I want to make 'cookie butter' (cookies, oil, powdered sugar, Xmas spices).

My food processor doesn't grind the cookies fine enough. It still feels gritty on the tongue. So I am looking at buying a grinder, but I want to make sure it will do the job.

What is the mesh size or size in microns of the particles in smooth peanut butter?

Bonus question: does any one have a chart of size vs mouth feel of various foods?


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Madehow.com discusses the entire process of making peanut butter.

Peanut butter is usually made by two grinding operations. The first reduces the nuts to a medium grind and the second to a fine, smooth texture. For fine grinding, clearance between plates is about .032 inch (.08 centimeter). The second milling uses a very high-speed comminutor that has a combination cutting-shearing and attrition action and operates at 9600 rpm. This milling produces a very fine particle with a maximum size of less than 0.01 inch (.025 centimeter). (Emphasis mine)

However, creating the correct emulsion of fat and particles may have a greater impact. As with ice cream, the fat coats the tongue and helps prevent a grainy texture.

EDIT: This report from Micromeritics, a rheological analysis firm, shows the particle sizes of three (unnamed) chocolate bars. However, it has a useful graph of particle diameters. For the smoothest chocolate bar, approximately 50% of particles are smaller than 5 nanometers, and nearly 80% are less than 10. The lowest quality bar has only 25% of particles smaller than 5 nanometers, and only 45% are less than 10.

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    I assume this is the super-smooth mass-produced kind of peanut butter, with no visible grains? The smooth-but-not-perfect kind (common in "natural" brands, and peanut butter ground in the store) has visible grains but still doesn't really seem gritty. Might be further evidence that it's not just about particle size.
    – Cascabel
    Aug 24, 2016 at 16:32
  • 0.01 inch (.025 centimeter) is pretty large. But that is only the max size. I wonder what the average size was? (I will read linked page properly later) Aug 25, 2016 at 3:10
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    Smooth and creamy ice cream requires the majority of ice crystals to be small, around 10 to 20 µm in size. If many crystals are larger than this, the ice cream will be perceived as being coarse or icy - from icecreamscience.com/formation-of-ice-crystals
    – Jon Takagi
    Aug 25, 2016 at 3:34
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    My searches didn't find any home grinders that could achieve this texture though - you may be better off with a high power food processor
    – Jon Takagi
    Aug 25, 2016 at 3:42

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