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The Nut Shelling Process

 These past two weeks the students have been working hard to fill an order for 220 lbs of shelled peanuts for our large cooperative.  The extra value of a shelled peanut is worth twice as much as an unshelled nut.  At Easter time, people make a sugary peanut mix and fill eggs with it.  (I will try and get a picture of them for you).  So, this is definitely the time to sell peanuts!

Here is one of the students carrying a 40 lb bag of peanuts from dry storage to the nut sheller.
 The students are grinding the peanuts in our Universal Nut Sheller.

Here they are separating the peanuts from their shells.

This is another way of separating the fine shell from the peanuts, with a fan! 

This is a very exciting and busy time for our students.  It is giving them a real glimpse at running a micro-enterprise and it is giving them a challenge to reach.  We are grateful for everyone who helped us purchase the nut sheller.
Once we get the peanuts shelled, stay tuned for the elaboration of some yummy peanut products!

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