Hubby Tony and I are trying to eat healthier. As part of that commitment I'm taking a close look at everything in the pantry. For example, the store-brand peanut butter I buy tastes good, but the second ingredient (after peanuts) is sugar. It also has hydrogenated vegetable oils. I've also recently learned that peanuts aren't as nutritious as other types of nuts, so I figured we could do better.
Last year I made almond butter, but it was a lot of work. We were doing the grocery shopping today, and one of our stops was Whole Foods. I remembered they had machines in the bulk department where you could make your own nut butters. I've always walked past them, but today I stopped and ground my own.
There were three different grinders arranged in a row on a counter across from the bulk bins. Each had a clear reservoir that held nuts, a nozzle coming out of the bottom of the machine, and an on/off switch to the left of the nozzle. Underneath the machines was a shelf with plastic containers and lids.
I chose the center machine, which contained almonds. It was a lot of fun to use. I turned it on, and a heavy stream of ground almonds came out of the nozzle like soft-serve ice cream. As it fell into the container, I noticed that the texture wasn't as smooth as my store-bought variety. I scooped up a little bit with my finger and tasted it. It was a little grainy, and without ANY added ingredients, a little bland!
Over the last few months I've started eating my peanut butter without jelly. Until I get used to this new nut butter I might have to add a smear of preserves or a little honey to my next few sandwiches.