Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 5, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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I love my Peanut Butter………………….

High in Valuable Nutrition– Peanut butter has potassium as well as protein which lower the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. High in Fiber– It also contains fiber for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.

One of America’s Favorites – Peanut Butter

February 3, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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“Smooth” peanut butter in a jar

Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground, dry-roasted peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners, or emulsifiers. Peanut butter is popular in many countries. The United States is a leading exporter of peanut butter and itself consumes $800 million of peanut butter annually.

Peanut butter is served as a spread on bread, toast, or crackers, and used to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich). It is also used in a number of breakfast dishes and desserts, such as peanut-flavored granola, smoothies, crepes, cookies, brownies, or croissants. It is similar to other nut butters such as cashew butter and almond butter.

The two main types of peanut butter are crunchy (or chunky) and smooth (or creamy). In crunchy peanut butter, some coarsely-ground peanut fragments are included to give extra texture. The peanuts in smooth peanut butter are ground uniformly, creating a creamy texture.

In the US, food regulations require that any product labelled “peanut butter” must contain at least 90% peanuts; the remaining <10% usually consists of “…salt, a sweetener, and an emulsifier or hardened vegetable oil which prevents the peanut oil from separating”. In the US, no product labelled as “peanut butter” can contain “artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives, natural or artificial coloring additives.” Some brands of peanut butter are sold without emulsifiers that bind the peanut oils with the peanut paste, and so require stirring after separation. Most major brands of peanut butter add white sugar, but there are others that use dried cane syrup, agave syrup, or coconut palm sugar.

Organic and artisanal peanut butters are available, but their markets are small.

A tractor being used to complete the first stage of the peanut harvesting process

Production process
Planting and harvesting
Due to weather conditions, peanuts are usually planted in spring. The peanut comes from a yellow flower which bends over and infiltrates the soil after blooming and wilting, and the peanut starts to grow in the soil. Peanuts are harvested from late August to October, while the weather is clear. This weather allows for dry soil so that when picked, the soil does not stick to the stems and pods. The peanuts are then removed from vines and transported to a peanut shelling machine for mechanical drying. After cropping, the peanuts are delivered to warehouses for cleaning, where they are stored unshelled in silos.

Shelling
Shelling must be conducted carefully lest the seeds be damaged during the removal of the shell. The moisture of the unshelled peanuts is controlled to avoid excessive frangibility of the shells and kernels, which in turn, reduces the amount of dust present in the plant. After, the peanuts are sent to a series of rollers set specifically for the batch of peanuts, where they are cracked. After cracking, the peanuts go through a screening process where they are inspected for contaminants.

Roasting
The dry roasting process employs either the batch or continuous method. In the batch method, peanuts are heated in large quantities in a revolving oven at about 800 °F (427 °C). Next, the peanuts in each batch are uniformly held and roasted in the oven at 320 °F (160 °C) for about 40 to 60 minutes. This method is good to use when the peanuts differ in moisture content. In the continuous method, a hot air roaster is employed. The peanuts pass through the roaster whilst being rocked to permit even roasting. A photometer indicates the completion of dry roasting. This method is favored by large manufacturers since it can lower the rate of spoilage and requires less labor.

Cooling
After dry roasting, peanuts are removed from the oven as quickly as possible and directly placed in a blower-cooler cylinder. There are suction fans in the metal cylinder that can pull a large volume of air through, so the peanuts can be cooled more efficiently. The peanuts will not be dried out because cooling can help retain some oil and moisture. The cooling process is completed when the temperature in the cylinder reaches 86 °F (30 °C).

Blanching
After the kernels have been cooled down, the peanuts will undergo either heat blanching or water blanching to remove the remaining seed coats. Compared to heat blanching, water blanching is a new process. Water blanching first appeared in 1949.

