First of all, an official congrats to Francesca who won the first Heabversary Nut Butter Giveaway in honor of Heather's first Blogversary! See above photo- how cute is she, posed in front of the Christmas tree with her goods?! Love that. Francesca, I think that this needs to be your 2010 Christmas card! :-)
What she received:
1. Organic Brazil Nut Butter with chunks of Brazil Nuts.
2. Raw organic almond butter. Straight up plain. :)
3. Roasted hazelnuts with hazelnut chunks, dark cocoa powder,cinnamon, cardamom, and stevia. Nutella & Spice. (I nicknamed this the OMG OMG OMG because those are the words that spontaneously come out of your mouth when you taste it)
4. Roasted organic sunflower seed butter.
5. Party hat with an almond-adorned spoon.
I really want to thank all of HEAB's adoring fans/readers for entering the contest. It was soooo much fun for me to do it...even if it literally melted my VitaMix Tamper- really it did- take a look!
But it was worth it, and I'm sure Vitamix Corp. will send me a whole new machine for the inconvenience- HA! A girl can dream, can't she?
Anyway, onto the subject for today's post...
This is a post about recycling. About righting wrongs. About saving the planet. Well, not really. It's a post about my attempt to salvage my disastrous raw sunflower seed butter that ended up resembling cat food:
No, really...look...it truly resembled cat food...Fancy Feast to be exact:
I broke the pieces down a bit more with a fork
I had tasted many a jar of roasted sunflower butter, but I wanted to know what raw sun butter would taste like. When the engine of the zillion-dollar VitaMix started to scream as if it was in childbirth, I decided to abandon ship. Incidentally, I was not going to take the chance to ruin my food processor either, so I realized that there would be no raw sun butter on the menu today. No biggie- I just turned on the oven to coax the oils out of the partially obliterated seeds. They came out of the 350 degree oven after about 30 minutes or so.
Into the food processor went the now-roasted seeds:
A few more seconds in the processor and it's almost liquid:
No more home-made raw sunbutters for me. And while we're on the subject I will not be making raw almond or peanut butters either. Period. Now, I have not dabbled in other raw nut butters, nor have I tried soaking in water. Any comments about this are welcome!
The only raw nuts that I've tried and succeeded to "butter" (is that a verb?): brazil, pecans. Note: You do not need an expensive Vitamix to make nut butters. A decent food-processor will do. Just make sure that nuts and seeds are either roasted to start with, or if they are raw, they are soft enough for "buttering" (active verb?).