Boiled Peanuts

Total Time:
3 hr 1 min
Prep:
1 min
Cook:
3 hr

Yield:
about 6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 to 3 pounds fresh green peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
Directions

Put the peanuts and the salt in a large stockpot. Cover completely with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. To check whether they are done, pull 1 or 2 peanuts out of the pot and crack them open. When they are soft, they are done. If they are still slightly crunchy, they are not done yet, If they are not salty enough, leave them in the salted water and turn off the heat. When they are done, drain and serve immediately.


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1/2 cup of salt per gallon of water is about right. She did say "large stock pot." Slow-cooker is not good as the peanuts don't turn enough during cooking--even with a large cooker. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love me some "bahld goobers"!!! Keep strong and remember, you have overcome more adversity than many of us and can't underestimate the tenacity of a strong southern woman!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE 'EM ... THE POTATO CHIPS OF THE SOUTH!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks Paula! You are awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks Paula for the recipe... I have learned from past experience to gradually add salt or sugar when using recipes. Keep your head up Paula, your viewer still love and support you, I've even stopped watching the foodnetwork channel, hopefully you" ll product your own show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Being from Savannah, I can tell you that no boiled peanut stand serves them this salty. Definitely add the salt gradually, maybe starting with 1/4 or 1/2 cup, until you get up to the amount of salt that you like. If they get too salty, switch out some or all of the brine for fresh unsalted water and boil for a few more minutes. If the texture is right, but they aren't salty enough, let them sit in the brine with the heat off until they soak up a little more salt. Once you get the salt content and texture right, drain them so they don't get any saltier. Also, make sure you use GREEN peanuts, which aren't always easy to find. If they aren't green but still raw, they are going to take closer to 20-24 hours to cook, in which case cooking them in the crockpot would be easier since you wouldn't have to supervise it. And to the person who mentioned floating - don't worry, that is normal. Once they cook a little bit, they will settle down. (: item not reviewed by moderator and published
when i tried to cover the peanuts with water they floated any suggestions??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple and so yummy! Give the peanuts a quick rinse in plain water after they're done cooking if they taste too salty. If you don't eat them right away, they will soak up more salt from the cooking liquid. Just boil in plain water to reheat the leftovers and cut the salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One and ahalf cups of salt was way too salty. Paula, who on earth told you to put that much salt in? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lord have mercy, Paula! I do declare, there is too much salt in that there recipe of boiled peanuts. You trying to send us all to meet our maker and give us a blazin' heart attack? I made them my aunty Peggy Sue an she was as mad as a mule chewing on bumblebees. I swanny, these peanuts could make a preacher cuss! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Let them sit for a bit. As they soak up the water, they will sink. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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