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Old 01-25-2008, 06:17 AM   #1
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Grinding Almonds for almond flour

How do you grind yours? I thought I would share how I grind them. I use a coffee bean grinder just like this. Found that if I get the bags with the almonds in slivers vs whole it grinds quicker but you can use whole ones.


Since my grinder is small I can only grind a small amount at a time and pulse it a few times making sure I do not grind the almonds too much that they become sticky.

I put a flour sifter just like this into a bowl. and sift the nut pieces dumping all that didn't grind completely back into the grinder. This works very well without paying twice the price for already ground almonds.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:26 AM   #2
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Anita,

Does it tend to want to make almond butter? I wanted to maked almond flour but was afraid that I would get butter instead.
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Does it tend to want to make almond butter? I wanted to maked almond flour but was afraid that I would get butter instead.
Not if you use my method. Just grind a small amount at a time and then sift them. If you still have a few larger pieces the will not go through the flour sifter. Then put them in a covered container and you have almond flour when you need it.
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Pecans in the coffee grinder will make paste, though.
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That's a good idea. I always use my cheapie food processor. It does a decent job but I still end up with bigger chunks. I guess I didn't think my coffee grinder would be powerful enough to grind almonds.
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That's a good idea. I always use my cheapie food processor. It does a decent job but I still end up with bigger chunks. I guess I didn't think my coffee grinder would be powerful enough to grind almonds.
But sifting it after grinding is the trick no matter if you use a food processor or coffee grinder. Seriously try it. Also try not to grind to many at once.
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I will try sifting, Skeeter! Thanks for the tip. I use my magic bullet.
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I just wanted to recommend fine ground almond flour. You can find it if you google "super fine almond flour". I got the idea because I use super fine white rice flour when cooking gluten free for my husband. The super fine flour makes all the difference in the world when baking.

So far I have made almond waffles and they were very good.

As for cost, yes it is very expensive.
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Skeeter, this is a great idea because almond flour is so expensive and I have to drive over an hour to even get any. Thanks for the tip!
Btw, how much is a coffee grinder?
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Skeeter, this is a great idea because almond flour is so expensive and I have to drive over an hour to even get any. Thanks for the tip!
Btw, how much is a coffee grinder?
From $14 to $25 depending on which one you buy. They say that if you use one don't use it for coffee only nuts as the coffee taste will forever affect the nuts. Almond flour in my area is $11 dollars for 1 pound. One pound of almonds at the store is like $4.95. A pound is a pound regardless if ground or whole. I found that I like using the slivered almonds if I can find them vs whole. They grind up faster and are less hard on the grinder as whole almonds are hard little buggers.

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I bought a cheap electric coffee bean grinder (MR Coffee???)that I use for grinding my flax seeds and nuts. True, it doesn't grind the nuts superfine, but I don't do a lot of baking, just the 1 minute muffins and quickie flax/almond flour muffins.

Costs about $9.99 at Wally World. I have never over ground and made almond or pecan butter, b/c you can see right through the container. I guess youcould go to the trouble of blanching to get the skin off the almonds, but it does add extra fiber, which is a good thing.
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I grind mine in the food processor, I whirrrrrr that baby for about a minute straight, no almond butter here, just finely ground almonds.
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I order my almond flour from a bakery supply store so it is actually cheaper than buying almonds retail. Last time i bought five pounds and it came to about $32 with shipping so it was only $6 1/2 dollars per pound as opposed to $9-$10 a pound at Kroger. Right now in my area, raw almonds are $9.99/ pound retail. I love to support Netrition, but this is a real deal for me. I'll tell you the company if you want to PM me.

I tried grinding my own, but I use so much of it it was time consuming.
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I order my almond flour from a bakery supply store so it is actually cheaper than buying almonds retail. Last time i bought five pounds and it came to about $32 with shipping so it was only $6 1/2 dollars per pound as opposed to $9-$10 a pound at Kroger. Right now in my area, raw almonds are $9.99/ pound retail. I love to support Netrition, but this is a real deal for me. I'll tell you the company if you want to PM me.

I tried grinding my own, but I use so much of it it was time consuming.
Walmart is where I get mine for $4.95
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I grind mine in the food processor, I whirrrrrr that baby for about a minute straight, no almond butter here, just finely ground almonds.

I buy the 1lb bags of natural almonds at Walgreens for $4.
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I buy the 1lb bags of natural almonds at Walgreens for $4.
Amazing I need to go to these stores to see for myself. I think there is a new Walgreens in town. What section of Walmart do you get the nuts, with chips? I've only ever seen the roasted flavored kind in the little canisters.

The store where I get the almonds is closing soon, so It would be great to have another, much cheaper source.

I'm about to go make almond thins.

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Just finished trying this and it was such a great idea!! Thanks so much Skeeter!
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what can you make with it once you have ground it up? (if you dont mind sharing?)
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Almond Thin Crackers

1 egg yolk 1/2 cup almond flour, pinch of salt, mix together, roll out onto parchment paper very thin, use a pizza cutter to score the cracker sizes then bake at 300 until edges brown and they get crispy. I like to store them in the freezer for extra crisp.
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1 egg yolk 1/2 cup almond flour, pinch of salt, mix together, roll out onto parchment paper very thin, use a pizza cutter to score the cracker sizes then bake at 300 until edges brown and they get crispy. I like to store them in the freezer for extra crisp.
Ooops Sorry just checked back and it is 1 full cup of almond flour. I was making half batches before with egg white powder. Sorry
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Oh my so much. DH's favorite is the 3 minute chocolate cake.

1/4 cup ground almonds
1 tbl cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 tablespoons plus 1 tsp splenda (I use 4 tablespoons cause I like it sweeter)
1 egg
1 tbl water.
2 tbl melted butter
Mix together till smooth put in microwave safe container and nuke it for 1 minute 30 seconds. YUM! I top it with land O Lakes s/f whipped cream in the can.
But it's good without any topping.

For myself I leave out the cocoa powder and experiment with different flavors. The other day I actually put a lemonade drink packet (the ones you put in 16 oz water) in place of the cocoa and it was lemon cake. I loved it.

Yesterday I used a apple flavored drink packet, a handful of walnuts and some cinnamon and after it was cooked I topped it with cream cheese I sweetened with splenda. What a treat!

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Ooops Sorry just checked back and it is 1 full cup of almond flour. I was making half batches before with egg white powder. Sorry
Hey i have some egg white powder i'd like to use up. How much ewp and do you add any liquid?
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The almonds in my Walmart are in the produce section. Also there are some in the baking aisle.
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You can also use almond flour with coconut oil and butter (as you would to make graham cracker crust), press it into a pie plate and prebake for a few minutes to make a crust, after it cools, fill it with whatever pie flavor. the coconut oil and butter harden in the fridge to make a more sturdy crust. Tastes good with a cheesecake filling. I'll have to see about the specific recipe for it though. It's soooommme where around here.... I'll get back to ya.
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Hey i have some egg white powder i'd like to use up. How much ewp and do you add any liquid?
My canister says "for each egg white you need, use two level teaspoons EWP plus 2 Tablespoons warm water. "

( I used two teaspoons last time, maybe why my crackers burned so quickly so much for going by memory)

"EWP are dried egg white(pure albumen). It can be reconstitued by mixing the powder with water. The reconstitured egg white unlike fresh egg white, can be be used safely without cooking or baking because of the pasteurization process."

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