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  1. #1
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Homemade peanut butter

    I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    what the ingredients are.

    I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    job of meat grinding.

    So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.

    Dan

    Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net

  2. #2
    Steve Freides Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a
    > few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an
    > Osterizer
    > 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    > finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    > watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic
    > accessory
    > that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used
    > for
    > grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very
    > nice
    > job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd
    > get
    > another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    > and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    > attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    > blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    > watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12
    > speed
    > Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out
    > this
    > morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    > warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    > grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    > butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get
    > for
    > around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2
    > speeds
    > and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    > thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    > shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net


    I just posted a similar, but different, nut butter and food processor
    question at almost the same time as you - weird. I don't roast my own
    but buy dry-roasted, unsalted nuts from Trader Joe's.

    -S-



  3. #3
    Cheapo Groovo Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    In article <[email protected]>, Dan Musicant
    ([email protected]) says...
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    > 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    > finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    > watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    > that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    > grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    > job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    > another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    > and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    > attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    > blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    > watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    > Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    > morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    > warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    > grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    > butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    > around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    > and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    > thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    > shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net
    >

    Have you looked into the thunderstick?
    http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/thunderstick.html

  4. #4
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter


    "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I


    I've used a Cuisinart food processor with good results. I've not made all
    that much nut butter compared to you, but it has worked and may be worth
    considering. Plenty of people have them so you may find a friend that will
    let you try theirs for a batch to see the results.



  5. #5
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    > "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    >> butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    >> what the ingredients are.
    >>
    >> I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter
    >> a time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to
    >> the task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning
    >> out a few motors (they were available for user replacement), I

    >
    > I've used a Cuisinart food processor with good results. I've not
    > made all that much nut butter compared to you, but it has worked and
    > may be worth considering. Plenty of people have them so you may
    > find a friend that will let you try theirs for a batch to see the
    > results.


    So, now, how about a recipe please? Is it just ground peanuts or do you add
    something?



  6. #6
    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    >> butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    >> what the ingredients are.
    >>
    >> I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    >> time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    >> task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    >> motors (they were available for user replacement), I

    >
    > I've used a Cuisinart food processor with good results. I've not made all
    > that much nut butter compared to you, but it has worked and may be worth >
    > considering. Plenty of people have them so you may find a friend that
    > will let you try theirs for a batch to see the results.


    I second the Cuisinart food processor. I've got three, 11-cup, 6 cup, and
    mini-prep. All perform excellently for the tasks I use them for.

    Be sure to hit the thrift shops and appliance repair places for the size you
    want. I was able to replace my broken lids (stupid "new-and-improved"
    design) with new units for cheaper than ordering a new part!

    The Ranger



  7. #7
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter


    "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> I've used a Cuisinart food processor with good results. I've not
    >> made all that much nut butter compared to you, but it has worked and
    >> may be worth considering. Plenty of people have them so you may
    >> find a friend that will let you try theirs for a batch to see the
    >> results.

    >
    > So, now, how about a recipe please? Is it just ground peanuts or do you
    > add something?


    Peanuts, maybe a few drops of vegetable oil, and some salt. Turn on the
    machine and let it rip. add tiny amounts oil if you want a thinner
    consistency, salt to taste.



  8. #8
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    > "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> I've used a Cuisinart food processor with good results. I've not
    >>> made all that much nut butter compared to you, but it has worked and
    >>> may be worth considering. Plenty of people have them so you may
    >>> find a friend that will let you try theirs for a batch to see the
    >>> results.

    >>
    >> So, now, how about a recipe please? Is it just ground peanuts or do
    >> you add something?

    >
    > Peanuts, maybe a few drops of vegetable oil, and some salt. Turn on
    > the machine and let it rip. add tiny amounts oil if you want a
    > thinner consistency, salt to taste.


    Thank you. I shall try that



  9. #9
    HeyBub Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    Dan Musicant wrote:
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a
    > few motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an
    > Osterizer 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original
    > motor. It finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer
    > was 125 watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic
    > accessory that they called a food processor attachment, which I have
    > only used for grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and
    > does a very nice job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd
    > get another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+
    > years and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food
    > processor attachment. I did some homework and found that the current
    > Osterizer blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts
    > up to 600 watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450
    > watt 12 speed Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However,
    > it burned out this morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I
    > suppose I can get a warranty replacement which will work fine for
    > smoothies and such and grinding meat, but evidently I need something
    > more robust for nut butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive"
    > Osterizer, which I can get for around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed
    > to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds and a flash button (the food
    > processor attachment requires flash). I thought I'd post first to get
    > people's opinions and experience before shelling out more money,
    > perhaps vainly.
    >
    > Dan


    Look at the offerings from a culinary supply house - the same stuff sold to
    institutional kitchens and the like.



