2. Chew on That May 23, 2008 12:11 PM

          I love cashew butter. Definitely Trader Joe's. They always have tons of nut butters.

          1. sarah galvin May 23, 2008 01:15 PM

            I would go to a health foods store.

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              Kelli2006 May 23, 2008 04:35 PM

              My local co-op has cashew, almond and occasional macadamia butter.

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                Ruth Lafler May 25, 2008 02:59 PM

                Trader Joe's has plain cashew butter and also cashew-macadamia butter. Plus soynut butter and sunflower butter for people who are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

            2. Pamela May 23, 2008 01:59 PM

              Trader Joe's carries it? Great! And they're cheaper too. Thanks so much for all these suggestions!

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                Sherri May 23, 2008 03:22 PM

                Pamela, it is just as easy to make cashew butter as it is to make peanut butter. Put the cashews or peanuts in your blender and whirr until you have a soft, spreadable butter. Stop a bit earlier if you want it to be chunky instead of smooth. This works with other nuts and it dead easy. If, for some reason, the nuts are a bit dry you can add a drop or two of peanut or other vegetable oil. You want it salty? Add some salt. This is a great system if you only need a couple of TBLS and don't figure to use your walnut or pecan or cashew butter very often. Keep it in the refrigerator since it will turn rancid after a while.

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                  Das Ubergeek May 25, 2008 02:34 PM

                  This is a great suggestion, Sherri. I'd like to add that some health food markets actually don't sell pre-ground nut butters -- they have grinders near the bulk nuts and tubs to catch the results. There will nearly always be two -- one for peanuts and one for tree nuts, so as to avoid cross-contamination for those allergic to one or the other.

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                  chaddick May 25, 2008 02:33 PM

                  If you get up to the LA area, Magee's at Farmer's Market (the Grove) has the best nut butters EVER. Their cashew butter is to die for. If you don't get to LA, they have a website and you can order it online. I do it all the time. Pricey but totally worth it.

                  1. im_nomad May 25, 2008 02:34 PM

                    I'd also suggest looking to your nearest public/farmer's market type place...that's where I purchased my last batch ! It was at a place that was selling fresh roasted nuts and fresh nut butters.

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