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Old 12-11-07, 10:12 AM   #1
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Peanut Brittle

I made peanut brittle last night and brought it to work this morning. I think I have found the secret to making people smile!

I put it in a glass jar outside my office and I have been hearing the lid being removed and replaced all morning. They have gone through almost 3 pounds of the stuff since 7:00 a.m.
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Old 12-11-07, 10:13 AM   #2
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So this is your plan for getting promoted?
Kill off all the superiors with diabetes and heart disease, and you'll get their jobs?

Might work...just might work.



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MMMMmmmm. I love peanut brittle. How do you make it?
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That is awesome. Sharing rules.
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yum!


People do all sorts of good things to peanut brittle too --- different nuts, dip in chocolate ... yum.

3 lbs is a lot to go thru too! Lots of happy people there today!
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Peanut Brittle......Mmmmmmmmm

None to share with Foo though?
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MMMMmmmm. I love peanut brittle. How do you make it?
There are a few specific things that you have to do to, but none of them are difficult or expensive.

Very lightly grease two pizza pans. Put a heat resistant pad under them to protect your countertop from the heat. DAMHIKT

Measure out 3 cups of Planters Redskin peanuts. I have never found any other peanuts to work as well as these.

Place 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a cup and keep it close to the stove.

In a heavy saucepan, combine 3 cups of sugar, 1 cup of Karo corn syrup and 1/2 cup of water. Heat to 280F degrees while stirring constantly. Add the peanuts and heat to 300 degrees. Never stop stirring. When it gets to 300 degrees remove it from the heat, dump the baking soda in and stir it quickly.

Dump it out onto the pizza pans and let it cool.
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None to share with Foo though?
No, but there's a kid here with some loaves and fishes. Watch this!!!
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Peanut Brittle......Mmmmmmmmm

None to share with Foo though?

Yeah, where's the love, man?
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No, but there's a kid here with some loaves and fishes. Watch this!!!
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I made a big batch of peanut butter chocolate fudge that we each brought half of to work today. So far her office is ahead of mine two to one. BTW, her office is all female, mine is about 85/15 male. I guess women like candy twice as much.
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There is one thing about making peanut brittle. It requires a relative humidity that is quite low. I used to make it during the winter in northern Ohio. The humidity was around 30-35 percent and it worked fine. I tried making it in Tennessee and it failed to become the "brittle" part. The humidity was probably 80 percent at minimum. It still tasted good, but was the kind of gooey thing that can remove dental fillings. Recipes are easy to find. All of them are similar. Do use a candy thermometer. It takes the guessing out of the process.

Also, do not be in a hurry to handle it. Hot peanut brittle can burn enough that you will remember it.
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There is one thing about making peanut brittle. It requires a relative humidity that is quite low.
It doesn't get much more humid than Tallahassee. The only time I ever had a problem with it not getting brittle enough was when I tried to make it without a candy thermometer.
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Good one, Ole.
I LOL'd too.! That was cute.
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It doesn't get much more humid than Tallahassee. The only time I ever had a problem with it not getting brittle enough was when I tried to make it without a candy thermometer.
You are a better man than I am. I talked with some women selling peanut brittle at a mall in Chattanooga and asked them about humidity problems. They said they get together at their church kitchen in January wearing their heaviest winter coats. They turn the air conditioning for that part of the building as cold as they can get it and they make peanut brittle all day long. Then they break it up and put it into sealed plastic bags, which they store in a freezer until the annual bazaar at the mall.
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Oh, that? It's just their penitence gig.
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