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Boiled Peanuts...Southern Friends HELP! 
 
Apr. 11, 2012 1:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2012 11:22 pm
This is for you Doug!

I was born and raised in New York.  In the late 80's I flew down to South Carolina to attend college.  To say there was a culture shock would be quite an understatement (really people still call people Yankees???). I adjusted to my new life and got introduced to football season...admittedly I was HOOKED!!!  Wow tailgating is awesome!!!! 

So at one of my first tailgating adventures, I noticed several of my new Southern roommates sucking and eating a small brown "thing"...yikes!  I asked what in the heck was going on???? Of course after the laughing and "yankee" comments subsided they told me...they were eating Boiled Peanuts.

Ok for those of you that are unfamiliar with this delicacy here goes:  take green/raw peanuts, put them in a large stockpot cover with water and add salt...ALOT of salt.  Slowly boil for hours. 

Going back to that tailgate many moons ago. There I stood with my Southern friends betting me to try my first boiled peanut.  I'll admit I was skeptical but I never back down from a challenge.  I bit into a fairly mushy shell then quite unexpectedly came a burst of salt water...WOW..then the piece de resistance (sorry I don't have the french thingys on my 'puter) the ever so soft but somewhat firm nuts.  Life changing.

So for the next 4 years I stopped at every roadside stand that I could find and bought as many bags of boiled peanuts as I could.  There were so many wonderful things I discovered living in South Carolina and boiled peanuts was one of them.

Then an unfortunate thing happened...I moved back north.  No job, no $$ had to move in with Mom & Dad.  And north I stayed...even moved farther north.  So for years now I've searched hi and low to find green/raw peanuts to see if I can re-create my boiled peanut glory days in my own kitchen.  Thanks to the wonders of the internet I found a peanut retailer (and the kicker is they are based in New Jersey!!!!).  A few months ago my 5 pound bag of raw peanuts arrived.  I cooked them the same way I remembered and....they were just ok...did my memory fail me?  Did I REALLY love them or was I dreaming?  I think instead I did something wrong cooking them. Not long enough, not enough salt??? I checked online and raw peanuts are green peanuts but maybe there really is a difference???

So I implore all of my Southern (or anyone really) Allrecipe friends.  Can you put in your 2 cents???  I still have about 3 1/2 pounds of peanuts waiting to be cooked....Thanks for listening!!!! BTW, I miss South Carolina and wait patiently for the day I can move back for good!
 
Comments
Apr. 11, 2012 1:52 pm
I cooked peanuts for over two years In New Jersey in ocean city on the boardwalk for "the peanut shoppe" Leo Yeager was my boss. His father owned the store in Atlantic city near the steel pier (the original). I never boiled them but we would have some people come in and ask for them.
 
Apr. 11, 2012 3:04 pm
If you go to search at the top there are lots of recipes for boiled peanuts on this site! I have several northern friends... I refer to them as ** Yankees! :)
 
Apr. 11, 2012 3:05 pm
Dam* ~lol
 
Apr. 11, 2012 3:45 pm
Hi KingSparta - When you were asked for boiled peanuts did you say sorry this is New Jersey??? :)
 
Apr. 11, 2012 3:45 pm
I have had that let down too. I think the anticipation increases how good we thought things were. I learned that buying a big bag of peanuts in the south is NOT the same as buying one up here. I had no idea they were sold raw and do not make good eating until they have been prepared some way. I hope you find a recipe that comes close to your memories.
 
Apr. 11, 2012 3:46 pm
Shanon - HAHAHAHA I do now know the difference between a Yankee and a Dam* Yankee - HA!
 
Apr. 11, 2012 4:02 pm
No I just thought it was dumb to boil peanuts. I live in north Carolina now, and not but .1 miles from me is a gas station that has boiled peanuts near the check out. I still have never had any.
 
Apr. 11, 2012 5:37 pm
http://www.boiled-peanut-world.com/how-to-boil-peanuts.html
 
Apr. 11, 2012 6:05 pm
I love it. Thank you and now I too will have to find them. I see a business trip to Georgia or NC in my future....
 
Apr. 11, 2012 7:10 pm
Thanks BigShotsMom - I'm going to keep on trying until I get it right!!
 
Apr. 11, 2012 7:12 pm
KingSparta - Agreed it is a strange thing to do with peanuts...Couldn't believe it when I first saw it!
 
Apr. 11, 2012 7:13 pm
Thanks ValerieB333! Sure have enough peanuts to experiment with!
 
