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Boiled Peanuts
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:54:51 PM »
The typical way is to boil them in a large pot for 2-5 hours.
I have been boiling them in a pressure cooker for about 20 years and they are just as good!
The tricks are-
When they start perking cook for 30 minutes.
Turn them off and let set until fairly cool, that lets the water and salt soak in.
If you open them and take them out of the water too soon they will be cooked but dry with no salt.
I have also frozen them after cooking and thawed them out. They are not as good as fresh but still good.
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Re: Boiled Peanuts
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2014, 08:58:08 PM »
We have boiled and eaten our share this year.  MMmmm, I love boiled peanuts.   food6
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2014, 09:26:00 PM »
We have boiled and eaten our share this year.  MMmmm, I love boiled peanuts.   food6

You favor a boiled peanut.  ;D
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Re: Boiled Peanuts
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 07:05:59 AM »
I need some boiled peanuts,, them is hard to find up this way,,
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Re: Boiled Peanuts
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2014, 07:50:35 AM »
I love them and have made four batches this Fall.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 07:44:12 AM »
don't know much about peanuts just that they are good  why do you boil them or do you have to  ???

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Re: Boiled Peanuts
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014, 07:53:29 AM »
You boil the raw ones.  If you don't roast them or boil them, the raw ones will give you a stomach ache. 
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 10:17:37 PM »
don't know much about peanuts just that they are good  why do you boil them or do you have to  ???

It's a southern thing. My guess is some old fart with no teeth came up with it.
You boil green peanuts that have not been dried. You boil them with heavy salt.
They are truly addictive! You crack the shell open and the nuts are firm but soft and tasty. 
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Re: Boiled Peanuts
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2014, 09:07:05 AM »
The typical way is to boil them in a large pot for 2-5 hours.
I have been boiling them in a pressure cooker for about 20 years and they are just as good!
The tricks are-
When they start perking cook for 30 minutes.
Turn them off and let set until fairly cool, that lets the water and salt soak in.
If you open them and take them out of the water too soon they will be cooked but dry with no salt.
I have also frozen them after cooking and thawed them out. They are not as good as fresh but still good.

I agree with everything said here. I prefer a traditional boil but when time is an issue I pressure cook.

I also love to eat them raw. Just not too many.
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2014, 08:13:38 PM »
I boiled up a big batch today.  I have one more 5# bag, then that is it for the raw ones that you boil.  Season over. 
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Re: Boiled Peanuts
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2014, 11:34:33 PM »
I love boiled peanuts. Around here everyone has their own favor of the kind and age to boil. I like mine dug about 2 or 3 weeks before harvest when they are not tight in the hull. I like the Spanish peanuts. They are smaller and more work, but have a better taste. I can suffer thru 8 or 10 pounds of Jumbos :D The guy that rents my farm, that surrounds my house has planted soy beans this year and cotton last year. I am hoping for peanuts next year. It' nice to be able to walk out ans stomp up a good boiling of peanuts to boil.
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2014, 09:29:42 PM »
I grew some this year but was so busy that they were getting old when I dug them. They still boiled up great!
Peanuts are great for the soil too. They add nitrogen to it and if you till the old plants back in it helps even more.
I looked at some green peanuts today at Winn Dixie but the wanted almost $3. a pound for them!! I will have to hit the Flea Market for a better price.
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2016, 07:42:53 AM »
It is that time of the year again.  This is the fifth batch this year.  I boil up a bunch and freeze them in freezer bags to have during the cold winter as a snack.  They freeze well, and are still very good when thawed out and re-heated. 

 

 
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2016, 08:43:31 AM »
   Now you're hitting below the belt talking about and showing something you know we can't get up here. When I grew up in N. Fla every small town had a Peanut Boy who peddled boiled and parched (Roasted) peanuts in small brown paper bags on weekends and special events. My buddy "Peanut (Jimmy) Hamrick" and his brother sold them across the line in Flomaton Ala. His dad ran an open air fruit and vegetable market. Peanut sold them year round and when I asked him where he got green peanuts in the winter he said they just boiled the dry ones and that worked. You had to watch him though - he'd sell you a bag of peanuts then eat them up from you if you weren't careful.

