Make your own Organic Raw Almond Butter in 3 Simple Steps!
Organic Raw Almond Butter is expensive. You can save money without comprising quality and continuously enjoying your raw nut butter healthy omega-3 fats either as your favorite snack or as a side dish by making it yourself. Here are 3 simple steps explaining how and a few tips along with it.
Since 2007, the “almond rule” has mandated that most almonds grown in California’s 400-mile-long Central Valley region (where just about all domestic almonds come from) receive one of these pasteurization treatments. Organic almonds are always steam treated, and truly raw almonds can still be purchased either at farmers markets or farm stands in California (in quantities of 100 pounds or less) and also can be imported from abroad.
Growers can also ask for an exemption for almonds that receive further processing such as roasting, blanching, or other heat treatments, but it is entirely possible that roasted almonds, or even ones incorporated into foods (such as crackers and cookies) have been “pasteurized” with one of the above methods beforehand.
Costco brand Kirkland Signature: Whole almonds are fumigated with PPO, which a spokesman said he was told doesn’t remain in the nuts, despite the fact that almonds containing residues of up to 300 parts per million of this chemical, which California regards as a “known carcinogen,” can be legally sold.
Planters: The age-old Planters brand (now a division of Kraft Foods) all of its almonds are steam treated, even ones that receive further heat treatments such as oil or dry roasting.
Diamond of California: All Diamond brand almonds receive the PPO gas treatment.
Blue Diamond Almonds: While its sliced and slivered almonds are steam pasteurized, its whole-nut “natural” line is treated with the toxic PPO gas.
Whole Foods store 365 brand: All Whole Foods-labeled almonds are steam-treated.
Back to Nature: Uses the steam method.
Trader Joe’s store brand: Trader Joe’s reported that “no almond with our name on it” would ever receive the gas treatment, meaning all of the company’s branded almonds are steam-treated.
1. Soak your Raw Organic Almonds for at least 12 hours in clean filtered or even better alkaline water.
2. Use your dehydrator trays and spread the almonds on single layers and dehydrate your soaked almonds in a food dehydrator at around 110 -115 degrees fahrenheit for about 24 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can use your oven on its lowest setting as well. Make sure don’t close the oven door and frequently check for the next 8 -12 hours.
3. Use a food processor and add your dried almond with a spoon of organic coconut butter and start processing it. I prefer a food processor over a blender. If you are using a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, use a low speed. I use the tamper to push the almonds down onto the blades, however, if you are not using a blender with a tamper, you will need stop the blender and scrape the mixture from the sides back into the blades. Resume your blend. Repeat as necessary.
4. After a few minutes your almonds will be broken down into small chunky pieces.
5. In the next phase you will see that the almonds form to a bigger clump due to the heating and grinding process before they turn into a …
6. Smooth and creamy consistency and ready to be eaten.
Homemade almond butter is highly perishable (because it’s raw), so store it in a cool place or refrigerator out of direct sunlight and use it up within a week.
Earth Warrior X Team