Apr. 11, 2012 7:16 pm
Hi Doug!! Glad you liked it...promise you'll try boiled peanuts the first time you run across them... oh and 30 extra minutes of the Kardashians, America sure is lucky...really E???
 
Apr. 12, 2012 7:09 am
i live in south ga. so, boiled (fried peanuts) are everywhere here. right along with watermelon patches...but that's another story. we DO boil peanuts with plenty of salt and either bacon or fatback for seasonings. you can get many different types here of boiled peanuts, jalpeno being 1 that comes to mind. and yep i love to hear yankees talk..those folks from boston or brooklyn we can never communicate without sign language. and yes they are still yankee invaders/aggressors :)
 
Apr. 12, 2012 7:11 am
oops i meant to boiled and fried peanuts are everywhere here.we have a peanut-growing president that lives @ 40 miles south of me.
 
Apr. 12, 2012 10:32 am
double oops. we call peanuts goobers here.
 
Apr. 12, 2012 11:46 am
gderr...you would have laughed so hard at my wedding...the guests were New Yorkers, Bostonians and Southerners...serious language barriers!!!! Hilarious! I hope you don't take for granted that you are located in peanut land..so lucky. Oh and you had me at bacon...going to give that a try
 
Nanaverm 
Apr. 13, 2012 8:44 pm
If there are any Asian markets near you, they have raw peanuts in their cuisine, too, and you might find them there. Fresh raw peanuts (called "green" that are newly-dug are different from ones left to dry but not yet roasted. You really want the "green" ones.
 
garyinfl 
Apr. 14, 2012 8:56 am
your boiling for hours w/tons of salt is correct,However it will also need extra seasoning of ur choice. I put a whole jar or sliced jalepeno per pound of peanuts,and crock pot them overnight.Then refrig still in same water until flavored to your taste.Good luck
 
garyinfl 
Apr. 14, 2012 8:57 am
of not or my bad
 
nikkie 
Apr. 14, 2012 10:27 am
My boyfriends family is from Zimbabwe and they eat boiled peanuts too, but don't use salt. I really like them plain, but I haven't tried salt. I try to stay away from it anyway.
 
Apr. 14, 2012 11:54 am
I too add bacon and other seasonings to give them great flavor. The bacon or fatback is what makes them great...maybe not the healthiest....but mmmmmmmmm!
 
Apr. 14, 2012 1:25 pm
I'm from GA and still live here. The type of peanuts you want are green/raw peanuts that are freshly dug in September, October or November. Those make the best boiled peanuts. Those that are left to dry in their shells are not going to give you the same effect/taste as the ones that have just come out of the ground. That's why you usually only see these in the fall/winter around here because that's when the peanuts are harvested. We do not add bacon or other seasonings to ours because it's not needed if you really want to taste the peanut flavor. To cook them, place them in an 8 or 9 quart stock pot (after you have rinsed them well to remove the dirt first). Bring them to a boil and add 1.5 cups or more of table salt. Stir to dissolve the salt and let them boil for 2 houts. After you reach the desired tenderness you can turn off the heat and let them sit in the water. The longer they sit in the water the saltier they will become. You can freeze boiled peanuts (we do here). Place the drained peanuts (still in their shells) in freezer bags and then you can enjoy them all winter while watching football. Enjoy!
 
sueb 
Apr. 14, 2012 1:36 pm
I know what you mean about not growing up on boiled peanuts! Even transplanted Yankees can learn to like them as a special treat!
 
Apr. 14, 2012 5:41 pm
Good luck with your peanuts. I am a born and bred Southern girl, but I have never liked boiled peanuts. I do, however, love parched peanuts. But that is another story... : )
 
gayla 
Apr. 14, 2012 7:19 pm
Hi, I was raised on a farm in the Deep South and we grew peanuts. First, as a couple of others have mentioned, you want fresh dug peanuts, what green really means, and not just raw peanuts. Second, the variety of peanut makes a HUGE difference. I've found that a lot of roadside stands now sell large peanuts, but those are the ones you DON'T want. What you want are Valencia's. That's a smaller, but much tastier, peanut. And, sadly, it's really hard to find if you don't grow your own. I think it's because the peanut growers can make more money off the larger varieties and we end up sacrificing taste. Anyway, any Southern farmer will tell you that Valencia's are the tastiest for boiling. We never added anything other than salt to our water and I guess I'm a purist (really, I just like what I grew up eating) and I don't care for all the ones now with the added flavorings such as "Cajun-style". Good luck with your peanuts! P.S. You can order already boiled peanuts from The Lee Brothers if you really can't get yours to taste right. The ones you order still aren't as good as freshly dug and boiled, but they're not bad. Heck, when desperate without other options, I've even been known to enjoy The Peanut Patch canned boiled peanuts.
 
gayla 
Apr. 14, 2012 7:23 pm
LOL, wisweetp! I'm just the opposite, love 'em boiled, will pass on the parched. And, what a blast from the past. I haven't heard the term "parched peanuts" since we lost my Grandparents. Hey, all y'all Yankees :-), should come on down to S. Alabama in October to The Peanut Festival. It's about 14 miles north of where I'm from in Dothan, AL.
 
