My Chopped Peanut Caper

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mar52
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My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sat, 01/11/14 11:25 PM
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My day consisted of finding and buying the ingredients to a tomato hamburger slather that my brother and I used to eat years ago at our long, gone, favorite hamburger place.
 
It was called Woody's Smorgesburger.  It was wonderful and we both miss it.  Their main items (for me) were charbroiled burgers and root beer.  Their fries weren't anything special but they did make an excellent house salad that had croutons and beets on top.  I had mine with thick blue cheese dressing.  They also sold steaks, but I never ordered one.
 
Anyway, they called the slather stuff salsa.  It wasn't salsa.   It was years before Mexican restaurants here started calling anything salsa. There isn't a place anywhere, anymore that serves anything like it.  It worked magic on the burgers. 
 
They also had a condiment bar for the burgers and you loaded them up yourself.  Included with the obligatory lettuce, tomatoes, sweet pickle slices, dill pickle slices, etc. was the salsa AND....  chopped peanuts.  Yes, we all put chopped peanuts on our burgers back in the day.  The salsa kept them in place except for the ones that slipped out the sides as you were biting or just lifting your burger.
 
The recipe that I got from someone who worked there years ago was...  pizza sauce, tomato paste, dehydrated onions and peppers, salt and pepper.  All restaurant brands and he didn't know quantities.  They made 5 gallons every day.

 
I had freeze dried onions in the pantry but wasn't sure if they'd do.  I needed the dehydrated peppers.  So.....
 
I drove up to Santa Monica.  I think it's 5 miles but it probably took 45 minutes to get where I was headed.... Penzey's Spices.  An entire store devoted to little jars of spices, herbs and other like things.
 
The sales lady told me that dried, freeze dried and dehydrated were all the same except with garlic.  I reminded her that I was looking for onioins and peppers.  Well no I didn't,  I just thought it.  She never told me why garlic is different and I never asked.
 
Being I already had the onions at home, I left Penzey's with the peppers and 3 other small jars I did not need.
 
Stopped at a chain market in Santa Monica and found the rest of the long list of ingredients for the salsa.  Now all I needed was chopped peanuts.

 
On to the nut aisle.  No, no chopped peanuts.  Over to the cake making aisle.  Lots of chopped almonds, pecans and walnuts but no peanuts.
 
Where's the ice cream topping aisle?  Finally found fudge on a special rack hanging from the end of an aisle that had nothing to do with ice cream, ice cream toppings or...  chopped peanuts.
 
Those burgers and the salsa aren't anything without chopped peanuts.  It was the sum of the ingredients.

 
Driving back towards Marina del Rey, while stopped in traffic I came up with what I thought a fabulous idea:  I' would stop at a self serve yogurt shop and fill my large container with only chopped peanuts!  That would work!!!  I'd overpay, but I'd have them.

 
There just happens to be a brand new Yogurtland that opened right across the highway from my condo.
 
I drove another 30 minutes thinking about how smart I am.
 
Amazing!  There was a parking spot right in front of Yogurtland and a paper sign on their front door:  No Power, Closed for now.  WHAT!!!
 
I looked around and the entire shopping center was without  power.  
 
Seemed to take forever getting out of the parking lot because everyone else was leaving.  Everything was closed.
 
I drove to the shopping center on the other side of my condo.  Both are walking distance from home.
 
Walked up to the counter of Pinkberry and looked at the yogurt toppings.  I don't see any chopped peanuts. 
 
I waited until the sales guy was finished and asked, "Do you have and chopped peanuts?"
 
"No...  but we have sliced almonds and chopped pecans". 
 
"We don't sell peanuts anymore because of the food allergies".
 
I thanked him and walked out without anything.  I wonder what he thought I was doing there.
 
Walked across the parking lot on the off chance that the health food store carried chopped peanuts.
 
I asked the checker and he said, "Yes!  We have litte bags and bulk in aisle nine".
 
Guess he never heard the word chopped.
 
Went in to the regular store in that shopping center and bought a small container of peanuts.  I looked for no salt and NOT freeze dried peanuts and of course the market didn't have any. 
 
I'll stop at Bigg Chill on the way to my brother's tomorrow or I"ll chop salty peanuts that won't be right.

Where do you purchase chopped peanuts when you're not buying from a restaurant supply?  (And you need the today)


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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sat, 01/11/14 11:40 PM
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I'd try the closest Thai restaurant.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 12:07 AM
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I think the Thai might chop salted peanuts.  Good idea, though.
 
I even considered asking McDonald's if they sell me 50 or more of those individual packages.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 12:15 AM
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I just buy whole peanuts and run them through a nut chopper. On the fine setting they come out very similar to the size of the ones on ice cream, but the coarse setting might be closer to what was on the burgers. Or you can chop them with a sharp knife, but it might be a PITA.  We have one health food store here that sells roasted, not salted, peanuts.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 12:20 AM
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You start telling them about your day today & I bet a 3 pc. order of Mighty Wings those McPeanuts will be yours for the asking.

