May 18, 2011See on Map
One of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest is taking a ferry to…anywhere. Today I caught the ferry from Edmonds, WA, for the short ride over to Kingston for the chance to “go nuts” – ouch, pardon the pun.
But CB’s Nuts is no joking matter. Owned by Clark and Tami Bowen, their retail store is just a short 15-minute drive from the ferry once you dock in Kingston. Clark’s love of baseball and the taste of freshly roasted peanuts that he enjoyed at the ballpark were his inspiration to start CB’s Nuts.
What makes CB’s special is their unique roasting method for the nuts. Clark uses a custom-built barrel roaster that roasts the nuts much the same way coffee is roasted. Nuts are roasted in small batches to bring out the full flavor of each variety. Today when I stopped by, Clark and Tami were roasting shell-on peanuts. The smell in the roasting room was wonderful – true essence of peanut scent.
If you like your peanuts in the spreadable form (i.e., peanut butter) I can say without hesitation that CB’s Peanut Butter is the best I have ever tasted. It’s made with Valencia Peanuts that they roast, then grind and jar themselves. And I’m pleased to say that they were able to increase the efficiency of this process with their new peanut butter jarring equipment that they purchased with a Local Producer Loan from Whole Foods Market.
This peanut butter is peanuts and nothing else – no sugar, salt or added oils and it never requires stirring because there is no layer of oil on top. I love it on toast or in a sandwich, but I have a hard time avoiding simply eating it out of the jar with a spoon.
Have you tasted CB’s Nuts or peanut butter? What do you think?