The Hot and Spicy Nagaraya

Uncle gave me four pieces of Nagaraya hot and spicy crackers. I wished he could game me more, only four pieces! I was really thankful cause he gave me some but I felt the number was not enough.

Nagaraya is a peanut cracker with a crunchy coating and dipped in a hot and spicy powder. Some powder clung on my fingers. Licking it gave the same hot and spicy sensation.

I thought four pieces were not enough! I ate two crackers. It made my mouth and tongue very hot. My lips got reddish. I immediately got drinking water to relieve too much hotness. I munch the two remaining pieces and  washed my mouth again with water. It was really hot!

nagaraya hot and spicy cracker

I was buying  the snack every now and then. Other flavors are also available but the red label is my favorite. I was buying the smallest package. I was taking over 30 minutes to consume it.

The story happened several years ago. I cannot remember how many years have passed.

I bought nagaraya again. I chose the bigger one. I noticed a significant change in flavor. The taste is not as hot as before. I ate it all in just few minutes. I drank water after. Not to remove too much hotness. I was thirsty instead.

Maybe the manufacturer changed the flavor to  suit preference of general consuming public or my senses became  accustomed to hot and spicy food.

Is Peanut Butter High in Uric Acid?

peanut butter with freckles

I bought a peanut butter from my auntie’s sari-sari store. It was packed in a small plastic jar and cost only 20 pesos. I am not an avid fan of this spread but I like a taste of it once in a while. Buying a big jar is not ideal, it will only end up in storage for too long and oil will surface eventually.

Before opening the jar, I noticed the numerous dark brown spots. I wonder what are those. I took a picture using my point-and-shoot digital camera. Then I continue spreading the peanut butter on my bread anyway. I guessed those spots do not affect the eating quality and safety.

peanut butter with freckles

A friend of mine is manufacturing peanut butter. His product is more superior than this. But I never want to buy from him cause he is selling his product in large jar package. I met him and showed the picture. He told me that those dark spot are peanut skins. Some peanut butter manufacturers are using peanuts with skins intact.

My friend is using the skin-less peanuts because skins may contribute unwanted aftertaste and are source of uric acid. However, skins make the spread more fragrant and have antioxidant properties when roasted.

Uric acid? They are the criminals causing gouty arthritis. Uric acid are naturally produce by the system but excess causes unwanted pains.

Peanuts and peanut butter are really source of uric acid but the level is tolerable, only 79 mg/100g. Eating peanut is negligible as compared to eating meat. Avoid consuming peanut skins if your are really conscious about it.

How to Prevent Separation of Oil in Peanut Butter

separation-of-peanut-oil

A peanut butter with a visible oil layer on top is not pleasant looking. Perhaps you will refrain from buying this kind because you think that it is spoiled already.

The scenario does not necessarily imply that this peanut butter is spoiled. You can get a spoon and stir it and spread it to your favorite bread loaf. On the other hand, visible oil layer on surface will encourage rancidity (maanta) especially if the manufacturer is using a cheap packaging like the one shown below.

This cheap plastic container has a bad finish or lid and fails to provide an airtight environment for its contents. Presence of oxygen will promote rancidity (maanta).

Do not consume peanut butter with a bad smell or contains signs or rancidity.

 

separation-of-peanut-oil

Separation of oil is a natural occurrence. It will rise sooner or later because it is lighter than water and the rest of peanut butter ingredients.

If you still want a good looking peanut butter without the unpleasant oil separation, you can experiment adding an emulsifier like egg yolk, whey protein or milk.

Not comfortable working with natural emulsifiers? Choose an emulsifier from List of Philippine Permitted Food Additives, go to “emulsifier section”.

