Do you eat the little brown paper on a peanut?

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  1. Mike D.

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    When you are shelling peanuts, they have those little brown covers on them. My 3 year old son calls it paper. Anyway, do you eat the brown paper, or throw it away? We've (my son and I) been having a debate on this all summer while sitting on the front porch eating peanuts. He says you throw it away (ie, into the yard), while I say you eat it.
    Can HTF possibly resolve this dispute between me and my 3 year old???
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    I'll eat the paper if it's there, I'm too lazy to remove it and it'll usually wind up blowing away and into the sofa cracks.
    Now I've had something called 'white rabbit' and it's a Chinese thing and there actually is a rice paper outside the candy that you are supposed to eat and it melts in your mouth and is really cool. But it's not the peanut paper though.
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    Man-the topics you cover here in the After Hours Lounge-it's hysterical.
    I usually flick the brown layer off of my peanuts. I find the brown paper has a dryness to it that I tend to not want.
    The White Rabbit candy was one of my favorites as a child. It came with a free toy in one end of the box that was akin to a Crackerjacks prize. I still buy one whenever I am in an Asian store, just to reminisce.
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  5. Mike D.

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    Hey, that was my 100th post. Finally! That may set some sort of record for fewest posts by a daily reader/visitor.
    Thanks for the feedback so far, though it appears that most of you side with my son. [​IMG]
    I have some that I'm going to eat with my lunch today, I'll try them w/out the paper and let you all know how it goes.
     
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    Oh man, are you not supposed to eat the peanut paper? I figure, I worked hard enough to get the shell off, it's time to eat!
     
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    For awhile when i was younger 12 or 13 i used to eat the whole damn thing. Was actually pretty good and of course a lot less messy!
    But to answer your question. I now shell the nuts and take the brown paper off. it has a strange taste and also gritty too. blech!
    I love peanuts by the way... you should try japanes peanuts. Peanuts are called cacahuates in spanish..little sh*ts is how i translate that!
     
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    The peanut paper has a bitter taste and can ruin the flavor of the peanut. However, sometimes I'm just lazy and leave it on. But if I'm really into the flavor of the peanut I'll remove it. (You can remove it easily by pinching one end of the nut and popping the nut out of the paper and into the other hand.)
    By the way people...don't eat the shells. They can cause appendicitis. Of course if you've already had an appendectomy...go nuts! [​IMG]
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    Not sure if the Japanese peanuts are the same as the ones I get at the Asian food marts, they are Farmer's Brand and they are typically alot smaller than the peanuts you buy in a regular food store (Caucasion food mark? [​IMG]) or from Planters. But the Chinese peanuts I get are small but packed with tasty flavor and are very yummy. "Fa Sun" is kind of the phonetical pronunciation but I'm sure that just means 'peanuts'
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    If you're just eating the peanuts, eat the natural organic peanut wrapper. However, if you're putting the peanuts in your Coke or Dr. Pepper you should remove it, as it is quite unsightly.
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    I like them both ways, with and without the "paper", but I prefer the peanuts "with". The "paper" has a subtle bitter taste that I find compliments the peanut meat beautifully. It's like an introductory sensation to the mouth, like the peanut saying "here comes the good stuff". Once the bite is taken, the meat of the peanut takes over. I love spanish peanuts and Beer Nuts as well as "in the shell".
    Back when I lived in Philly, particularly in the Summer of 1993, I used to go to a store called "Nuts 2 You" (on 21st and Chestnut I think - there are multiple locations). They fresh roasted peanuts. I would get a piping hot bag of freshly roasted nuts over lunch, take them back to my desk, then go to the Vet to see the Phillies play. The nuts would usually still be a little warm by the time I got to the game. (I would bring 18th street vendor pretzels as well naturally) Ahhh. Best peanuts I've ever had in my life by a large margin.
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    Well, I tried them sans paper for a while at lunch, but found them to be lacking something. I think Philip's description was best, that subtle bitter taste (and it really is subtle) just NEEDS to be there (for me).
    UNSALTED, of course. Not only because I don't want my son getting addicted to salty foods (as well as my own health), I just think they are better that way. Actually, I can't even eat the salted ones. My wife got some at the grocery store a few weeks ago that were mislabled, I could tell as soon as I saw them the were salted.
     
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    In the cans of Planter's "Spanish" Peanuts they leave the skins on. At the bottom of the can is a whold bunch of 'em that have fallen off the other peanuts. They're mixed in with a lot of salt and taste pretty good chased down with some beer.
     
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    I also think peanuts lack something without their 'paper' (I have no idea what that stuff is actually called); without it they're a little too bland for my liking.
    My favourite is honey roasted, but a good plain roasted peanut also fits the bill, as long as it hasn't been salted.
    I've never heard of putting peanuts in Coke before, anyone care to elaborate on this practice?
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    Yes, I always eat the paper. If it all falls off, I eat the peanut anyway but the experience loses complexity.
    I'm a pretty big peanut fanatic (honey roasted, dry roasted, but in the shell at a baseball stadium is best:yum [​IMG], but I don't eat as many as I would like since they're about 100% fat. [​IMG]
    Yes, Jay, 'Fa San' is Chinese for peanut. I've also eaten a lot of White Rabbits. Who woulda thunk I'd be in a HT forum talking about White Rabbits??
    Whatever happened to Eagle Brand snacks? I assume that was Anheuser Busch. Their honey roasted peanuts were much better than Planters.
     
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    I let the paper fall down the front of my shirt, along with the beer that misses my mouth.
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    I always "pinch" the peanut out of the paper before I eat it.
    Now a hint (if you don't know this one), useful if peanuts are eaten with a 3-year old.
    Show the kid how to carefully "split" the peanut, and you will find the little goblin with hat and double beard that lived inside (you have to turn it so you will get the little thingy - which appears to be the start of the peanut-plant if you keep it at the bottom - to the upper side of the peanut halves).
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