ALMONDS (Prunus amygdalus)
Many vegetarians make almonds an important part of their diet because pound for pound they contain more protein than sirloin steak.
Use well-dried nuts. Green nuts or uncured nuts should be thoroughly oven or air dried before use.
Use Grid #4 Triturate only.
Fill housing loosely with almonds before starting the motor. Put through Norwalk using very light pressure with the pusher. At first, the almonds will come through as a fine meal which will quickly turn to smooth nut butter. Be sure to leave some nuts in the housing at all times to prevent throwback. When finished leave pusher in until you have turned off the motor.
NOTE: Many of the almonds now commercially available are the new hybrid varieties, which have been bred to contain less oil and more water to extend the shelf life of the nuts.
These nuts may still be sold as 'organically grown'. With less oil, it is difficult to make nut butter without thoroughly drying the nuts and adding oil. When using such nuts we recommend adding a small amount of almond or peanut oil, at least to get started.
Of course, if you have a beautiful old non-hybrid tree or have access to nuts grown on such trees, you should have little difficulty making almond butter without adding oil as in the first paragraph above.
Triturate as above. Ground almonds are used in candies, cakes, desserts, salads, and cereals, or for toppings and fillings.
CLEANSING FACIAL SCRUB
Take 1 Tbsp finely ground almonds, 1 Tbsp finely ground oatmeal.
The above may be triturated either together or separately using Grid #4. Any excess may be stored in a capped container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
To this add: 1 Tbsp cow or goat milk (or almond nut milk). Mix all thoroughly. Massage face and neck gently with the mixture. Wait 15 minutes, rinse with warm water and finish with a dash of cold water. For dry skin squeeze contents of a vitamin E capsule into the mixture and use as above.