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I really like this recipe this is the way my grandmother explain to me I am trying it with the seasoning and all thank you so much for this recipe my peanuts turned out great
Yep, I agree with Steve-Anna, a fellow Auburn University alumni – green peanuts, salt and boiling water are all you need! War Eagle!!
Being a North Carolina I have eaten boiled peanuts all of my 47 years. I couldn’t tell you how many I have cooked over the years. Each year I buy about 100 pounds of green peanuts and freeze them for the rest of the year. I bag them raw without washing (straight from the field) and seal them with a Food Saver vacuum sealer. They will keep all year long and when you take them out and cook them they’re still taste fresh as new.
Now the cooking is as simple as can be. Wash your peanuts well and pot them. The critical part is the water to salt ratio. Be sure to measure the water. Cover them in water and add 1/2 cup of salt per gallon of water. Down south we sometimes cook very large batches for parties so knowing how much water you use is necessary. Cover your pot and boil on low heat for a couple of hours. Let them soak until you achieve the desired saltiness. They absorb the salt as they cool.
As a Southern boy stranded in Buffalo, NY, I miss many of the treats I then took for granted before I relocated. On my way back from a recent visit with family in Louisiana I brought 5 pounds of green peanuts which I immediately boiled upon arriving home. The last time I cooked a batch, my wife and mother-in-law weren’t exactly crazy about them, which just left more for me! ;-)
This time, however, I tried a new trick my niece told me about. Much like dried peas and beans, after the first boil, I changed the water and rinsed the peanuts. Then I added salt (I’m a purist) and finished cooking them in fresh water. The result? Complete home run! Everyone who has tried them so far has absolutely loved them.
They were such a hit, my wife was inspired to find C&B Farms in Crystal Springs, MS,(https://www.facebook.com/C-B-Farms-226690760707607/). She ordered a 30# bag of peanuts which arrived via FedEx 3-day. In a word, AWESOME!! Best price per pound and, hands down, the best service of any online merchant I have ever dealt with!If you purchase from them, you’ll understand what “down home” is all about!
Another tip I’m trying as I write this: After cooking, let the peanuts cool, then freeze them. She said she has tried freezing them with and without brine and they do equally well either way. The longest she kept them frozen was 3 months. (Her daughter always picked them up before any more time passed) She also says you can microwave them to thaw/heat or make another brine to heat them on the stovetop.
Great ideas, thank you!
I tried your preboil method and the results were perfect! Thanks for the tip.
No problem! Glad it worked for you!
I live in Crystal Springs Ms. and we love C&B. You can get the medium peanuts around Aug. and the Jumbos will be pulled in Sept.
What do you mean by “after the first boil”?
OMG this is my home town, family home right there on the corner from here and yes best around! Up the road is a meat house called “Wilson” lawrd day got da best fresh peas( field, purple hull, black eyed, etc.) and beans(butter, lima, speckled, etc)! Since ol man Wilson passed some time back, meat ain’t been the same tho.
I boil the peanuts first and then let them cool all the way down to cold. then I freeze them . when I want some ,just take out of the freezer and lay out till they unfreeze. can be put in hot water while in the bag,they are just as good.
Bought my valencia raw (dried) peanuts from the Hampton Farms growers in Portales, New Mexico, and boiled my first batch a couple weeks ago. They turned out pretty good (better then the canned ones at WalMart), but as I cook my second batch today, I am wondering if I really need to add any salt? I soaked them 24 hours this time (12 hours first time), and using crock-pot this time (stove top first time), and noticing the flavor seems sweeter and tastier so far. I am afraid the salt will destroy that sweet taste. Is it really necessary to add salt?
Dried peanuts and raw peanuts are two very different animals
Hi, I am wanting to serve Boiled peanuts at my wedding in april. i just need a small snack sized portion for about 100 people. How many pounds should I get?
You can buy raw peanuts at Walmart or Fresh produce stands.
I’ve seen a lot of people commenting about the difficulties of finding raw peanuts. I thought I’d have to wait for a farmer’s market or something to that effect. As it turns out, right next to the dried fruit and 5lb bags of roasted peanuts, my grocer (Giant) had 1lb bags of raw peanuts.
Currently have 2lbs floating to get the dirt off and then tonight, the payoff! :D
I see hardly anyone mention about use micro-wave to cook peanut. I am thinking of boiling them for half an hour. Left to dry and then put in micro-wave oven. After 15 minutes then I will again soak them in boiled salt water for an hour or so. Then I think they should be soft.
I thought it was a little strange that this recipe only called for 4 cups of water. I ended up using 5 because it barely covered the peanuts. Turned out to be a complete disaster. I left for an hour and the peanuts almost burned my house down. Make sure and FULLY COVER the peanuts before you boil.
Good point. 4 cups was sufficient for my small pot, but obviously not for yours. I also strongly recommend that you NOT leave the house when you have something boiling on the stove. ~Elise
No way do you boil green peanuts for 2 or 3 hours, raw peanuts yes, but not green peanuts.
green peanuts fresh out of the ground need only about 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes depending on how soft you want them.. add the salt when there is only about 20 minutes of boiling time left, the reason is that the shell does not absorb water until they are soft and almost done…
the difference between a green peanut and a raw peanut is that the raw peanut has been dried until the moisture is out of it. the green peanut is fresh out of the ground and has to be refrigerated…
I cannot obtain raw fresh peanuts in California, only the raw dried ones. I bought a bag-full this afternoon, and put them in my 6-quart pressure cooker, adding water to bring the level to the 2/3 full line, then added 1/4 cup salt. Turned on the heat under the pressure cooker, and when the pressure valve was all the way up and the regulator was rocking gently, I started the set the timer for 1 hour. I know that at the end of the hour, the peanuts will not be done, so I will run cold tap water over the cooker in the sink until the pressure valve falls. Then I’ll open the cooker, add more (hot) water to the 2/3 full line again and cook for another 1 1/2 hours. From past experience, I know they will not be tender yet, so I will cool and open the cooker, make sure there is enough water and cook them another 1 to 1 1/2 hours. They are beginning to smell like I’m gonna be eating them tonight. I can hardly wait.
