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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, April 15, 2016

Homemade Walnut Butter

Note:  Blogger must be having some issues right now. I keep having trouble just signing in.  They are also posting a notice that may be showing up at the top of my blog, regarding cookies.

The sun is shining and the squishy ground is drying up, so out to the barn I went for a good coop cleaning.  I had to laugh.  Both goats came running into the barn and decided to have long conversations with me while I worked.  I love those little boogers.

This is a blurry photo, but since I had a lot of English walnuts, I toasted 2 cups (350°F for about 8 minutes).

Then I cooled them, tossed them into my food processor, added 1 tsp. organic cinnamon, 1 tsp. honey, and 1/4 tsp. salt.  

Oh my golly!  This stuff is wonderful.  I have only made homemade peanut butter (hard to find organic grown shell peanuts so I simply buy organic peanut butter).  Remember all those nuts I cracked?  Well, I am so happy with the results.  

This stuff sells for $13.00 for 8 oz. and I got about 1 cup with those 2 cups of walnuts (locally grown and not sprayed).  I've never bought walnut butter, but now I'm hooked on making it.

Guess what's on my spring planting wish list?  Two English walnut trees.

I found a use for the plastic lids that come on the non-gmo safflower mayo I buy.  Why not make the mayo?  Well, I have, but it will often spoil before it's used up.  When the kids are all moved out, I can make smaller batches and use it the same day (for example, homemade tartar sauce).

Back to the lids.  I have recycled the glass portion for next Christmas, and topped them with canning lids and rims, recycling some of my used lids.  

I can't recycle the lids here at our drop off, but these plastic lids fit a canning jar perfectly (I didn't want them on my gift due to color).

I make so many things from scratch, like hand lotion, neosporin, and even food items such as the butters etc.  Those items are such a pain to open and shut with the two piece canning lid (things used daily, or several times a day, especially lotion), so I have replaced those lids with the recycled one-piece lid.  Nothing ends up in the trash.  

I may have to put this idea over on my SCRAP blog too.  I just couldn't toss them into the trash. 



Sandra Morris said...

I have never had walnut butter.
Sounds interesting :)

Kristina said...

Sandra, I friend of mine was talking about her pecan trees she had on order (to spring plant) and mentioned wanting to make pecan butter. This led the conversation to the walnut trees I wanted to plant - hence walnut butter. Yum!

Debby Flowers said...

I use those lids too, mainly on the 8 oz jelly jars. Those little jars just happen to fit perfectly into my 70's era yogurt maker. It came with milk glass containers, but I replaced them with the jelly jars because they seal better than the lids that came with the milk glass ones. I use jars to pack lunch items too, like a couple of peeled hard-boiled eggs, or oatmeal to go.

Kristina said...

Debby, those are great ideas too. I'll have to remember that when Hubby and I are on the road next.