peanut butter

Peanut Peeling

Yep, its that time…

Time to make the peanut butter!

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Step 1:  Peel 10,000 peanuts

Well not me of course. But someone has to peel them. Turns out a machine does that job for me. The peanuts are placed in slotted drums containing screens of different sizes. This drum rotates the peanuts making them rub against each other until the shells are opened and the peanuts fall out. The peanuts are sized on screens that permit the smaller peanuts to fall through…Again size does matter.

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Step 2: Blanching

Peanuts are cleaned again and “blanched”. Blanching is simply the removal of the reddish skin covering the kernels. In dry blanching, the peanuts travel through warm air for a period of time to loosen the skins. Then they go through a machine where large rollers rub the surfaces until the skins fall off.

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Step 3: Roasting

Peanuts can be roasted two different ways. They can be oil-roasted in cookers that take a steady stream of peanuts through hot oil for about five minutes. After draining, the peanuts are salted evenly. Or they can be dry-roasted where they are cooked in a large oven by dry, hot forced air after which salt is applied. The blanched, roasted and salted peanuts are packed in containers for you and me.

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Step 4: Recycle

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No worries…they recycle. The shells can be used used in fireplace logs, fiber roughage for livestock feed and kitty litter. The skins can be used for paper making.

You can learn more about peanuts here

To purchased my flavored gourmet peanut butter go to www.reidsgourmet.com

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Random Talk

10 a.m. Wine

Is 10 a.m. on Saturday to early to relax?

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I’ve always been a create entrepreneur.  It’s the only thing I know how to be.  So why has it taken me 20+ years to figure out how not to STRESS OUT and give it all up!

I’m creative…..right? I should be able to brainstorm a great way to relax.

So far what I have come up with is to not think about it. “Ignorance is bliss”  No I’m not ignoring that bills need to be paid or work needs to be done. I’ve learned not to let those negative thoughts of self doubt creep in. I found if I don’t block them immediately my day can go down hill rapidly.  I’m working on redesigning my map of all those thoughts and beliefs I’ve learned. How do I know if they are true?

“I’ll never make anything of myself.” –  “I don’t have what it take to succeed.” – “I’m not disciplined enough.” – “I’m not smart enough.” – “I will never be worth the money I want to make.” – “I’m a failure.” – “I can’t do this.”  I could go on and on and on and on……..

What I do know is that people make a great living and life from their dreams. They keep going. They adapt and learn new things everyday. They don’t need to be rich, they just need to create…..

This is me!

So if you want to drink wine at 10 a.m. on Saturday….you go right ahead. ENJOY!

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Grab n’ Go

Honey Sticks

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Grab n’ Go!
Reid’s honey sticks are great to take with you to work and travel. Knowing that your always getting pure honey. Not only can you use them for your tea, coffee, hot water with lemon or even drizzled on top of a salad, toast and sandwich. They also are great for that sweet treat craving.

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They are approximately 1 tsp. of honey.

Snip off one end of the straw and either squeeze honey out or let it seep into hot liquid.

These make great party favors for showers & weddings.

Reid’s honey is a mixture of red & white clover and whatever else the bee’s find growing around them like blueberries and wild flowers!

peanut butter recipes

Indonesian Peanut Sauce

Authentic homemade Indonesian peanut sauce

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Peanut butter has its place at every meal and there’s nothing better than peanut sauce! This recipe with add the perfect balance of flavor to any meal.

Seriously you can drizzle it on everything!!!

This is a homemade Indonesian recipe I got from my mother-in law. It’s quick, it’s easy and I make different versions of it according who is home for dinner.

I use my honey peanut butter for an all around peanut sauce

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or my spicy for those who can take the heat!

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I drizzle this on Satay, stir-fry, roasted broccoli, spring rolls, noodle dishes, wraps and yes even tacos. Peanut sauce….it should be a staple in your kitchen!

Recipe:

1st:
In a sauce pan on med high add
1/2 cup diced onion saute in 1 TBS oil then add six next ingredients
1 cup Reid’s peanut butter
2 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS water
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp coriander

2nd:
slowly stir in
1/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup water

stir until smooth and heat to desired temperature. Stirring occasionally not to burn

You can make this sauce up to three days ahead and makes enough for 2-3 meals

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Snacks

Banana Sandwich

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A great tasting, super easy, healthy after school snack!

I don’t know about you but when I grew up I thought I was going to die of hunger when I got home from school.

When I was in grade school things like Little Debbie, Twinkie and Planters Cheese Curls came onto the processed food scene. They were marketed to mothers for a great snack in our packed lunches and after school treats.

I don’t even want to think about how much of those toxic foods I ate on a daily basis growing up.

As a mother I wanted my child to get the best all natural foods we had available.

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This Banana Sandwich was and still is a favorite!

*  banana sliced lengthwise

* reid’s gourmet peanut butter

* reid’s gourmet raw honey

* cinnamon

* raw cacao nibs or grated chocolate

spread nut butter on 1 banana slice and drizzle with honey
sprinkle cinnamon
sprinkle chocolate

place other half of banana on top, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze

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DIY Peanut Butter Cups

Easy to make peanut butter cups!

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These peanut butter cups are super easy with just 4 ingredients and no baking required!

Peanut butter cups are a favorite, but I’ve stayed away from them with all their unhealthy ingredients and preservatives. With these you can choose what ingredients you prefer to make them truly a homemade treat!

I found this recipes at http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Thank you Georgia!

 

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Ingredients:

2 (12 oz.) bags semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Reid’s gourmet peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions:

Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Melt one (12 oz.) bag of chocolate either in a double boiler or by microwaving in short increments, stirring after 30 seconds, for about 2 minutes.

With a small spoon or cookie scoop, evenly distribute melted chocolate into each muffin cup. Drop pan repeatedly on the counter to help chocolate flatten and smooth out. Freeze whole pan for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter. Whip with an electric hand mixer until smooth*. Remove pan from freezer and place small spoonfuls of peanut butter mixture on top of each chocolate layer. Drop pan repeatedly on the counter again, to help flatten peanut butter layer. Freeze whole pan for 15 minutes.

Melt remaining 12 oz. bag of chocolate. Working quickly, portion small spoonfuls of chocolate into each cups, three cups at a time, immediately dropping the pan repeatedly on the counter to flatten cups. Freeze whole pan for 15 minutes to set the top layer of chocolate.

For a peanut butter cup with a firmer texture, serve chilled. For a softer, creamier texture, serve at room temperature. Store refrigerated in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

 

Random Talk

What’s in your pantry?

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What’s in your pantry?

Are you a label reader?

You should be. It is so important to know what we are putting in our bodies. Don’t get me wrong, I like the occasional processed or fast food because it is just easier! We are all crunching for TIME!, but when it comes to stocking my kitchen I try to be conscious of what I’m tossing in my cart.

I am a label reader. If I can’t pronounce it, or my frozen peas has four more ingredients after peas, something isn’t right.

It’s hard to be healthy when your a family on the go. All I ask of myself is to make the best decision I can at the time. I’m a big girl and if I decided to choose that ice cream sundae on a hot summer day, believe me my body tells me, but it was the choice I made. So I need to suffer the consequences and deal with the regret. Your body knows what its need and what harms it. We just need to take some time to be aware that the reacts after eating something is our bodies way of saying “hey, this isn’t good for me and I don’t like it” For me it can effect my entire day. I’ll get sluggish, bloated, nauseous and even congested.

It’s about educating myself. As a mother I want my son to be healthy and happy, but I need to teach by example.

Don’t we all want that for the ourselves and the ones we love?