  10. #10
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:40:41 -0400, "Steve Freides" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    :I just posted a similar, but different, nut butter and food processor
    :question at almost the same time as you - weird. I don't roast my own
    :but buy dry-roasted, unsalted nuts from Trader Joe's.
    :
    :-S-
    Yes, I just read your post and agree that the ~2 minute synchronicity of
    those posts with similar subject (machine to make nut butters) is
    uncanny.

    Yep, $500-600 is a lot of money for a machine capable of making nut
    butters. I Googled "homemade peanut butter" this morning and one of the
    top hits was a site that offers a $40 machine dedicated to nut butters.
    They are currently out of stock (they surmise that the increased
    interest is due to the salmonella scare on peanut products), and I
    submitted my email address to be informed when the machine is back in
    stock. Don't know if I'll want it. It's only 50 watts, which raises
    concerns. That seems very weak. The page is here:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/af12/zoom/

    Dan

    Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net

  11. #11
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:49:58 -0500, Cheapo Groovo <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    :In article <[email protected]>, Dan Musicant
    man@privacy.net) says...
    :> I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    :> butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    :> what the ingredients are.
    :>
    :> I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    :> time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    :> task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    :> motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    :> 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    :> finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    :> watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    :> that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    :> grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    :> job of meat grinding.
    :>
    :> So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    :> another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    :> and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    :> attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    :> blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    :> watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    :> Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    :> morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    :> warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    :> grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    :> butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    :> around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    :> and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    :> thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    :> shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    :>
    :> Dan
    :>
    :> Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net
    :>
    :Have you looked into the thunderstick?
    :http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/thunderstick.html

    I'd never seen it. It's not available at that site currently and they
    don't post a price. Seems unlikely that I could make up to 60 ounces of
    smooth peanut butter with any convenience with that item. The pictures
    at that site are tiny and I can't make out what the accessories come to,
    but it doesn't look promising.

    Dan


    Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net

  12. #12
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:31:06 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote:

    :
    :"Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    :news:[email protected]. .
    :> I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    :> butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    :> what the ingredients are.
    :>
    :> I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    :> time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    :> task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    :> motors (they were available for user replacement), I
    :
    :I've used a Cuisinart food processor with good results. I've not made all
    :that much nut butter compared to you, but it has worked and may be worth
    :considering. Plenty of people have them so you may find a friend that will
    :let you try theirs for a batch to see the results.

    Thanks. I think my sister may have one and I'll ask her.

    Dan


    Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net

  13. #13
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 19:31:36 +0100, "Ophelia" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    :Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    :> "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    :> news:elp945h[email protected]..
    :>> I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    :>> butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    :>> what the ingredients are.
    :>>
    :>> I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter
    :>> a time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to
    :>> the task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning
    :>> out a few motors (they were available for user replacement), I
    :>
    :> I've used a Cuisinart food processor with good results. I've not
    :> made all that much nut butter compared to you, but it has worked and
    :> may be worth considering. Plenty of people have them so you may
    :> find a friend that will let you try theirs for a batch to see the
    :> results.
    :
    :So, now, how about a recipe please? Is it just ground peanuts or do you add
    :something?

    Sure. Ingredients:

    60 ounces raw peanuts
    1 teaspoon salt

    Lately, I make enough to fill two 28 oz. jars, so I use around 60 ounces
    of raw peanuts. Yesterday I bought almost 20 lb., raw peanuts in bulk at
    my local Chinatown for $0.99/lb.

    I place 30 oz. of raw peanuts on a large flat aluminum cookie sheet that
    I've had for many years, and 30 oz. is as full as it will get with the
    nuts as close together as can be without being double stacked. I place
    this in a cold gas oven and then set the thermostat to 350. I set my
    digital timer for 30 minutes and when it goes off I turn off the oven
    but leave the nuts in there for part of the cool-down (this method takes
    a little longer, but it saves on gas). After the oven is below 250 it's
    OK to remove the sheet. I do this twice to get 60 oz. of roasted peanuts
    (a similar if not identical process can be used to roast almonds).