No sodium in McPeanuts.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 1:07 AM
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Mar, 
Try Big Lots, they have a number of different types of peanuts. Good selection. Second choice might be a 99 Ranch or other Asian market. 
Woody's was great. I actually posted something here a year or so ago about them. I used to go to the one on Sepulveda in el segundo. I still have fond memories of going there. Great burgers----and you got to have them YOUR WAY!
I applaud you for walking into Penzey's and walking out with three little jars. Usually when I go to Penzey's in Torrance I walk out with two shopping bags and a much lighter wallet.
Enjoy your day with your brother tomorrow!
Ed 

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 1:19 AM
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Great suggestions, Ed.  Both are on the way to my brother's house.
 
Two weeks after brain surgery and my brother is barbecuing burgers tomorrow.  Go away party for my niece who is going back to Boston.
 
That's why I'm supplying the condiments.  I want him to do as little as possible.  He's still using a walker.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 1:27 AM
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It is a great sign that he's up and doing things like that so soon. I'm sure they'll be delicious burgers!

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 9:57 AM
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felix4067


I just buy whole peanuts and run them through a nut chopper.
Wow...instant flashback!  I remember either my grandmother or my mother had one; the operational part was a red metal top with a square metal chute that fed into two sets of blades.  One set of blades was fixed and the other was operated by a hand crank, and the whole assembly screwed onto a glass jar.  I can remember using it to chop walnuts even where there was no need for them.
 
Mar, if you don't need a lot of peanuts many grocery stores sell unsalted, roasted peanuts in the shell both packaged and in bulk.  I'll bet a Whole Foods or warehouse club would have them for sure.
 
Glad to hear Howard's doing better!

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 11:20 AM
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mar
Go get some unsalted peanuts, buy one of these
http://www.casa.com/p/norpro-576-nut-chopper-594279
and stop driving all around California! 

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 6:09 PM
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The power is back on.
Interesting that the chopped peanuts are separate from all the other toppings at Yogurtland.  This way there's no mistaking that it's chopped peanuts that you're getting:
 

 
I had them fill a pint container with the chopped peanuts and there wasn't even a question asked.  No problem!
 
My mission is over.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 8:15 PM
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ScreamingChicken


felix4067


I just buy whole peanuts and run them through a nut chopper.
Wow...instant flashback!  I remember either my grandmother or my mother had one; the operational part was a red metal top with a square metal chute that fed into two sets of blades.  One set of blades was fixed and the other was operated by a hand crank, and the whole assembly screwed onto a glass jar.  I can remember using it to chop walnuts even where there was no need for them.

Mar, if you don't need a lot of peanuts many grocery stores sell unsalted, roasted peanuts in the shell both packaged and in bulk.  I'll bet a Whole Foods or warehouse club would have them for sure.

Glad to hear Howard's doing better!

OMG OMG.....I remember that too!..........little spindly metal fingers flailing at those nuts!............Wonder what happened to Mom's....must be a Roadshow, if not Roadfood classic by now.
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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 8:33 PM
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I got rid of mom's metal/plastic nut chopper about ten years ago and bought myself one almost identical to the one lleechef posted...mine is clear on both sides, black plastic instead of white, and has measuring marks on the bottom. Turn the crank one way for coarse, the other for fine ground. I use it all the time, especially around Christmas.
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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Sun, 01/12/14 11:56 PM
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What a blast from the past.
 
It will definitely be repeated.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Mon, 01/13/14 1:02 AM
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Looks delicious, Next time, invite me, Marlene. I'll bring the soft-serve ice cream!

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Mon, 01/13/14 12:31 PM
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felix4067


I got rid of mom's metal/plastic nut chopper about ten years ago and bought myself one almost identical to the one lleechef posted...mine is clear on both sides, black plastic instead of white, and has measuring marks on the bottom. Turn the crank one way for coarse, the other for fine ground. I use it all the time, especially around Christmas.

When I was cleaning out my mother's house, I came across her old nut chopper and thought, "Nah, I'll never use this." so I tossed it.  This past Christmas I made cookies that required chopped nuts.  Tried the Cuisinart mini......didn't work.......it ground the nuts.  So I had to do it with a knife.  Not fun.  Now I have to buy a chopper.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Mon, 01/13/14 12:36 PM
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Two of my favorite things -- nuts on food and pickles on a burger.

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Mon, 01/13/14 1:36 PM
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Darn, you reminded me that I forgot the mushrooms!
 
My brother is trying so hard.  He wants to be better immediately and doesn't understand that he had brain surgery after a stroke.  He has a 6 inch incision down the back of his head.  He was pleased that they didn't shave more than they did.  He's very concerned with the way his hair looks.
 
He can't stand without his walker.
 


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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Mon, 01/13/14 1:39 PM
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That is one nice outdoor grill area!

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Mon, 01/13/14 1:56 PM
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It helps when you're in the business.
 
 

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Re:My Chopped Peanut Caper - Mon, 01/13/14 9:36 PM
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I always find chopped peanuts in the ice cream topping area at the grocery store.