Nut Butter Without a Recipe

Walnut Butter
Walnut Butter

I love nut butters. I have a long-standing obsession with peanut butter, and have slowly introduced all kinds of nut butters into my life. A limiting factor for me for a long time was the price, but I have indulged myself every so often with a tasty walnut or almond butter. When I was doing my elimination diet for Wolfie I had to get serious with cutting out peanut butter, and I started making my own nut butters. Once I started I wondered what had taken me so long! Making homemade nut butters is easy, quick, delicious, and can save you some money. My two favorites are almond butter and walnut butter. Now, for the super simple non-recipe

Ingredients

  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews…)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a dry cast iron pan over medium heat.
  2. When pan is hot add your nut or combination of nuts and toast, stirring frequently, until they start to brown, about 5-10 minutes depending on the nut.
  3. Place toasted nuts in food processor and process until nuts turn to a creamy butter, about 5 minutes. Stop the food processor several times and scrape down the sides during processing time.
  4. If you want crunchy nut butter add more nuts after the base has turned creamy and process to the desired consistency.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Scrape nut butter into storage container and let cool before closing completely.

Discussion:

What is important for successful nut butter?

  1.  Toasting your nuts.
  2.  Adding salt.
  3.  Processing with something high powered enough so you don’t go insane.

How do I decide what to use?

I usually make a batch of almond butter and a batch of walnut butter in one day. I love almond butter for it’s perfect, slightly sweet, nutty, saltiness. I love walnut butter for its richness and almost bitter taste. I have also used a combination of nuts depending on what is in my house. At times I will add flavoring such as cinnamon, but rarely as I love the just the flavor of the nuts with a little salt.

I didn’t put any quantity because you can make as much or as little as you want. I toast one layer of nuts in my big cast iron pan and that is a batch for me. It makes about one pint jar.

How does it all work?

Well, your high powered food processor or blender just cuts the nuts to little pieces, releases the natural oils, and turns the whole thing into one creamy batch of deliciousness. If your blending apparatus is not high powered enough you might have to add some oil to the mix to allow it to blend. A food processor works perfectly and I don’t have to add anything but nuts.

Toasting Almonds
Toasting Almonds

 

 

These are the almonds after toasting them.

 

 

 

 

Processing Almonds
Processing Almonds

These are the almonds partway through processing them.

Perfect Oven French Fries

Oven Baked FriesI love french fries, truly love them. The crispy outside, the soft, almost creamy inside, salty, and ohh so satisfying. I think most french fries are good, and the good ones are awesome. These are awesome. I finally figured out how to make oven fries crispy every time. This is not so much a recipe as a guideline. Use with caution as they are very addictive, and easy, and delicious. I don’t tell you how many potatoes to use as it depends on how many fries you want. I usually just cut potatoes until I feel there are enough fries. If you want to limit the amount of olive oil, but still over your fries, put the fries in a Ziploc bag, pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in the bag and mush everything around until the fries are evenly coated. The important part is to use enough pans so that the fries are in one layer. If they are stacked on each other they will steam instead of roast and will be soggy. No one ones wants soggy fries, no one.

Perfect Oven French Fries

Ingredients

  • Potatoes, cut into fries
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Spread cut fries onto a baking sheet in a single layer and pour enough olive oil over them to make them glisten, mixing to completely coat all fries.
  3. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes or so until crispy and delicious, about 30-45 minutes.
  4. Salt to taste and serve hot.
Perfect French Fries
Perfect French Fries