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Pistachio Paste

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On ‎1‎/‎3‎/‎2018 at 2:42 AM, pastrygirl said:

 

I think best results would be with at least a pound, to keep things moving and not spread too thin, but I haven't tried less than that.  I'll try to remember next time I'm grinding hazelnuts to see how a smaller amount does - I've been doing do 2 or 3lb at a time, pre-ground in my cuisinart until small then transferred to the grinder to finish.

 

Yesterday I christened my machine with a good pound of walnuts.  My yield was only 75 percent.  I fear these things are designed for larger batches.  No complaints at all about the quality of the paste!  (Cleanup was another story.)

 

As I recall California pistachios are the same price as my walnuts and I'm not thrilled with the idea of 25 percent of my investment washing down the drain.

 

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I just made ice cream with the Fiddyment Farm paste, and it worked very well -very tasty. I just used the standard French base formula (which makes a tad over 1 qt) and added 1/4 cup paste while cooling the base prior to adding the cream.

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I got a quick question regarding the stone grinder. How much noise does it make? The video someone posted with the pistachios didn't seem that bad, but it's hard to know from a video. I'm thinking about getting one to, yeah, make my own pralines etc. :) 

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3 hours ago, Rajala said:

I got a quick question regarding the stone grinder. How much noise does it make? The video someone posted with the pistachios didn't seem that bad, but it's hard to know from a video. I'm thinking about getting one to, yeah, make my own pralines etc. :) 

 

It's not bad.  It's a white noise hum like freeway traffic, not high pitched like a blender.  One can talk over it.

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4 hours ago, Rajala said:

I got a quick question regarding the stone grinder. How much noise does it make? The video someone posted with the pistachios didn't seem that bad, but it's hard to know from a video. I'm thinking about getting one to, yeah, make my own pralines etc. :) 

 

A freight train comes to mind.  Saves having to use the white noise sleep machine.

 

Get one.

 

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Hehe, I guess it won't sound much worse than my 3D printer while printing for 24 hours. :D 

 

Well, I'm getting one when I get my salary.

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It's no worse than an Excalibur dehydrator!

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On 1/3/2018 at 6:28 PM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

What weight of pistachios is in the video?

 

 

Hi Jo,

 

That's about 250g of roasted pistachios, lightly broken up first by blender.

 

Cheers

Luke

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1 hour ago, Luke said:

 

Hi Jo,

 

That's about 250g of roasted pistachios, lightly broken up first by blender.

 

Cheers

Luke

 

Thanks @Luke.  I am surprised.  What was your yield with that small amount of nuts?  I found when I ground a pound of walnuts (admittedly not pistachios) I ended up with only 3/4 pound of paste.  Maybe I don't know how to get the last bit out of the grinder.

 

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Before I make a purchase. Could I do my own praline with this? Add some roasted hazelnuts to a caramel, put the final result in a mixer to make smaller pieces and then add the "powder" to the stone grinder to finish it off?

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15 hours ago, Rajala said:

Before I make a purchase. Could I do my own praline with this? Add some roasted hazelnuts to a caramel, put the final result in a mixer to make smaller pieces and then add the "powder" to the stone grinder to finish it off?

 

Yes, you should be able to make praline.  I haven't done caramel and nuts exactly like that, but I do add granulated sugar to my hazelnut paste, and I've also used the grinder on caramel/toffee, so I don't see why caramelized nuts shouldn't work.  As long as things are loose/oily enough to keep moving.

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1 hour ago, pastrygirl said:

 

Yes, you should be able to make praline.  I haven't done caramel and nuts exactly like that, but I do add granulated sugar to my hazelnut paste, and I've also used the grinder on caramel/toffee, so I don't see why caramelized nuts shouldn't work.  As long as things are loose/oily enough to keep moving.

 

Sweet. That's good to hear. How long does it normally take to make something really smooth? 12 hours? 24?

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@Rajala if you’re making bean to bar chocolate you might go overnight, but nuts and sugar should only require a few hours. 

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