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    I once saw a video on youtube of this little kid at home being filmed by his mom just pouring almonds into a (big) blender and it would turn out a paste, almond butter on the other side. Can you replicate this in raw/roasted almonds only or do you need to add some oil into the mix?

    Also, what would be a blender that would handle other nuts and, especially, coconut meat, so I make coconut milk? To make coconut milk you need the meat and hot water. I'm just not into the mood of hand-grate the meat...

    What's your suggestions or recommendations (I've seen some videos of people not even using a blender, just doing it by hand).

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    If you want a blender that can do anything (and don't mind spending some money) - the Vitamix is the way to go. I bought a refurbished one years ago and have yet to find anything it can't completely destroy.
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    • #3
      I make coconut milk and oil using basic kitchen tools. The trick to shredding the coconut in any regular blender is to add 2 parts hot (not boiling) water to one part coconut and cut the coconut into small pieces to not stress the motor and to keep the pieces uniform. Don't puree the coconut or you will never strain out the pulp. Keep the pieces bigger than your strainer. If you want the milk thicker, simmer off some water or siphon it off the bottom after leaving it in the refrigerator over night.

      I would recommend a blender with the highest wattage motor and with a glass upper as to not leach out any plastic when you add in the hot water.

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      • #4
        Would a cheap blender do for coconut milk? Can it be used to make nut butters as well?

        600-800 euros is a lot for a Blendtec/Vitamix. Yes I pay much more than you guys over there, and I can only buy it through ebay.co.uk.

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        • #5
          the vitamix is worth the $$$ it comes w/a 10yr warranty even for the re-manufactured ones.. check the vitamix website for the uk and search their re-furbished/manufactured ones - these are the units their sales reps take out to demonstrate its uses at whole foods, costoc, sams ect...
          you actually get 2 blenders when you buy it ... one for wet ingredients and one for dry ingredients I've had mine for close to 10yrs and I've never had any problems w/it... I've had other professional blenders that can't hold a candle to it...

          IF you want something inexpensive - check out the magic bullet... not sure if it can make nut butters ... but it can do most of what a vitamix can do - just not as heavy duty...
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          • #6
            I just throw nuts into my ninja and add some EVCO
            voila! nut butter
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
              I just throw nuts into my ninja and add some EVCO
              voila! nut butter
              Oh no, more choices... Is the Ninja similar to the Vitamix and Blendtec?

              Basically, I'd like a good blender to just throw in the coconut meat into the jug, add water and presto, instant coconut milk. But that's not worth 700 euros, besides, I only use my cheap hand/staff blender for very simple "green" or "red" smoothie shakes. Maybe I'll have to do with the staff blender... and grate/scrape the coconut meat with a cheese grater and then, I wonder if I'm able to blend it with water with the staff blender... it's probably not strong enough for it.
              Last edited by JPA; 09-26-2011, 02:21 PM.

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              • #8
                No. Vitamix & Blendtec are top of the line. Ninja is a less expensive food processor
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                • #9
                  I just got a magic bullet for £30.00 and it is perfect for nut butters and coconut butter. Not sure it'll be good for anything else, but for £30, it's worth it. I've made lots of coconut butter with it (that I set in ice cube trays in the fridge - yum) and some almond nut butter today. Not sure if you can get it shipped, but I got mine online at Macro.

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                  • #10
                    You may want to read up on the Omega brand Masticating Juicers: Wheat Grass Juicers, Fruit Juicers, Vegetable Juicers | Omega Juicers
                    They have both masticating and centrifugal. I like the masticating kind (Omega 8006) as it will do all nut butters, wheat grass, as well as milks, and regular juices. 15 year warranty!

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                    • #11
                      For shredding the coconut you might be better off using a food processor, which would also work to make nut butter. And shred veggies in general. Not good for smoothies though.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JPA View Post
                        Would a cheap blender do for coconut milk? Can it be used to make nut butters as well?

                        600-800 euros is a lot for a Blendtec/Vitamix. Yes I pay much more than you guys over there, and I can only buy it through ebay.co.uk.
                        That certainly is expensive. I've had decent results making almond butter (effortless) and coconut butter out of dried shredded coconut with my food processor so far

                        It's an old, very basic & cheap one, no visible brand name, two speeds and a pulse mode. I've yet to try coconut milk as the butters I made turned out so well. I'd expect any cheap food processor to be just as capable if not better, and most also have a grater/slicer blade for vegetables & shredded cheese that's great for prep.

                        With the coconut it seems like its not doing anything for the first 5 min or so, but as the blades heat the shredded coconut it gets sticky, and turns into a paste as the fat melts from the flesh. I decided to heat and strain the resulting thin paste through a fine mesh strainer to see if I could get coconut oil for frying. The result has too much Coconut solids for frying but tastes incredible, very similar to the jar of Coconut Manna in my cupboard but at.... 1/5th the cost? I also ended up with a small amount that's rougher with more coconut solids, sort of a like a wet coconut flour (I've been using for baking)

                        Oh, and I recall reading somewhere that fresh coconut flesh without drying has too much moisture to make coconut butter with any kind of stability, altho that might not be an issue if making coconut milk from it
                        Last edited by Fury; 09-28-2011, 03:52 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                          I just throw nuts into my ninja and add some EVCO
                          voila! nut butter
                          Hell yeah! I have a Ninja Kitchen System 1200. I will give a thumbs up for this blender as well.

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                          • #14
                            Can I just blend some coconut meat with enough hot water and drink that as milk? Is that too chunky or goes rancid too fast?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                              Can I just blend some coconut meat with enough hot water and drink that as milk? Is that too chunky or goes rancid too fast?
                              yup, hot water + shredded coconut blended/cooked/soaked for awhile, then strained in a mesh strainer or cheesecloth makes coconut milk
                              It should last a couple days, but even the canned stuff doesn't last too well

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