    I was filling the blender container with 1/2 the nuts (30 oz.), along
    with about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Salt to taste, but that's about the
    amount that I prefer.

    I blend until smooth. I use a pestle from a mortar and pestle (I made
    the pestle some years ago from a cylindrical stick, but you could use a
    spoon, certainly) to push down the nuts for the first part of the
    grinding process, afterward stopping the motor occasionally and mixing
    and pushing down unground nuts with a butter knife (ordinary table
    knife). After a while the nut butter will actually swirl around in the
    container by itself. Remove with plastic spatula to a large mixing bowl
    from which I transfer into bottles. I keep one in the refrigerator, the
    other unrefrigerated for use.

    Dan


    Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net

  14. #14
    JIMMIE Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    On Jun 26, 11:37*am, Dan Musicant (m...@privacy.net) wrote:
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    > 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    > finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    > watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    > that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    > grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    > job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    > another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    > and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    > attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    > blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    > watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    > Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    > morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    > warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    > grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    > butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    > around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    > and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    > thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    > shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net


    Ive tried it in a blender but found a food processor works better. I
    made a batch of pecan butter the other day. If you like Oreintal
    peanut butter sauce you
    havent lived until you try it with pecan butter. Toasted sesame seeds
    are also a nice addition to most nut butters.

    Jimmie

  15. #15
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    Many thanks, Dan!

    <saved>

    Dan Musicant wrote:
    > Sure. Ingredients:
    >
    > 60 ounces raw peanuts
    > 1 teaspoon salt
    >
    > Lately, I make enough to fill two 28 oz. jars, so I use around 60
    > ounces of raw peanuts. Yesterday I bought almost 20 lb., raw peanuts
    > in bulk at my local Chinatown for $0.99/lb.
    >
    > I place 30 oz. of raw peanuts on a large flat aluminum cookie sheet
    > that I've had for many years, and 30 oz. is as full as it will get
    > with the nuts as close together as can be without being double
    > stacked. I place this in a cold gas oven and then set the thermostat
    > to 350. I set my digital timer for 30 minutes and when it goes off I
    > turn off the oven but leave the nuts in there for part of the cool-
    > down (this method takes a little longer, but it saves on gas). After
    > the oven is below 250 it's OK to remove the sheet. I do this twice to
    > get 60 oz. of roasted peanuts (a similar if not identical process can
    > be used to roast almonds).
    >
    > I was filling the blender container with 1/2 the nuts (30 oz.), along
    > with about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Salt to taste, but that's about the
    > amount that I prefer.
    >
    > I blend until smooth. I use a pestle from a mortar and pestle (I made
    > the pestle some years ago from a cylindrical stick, but you could use
    > a spoon, certainly) to push down the nuts for the first part of the
    > grinding process, afterward stopping the motor occasionally and mixing
    > and pushing down unground nuts with a butter knife (ordinary table
    > knife). After a while the nut butter will actually swirl around in the
    > container by itself. Remove with plastic spatula to a large mixing
    > bowl from which I transfer into bottles. I keep one in the
    > refrigerator, the other unrefrigerated for use.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net




  16. #16
    WW Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter


    "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    > 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    > finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    > watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    > that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    > grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    > job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    > another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    > and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    > attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    > blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    > watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    > Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    > morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    > warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    > grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    > butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    > around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    > and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    > thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    > shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net


    We use the large Cuisinart. Make Sunflower butter. Chop almonds, Walnuts,
    Pecans also. No problem with Cuisinart. WW



  17. #17
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    [email protected] wrote:
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    > 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    > finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    > watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    > that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    > grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    > job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    > another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    > and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    > attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    > blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    > watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    > Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    > morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    > warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    > grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    > butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    > around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    > and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    > thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    > shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net




    I've seen some interesting heavy-duty blenders used for Indian cooking.
    I can't remember any brand names, but they are like inexpensive
    versions of a Vita-Mix (with a 1/2 HP motor) Might be worth investigating.

    You could also add peanut oil when you start so the PB is thinner, then
    let it settle and you can pour the oil back off the top when it separates.

