Before we get into this post, you need to go watch this video from the Vita-Mix people. Click on “nut butter” under the little TV screen. Just the first few seconds or so, but you have to hear how this chef/actor pronounces the words “nut butters”. I freaking love it, it just cracks me up. I can’t come close to replicating it, but Jim and I certainly try to.
I don’t make nut butters in my Vita-Mix, or haven’t yet at least, because I’m very happy with the nut butters we buy at Trader Joe’s, so why mess with something good? When talking about natural nut butters, the biggest complaint I hear is that they are hard to mix and get stiff in the fridge. I’ve found a simple solution so you’re not tempted to buy something icky like Jif.
First off, when buying a nut butter, make sure it only has, at most, 3 ingredients. Nuts, salt (if salted) and possibly oil if it’s a nut that doesn’t have a lot of oil in it, but seeing oil listed should be rare. Before you use it, and then refrigerate it, the nut butter needs to get mixed very well because the oil and solid separate after the nut butter is manufactured. If it’s not mixed, it will turn into a hard mess when refrigerated. Jim used to curse up a storm when mixing nut butters because the oil would slosh around, over the lip of the jar and onto his hands and the counter and often times when we’d get to the bottom of the jar there would be some hard, stiff butter that hadn’t gotten oil incorporated into it. Enter this simple solution:
When you get home from the store, flip the jar upside down on your counter for an hour or two. This gives the oil some time to fight it out with gravity and it will begin to seep into the nut butter mass and incorporate itself. When you later open it to mix it up, you’ll be in for smooth stirring.
Look at that, beautiful, creamy and smooth! Now no one has any excuse for eating chemical spreads aka “regular” nut butters. Nature knows better!
*to be fair, the nut butter pictured is sunflower seed butter and it has another ingredient I didn’t list above– sugar. This is because sunflower seeds are bitter, so a small bit of sweetener is added, but that is unusual.
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