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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This recipe is fine. The boiling water needs to be salty as the sea or they wont taste right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
<div>Lord have mercy, but I love me some boiled peanuts!  Picked up some raw ones today that I intend to boil tonight... Googled a bit just to get some tips, since this will be the first time I haven't cooked them in a crockpot, and found this article... my mouth is already watering.  (This might turn out to be a double post;  I forgot to star rate my first one, but I think I trashed it; we'll see)<br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 &amp;#39;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
I have been cooking smaller batches, in a pressure cooker for years. Only takes about 20 minutes for green peanuts and then let them stand until you get the desired saltiness. I test every 5 - 10 minutes, depending on how much salt I put in to start. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Been eating boiled peanuts over 45 years, this recipe has too much salt. See http://www.boiled-peanut-world.com for traditional recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love to cook country. I LOVE boiled peanuts. Mymother has never tried them before and when I told her about them she asked a very good question. Can they be crock pot cooked, and I'm sure they can, but would they cook longer? When I first tried them it took 8 hours on the stove. Maybe cause I live in high altitudes but I think that is a great Idea however the batches probbly would have to be smaller. Has anyone cooked them in the crockpot? item not reviewed by moderator and published
My fiance who grew up in the south introduced me to this southern favorite when I traveled to Florida with him and I was hooked! You could say it was love at first bite!! The market here rarely gets green peanuts in, so when the market does get them I always buy 5 or more pounds, I have been trying to get this recipe right but my fiance says they were way too salty and I must say I do agree 100% with him I am going to adjust the amount of salt in this recipe down to a 1/2 c. Thanks Paula for this recipe, but please cut down on the salt! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hat tipped your way Miss Deen,I knew if I wanted the true Southern Way Of Doing It I Had To Get Intouch With You. Thank You Much Young'in item not reviewed by moderator and published
Growing up my mom made these all the time on our farm in Brooksville, FL. Although it usually takes a bit longer to cook on an electric stove, basically just simmer them - adding water as it becomes low until the peanut inside the shell is almost mushy (there should be NO crunch) item not reviewed by moderator and published
i'm from the south and these were just WAY too salty. i cut it in half and would cut it some more next time item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just read the recipe and it is correct. Daddy being in the Marines we lived on the East Coast and would buy them to eat while watching the football games and playing spades. Those were the good ole days. Anyway we would add, after they started to boil, the salt, about a cup, and then stir about every 30 minutes. Add water as it evaporates to keep them moist. Add salt to taste too but sometimes, especially if you let them sit too long, they can get too salty by accident. No problem, just change out the water and bring to another boil. You can let them sit an hour or so and they will get unsalty. Never wasted any. I am in TX now and we go visit MS and pick them up at the Farmers Market there in Jackson. They even have the great big ones most times. Love ya!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i finally learn how to boil peanuts! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's good to have a trusted referance point to go by. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
there great peanuts they really worked out great !!! I will make them when ever a hoilday is coming up item not reviewed by moderator and published
...I think that all food is a matter of personal taste. If you know you are salt-sensitive, add salt gradually. Also... HELLO PEOPLE.. if you are using already dried peanuts and putting them directly in the pot with out soaking first, it's no wonder they were too salty. The recipe calls for GREEN peanuts (aka: fresh, never been dried). To subsitute dried peanuts, either soak them first (just like red beans) or cut the salt &amp; extend cooking time. :) I love you Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
food is universal! my grandma used to make these for me whenever i visited korea. it's delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok I love salt, its a family joke that I like a little food with my salt; but this is WAY TOO MUCH!!!!! Cut it in half at least, or do a search for the Low Country Boiled Peanuts on this site. They are very much the same but with less salt. Remember you can keep adding more if you want them saltier. I have had a few wipe outs at the beach and even ocean water isn't this salty!! Paula please rethink this one!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like the ease of the recipe and the taste alone is great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Following the recipe, the boiling time may to be too long. The peanuts came out too soft. I prefer the texture of the peanut to still have some firmness. Depending on the amount of peanuts I'm boiling, I add a few pieces of star anise to the salted water. I bring the water to a slow boil to dissolve the Hawaiian salt and to bring out the flavor of the anise. After the water has simmered for about 1/2 or so, I then add in the peanuts. I bring the whole pot up to a nice rolling boil for about 10-15 minutes, then turn off the heat and just let the peanuts sit in the pot and cook by residual heat until they no longer float. It can be a few hours or overnite. I normally let it sit overnite. The peanuts are juicy and not overcooked. Ultimately, it's just a matter of personal taste. Paula's recipe was fine. Mine is just another method that my friends have followed with success. Paula's Home Cooking is one of my favorite shows. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought they were way too salty. The second batch I made I used 3/4 cup of salt. I still thought they were too salty, however my husband (the saltaholic) thought they were perfect! The Kitchen Goddess item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love boiled peanuts, but they are hard to find here in Texas. So my son and I started making them using just raw peanuts since we have not been able to find the raw green peanuts. I just pick them up at our local grocery store. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even better if you add 3 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning in addition to the salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to make something that reminded me of my Dad. These peanuts did it. The taste and the smell took me right back to when I was a little girl helping with making them to sell at the market. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the greatest food on the face of the planet item not reviewed by moderator and published
Boiled peanuts in Savannah?? I thought they would be everywhere but last week I went and I asked everyone I talked to where to get good boiled peanuts and they just gave me a puzzled look....  One person told me where to find some and I drove down there and there was nothing.  Where are they hiding them?!  Also thanks for the tips. 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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