Making Nut and Seed Butters
Nut and seed butters are great to have on hand to add to a recipe or add to a meal. Making nut butters is easy.
Here is an easy way to make almond butter without adding oils or salt.
In a food processor fitted with an S blade, process 2 cups of raw unsalted organic almonds for 12 minutes (until oils are released from nuts). This works best if the almonds are frozen. Makes 1 and 1/4 cup of almond butter.
Garlic Nutter Spread
1 head garlic
1 cup raw cashews
6 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roast garlic in a small baking dish for about 25 minutes or until soft. When cool, remove and discard skins.
Combine garlic and remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth.
This is a delicious and healthful condiment to have on hand to season cooked vegetable dishes or to add extra flavor to soups and sauces.
** Buying Nut Butters - Buy raw. organic, unsalted nut butters. (The exception is Peanut Butter - which needs to be roasted because peanuts don't taste good raw). Raw organic nut butters are available at a variety of stores in San Francisco, including Rainbow Grocery, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
** Buying Nuts and Seeds - Look for raw. organic, unsalted nut butters. (The exception is Peanut Butter - which needs to be roasted because peanuts don't taste good raw). Raw organic nuts and seeds are available at a variety of stores in San Francisco. My favorite place to buy the full range of varieties is Rainbow Grocery in their bulk section. Farmers markets sometimes have very good deals on nuts and seeds if you buy them in bulk. Friends have found raw organic almonds for as low as $7 dollars a pound.
** Storing Nuts and seeds - store raw nuts and seeds in the freezer. This will keep them from going rancid.