Saturday, May 28, 2011
Cashew Nut Butter
I Like Cashews. They are pretty much my favourite "nut". I even Wikipedia-searched them, to try and sound like I know a lot about Cashews, But I just sat there amazed at how much I didn't know. You should Wikipedia search them too. They grow on very very pretty trees with cool leaves that grow in a spiral around the branch.
I found this on the Nutritional Value of Cashews. Its a pretty informative page, and if you search around a bit, they do have Cashew Butter analysis too.
Its been a long time without a real recipe on here, and while I think you should make this, because it is preservative-free and SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Yummy (and you know what is in it because you are making it yourself)... Its not that complicated of a recipe, It mostly goes by feel instead of measurements, and it is so very simple, you will wonder why you ever bought the stuff in the first place.
Step 1: Find and Buy Cashew nuts. I used roasted and unsalted ones. You are going to need more than just those little tins of them in the snack section. I found them in a big jar in the International food section at No Frills for around $12.
Step 2: Pull out your food processor (Or in my case: Drive 2 hours to visit your parents and use their food processor, promising to leave them some cashew goodness)
Step 3: Put Cashews in Food Processor (I used about 2 cups), and put the lid on
Step 4: Turn on the Food Processor
Step 5: Add a tiny bit of oil. I used Corn oil, and probably about 1 TBSP. You do have to let the food processor do most of the work. Add a teeny bit of oil at a time so you don't end up with separated Cashew butter. I would've used Peanut Oil or Cashew oil if I could find it, but this was kind of a last minute "I gotta try that" idea and forgot to get the oil too.
Step 6: Keep food-processing until you get the desired texture you want. All together, my Cashew Butter took about 15-20 minutes to make.
Step 7: Scrape into jars, and refrigerate
Step 8: ENJOY!
While at home, I also made more Strawberry Jam, So stay tuned for my first "Adventures in Canning" post. I'm going to post it in the next few days, along with a few other recipes we made while I was visiting the parental units.