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Best Appliance for Making Nut Butter?

After trying to make good nut butter (almond, peanut, and hazelnut) in my Vita Mix blender as well as my Champion Juicer, I'm still not thrilled with the results, which tend to be dry, uneven and slightly chunky. Cashew butter, however, seems to come out great. I've seen and read about people making smooth nut butters from high-powered 20 amp Blend Tech blenders, but I don't want to completely rewire the fuse box for my whole house just to make nut butter. I remember working at a natural food manufacturing company about 25 years ago where we made hazelnut butter in an old Japanese electric rice grinder (like a meat grinder, except it had a large wheel gear with a rubber pulley on the back ), for making a product called mochi. When we used it for hazelnut butter it always came out quite smooth.

That got me thinking. I've seen peanut butter making machines sold from specialty equipment dealers, but they are really expensive. These machines seem to be essentially nothing more than suped up meat grinders though. Maybe if I just got a powerful meat grinder, nut butters would come out smooth.

Has anyone tried making nut butter in a meat grinder? Or can anyone suggest a better appliance?

Thanks.

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  1. i've found that spice grinders work best, but you obviously have to do it in small batches. food processor also works better than a blender. but i like the meat grinder idea!

    1. I've been making nut butter which I sell. (Starting to think about something to do when I retire) I make it in a large food processer. Add a little bit of canola or peanut oil to smooth it out.

      1. Just use a food processor. Works every time.

        1. Here go you
          http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-1970S-SAL...

          http://cgi.ebay.com/Make-Organic-Low-...

          I had one of those machines in the first link way back there in the 1970's - it was great and I loved it. Don't remember what happened to it.

          If neither of these work for you, keep your eye on ebay, you'll find one there. I found these two during this search: "PEANUT BUTTER MACHINE"

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          1. re: housewolf

            I ordered the one in the second link... years ago. Piece of crap. Sent it back. Just use the food processer.

            1. re: shaebones

              Exactly! Why spend money on something that'll do just one job when you can use the food processor you have sitting idle in the kitchen already (well, many folks have a processor...not all).

          2. Ok, I'll give the food processor a try and report back. I'm just a bit skeptical that blades will do a better job than a grinder, that's all, especially since I've already tried an appliance with blades (Vita Mix).

            I'll report back.

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            1. re: Seitan

              You'll find the processor does the job well...I've used this method many times in the past.

              A blender and food processor are two very different animals.

            2. I just put in a large cup of almonds, in my blender, switched on high and slowly added a small amount of olive oil until relatively smooth

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              1. re: Geoffboxerrexob

                Unless it's your personal preference, there's no need to add anything to almond butter. If you are using unroasted almonds it will take more than 20 minutes in a food processor.
                I've roasted several ways. I like 20 minutes at 350. But I've used the broiler too. Just be careful, they burn and smoke easily. Let them cool a good bit and then stick them in the processor. It will take about 10 full minutes, or more. Keep scraping the sides and you will soon have your almond butter.