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How To Make Basic Cashew Cream (Recipe)

Cashew cream is a healthy cook’s secret weapon for creating rich and creamy textures in vegan dishes. It’s perfect for anyone who is trying to consume less dairy even if they’re not vegan, too.

There are loads of variations of cashew cream depending on how you plan to use it. You can adjust the thickness and consistency by adding more or less water and add other ingredients too to adjust the flavors.

Compared to other nut-milks/creams, one of the best things about cashew cream is that you don’t need to strain it, making it even easier to prepare.

BASIC CASHEW CREAM

You can add cashew cream to just about any sauce or soup to make it extra velvety and smooth. It has an extremely mild flavor, which makes it perfect to add to just about any type of cuisine. Be sure to buy raw cashews (unsalted and not roasted) to yield the best flavor. You can find raw cashews in the bulk aisle of most grocery stores or online.

Easy Basic Cashew Cream Recipe

This recipe can easily be halved, doubled or even tripled depending on how much you need. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (unsalted and not roasted)
  • 3/4 cup purified water plus more for soaking, and more or less for adjusted thickness
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Method: Soak the cashews in purified water for at least 4 hours and up to 12. To soak, just place the cashews in a bowl and cover with water by an inch, then cover and soak at room temp up to 4 hours, and put in the refrigerator if soaking overnight. If you’re in a hurry you can soak them for 15 minutes in very hot but not boiling water. To use the hot water method, boil water then remove it from the heat for two minutes, then pour over the cashews.

After soaking, discard the soaking liquid and rinse the cashews thoroughly.

Place the cup of soaked cashews, 3/4 cup purified water and sea salt into a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blend-Tec. Starting on low, blend the cashews as you increase the speed to high (about 10 seconds to increase from low to high). Blend for 2-3 minutes on high until very silky and smooth. Add more water if needed to adjust the consistency if desired. Always start with less water than you think you need and increase as needed.

Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator up to a week. Cashew cream freezes well up to 3 months, however, it takes just as long to thaw as it does to make so I usually make it fresh. Freeze any leftovers that aren’t used within the week.

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How To Make Basic Cashew Cream – It’s Easy!

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews (unsalted and not roasted)
  • 3/4 cup purified water plus more for soaking, and more or less for adjusted thickness
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashews in purified water for at least 4 hours and up to 12. To soak, just place the cashews in a bowl and cover with water by an inch, then cover and soak at room temp up to 4 hours, and put in the refrigerator if soaking overnight. If you’re in a hurry you can soak them for 15 minutes in very hot but not boiling water. To use the hot water method, boil water then remove it from the heat for two minutes, then pour over the cashews.
  2. After soaking, discard the soaking liquid and rinse the cashews thoroughly.
  3. Place the cup of soaked cashews, 3/4 cup purified water and sea salt into a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blend-Tec.
  4. Starting on low, blend the cashews as you increase the speed to high (about 10 seconds to increase from low to high). Blend for 2-3 minutes on high until very silky and smooth. Add more water if needed to adjust the consistency if desired. Always start with less water than you think you need and increase as needed.
  5. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator up to a week.
  6. Cashew cream freezes well up to 3 months, however it takes just as long to thaw as it does to make so I usually make it fresh. Freeze any leftovers that aren’t used within the week.

 

 

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