Nut facts and general information about nuts.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Nuts are Available:
Traditionally nuts were only available in autumn time. (Just think
of the squirrels gathering nuts in autumn time and storing up for
the winter) Now they are available year round.
How Do Nuts Grow:
Peanuts grow on a plant that flowers on top but the peanuts actually
grow under ground.
Walnuts, pecans, chestnuts, almonds and other nuts all grow on trees
just like the pictures below.
What to Look for When Buying Nuts:
You can buy nuts already packaged throughout the year. If you are
buying nuts in their shells look for shells with no cracks or holes.
They should have no rattling noise if shaken.
Nut Storage Tips:
Store nuts in a cool, dry place or in the freezer for longer
How to Cook with Nuts:
Nuts are used as toppings. They are great in breads, toppings,
cakes, casserole dishes and they are a great snack. They are
available to us year round thanks to the conveniences of today but
autumn time is their true peak season.
Nut Nutrition Facts:
Nuts are high in protein and fiber.
Nutty Chicken Fingers
1/3 Cup cornflakes crumbs
½ Cup finely chopped pecans or other nut
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 lb. chicken, cut in strips
2 Tablespoons milk
Combine cornflakes, pecans, and parsley together in bowl. Pour milk
into flat bowl or pie plate. Dip chicken in milk and then coat in
crumb mixture. Place in baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15
minutes until crispy and no longer pink in the middle.
1 Tablespoon, slightly beaten, large egg whites
4 Cups pecans halves, whole almonds or walnut halves
1/4 Cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Beat egg white in small bowl. Toss egg whites with nuts to coat. Add
sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the bowl. Toss to coat.
Arrange nuts in cookie sheet, laying flat, and toast at 300 degrees
for 30 minutes.
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