Boiled Peanuts

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Boiled peanuts? I have vague memories of eating them when I was a kid (I think the peanuts might have even come right from my grandmother’s own garden), but I have never ever forgotten their taste. Isn’t it funny how our brains work? Now, I’m glad I can find bags of raw peanuts in my local Asian store whenever I feel like a taste for boiled peanuts. The prep work is super-easy, and although the cooking time is longer than preferred, your patience will be greatly rewarded with delicious, tender, salty peanuts.

2 pounds raw peanuts
12 cups water or enough to cover peanuts
4 tablespoons salt

Rinse peanuts to remove any debris. Place them in a large stockpot, leaving at least 2 inches from the top of the pot. Add water and salt, and stir to mix. Bring to a rolling boil and then lower heat and simmer. Cook for 4 – 5 hours, adding fresh water as needed to replace water that boils away. Taste often after the third hour until you reach your preferred texture (I like my boiled peanuts firm but tender – took me over 4 hours to get to that texture). Remove from heat and let peanuts soak in the cooling liquid for at least 30 minutes. Kick back, relax, and enjoy your “hard work.” :D

Leave at least a two-inch room from the top of the pot
Place peanuts in a large stockpot – leave at least 2 inches from the top of the pot
Water should be no more than 1 inch from the top of the pot (peanuts will float initially - it's okay)
Cover with water – leave at least 1 inch from the top of the pot (peanuts will float initially – it’s okay)
Bring to a rolling boil and then lower heat and simmer
Bring to a rolling boil and then lower heat and simmer
Soak in cooling liquid and snack as they cool. Yum!
Soak in cooling liquid and snack as they cool. Yum!
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4 Replies to “Boiled Peanuts”

  1. I remember those days when we watched movies at the cinema, munching on peanuts wrapped in newspaper cone ;oD

    1. I remember eating “kacang putih” at the cinema…those were the days. :D

  2. 4 hours!! That’s a LONG wait, Chris. In my case, while tasting the peanuts in between, I think there would be more going in my tummy than what would be left over when cooked at the 4th hour. Ha ha ha ha… I think we could cut the cooking time if the peanuts are boiled in a pressure cooker, don’t you think so? Do you have one? I have a slow cooker, though, but I don’t plan to wait double the time for my peanuts to be ready. :-D

    Yeah, feeling nostalgic already…

    1. Nasifriet,

      Don’t worry, the time will pass by quickly…just do something else in the meantime – it doesn’t need a close watch. :D However, it’s ok too to have no leftovers at the end of the fourth hour. LOL

      I don’t have a pressure cooker…I’m sure it’ll definitely help shorten the time. Have thought about investing in one…one of these days. :D

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