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Old 10-25-2006, 12:41 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by kitchenelf
ntbsnthlrchn - are you trying to use NON-electrical appliances? If a blender is out it seems a food processor would also be out. A meat grinder won't grind fine enough I feel sure.
No, electric is good. I just exclude a blender because I've already tried it and found I must add lots of water to get stuff finely ground. I damaged my blender grinding thick stuff while I was at it too.....

Will a food processor provide more torque, then? This is like a fairly thick paste, it only just flows. I think the blender could do it given enough time and torque. The connection arrangement on the bottom started getting stripped, though. Like a bolt head getting striped by a wrench, but the wrench getting "stripped" as well.

Huh. Maybe I can shove paper clip bits in there or something. Or braze it on, if the would make the socket square in the first place it wouldn't be a problem.

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Old 10-25-2006, 12:59 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Chef_Jen
Yes you can get a grinder that does peanut butter. Generally they are just upscale coffee grinders In my market you can "grind your own" Peanut butter.

However a meat grinder will not get it as fine as you want. I would suggest food processor
Hm.... that's what first occured to me, an overgrown disk coffee grinder. What are such things called? Are they expensive? I've used the peanut butter machines in a shop, that would be too expensive, but if there's a home version.......

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Old 10-25-2006, 01:26 PM   #13
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ntbsnthlrchn, I use this grinder for soaked dried corn. I mention it because it is fairly inexpensive, works like the hand grinders TexanFrench was describing but may be easier to find.
Originally Posted by TexanFrench
If you can find an old hand meat grinder with attachments, the wheel to make peanut butter is a solid disk with small grooves radiating out to the edge of the wheel. The peanuts are actually crushed, and the peanut butter oozes out along the edges of the wheel, through the grooves.
Every time I open a jar of peanut butter I think that the grain mill might give me a better, fresher result. Next time I'm in the grocery I'll get some peanuts and try it out. While I'm at it I'll put some nuts in the processor to see how the two peanut butters compare.
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:56 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by bethzaring
just for the record, Lehmans Hardware, www.Lehmans.com, sells a hand cranked, (non-electric), blender, made in Peru, looks nifty...$100.
Wow, Beth, Thanks for reminding me of these great folks! Used to get their catalog in the mail, but hadn't ordered from them in some time - so, you know, out of sight----------!
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:40 AM   #15
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I used to make peanut butter in my Vitamix. It was really yummy stuff. I've also used the food processor - I think it is easier to control the texture of the peanut butter with the food processor.

The question is what else are you trying to grind up???
I'm just lookin' for my "cheese"!
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:47 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Chopstix
I use my Braun hand blender with jar attachment to turn roasted peanuts into peanut butter.
This is exactly what I use, and it works perfectly when we want to make some paste with almonds or pistacchi, it really grind them into powder. This is also a very versatile tool which I use almost everyday for various purposes, it would be a great investment if you don't have it, or anything similar.
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:37 AM   #17
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I guess my first question would have to be ... what the heck are you trying to grind, and for what? Nuts and vegetables are NOT the same!

Are you trying to make peanut butter? That needs one thing and one type of processing. Are you trying to make vegetable juice- that needs something else.

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