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Old 10-22-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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How to grind something really finely

How would you grind something like nuts and vegetables really finely without adding water i.e. not using a blender?
I thought of a meat grinder, is there such a thing as a peanut butter mill? I have googled, but if they exist they don't seem to be very common.

I'm thinking as finely as commercial peanut butter.

Would a meat grinder grind nuts as finely as that? I want to know before I buy one, because it's all I would use it for, and if it can't do that it's not worth much to me.

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Old 10-22-2006, 06:21 PM   #2
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How about a mortar and pestle?

I guess a Vitamix is the same as a blender for this.
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:22 PM   #3
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A food processor will. When you grind nuts that finely you turn them into nut butter.
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:59 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 10-23-2006, 12:02 AM   #5
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I use my Braun hand blender with jar attachment to turn roasted peanuts into peanut butter. Agree with Gretchen that a good food processor will do the same thing.
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Old 10-23-2006, 12:06 AM   #6
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robo coupe is the ultimate friend. If all else fails, a regular food processor will do, just be sure to add ingredients in an order that will suit your needs.
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:07 AM   #7
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I believe the ingredients for peanut butter are...... PEANUTS!

I prefer the food processor to the blender for stuff like that. I think it's much easier to clean afterwards...

Just my 2 cents...
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:28 AM   #8
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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.

I remember watching my mother do this. Fine grinding alone doesn't release the oils; the nuts have to be crushed.
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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
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:44 AM   #10
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just for the record, Lehmans Hardware, www.Lehmans.com, sells a hand cranked, (non-electric), blender, made in Peru, looks nifty...$100.
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