Sunday, April 15, 2012
making walnut butter
I've been looking for ways to add more omega-3 fats to my diet lately. I enjoy fish, but am fairly concerned about heavy metal contamination. I could add in more flax seed, but since I'm eating a grain-free diet it seems more challenging to fit in ground flax seed.
I love nut butters, though, so I decided on Friday to whip up a batch of walnut butter. I have to admit, though, my first thought when seeing the finished product was that this would make a fabulous filling for homemade dark chocolates!
It's super easy to make your own nut butters if you have a food processor or high speed blender. I don't have a high speed blender so I used our 12 year old Cuisinart food processor instead.
I just poured in 3 cups of raw walnuts and let the machine do its work. It took just a few minutes of whirring to transform the nuts into a butter.
My best price for raw walnuts is our local Fleet Farm store. They come in bags and I repackage into re purposed glass peanut butter jars. I used the same jar to store the finished walnut butter and then refrigerated it. Three cups of raw walnuts ended up making about a half pint of walnut butter.
- A 40 something mama meandering through life an 8 year old girl (the big girl) who is a ball of lightening and a 5 year old girl (the baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days. Our family is rounded out with with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy) who I hardly ever right about now since he's off starting his own life.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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