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Pick Up Your Almonds and Make These Recipes

Pick Up Your Almonds and Make These Recipes
Almonds are delicious, hearty nuts that are a good source of protein, phytonutrients, and healthy fats.  They are also very versatile, so you can use them in countless recipes.  We're sharing some delicious ideas for almond recipes so you can enjoy them in a variety of ways.
1. Homemade Almond Milk
Almond milk is a lower calorie alternative to cow's milk and it's delicious in smoothies, baking, and a great companion for desserts.  You can make your own fresh almond milk easily at home. Simply soak 1 cup of almonds in water overnight, drain and rinse, and blend them in a high speed blender with 2 cups of water for about 2 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, add a sweetener if you'd like, and store the milk in the fridge for up to 2 days.  You can also use the almond meal left in the cheesecloth in other recipes, such as oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods.  
For more detailed information, please check out our source here: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-almond-milk-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-189996
2. Trail Mix
Almonds are a great addition to a good trail mix.  Here is an example of an easy trail mix you can quickly throw together.  You can customize it however you'd like.
1/2 cup unblanched whole almonds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup dried apple slices, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Honey Nut Cheerios
3. Desserts and Baked Goods
If you're a fan of nuts in your baking and desserts, you can use almonds in any recipe.  Muffins, cookies, brownies, cake, and anything with chocolate would be enhanced by using almonds.  
4. Candied Almonds
Almonds can be enjoyed raw as a healthy snack.  If you want something a little sweeter, check out this recipe for Traditional Brown Sugar Candied Almonds: https://newenglandfamilylife.com/brown-sugar-candied-almonds/
5. Almond Butter
While peanut butter is a classic staple in many recipes, some people are allergic to peanuts, or have trouble digesting them.  Almond butter is a great alternative to peanut butter, and you can make it at home by blending raw almonds and salt in a high speed blender.  Check out that recipe here: https://www.erinliveswhole.com/how-to-make-almond-butter/
Hopefully this has inspired you to harvest your almonds and try some of these delicious recipes!  You can see all your Bag-A-Nut Almond Harvester options here: https://baganut.com/collections/harvesting-almonds
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The Golf Ball Bag-A-Nut

The Golf Ball Bag-A-Nut
          Pecans were the first thing Bag-A-Nut machines picked up, and eventually other nut collecting machines were created. Another collection was later designed when the Bag-A-Nut model was modified to collect golf balls. These machines have the same design as the nut harvesters, with the wheels being farther apart to grab range balls and drop them into the basket.
          These models are great for quickly cleaning up driving ranges and practice putting greens with ease. They go where larger equipment cannot. They are made with lightweight, high quality plastic and will not tear up the green during collection.
          There are 4 golf ball models to choose from. The Stab-A-Nut model was designed for smaller areas, while the 18" Push Golf Ball Picker Upper is great for slightly larger areas and can be pushed like a lawn mower. One satisfied customer said of the 18" model, "Great for short game areas. Leaves no marks on the green. Honestly works better than our current picker rig."
          The other two models are the 36" Push and 36" Pull Behind. These are great for larger areas and both include double collection baskets. The Pull Behind model can be attached behind an ATV, small tractor, or riding lawn mower so you can collect golf balls faster than ever.
          Check out all these options and start picking up your golf balls the fast, fun, and efficient way with Bag-A-Nut! https://baganut.com/collections/pick-up-golf-balls

The History of How Native Americans Used Nuts

The History of How Native Americans Used Nuts
        The Native Americans were famous hunter-gatherers, so it's not surprising their diet included a variety of different nuts.  The history of how they used and even named certain nuts is very interesting.
        The name "pecan" originates from the Algonquian word, which means "a nut requiring a stone to crack". Native Americans had a very diverse diet made up of the animals they hunted, such as deer, turkey, and pigeons, the vegetables they grew, like sweet potatoes, peppers, and corn, and the foods they gathered, like acorns, pine nuts, chestnuts, pecans, wild berries, and peanuts.  They would use acorns and chestnuts to make hearty nut breads.
        American Pecans, a website dedicated to sharing information about these delicious nuts, explains, "pecans are the only major tree nut indigenous to America and have not been found growing naturally anywhere else in the world." 
        During the fall months, wild pecans were a huge component of Native American's diets." They also created what could be considered the original nut milk called powcohicora by fermenting pecan powder into a drink."
        Pecans were extremely valuable because not only did they consume them on a regular basis, they were later used in exchanges.  "After centuries foraging wild pecans, Native Americans began planting pecan trees and trading their harvest to European explorers, who quickly became enamored and helped spread the lore—and seed—of this local delicacy."
        If you find history interesting, there is a lot of information out there on this subject.  Check out the sources below to learn more!
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