Thursday, August 6, 2009

New way to cut costs

So almonds were on sale a couple of weeks ago at Kroger, so I stocked up. They were $2.99/lb. I couldn't believe it, so I bought 2lbs. of raw whole almonds. What was I going to with all these almonds? I mean, I like almonds, but come on. Well I decided to take a stab at making almond butter. I currently use almond butter instead of peanut butter for 2 reasons. 1) It's healthier than peanut butter, more monounsaturated fats and 2) It's a new twist on the regular pb&j. I have always like almonds, so almond butter seems logical to me. But it's expensive. I buy it at Trader Joe's where I have found it to be the cheapest at $5.99/ jar (it's over $8.00 at Kroger). So I thought I would give it a try and see how it turns out. I had just finished a jar of my Trader Joe's almond butter, so I put it through the dishwasher so I would have something to hold my homemade almond butter. So I took whole raw almonds and put them through the food processor. I am not sure if I did it right, or processed them long enough, but we will see. The good news is that my package of almonds filled my entire jar. So for $2.99 I got a jar of almond butter. I haven't tried it yet, but here are some pictures of the processing.


  1. The longer you go - the smoother it will be! I make it all the time! 2.99 is a steal!! I buy them for 4.99 lowest I can find!! Other thing you can make is almond milk! I haven't tried it yet but it is supposed to be so simple. I need a cheese cloth to do it.

  2. Did it taste good? What a great idea!

  3. The almond butter does taste good, but it's still a little crumbly. Next time I will do a smaller batch and keep it in the food processor even longer.