Do you remember nuts at Christmas back when we grew up?
These days there are bowls of nuts all over at Christmas gatherings. You can get nuts of all kinds with all types of flavorings. You can get pre-packaged sets of 6 or 8 sampler cans… flavors range from sweet to sour, from spicy to cheesy. Nuts range from just peanuts to all mixed nuts to macadamia to other exotic nuts.
Wasn’t so when I grew up. Not only did we not have many nuts or much variety, they were expensive so we didn’t seem to have a lot of them. The one thing I remember that we had a lot of that you just don’t see as much today is unshelled nuts. We had a big wood bowl that looked like a hollowed out piece of wood that would be filled with nuts. It is exactly like the picture of this one here. They must have been popular! There was a little metal nutcracker that we would use to crack the nuts. There were also little metal pick things to get the meat of the nut out of the shell. I remember that it was a real challenge to squeeze tight enough to break the shell without destroying the nut inside. It also wasn't uncommon to pinch your fingers in them a few times.
You don't see many of these around today - it certainly made you appreciate the nuts when you had to really work for them.
Any of you have the same nutty experiences growing up?