I used green peanuts in my pressure cooker. set for 8 minutes. peanuts almost done. added salt and cajun spices and warmed for another 2 minutes then left the lid on to cool. Turned out great. probably used about 1 lb peanuts covered with water.
I love boiled peanuts! For something a little different try using indain chili powder( it is hotter) and red curry seasoning. Just put the seasoning in an old coffe grinder to get them nice and fine, the peanuts absorb them better that way. Then you have nive spicy international peanuts haha.
To reiterate what several people have said, raw peanuts have been dried, green peanuts have not. I prefer green peanuts, of course. When raw, dried peanuts are my only option, I will submerge them in clean water(not always easy to do) until they no longer float (about two days) and then they cook more or less like green peanuts.I have also found that if I soak green peanuts overnight before boiling that they cook much more evenly, for example you won’t get a mushy peanut and a crunchy peanut for the same amount of cooking time. I boil them until the consistency is to my liking and then let them soak until the flavor of whatever I am trying to achieve is correct,i.e. salt, spices. I like the soy sauce and star anise suggestion. Think I will go try that. Thanks
You can get boiled peanuts at Food Lion in the nuts section for $1.79.
Lorraine, this time of year, you may be able to find them at a 99 Ranch Market. I saw some there last week when shopping for some daikon.
I live near San Francisco. Where do they sell green raw peanuts? I have never seen them here. Anyone? Thanks.
I’ve been boiling and selling peanuts at a roadside stand, at local fairs, and local festivals in mid Georgia for nearly 15 years now. Just browsing the web for Cajun recipies and am amazed how many don’t understand the differences between “green” or “dry” boiled peanuts.
– Green peanuts are fresh out of the ground, washed, and sold immediatlly before drying out or going bad because most retailers keep them in coolers and refridgerators to keep them moist which in turn causes them to grow mold. The majority of them are shipped to companies for different types of processing like peanut butter, peanut oil, ect. The best time to get green peanuts is when the farmers start pulling them out of the ground which (in south Ga) is between the end of July to the beginning of September. Florida’s harvesting time is longer b-cuz their climate is warmer. Getting them any other time would certainly mean they have been frozen raw then thawed for selling which leads to loss of original flavor and texture when boiled. Green peanuts are best for those that want to boil their own due to the short boiling times (usually 3 to 4 hrs on full boil longer on simmer or crock potting) Note: Boiling green peanuts too long causes the meat to adhere to the shell. After cracking the peanut in half, you’ll have to dig with your teeth like a mad chipmunk to get the meat out of the shells which is virtually impossible.
– Dried peanuts are pulled out of the ground, washed, tumbled in dryers to clean all shell surfaces and extract all moisture, then stored for shipping. They are more suited for us peanut vendors. The drying allows the peanuts to last all year long. They can also be roasted or fried. Yes “fried”! The down side is that it takes anywhere from 9 to 15 hrs to boil them (according to what time of the year they’re bought). I prefer Valencia peanuts from New Mexico. They’re not too meaty, just the right snacking size (I call them the “ball-park peanut”), they have a red skin that illiminates the meat from sticking to the shells which allows for longer simmering/selling times, they taste better the longer they simmer (3 days max for me), ect. the list of benefits for me are long.
I should mention that there is a wide difference in taste between a green and dry boiled peanut so give each a try. Not all vendors sell the Valencia peanut so try different stands. Ask what type they offer and for God’s sake TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!!
Here are two main things to look for:
Sour – Just tasting isn’t the best method. Smell the steam from the pot. Check for a hint of a moldy smell. Still can’t tell? Ask the vendor to bring up a scoop full for you and take two of the lighter colored nuts, let them cool off for about 30 seconds, then rub em with your thumb and finger to see if they’re slick.
Burnt – Sometimes the vendor will let the pot run out of water and burn the peanuts at the bottom of the pot. To correct their mistake they will pull all the unburnt peanuts out, clean the pot, and refresh the pot with the unburnt ones. This may or may not effect the taste of the peanut but if your like me aroma is the best part of eating boiled peanuts. There’s nothing worse than jumping back in your and opening a container of peanuts to get a wiff of burnt peanuts. So it’s best to have the vendor put a lid on the cup or close the bag tight, get in your car, then open the container and take a big wiff before you drive off.
Mikey’s Hot Boiled Peanuts – Located in Middle Ga. Corner of Hwy129 and Hwy212. Stop by and I’ll share some peanut boiling secrets with you ;-)
Thank you for the tips Mikey! ~Elise
I’ve lived in S.C. all my life and to me everything is better in the south. But for boiled peanuts nothing is better. I make 6 or 8 big batches a year and after everyone leaves I freeze the rest. If you happen to get too much salt in them don’t worry, just pour the salt water out put fresh water in the pot (peanuts too) and reboil. This will take the salt out. The longer they sit in the water the salter they get or the less salty. So simple anybody can do it.