Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Peanut Butter Science

Saturday, I held one of my favorite library programs -- Peanut Butter Science. It's so much fun, for me and the kids. (parents attending loved it too.)

I had a bag of raw peanuts and a large bag of roasted peanuts. (supposedly salted, but you certainly couldn't tell.) First we examined the raw peanuts and found the tiny plant. Then we had a race, shelling raw and cooked peanuts. (cooked won -- soooo much easier.)

After they all madly shelled lots of roasted peanuts, I made peanut butter in the blender while we held a taste test of several commercial brands vs. so-called "natural" peanutbutter. Peter Pan Peanut Butter won, because it tasted as if the makers had added sugar to it.

Then we tasted the fresh peanut butter, and most everyone loved that best.
(needed salt, though.)

Everyone went home with raw peanuts to plant, jars of peanut butter, and peanut shell mulch.
YUMMY! (well, maybe the mulch wasn't yummy, but the rest was.

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