- Raw peanuts in shells
- Wash raw peanuts thoroughly in cool water; then soak in clean cool water
for about 30 minutes before cooking.
- Put peanuts in a saucepan
and cover completely with water. Because the shells of some peanuts
absorb more salty than others, it's best to begin with 1 tablespoon of
salt for each 2 cups of peanuts; you can add more salt to taste later.
- The cooking period for boiled peanuts varies according to the
maturity of the peanuts used and the variety of peanut. The cooking time
for a "freshly pulled" green peanut is shorter than for a peanut which
has been stored for a time.
- When fully cooked, the texture of the
peanut should be similar to that of a cooked dry pea or bean.
- Boil the
peanuts for about 35 minutes, then taste. If they are not salted enough,
add more salt.
- Taste again in 10 minutes, both for salt content and to
see if the peanuts are fully cooked.
- If not ready, continue tasting
every 5 minutes until they have a satisfactory texture.
peanuts after cooking or they will continue to absorb salt and become
Boiled peanuts are usually served as a snack, but
they make a great substitute for dried cooked beans at any meal. They
may be eaten hot, at room temperature, or chilled in the refrigerator
and eaten cold, shelling as you eat them. They will keep in the
refrigerator for several days, or they may be frozen.