How to Make Almond Oil
Almond oil is typically used to nourish skin and hair and is an important component of many beauty products. However, it can also be used for cooking at home. If you want to know how to make your own almond oil at home, all you need is a blender and a bit of patience. You can also splurge for an oil press if you’re really committed to making your own almond oil.
Using a Blender
- 2 cups unroasted almonds
- 1-2 tsp. olive oil
Using an Oil Press
- 2 cups roasted almonds
Making Almond Oil in a Blender
Place the almonds into your blender: The almonds should be dry and fresh. Make sure your blender is clean and ready to go.
Blend them at low speed at first: You should start off at low speed so that the almonds are blended slowly and carefully; blending them at high speed at first will make the blending process more difficult.
Pause the blender to clean the build-upx: As you start to blend the almonds, you may find that they start to form a shape that resembles a ball; they’ll start to build up on the sides of the blender. Just stop the blender to scrape off the build up and return it to the rest of the almonds. You may need to do this several times in the blending process, so be vigilant as you blend them.
Blend the almonds at a higher speed: As they get more and more blended, you can turn your blender up to medium or even high speed. This will help the process along.
Add the olive oil when the almonds are thoroughly blended: Once the almonds have been blended into a rich, creamy paste, then you can add a teaspoon of olive oil to speed up the blending process. If you find that the almonds are still not blending as smoothly as you’d like them to, then you can add another teaspoon of oil.
Store the blended almonds: Once you’ve finished blending the almonds, you can place them in a container, such as a glass jar or Tupperware, and keep them at room temperature for about 2 weeks. This should be enough time for the oil from the almonds to separate from their meat.
Drain the oil: To get the most out of the oil, you can try tipping the container and letting the oil drip into a separate container. You can also use a sieve or a strainer to separate the oil from the almonds.
Use the oil: You can use the oil to treat your skin or hair or for aromatherapy purposes. You also don’t have to throw out that leftover nut meat, either. You can use it in cooking, or even just mix it with a bit of canola oil and salt and spread it on toast.
Using an Oil Press
Place the almonds in the top of the oil press: An oil press can be a bit pricier than a blender, but it can blend your almonds extra thoroughly if you’re willing to splurge a bit. You should mount the press on a table or another sturdy surface.
Start turning the crank: Simply turn the crank nice and slow to start to get the roasted almonds to produce oil. Unlike in a blender, you won’t have to worry about the oil creating build-up on the sides of the device.
Use a cup to catch the oil: Simply place a cup below the almonds and wait for the oil to be released into the cup. It’ll be easier to crank the press the longer you do it.
Use the oil: You can use the oil right away and won’t need to wait a few weeks from the oil to separate from the nuts as you would when using a blender. However, the oil may look a bit cloudy, but that doesn’t mean it will be less effective. If you’d like your oil to be more clear, just place it in a container and leave it out for a day for the particles to settle to the bottom of it.