Original Southern Style Boiled Peanuts
Try some homemade boiled peanuts. Boiled peanuts are moist, yet crunchy, and have a mild nutty flavor.
Raw inshell peanuts
- Wash and place inshell peanuts in a suitable container to soak (glass, enamel, ceramic, plastic); cover with medium brine (10 ounces salt to one gallon water), using about twice as much water as peanuts. Place a weighted plate on the peanuts to keep them submerged. Soak overnight. Remove plate. Add water as needed to cover the peanuts. Cook by one of the following methods:
- Stove Top Instructions: Bring the peanuts to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and continue to cook for 4 hours. Test for doneness to see if texture and saltiness are suitable. Add to cooking time in 30 minute increments if softer peanuts are desired. Allow to remain in brine to increase saltiness. Drain as soon as desired texture and degree of saltiness is achieved.
- Slow Cooker Instructions: Cook soaked peanuts on low for 8 hours, then on high for 1 1/2 hours. Test for doneness; increase cooking time as needed to achieve desired texture and saltiness.
- When cooked, drain and serve hot as a snack or allow to cool, shell and use the peanut kernels to add flavor and zip to salads and casseroles or dressing to accompany pork, poultry and other prepared dishes.
- Peanuts not eaten immediately may be stored in the refrigerator for several days.
Yield dependent on quantity used.
Recipe provided courtesy of www.aboutpeanuts.com and www.nationalpeanutboard.org, through ECES, Inc., Electronic Color Editorial Services.