How to Crack a Peanut

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Whether you are out a baseball game or just looking for a quick snack, eating peanuts is always a lot of fun. These crunchy treats are surrounded by a hardened shell that hold anywhere from 1 to 3 nuts inside. Here are some tips on how to crack a peanut for your next snack.

Things You'll Need

  • Peanuts in the shell
  • Place the peanut between your finger tips.

  • Apply pressure to the peanut by squeezing your fingers until you feel the outside of the shell break.

  • Hold the cracked peanut in the palm of your hand and remove the nuts from the shell. A lot of times they will fall right out. Other times, you will need to remove additional pieces of shell to access the nut.

  • Repeat the process over and over with more peanuts until you've had your fill.

Tips & Warnings

  • While all natural, peanuts do have a high fat content. For a healthier nut, look to the walnut. While it has a similar amount of fat, it is full of the heart healthy Omega-3 oil.
  • Make sure to include a bowl or bag to toss your peanut shells in as you eat your snack. Though, if you are at a ball park or some bars, it is perfectly acceptable to simply toss the peanuts on the ground once you are done eating.
  • If you are watching your blood pressure, look for peanuts that are unsalted. Also, peanuts that are already out of the shell and "dry roasted" will have a few grams less of fat per serving.

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