Heat blanching
Peanuts are heated by hot air at 280 °F (138 °C) for not more than 20 minutes in order to soften and split the skins. After that, the peanuts are exposed to continuous steam in a blanching machine. The skins are then removed using either bristles or soft rubber belts. After that, these skins are separated and blown into waste bags. Meanwhile, the hearts of peanuts are segregated through inspection.

Water blanching
After the kernels are arranged in troughs, the skin of the kernel is cracked on opposite sides by rolling it through sharp stationary blades. While the skins are removed, the kernels are brought through a one-minute hot water bath and placed on a swinging pad with canvas on top. The swinging action of the pad rubs off the skins. Afterward, the blanched kernels are dried for at least six hours by hot air at 120 °F (49 °C).

After blanching, the peanuts are screened and inspected to eliminate the burnt and rotten peanuts. A blower is also used to remove light peanuts and discolored peanuts are removed using a color sorting machine.

Grinding
After blanching the peanuts are sent to grinding to be manufactured into peanut butter. The peanuts are then sent through two sizes of grinders. The first grinder produces a medium grind, and the second produces a fine grind. At this point, salt, sugar and a vegetable oil stabilizer are added to the fine grind to produce the peanut butter. This adds flavor and allows the peanut butter to stay as a homogenous mixture. Chopped peanuts may also be added at this stage to produce “chunky” peanut butter.

Packaging

A jar of commercial “creamy” peanut butter

Before packaging, the peanut butter must first be cooled in order to be sealed in jars. The mixture is pumped into a heat exchanger in order to cool it to about 120 °F (49 °C). Once cool, the peanut butter is pumped into jars and vacuum sealed. This vacuum sealing rids the container of oxygen so that oxidation cannot occur, preserving the food. The jars are then labelled and set aside until crystallization occurs. The peanut butter is then packaged into cartons distributed to retailers, where they are stored at room temperature and sold to consumers.

A 2012 article stated that “China and India are the first and second largest producers, respectively”, of peanuts. The United States of America “…is the third largest producer of peanuts (Georgia and Texas are the two major peanut-producing states)” and “more than half of the American peanut crop goes into making peanut butter.”

Nutritional profile
In a 100 gram amount, smooth peanut butter supplies 588 Calories and is composed of 50% fat, 25% protein, 20% carbohydrates (including 6% dietary fiber), and 2% water (table).

Peanut butter is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of dietary fiber, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, niacin, and vitamin B6 (table, USDA National Nutrient Database). Also high in content are the dietary minerals manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper (table). Peanut butter is a moderate source (10–19% DV) of thiamin, iron, and potassium (table).

Both crunchy/chunky and smooth peanut butter are sources of saturated (primarily palmitic acid, 21% of total fat) and monounsaturated fats, mainly oleic acid as 47% of total fat, and polyunsaturated fat (28% of total fat), primarily as linoleic acid).

Peanut allergy
For people with a peanut allergy, peanut butter can cause a variety of possible allergic reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potential effect has led to banning peanut butter, among other common foods, in some schools.

Symptoms
* Shortness of breath
* Wheezing
* Tightening of the throat
* Itching
* Skin reactions such as hives and swelling
* Digestive problems

Peanut butter cookies, a popular type of cookie made from peanut butter and other ingredients

As an ingredient
Peanut butter is included as an ingredient in many recipes: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, and candies where peanut is the main flavor, such as Reese’s Pieces, or various peanut butter and chocolate treats, such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the Crispy Crunch candy bar.

Peanut butter’s flavor combines well with other flavors, such as oatmeal, cheese, cured meats, savory sauces, and various types of breads and crackers. The creamy or crunchy, fatty, salty taste pairs very well with complementary soft and sweet ingredients like fruit preserves, bananas, apples, and honey. The taste can also be enhanced by similarly salty things like bacon (see peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich), especially if the peanut butter has added sweetness.

One snack for children is called “Ants on a Log”, with a celery stick acting as the “log”. The groove in the celery stick is filled with peanut butter and raisins arranged in a row along the top are “ants”.

