With increases in fuel prices, the price for foods dependent on long-distance transport inevitably climbs. If you have gone shopping for nut butter recently, you have undoubtedly noticed this effect in action.
Prices for raw and organic cashew butter, almond butter, and pretty much any other "butter" that doesn't start with "peanut" or "soy" have gone through the roof, making the prospect of home-made versions much more appealing.
Unfortunately, however, industrial grinders are much better suited for the job of pulverizing nuts into butter. But, with some patience and a little elbow grease, you can eventually make a product suitable for spreading at home.
Soaked, dried raw hazelnuts, almonds, or any other nut/combination of nuts.
For directions on how to prepare your nuts, check out these posts..
Better Almond Butter
Butter (Hazel) Nuts
Step 1: Rev up the food processor
Put your nuts into a food processor and start grinding.
Step 2: Keep grinding
The nuts will begin to form a loose meal after about 3-5 minutes.
Step 3: Grind some more
Eventually, the meal will become powdery, that's a sign that you're nowhere near done.
Step 4: Close but no cigar
When the oils begin to release from the ground up nuts, the mixture will start to come together, but this also means that you will have to open the food processor up to scrape the mixture off the sides every 10-20 seconds.
Step 4: Finally!
After a good 30 minutes (don't worry about the funny smell, it's just the motor of your food processor) you will have a reasonably "smooth" product that can be spread on celery sticks or eaten by the spoonful.