Not just another nut

December 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm 1 comment

The world is full of nuts, alas. But this is about peanuts, folks, and how growing local is worth the trouble after all. My friend Carol recently took up for the lowly goober after she plucked, shelled, and roasted a local crop bestowed on her for an important occasion. Here’s her report, straight From the Pottery Kitchen, her charming blog:

They come in jars, roasted. They come in cans, mixed with all sorts of other more important nuts. They fall to the bottom, they are unassuming fillers. The other guys are bigger and cost more, but the peanuts give bulk to the mix and keep the cost down. They disappear into peanut butter, or maybe they get a bit more attention in the crunchy versions.

I like them all, well enough, until now. Yesterday I was given a present of a box of peanuts, or rather peanut plants. I had expressed an interest to our local biofuels emperor in serving more local foods at our upcoming Kiln Opening. As someone who aspires to eat only foods grown within 100 miles, he took me seriously. He procured what was to become several pounds of roasted peanuts from organic farmer and legend, Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofarm, and an afternoon project began.

First the peanuts needed to be pulled off the plants. The plant matter went to the compost heap and the peanuts filled a large bowl. The shelling was next. This was time-consuming, but we had help, and as usual, especially with farm work and food preparation, many hands made light work. The roasting began as soon as we had enough shelled peanuts to fill a cookie sheet, Then the experimenting began…..

Read the rest of the story, it has a happy ending.

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  • 1. My New Year’s Resolutions « sustainable grub  |  December 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    […] produces, energy, worms, compost and food – has already asked if he can join in, along with Carol at From the Pottery’s Kitchen. They are both wonderful writers and activists (soon bringing […]

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