Plumpy’nut is a peanut butter-based food used to fight malnutrition in famine-stricken countries. A single pack contains 500 calories, can be stored unrefrigerated for 2 years, and requires no cooking or preparation.

As animal food
Peanut butter inside a hollow chew toy is a method to occupy a dog with a favored treat. A common outdoor bird feeder is a coating of peanut butter on a pine cone with an overlying layer of birdseed.

Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes

January 23, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes with recipes like Devil’s Food Ice Cream Pie, Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie, and Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream Pie. You can find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes
Find healthy, delicious ice cream pie recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Devil’s Food Ice Cream Pie
Fat-free chocolate cookie cakes get a peanut butter drizzle and a layer of bananas and ice cream in this low-fat frozen dessert………………….

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie
While pumpkin pie deserves respect as a Thanksgiving icon, it’s fun to shake up tradition. Surprise your family and friends with a frozen pie this year–it just might become one of their holiday favorites. No need to let them know how easy it is………………….

Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream Pie
In this healthy ice cream pie recipe, crumbled gingersnaps make an easy and tasty crust for the blackberry and lemon filling made with nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes
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Diabetic Dish of the Week – SALMON WITH PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE

September 24, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – SALMON WITH PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE. One of my favorite cuts of Fish Salmon! To make this recipe you’ll need; Salmon Fillets, Olive Oil, Peanut Butter, Chili Garlic Sauce, Orange Juice, and Salt and Pepper. You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You’ll find and endless supply of Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the site. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

SALMON WITH PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE

Recipe Yield: 4

Ingredients

1 pound salmon
1 teaspoon olive oil
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1/4 cup 100 percent orange juice

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 400F and line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2 – Place salmon on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper, to taste.
3 – Bake salmon 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
4 – In small sauce pot over medium-low heat, whisk together peanut butter, chili garlic sauce and orange juice, and cook until warm.
5 – To serve, pour peanut butter sauce over salmon.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 334
Fat: 23 grams
Saturated Fat: 5 grams
Fiber: 1 grams
Sodium: 173 milligrams
Cholesterol: 50 milligrams
Protein: 27 grams
Carbohydrates: 5 grams
Sugars: 3 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/salmon-with-peanut-butter-sauce

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

August 1, 2019 at 6:03 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is – Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches. Nothing like a Ice Cream Sandwich on a hot day! To make this recipe you’ll need; Creamy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Wafer Cookies, and Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream. 3 ingredients, how easy is this! They are 129 calories and 14 net carbs per serving. You can find this recipe at the Diabetes Self Management website where you’ll find a fantastic and huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News and more! So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, and this low-carb, homemade twist on the classic is sure to have you squealing with delight. Requiring just three ingredients, these treats can be assembled in minutes — and are sure to be snatched up just as quickly!

Ingredients
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
8 chocolate wafer cookies
2/3 cup no-sugar-added vanilla ice cream, softened

Directions
1 – Spread peanut butter evenly over flat sides of all cookies.

2 – Spoon ice cream over peanut butter on 4 cookies. Top with remaining 4 cookies, peanut butter sides down. Press down lightly to force ice cream to edges of sandwiches.

3 – Wrap each sandwich tightly in foil. Freeze at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 1 sandwich.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 129 calories, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 124 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/chocolate-peanut-butter-ice-cream-sandwiches/

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Southern Sweet Potato Soup

May 4, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for Southern Sweet Potato Soup. Some of the ingredients you’ll need are; Sweet Potatoes, Onion, Celery, Peanut Butter, Whipping Cream Molasses, and more! You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Southern Sweet Potato Soup
This creamy spiced sweet potato soup, with a touch of peanut butter, is the perfect starter to a fall or winter holiday meal.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 (1 1/4-inch) cinnamon stick
1 1/2 cups whipping cream*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons molasses
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Suggested Garnishes: chopped dry-roasted peanuts, fresh thyme sprigs

Cooking Directions:
1 – Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and celery, and sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute.
2 – Stir in broth and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Process sweet potato mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. (Caution! Hot liquids create steam which will blow the top off the blender! Be sure to securely hold blender lid down!)
3 – Return mixture to Dutch oven; stir in 1 1/2 cups whipping cream and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated.
4 – Beat 1/4 cup whipping cream, molasses, pinch of salt, and nutmeg until soft peaks form. Serve with soup, and garnish, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.