Apr. 15, 2012 6:51 am
First make sure that you are using "new Crop" raw nuts (peanuts grown this year) I have not seen any yet this year here in SC. This makes all of the difference in making good boiled peanuts. Next be sure that you use plenty of salt. My mother always used 3 tablespoons per pound of nuts. I use 2 and 1/2 but my husband still prefers my mother's. Peanuts take a long time to cook. Usually around 3 to 4 hours adding additional water as needed, but not additional salt. Remember that you will not be able to gage the salt effect/taste accurately until the peanut is almost done because the shell has to soften before the salt will penetrate. So don't add additional salt until they are done. We always let our peanuts continue to soak in the water for about another hour. Then cool and bag in ziplocks. Store in the refrigerator. Hope that this helps with bringing back some good memories of your time here in SC!
 
JAB 
Apr. 15, 2012 8:43 am
I come from the South.I was born in Mississippi and was raised on peanuts of every form of cooking. You are right, a raw peanut is not a green peanut, however you can still boil them it just takes longer. I have even boil shelled raw peanuts and they still turned out good.
 
recipejunkie 
Apr. 15, 2012 9:27 am
You can get boiled peanuts in a can at nuts.com. They are sold 3 cans for 5.99. They have received good ratings from customers, so I bought some (never had them before). I didn't like them, but what do I know? I'm sure a lot of folks wouldn't like my Aunt Irene's duck blood soup either.
 
Apr. 15, 2012 10:21 am
I lived in South Florida for 10 years and recently moved back north to Delaware (why oh why did I do this?). My kids are obsessed with my boiled peanuts that I actually figured out myself how to make. I use a combination of the following to boil my peanuts: Franks Red Hot Sauce, Worcestershire, A-1 Steak Sauce, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning, Soy Sauce and of course water. I literally get a huge pot, fill with peanuts and put one full bottle of each item in the water and boil away. I have also done this same method in a slow cooker over a period of about two days. It literally takes that long to get them fully flavored and soft. I have been told that they are the best boiled peanuts they have ever tasted by anyone that has tried them. I kind of like to think of them as steak peanuts, lol! I have always used RAW peanuts - you can buy them in a bag at the grocery store even up north. After cooking these, you can actually store them in the fridge for quite a while before they go bad. Must be all the vinegar in the hot sauce! If anyone tries this out - let me know how it goes ;-)
 
Apr. 15, 2012 10:24 am
I should also have mentioned above that I have always used the raw peanuts in the shell - and they do take longer to cook - but so worth it in the end. The juice that stays in the shell when you crack it open is heavenly.
 
Apr. 15, 2012 1:31 pm
I do not have access to true green peanuts but I used the dried out store bought ones with this recipe and was impressed. It sounds too spicy but they were not actually. The heat stayed in the brine.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rachaels-superheated-cajun-boiled-peanuts/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=cajun%20boiled%20peanuts&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page
 
Apr. 15, 2012 1:32 pm
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rachaels-superheated-cajun-boiled-peanuts/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=cajun%20boiled%20peanuts&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page
 
DeeW 
Apr. 15, 2012 4:54 pm
You didn't mention but I hope you went to school at THE U of SC, Go Gamecocks!and NOT that other C school. When we coked peanuts at the races, another fine Southern tradition we cooked them for a lot longer than 2 hrs. More like 3 or 4, it seemed like forever waiting for them to be ready. I guess I'm a purist as well I like them without anything else in them like fatback or jalapenos. Nothing better than putting a big juicy handful of goobers in your mouth. Yes I said GOOBERS not boogers.LOL Good Luck
 
wooly 
Apr. 15, 2012 9:24 pm
I am from the west, but my mother is from Florida. Every time i go, there are either fresh boiled peanuts waiting for me or some in the fridge. I crave these things a there is no source for them in the west. So, i cruised the internet for green peanuts and found a farmer that told me any raw peanuts are considered green. he sold me 20 lbs of dry raw peanuts. i took my canning kettele and about a half a box of Kosher salt and proceeded to cook them day and night for 3 days. All I accomplished was taking the finish off the pot. the peanuts never got soft and the pot is destroyed. So, make sure you get real freshly dug,not dried peanuts for a wonderful snack..Now, when I can't stand it, i order canned boiled peanuts. i have to cook them in the microwave for a while to get them soft enough, but, once in a while it's worth paying the outrageous postage to ship them to me from the south!!
 
