Thursday, April 21, 2011

Anatomy of a Nut Can

Last night Graham was making Bananas Diablo, his version of a flambé banana dessert.  He tops the dessert with roasted Brazil nuts (he's tried many different nuts and determined the Brazil nuts to be the best).  Since the local grocery stores do not carry nuts in bulk (except for New Frontiers in SLO) we bought a can of mixed nuts, with the Brazil nuts listed fourth in the ingredients list of the six nuts included.  When we dug through the can to get the Brazil nuts Graham was very disappointed to only find two nuts and a little stub of another.  Two and a half nuts in the whole can.  They determine that the can is less than 50% peanuts based on the weight of the nuts, so that must be how they decide to put 2.5 Brazil nuts in also.  So don't buy mixed nuts if you like Brazil nuts.  This is a photo of the nuts found in one can of Planter's mixed nuts, lightly salted.  We thought about weighing the nuts also, but that would have been a little too much work and made us out to be a little nuts too.

Btw, the Bananas Diablo tasted delicious even though we used a mixture of the Brazil nuts and hazelnuts.  I should have taken a picture of that too, but I didn't want my ice cream to melt.

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