   We used to boil them in a big washpot and used rock/ice cream salt for seasoning as just as good as the more expensive table salt.

   I found the perfect way to parch peanuts was to preheat the oven to around 325-350 degrees F then put a big cooking tray about an inch deep in peanuts in the oven and turn it off, and leave them overnight without opening or touching them. The residual heat was perfect and would not burn them and you did not have to rotate or turn them. In the morning they would be perfectly cooked. When roasting peanuts it is easy to overcook them as they continue to cook in the shell once you take them off the heat. If you cook them till they test done then take them off the heat they will continue cooking in the shell and burn.

   I bought peanuts in the souks in Saudi when working there. They were 5 riyals per kg as I remember and pretty good. After I while I asked the dealer how much the shelled ones next to them cost. He told me 5 riyals a kg too so that changed my purchase procedure - my Mama didn't raise no fool. The street venders there would cook them in a wok full of salt over hot charcoal, take them out with a slotted spoon and shake most of the salt back then sell them for 1 riyal (about a quarter if I remember correctly) in a rolled up tube from an old computer printout. They tasted just like the salted peanuts in the stores.

   In Cameroon in west Africa the street women in Douala sold roasted peanuts on the street corners. A 1/5 whiskey bottle packed completely full cost around 500 cfs (a little over a dollar if I remember correctly). They all had a wire and a small rag. They'd use the wire and rag to wash and polish the bottle till it shined (water was probably from a puddle or street drain), rub the husks off the roasted peanuts by hand (I think they roasted them in a barrel turned over an open fire - I never saw that part of the process), then packed them in the whiskey bottle till not another peanut would fit. I'd bring dried cranberries from home and mix and made great trail mix. When the women weren't washing bottles or packing peanuts in the bottles they use their wires (Old coat hangers I think) to braid each other's hair.

   Peanuts were used as a thickener in soup and stews and such over there and was a staple diet. I visited a pygmy family and the lady was grinding them between two river rocks. Before I got there I never knew they even grew peanuts over there.
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2016, 08:56:56 AM »
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« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2016, 04:26:30 PM »
That looks good. Where is a good place to get raw peanuts? All the ones I have found here in the north say not for human consumpution, for squirrel feed only. The only ones I can find you can eat around here are roasted. Can you boil the roasted ones if raw ones are not available?  :)
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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2016, 05:46:55 PM »
21",

   Sorry but I would not advise boiling roasted peanuts. I think you'd just end up with mush in a shell. Sometimes you can find boiled peanuts in a can and they are not bad if you can't get fresh ones.

    Unless the ones listed for squirrel food indicated they had some kind of pesticide on them I'd think they would be edible. (There are probably stricter regs on what we can feed the animals than what we eat ourselves anyway). Usually dry raw peanuts are roasted but my expert buddy used to boil them. He said it just took a lot longer as they wanted to float. I don't know if you could put then in some kind of metal cooking cage (like an inverted trainer or putting the strainer on top to push them down to sink them) to speed the process. I'd bet that would be a good time to try the pressure cooker technique.

    Good luck and remember if you can't get boiled peanuts roasted ones are good too.

    In Cameroon the local boys would go out in the bush and find some kind of round root nut about the size of a hickory nut. They would boil it and sell them at intersections or toll gates or any place traffic slowed down. They had a thin shell you could crack with your teeth and they tasted to me just like giant boiled peanuts. I'd buy some every time a kid approached with some. I still have no idea what kind of plant they came off.
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2016, 08:22:00 PM »
I just can't do boiled peanuts.

Salted, in the shell are my favorites.
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« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2016, 09:04:07 PM »
I buy raw peanuts in 1.5 lb bags at the local supermarket. They also stock roasted.
Package says "Raw Jumbo Virginia Peanuts, packed by Hinds Nut Co. Dallas Texas..
I don't boil them, eat 'em raw...
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