Apr. 16, 2012 7:44 am
I'm from folsom, Louisiana...we have several crawfish boils each summer depending on the price of the crawfish, for boiled peanuts I simply use the leftover liquid from a boil...or I fill my pot. 80 quart with water...and powdered seafood boil, I don't add any extra salt as it is already in the boil powder, Don't buy the lemon flavored boil, Yuck!...I like my peanuts spicy so I add extra cayenne powder and 2 to 3 heads of fresh garlic (unpeeled) to the pot,bring the water to a boil, add the seafood boil, stir..add the garlic and cayenne powder, Taste the liquid before adding the peanuts to the water, if you need it saltier just add more seasoning ...when satisfied with the flavor add your peanuts, I usually cook 25 to 30 pounds at a time...(NOTE) !!!! DO NOT COOK THESE INSIDE THE HOUSE!!! I only cook them outside using a stainless steel crawfish or turkey frying pot, and a propane burner cook about 8 or 9 hours, tasting a few peanuts every couple of hours or so, if still hard then cook longer, if not spicy enough then add more cayenne powder, or more garlic heads, it's up to you!!! after cooking and cooling peanuts, place them in gallon sized baggies,(ziplock bags)....and either refridgerate or freeze, in the shell...reheat in the microwave until hot
 
Peggy8 
Apr. 16, 2012 8:00 pm
Any other Southerners remember putting salted, roasted peanuts into a bottle of cold coke? Or was that just my weird family?
 
Apr. 17, 2012 9:59 am
I'm SoCal born and raised but I remember my Texan and Alabama cousins showing us how to drop a "goober" in a glass of cola and watch them fizz. Loved them!
 
AREENA 
Apr. 17, 2012 10:38 am
My parents are from Fiji and made boiled peanuts as a treat since I can remember. We are able to get them in season at local farmer's markets and Asian markets (living in the SF Bay Area we are spoiled). Salt & water is all we ever used, but they take a lot of salt (should be able to taste the salt in the water) and a lot of time (3 or 4 hours). Just keep tasting until they're the right texture. They really are good--you didn't imagine it.
 
mimi 
Apr. 17, 2012 11:06 am
Yes, I'm afraid they still call us Northerners Yankees!I'm a "Yankee" living in N.C. since '81 & I have heard of dropping peanuts in a Coke-Cola. But boiled peanuts...eeww!
 
grannykat 
Apr. 17, 2012 12:58 pm
I love boiled peanuts and I love to eat raw peanuts. sometimes I get shelled raw peanuts and cook and eat them like any dry beans.
 
cabin chef 
Apr. 17, 2012 1:13 pm
I grew up in Miss et recall most gas stations sold boiled peanuts either in water or oil, that was in the 60's. I've not had them since, but recall I preferred the oil boiled ones.
 
Apr. 17, 2012 6:33 pm
I'm from SC... so I never have had to make them myself! Come on back home! The peanuts are plentiful!!! Wait... what school? Carolina... Clemson... >>>> I love my Gamecocks!!!! Just kiddin' It's truly a great state!
 
gwashington1961 
Apr. 17, 2012 9:54 pm
I am from Northern Virginia. I was accompanying a group of Police Boy Scout Explorers to a week long activity near Smithfield, VA. It turns out that this entire area of the Commonwealth is our "Peanut Growing Center". There is one particular restaurant called "The Virginia Cafe" located on route 17, south of Petersburg. There is virtually no recipe that they cook that does not feature peanuts in some manner. I have never seen so many various Police uniforms in one location. It seemed that on their way to the camp and going home, they always ate there to get their 'peanut fix' for the year. My Mom & another Parent of a Police Explorer were all involved in driving the kids in a caravan to the camp. There was a great deal of amazement in just reading the menus we were given. At our table we all tried to order a completely different dish-in order to be able to share with each other. I was so greateful not to have anyone with a 'peanut allergy' in our group! An Officer with us bought 10 lbs. of boiled peanuts to let folks snack on them during the week. In NOVA we only had Peanut Brittle as a homemade candy treat. There were commercial Reese's treats, Snicker's, etc. Nutter Butter Cookies were always available at the store. Home baked Thumbprint cookies, and PB Cookies both call for PB Dough. Sadly, once we moved across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia we did find our Military selves (with roots from Illinois) received as Yankees. It took us many, many years to begin to be accepted as Southerners. As I said earlier, it wasn't until we found ourselves in the VA Peanut Capitol that we began to realize being a true Southerner requires being born & raised in the deeper parts of the USA South or we had a great deal of studying to do. I have really enjoyed reading your various comments regarding 'boiled peanut recipes'. I am perfectly willing to attempt making several of these recipes --- but not all of them. I like warm spicy foods, but not the kind that sears your throat & maybe your stomach, too. Finally, I want to Thank Y'all for the fun I had reading all the various recipes you to shared.
 