Philippine Standard Specifications for Peanut Butter

Identity

  • Peanut butter is the food prepared from good quality peanuts absolutely free from molds, by grinding properly shelled and roasted bleached peanuts, in which the germs may or may not be included or unblanched peanuts including the skin and germs to which maybe added safe and suitable seasoning and stabilizing
    ingredients.
  • It shall have a medium brown color, spreadable, maybe moderately, but not excessively thin and stiff; in stabilized type, there maybe no more than slightly noticeable oil separation or in non-stabilized type, there maybe no excessive oil separation that causes noticeable dryness or that required more than moderate
    mixing to disperse the oil, free from objectionable flavors and aromas, and freefrom dark particles.
  • The seasoning and stabilizing ingredients shall not exceed 12 per cent of the weight of the finished product. The fat content shall not exceed 55%. It shall contain not more than 2 per cent water insoluble inorganic residue.
  • The seasoning and stabilizing ingredients referred to in paragraph (a) are substances that perform a useful function and are regarded as suitable except that artificial flavoring, artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives, added vitamins and color additives are not suitable ingredients of peanut butter. Stabilizing
    ingredients shall be hydrogenated vegetable oils including partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Label Statement of Optional Ingredients

  • If peanut butter is prepared from unblanched peanuts, the name shall show that fact by some such statement as “prepared from unblanched peanuts (skins left on) and such statement shall be printed in letters big enough to be seen under customary conditions of purchase or use and shall immediately proceed or follow the words “peanut butter” without intervening written, printed or graphic matter.
  • The label of peanut butter shall name, by their common names, the optional ingredients used. If hydrogenated vegetable oil is used, the label statement of optional ingredients shall include the words “hydrogenated ___________ oil” or “hardened oil”, the blank being filled in either with the names of the vegetable sources of the oil alternately with the word “vegetable” for example “hydrogenated peanut oil” or “hardened peanut and cottonseed oils” or “hydrogenated vegetable oil.”

This regulation shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication in the Official Gazette.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER
No. 228 s. 1974
Recommended by:
(Sgd) L.M. PESIGAN
Food and Drug Administrator
(Sgd) CLEMENTE S. GATMAITAN, M.D. M.P.H.
Acting Secretary of Health

How to Make Peanut Brittle

peanut-brittle

Procure the ingredients you need.

2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups raw peanut
1 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
2 cups sugar

peanut-brittle

Brown sugar or muscovado is recommended due to health reasons.

The procedures.
1. Line the baking sheet  with aluminum foil and spray with non stick cooking spray.
2. Mix the sugar and water in saucepan . Add the corn syrup and salt when the sugar is moistened.
3. Cook over medium heat until it reaches 225 degrees  on a candy thermometer  or until it starts bubbling . Mix the peanuts . Cook until 290 degrees.
4. Turn off the heat and mix the butter. Mix well and pour into baking pan.
5. Spread thinly and uniformly with spoon and cool at room temperature. Break or cut into small pieces.
6. Pack in air tight container and seal.

Pinattsu, Peanut Cracker with Vitamin A

peanut-snack

Not all junk foods are bad for your health. This peanut crackers seems to be intriguing, it is fortified with Vitamin A.  Your enjoying this Pinattsu and taking care of your eyes at the same time.

peanut-snack

The crackers looks like Nagaraya. But Nagaraya is a little harder to bite. Taste like any typical peanut crackers. I hope they have chili flavor . The pictures shows only ten crackers because I ate half of it.

Taste of approval is 5 out of 10.

Benefits of Vitamin A for your reference.

1. Act as anti-oxidant, helping to protect our cells against cancer and other disease

2. Vitamin A improves our vision and prevents night blindness

3. This vitamin promotes formation of strong bones

4. Vitamin A guards us against bacterial, viral, parasitic infections

5. Guards us against heart disease, stroke and lowers blood cholesterol level

6. It can improve skin condition like acne or psoriasis

7. A well-known wrinkle eliminator, vitamin A reduces fine lines in the skin and helps fade age spots.

8. Vitamin A supplements may help kids who have respiratory problem

9. The supplement is also believed to help people suffering from glaucoma and measles.