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Nut Butter Machine Buying Guide

Nut butter mills a trend
Old Tyme nut butter maker

Nut butter making machines have become a staple in natural food stores, but that’s not the only place they are popping up and creating delicious creamy nut butter and spreads. Nut butter mills are found in grocery stores, delis, bulk food stores, and farmer’s markets. They are even found in cafés, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and fitness centers where customers and clientele prefer natural food with natural ingredients. And that’s just what these machines provide.

Perfectly suited to specialty food stores, nut butter makers provide an eye catching centerpiece in your bulk food section, creating a fun self-serve dynamic that draws consumers in, then brings them back for more—as well as encouraging them to tell their friends.

Pleasant Hill Grain is the exclusive exporter of Olde Tyme nut butter makers. Keep reading to learn about buying a nut grinder for your store, or browse our selection online.

Self-Ground vs. Store-Bought Spreads

When there are shelves of pre-made peanut butter lining grocery store aisles, is it worth grinding your own nuts to make homemade spreads? For several reasons, it really is! Fresh-ground nut butter…

  • Tastes better – you control the nuts that go in so you have control over the pure taste of the nut butter. And fresh tastes so much sweeter and better!
  • Is healthier – there’s less fat, trans-fat, and sugar compared to store-bought spreads.
  • Has less preservatives and additives – since you make it when you need it, it doesn’t need additional chemicals to ensure a longer shelf life before it’s bought.
  • Is completely customizable – you control the nuts that go into your spread, and a wide range can be used. See below for the types that nut grinders can process!

Types of Nuts You Can Grind

While store-bought brands typically focus on peanut butter, owning a nut grinder for your store, cafeteria, or deli gives you the option to customize the type of nuts you put in it (and how your spread will taste). Most machines can grind:

  • Peanuts
  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cacao beans

When you’re picking out the nuts to grind, it’s best to grind dry roasted and unbleached nuts that are diced or chopped.

Olde Tyme Nut Grinders (NSF-Certified)

Olde Tyme nut grinders are a staple in the natural food industry and have enabled retailers to provide freshly ground nut butters direct to consumers in stores across the country. At Pleasant Hill Grain, we sell the Olde Tyme Nut Grinder and the Olde Tyme Nut Grinder 50HZ, both available in stainless steel and the classic red cabinet. All models are NSF-certified.

Considerations When Buying a Nut Grinder

Olde Tyme nut butter grinder logoSince we want all of our customers to make an informed decision when purchasing a product they will love in their kitchen or store for a long time, we’ve put together a list of considerations when buying a nut grinder. Keep in mind

  • Storage – Olde Tyme nut grinders are compact and need very little shelf space. If processing for yourself or allowing customers to self-grind, you’ll want to have room available for jars, nuts, and labels.
  • Electricity use – our nut grinders run on 1-phase power, so 3-phase power is not required. Different models are rated at 10 or 20 amps.
  • Power supply – models are available for: 110V/60Hz, 220V/60Hz, and 220V/50Hz.
  • Efficiency – you’ll want to consider how much nut butter is produced per minute. Bins hold about 20 pounds of nuts and produce 2.5 lbs. of nut butter per minute!
  • Timer settings – speaking of efficiency, commercial nut grinders have an internal timer that can be adjusted to run from 1 second to 17 minutes, or disabled. When the products are shipped, the timer is set to 24 seconds, which produces about 1 pound of nut butter.
  • Purchasing multiple grinders – it’s a best practice to keep one type of nut per grinder. Multiple grinders allow you to offer several types of freshly-ground nut spread in your store or café with no product mixing.
  • Self-cooling features for the motor – Olde Tyme nut grinders are equipped with totally enclosed, fan-cooled motors. They have a 100% duty cycle, so they can be operated continuously for hours.
  • Ease of cleaning and maintenance – all parts that come in contact with ground nuts disassemble in moments without tools for quick, easy cleaning.

A Centerpiece Machine

Olde Tyme nut butter grinder flavor label

Olde Tyme nut grinders will instantly become an eye-catching centerpiece in your aisle or on your counter. Models are available in sharp stainless steel or statement-red cabinet. We also have nut butter labels available for these machines—displaying your peanut butter grinder, cashew butter grinder, almond butter maker or organic peanut butter maker.

Nut grinder labels for the Olde Tyme machines are available in the following varieties:

  • Fresh Ground Almond Butter
  • Fresh Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
  • Fresh Ground Natural Butter
  • Fresh Ground Organic Peanut Butter
  • Fresh Ground Peanut Butter/Dark Chocolate

These labels provide customers with the easily read Nutrition Facts and a reminder that fresh-ground nut butter is all natural and contains no additives, preservatives, or cholesterol!

Shopping with Pleasant Hill Grain

For home and business owners alike, Pleasant Hill Grain provides a superior online shopping experience for home, kitchen, and outdoor products, including our selection of commercial nut grinders/nut butter makers. We offer free shipping on orders over $59 (so our nut grinders ship free!) and also phone support from our friendly, experienced customer service staff. Have questions? Please call us at the number below—we’d love to help you select a product that’s perfect for your needs!


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