    I like PB made with salted redskin peanuts; I like the texture. :-P

    Bob

  18. #18
    Lou Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter


    "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    > 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    > finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    > watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    > that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    > grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    > job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    > another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    > and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    > attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    > blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    > watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    > Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    > morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    > warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    > grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    > butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    > around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    > and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    > thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    > shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    >


    Peanut and other nut butters were around long before food processors or
    blenders, or for that matter electricity, were available. I don't know how
    much peanut butter you make, but an old fashioned hand mill ought to do the
    job.



  19. #19
    Jim Yanik Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    Dan Musicant ([email protected]) wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > I've made nut butters in the kitchen for many years, usually peanut
    > butter. It's a money saver and you can see with your own eyes exactly
    > what the ingredients are.
    >
    > I roast the nuts in the oven, although I have made raw cashew butter a
    > time or two. My sometime problem is getting a machine that's up to the
    > task. I used to work with a Waring blender, and after burning out a few
    > motors (they were available for user replacement), I bought an Osterizer
    > 10 speed and it lasted for over 20 years on the original motor. It
    > finally burned out about two months ago. This old Osterizer was 125
    > watts only. Besides the glass blender jar I had a $10 plastic accessory
    > that they called a food processor attachment, which I have only used for
    > grinding meat on occasion. It's designed very well and does a very nice
    > job of meat grinding.
    >
    > So, in looking for a replacement for my old Osterizer I figured I'd get
    > another Osterizer, naturally, inasmuch as the old one lasted 20+ years
    > and I still wanted to be able to use the meat-grinding food processor
    > attachment. I did some homework and found that the current Osterizer
    > blenders are rated at much higher power -- from 450 watts up to 600
    > watts or so. About two months ago I picked up a #6694 450 watt 12 speed
    > Osterizer Blender at Walmart for around $25. However, it burned out this
    > morning making a new batch of peanut butter. I suppose I can get a
    > warranty replacement which will work fine for smoothies and such and
    > grinding meat, but evidently I need something more robust for nut
    > butters. I had been eyeing the "Beehive" Osterizer, which I can get for
    > around $55 at Walmart. It's supposed to be 600 watts, supports 2 speeds
    > and a flash button (the food processor attachment requires flash). I
    > thought I'd post first to get people's opinions and experience before
    > shelling out more money, perhaps vainly.
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net


    I wonder if a BLENDER is an appropriate tool for this task.
    Particularly a consumer product;generally light duty items.
    --
    Jim Yanik
    jyanik
    at
    kua.net

  20. #20
    Steve Freides Guest

    Default Re: Homemade peanut butter

    "Dan Musicant" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:40:41 -0400, "Steve Freides" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > :I just posted a similar, but different, nut butter and food processor
    > :question at almost the same time as you - weird. I don't roast my
    > own
    > :but buy dry-roasted, unsalted nuts from Trader Joe's.
    > :
    > :-S-
    > Yes, I just read your post and agree that the ~2 minute synchronicity
    > of
    > those posts with similar subject (machine to make nut butters) is
    > uncanny.
    >
    > Yep, $500-600 is a lot of money for a machine capable of making nut
    > butters. I Googled "homemade peanut butter" this morning and one of
    > the
    > top hits was a site that offers a $40 machine dedicated to nut
    > butters.
    > They are currently out of stock (they surmise that the increased
    > interest is due to the salmonella scare on peanut products), and I
    > submitted my email address to be informed when the machine is back in
    > stock. Don't know if I'll want it. It's only 50 watts, which raises
    > concerns. That seems very weak. The page is here:
    >
    > http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/af12/zoom/
    >
    > Dan
    >
    > Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net


    Looks interesting but 50 watts is worrisome, indeed. I just looked up
    the little Sunbeam Oskar I use - even though it's small, it's got a 350
    watt motor.

    For anyone reading, I wouldn't limit oneself to just peanuts. We make
    all sorts of nut butters here - we're partial to almonds, so we'll make
    just that sometimes, or add other nuts to the almonds, e.g., some
    peanuts, some cashews, sometimes both. It's all yummy and we've never
    felt the need to add any salt or any sugar, just some olive oil (not
    EVO, just plain olive oil) to thin it out a bit. We've also tried other
    nuts but didn't like them, but others might, e.g., hazelnuts.

    Dan, your name looks familiar - do I know you from a bike-riding email
    list?

    -S-



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