My love for
hot boiled peanuts is one that started at a young age. If you are from the
south, you know that from spring until fall, hot boiled peanuts are something
you can buy just driving down the road. Not in the city, but get out on any
little back road and you are bound to run into a little fruit stand that has a
huge vat of peanuts boiling. Some stands are solely selling “hot boiled peanuts” and that's all.
It has been
several years since I left the south. I now reside in what is considered the
mid-west, it is still pretty southern in style where I live but there is
definitely a difference in the food. I don’t think of the food around my area
as southern. But it’s okay… most
southern food, although very tasty, is not all that healthy.
In the past
few weeks I’ve felt a little nostalgic and really have been feeling my southern
“roots”. It occurred to me as the hubby and I did a little road trip that what
has been missing in my life that I really just couldn’t do without is “hot
boiled peanuts”. I became a woman
on a mission! I remembered my mother would make them in the crock-pot for us
when we were kids. Since my mother is no longer here to ask all of my burning
questions about cooking I turned to my AR friends and, of course, they came
through for me.
Armed with the
simplest recipe, I set out on my mission to make my beloved “hot boiled peanuts”.
SKREECH! (that’s my brake sound)! There is a peanut shortage this year and it
took me 3 days to track down raw peanuts in the shell. My local health food store had them raw
out of the shell, that just wouldn’t do.
picture of the different stages of my progress and want you all to know, they
turned out exactly like the ones that we always stopped to buy at Bobby’s Hot
Boiled Peanut stand that was out in front of his house on Hwy. 53, on the way
to Amicalola Falls in north Georgia. In other words… Perfect! A huge hug and big thanks to all of you who came to my aid on this project. It has made me and my family very happy campers!
For those of
you who aren’t from the south, the use of hot boiled peanuts in this post may
seem redundant and for that I apologize but for those of you who are from the
south, you know you don’t simply say boiled peanuts, they HAVE to be hot!
So if you
are ever traveling in the south and you come across a sign (usually hand
painted) that’s says “hot boiled peanuts ahead” I recommend you stop and give
them a try, it could change your life!