In The Raw . . .
There are many ways to utilize peanuts in the raw form. The peanut producers of Alabama have made available a collection of recipes for your enjoyment. So the next time your plans call for peanuts, try one or more of these suggestions. Peanuts in the raw are available, so don't hesitate to ask your local grocer. Some of the ways to enjoy peanuts are:
Roasting . . .
"Old Fashioned" Homemade Peanut Butter
Peanuts and peanut butter are naturally cholesterol-free. The fat found in peanuts and peanut butter is primarily unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fats do not increase blood cholesterol levels. Peanuts are naturally low in sugar and salt. Peanuts and peanut butter provide many vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E, Niacin, Thiamin, Copper, Phosphorous, Magnesium and Iron.
Researchers from some of the most prominent schools in the country have recently stated that regularly eating nuts and legumes as part of a low-fat diet decreases the risks of heart disease.
To maintain best eating quality, peanuts need protection from insects and from high temperatures that may cause the fat in the nuts to become rancid. For prolonged storage, keep them in a cool, dry place at, or below, 70 degrees F. (Peanuts keep indefinitely frozen in a tightly closed container.)
Other helpful hints:
Approximately 1 ½ pounds unshelled peanuts = 1 pound shelled = 3 ¼ cups
Approximately 5 ounces shelled peanuts = 1 cup
Approximately 2 cups peanuts ground will yield 1 cup peanut butter