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Grinding Nuts in the Vitamix

Started 1377214028.493 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1377384377.177 by 4uthebest

Do I need a dry container to grind nuts? I recently cracked a tooth eating almonds, so since then I use ground nuts.

Just received my Vitamix and read through the booklet, but could not find anything about grinding nuts. Do I need a different container for this? All I found was how to make peanut butter, but that's not what I want.


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colliegirls1377223233.4974909 PostsRegistered 5/13/2012

I would like to grind some nuts {#emotions_dlg.ohmy}!!!!

RocketMom1377229020.3872572 PostsRegistered 9/23/2007

I have never done it, but would think you just need to use a lower speed to get ground nuts rather than nut butter. I don't see why you would need a dry container to do this.

KYToby1377230033.3371027 PostsRegistered 2/19/2012

No dry container needed. Just do about a cup at a time, set the speed on 4, and pulse for a few times. This will grind them, if you want nut butter, follow the recipe guide.

lizzys1377232427.79231 PostsRegistered 11/16/2011
I tried to make almond flower in the dry container thinking it would turn out better than in the liquid container. It was worse! Nuts have moisture in them so I think that is why it didn't work in the dry one. The liquid container pulls the nuts down to the blade. You risk that it turns to nut butter if you process it too long but you do end up with a nice almond flour. It only takes seconds. The dry container throws the nuts into the air so I ended up having different size chunks of nuts that I needed to sift in order to use it as almond flour. If I had continued to grind it, I probably would have had a chunky nut butter.

rina331377262508.4674354 PostsRegistered 6/17/2008

I just got my VM yesterday and watched the video. She ground nuts using the "regular" container. She only used the "dry" container for making flour.

CLEM1377273329.0412340 PostsRegistered 9/1/2008PA

Ladies, thank you! Grinding nuts will be my first project. But today, I will look at the DVD and after that, I hope I will feel comfortable to tackle this blender. I was able to master the pressure cooker, so this should be okay too.

I have a great blender, the Waring Pro which I love, but it doesn't do nuts well. I used to have an old blender which I got with green stamps which did nuts really well. But one of the parts broke and they had discontinued making that blender. So here is hoping that the Vitamix will be all that old blender did plus many more things.


4uthebest1377302142.913516 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009
On 8/23/2013 CLEM said:

Ladies, thank you! Grinding nuts will be my first project. But today, I will look at the DVD and after that, I hope I will feel comfortable to tackle this blender. I was able to master the pressure cooker, so this should be okay too.

I have a great blender, the Waring Pro which I love, but it doesn't do nuts well. I used to have an old blender which I got with green stamps which did nuts really well. But one of the parts broke and they had discontinued making that blender. So here is hoping that the Vitamix will be all that old blender did plus many more things.

Clem are you talking about the 3+ HP Waring, as I am surprised that it could not chop nuts, or is it another model?

CLEM1377374484.05712340 PostsRegistered 9/1/2008PA
On 8/23/2013 4uthebest said:
On 8/23/2013 CLEM said:

Ladies, thank you! Grinding nuts will be my first project. But today, I will look at the DVD and after that, I hope I will feel comfortable to tackle this blender. I was able to master the pressure cooker, so this should be okay too.

I have a great blender, the Waring Pro which I love, but it doesn't do nuts well. I used to have an old blender which I got with green stamps which did nuts really well. But one of the parts broke and they had discontinued making that blender. So here is hoping that the Vitamix will be all that old blender did plus many more things.

Clem are you talking about the 3+ HP Waring, as I am surprised that it could not chop nuts, or is it another model?

4uthebest, mine is called Waring Pro. It did grind the nuts fine, but the container narrows down and everything below the blades did not get chopped. It really is a fine machine otherwise.


kachina6241377378320.46712859 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico
I don't like nuts chopped in any blender. They go so fast, you end up with powder no matter how you pulse. I like pieces you can see and taste.

4uthebest1377384377.1773516 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009
On 8/24/2013 kachina624 said: I don't like nuts chopped in any blender. They go so fast, you end up with powder no matter how you pulse. I like pieces you can see and taste.

I have no problem coarse chopping nuts using the lowest 3 speeds in pulse mode.

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