gwashington1961 
Apr. 17, 2012 10:00 pm
I am from Northern Virginia. I was accompanying a group of Police Boy Scout Explorers to a week long activity near Smithfield, VA. It turns out that this entire area of the Commonwealth is our "Peanut Growing Center". There is one particular restaurant called "The Virginia Cafe" located on route 17, south of Petersburg. There is virtually no recipe that they cook that does not feature peanuts in some manner. I have never seen so many various Police uniforms in one location. It seemed that on their way to the camp and going home, they always ate there to get their 'peanut fix' for the year. My Mom & another Parent of a Police Explorer were all involved in driving the kids in a caravan to the camp. There was a great deal of amazement in just reading the menus we were given. At our table we all tried to order a completely different dish-in order to be able to share with each other. I was so greateful not to have anyone with a 'peanut allergy' in our group! An Officer with us bought 10 lbs. of boiled peanuts to let folks snack on them during the week. In NOVA we only had Peanut Brittle as a homemade candy treat. There were commercial Reese's treats, Snicker's, etc. Nutter Butter Cookies were always available at the store. Home baked Thumbprint cookies, and PB Cookies both call for PB Dough. Sadly, once we moved across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia we did find our Military selves (with roots from Illinois) received as Yankees. It took us many, many years to begin to be accepted as Southerners. As I said earlier, it wasn't until we found ourselves in the VA Peanut Capitol that we began to realize being a true Southerner requires being born & raised in the deeper parts of the USA South or we had a great deal of studying to do. I have really enjoyed reading your various comments regarding 'boiled peanut recipes'. I am perfectly willing to attempt making several of these recipes --- but not all of them. I like warm spicy foods, but not the kind that sears your throat & maybe your stomach, too. Finally, I want to Thank Y'all for the fun I had reading all the various recipes you shared!!!
 
Apr. 18, 2012 12:31 am
Thank you. My father was from the south, when he was in his 40's, he got his hands on some of the " right peanuts" to make boil peanuts. He was so happy. Never saw him so happy about a food before. So thanks for the memory. Hope you get your peanuts.
 
Beth 
Apr. 18, 2012 10:03 am
I have done them Hawaiian Style - very popular there as I was growing up!!! 2 lbs raw nuts in shells, 2 tbsp. hawaiian rock salt, 1 star anise, whole. soak peanuts in water overnight. Weigh down with plate topped with a brick or large canned good so that all peanuts are submerged. Next day wash and rub peanuts till clean. cover peanuts in pot with water till 2 inches above nuts. bring to a boil add salt and anise. After 30 minutes, taste for doneness and salt. continue until desired texture is achieved. let soak in water for more saltiness to enter. eat warm, or cold. Freezes well.
 
Apr. 18, 2012 11:15 am
I second the suggestion to use Rachel's superheated cajun boiled peanuts recipe on here. It is really easy to do in a crock pot and tastes awesome
 
Mouse 
Apr. 18, 2012 11:22 pm
I don't get the chance to have fresh boiled peanuts anymore, so I had given up on having them. Then I remembered my aunt stocking up on canned boiled peanuts some time back after a family trip. I found the peanuts online, Peanut Patch is the brand, but never craved them enough to order. Imagine my surprise to find them recently at my local WalMart and I'm in CO where I wouldn't think there would be any demand for them! They're good though certainly aren't as good as fresh, but it's better than not having any at all. :) They come in salted or Cajun flavor. You can find them on Amazon or at Nuts.com http://nuts.com/nuts/peanuts/boiled.html?gclid=CIWN7MWewK8CFcIFRQodZi3Bzg If you want to boil your own, you can get jumbo raw peanuts at Nuts.com, too.
 
 
 
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