*1 1/2 cups half-and-half (light cream) may be substituted for 1 1/2 cups whipping cream.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/southern-sweet-potato-soup-recipe.html

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

February 17, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes. Time saving and delicious Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes with recipes like; Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats with Banana, Peanut Butter Protein Overnight Oats, and Savory Curry-Cashew Overnight Oats. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes
Find healthy, delicious overnight oatmeal recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats with Banana
It takes just a few minutes to prepare these overnight oats and you will be all set with 4 packable healthy breakfasts to enjoy throughout the week. Use whatever milk you have on hand for this easy meal-prep breakfast recipe………..

Peanut Butter Protein Overnight Oats
Powdered peanut butter is a handy pantry staple that makes a great vegan protein booster for oatmeal and smoothies. Double or triple this recipe to meal-prep breakfasts for the week or to have breakfast ready for the entire family…….

Savory Curry-Cashew Overnight Oats
If you think oatmeal can only be sweet, this savory oats recipe will change your mind. Rich curry powder pairs perfectly with nutty cashews and sweet-tart raisins for a unique whole-grain breakfast (or dinner!)………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes
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Healthy Finger Food Recipes

December 16, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Finger Food Recipes. What’s a Holiday Meal without the Finger Foods! Delicious Healthy Finger Food Recipes like; PB and J Poppers, Mini Sausage Stuffing Tarts, and Buffalo-Chicken Celery Sticks. Find these Healthy and Delicious recipes and so much more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Finger Food Recipes
Find healthy, nutritious, finger food recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

PB and J Poppers
This sweet snack takes peanut butter and jelly to new heights and it’s perfect for serving at your kids’ next play date or party. Miniature sweetened rice cakes are topped with a peanut butter-cream cheese blend, sugar-free fruit preserves, and chocolate chips—the kids will love it!…………

Mini Sausage Stuffing Tarts
These bite-size tarts turn traditional holiday stuffing into a clever appetizer, with an easy homemade crust and a quick sausage-mushroom filling. Prep the crust and filling in advance, then bake just before serving…………..

Buffalo-Chicken Celery Sticks
These stuffed celery sticks, packed with zesty Buffalo chicken and tangy blue cheese, make a perfect low-carb game-day snack. The kick of flavor from tangy Buffalo sauce is tempered by creamy Neuchâtel (reduced-fat cream cheese), but you can cut back if the hot sauce is too much for sensitive palates. Drizzle a few drops on the sticks before serving for those who can handle the heat……….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Finger Food Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22813/holidays-occasions/occasions/parties-entertaining/appetizers/finger-food/

Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes

August 14, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes like; Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake, Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies, and 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes
Find healthy, delicious peanut butter recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake
This no-bake “refrigerator cake” evokes pure nostalgia for childhood treats. Fold peanut butter into whipped cream for a delicately nutty frosting. Then, layer chocolate wafers with the creamy filling, and let it all meld together in the refrigerator for a decadent summertime treat…….

Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies
This diabetic-friendly brownie recipe uses the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter to make a delicious dessert you’ll want to make again and again…….

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie
This irresistible diabetic-friendly peanut butter cookie recipe contains no flour. For Christmas or special occasions, imprint them with cookie cutters to fit the season instead of the star-shaped cutter……….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19243/ingredients/nuts-seeds/peanut-butter/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 14, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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About my favorite snack – Peanut Butter……….

Peanut Butter makes you feel full longer, so you end up eating less overall. It is also packed with nutrition because a serving of peanut butter has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of bone-building magnesium, 208 mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and 0.17 mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6.

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