If you've ever lived in the Deep South or have just traveled through, then you've most likely heard of one of the region's most intriguing snack foods, boiled peanuts. Boiled Peanuts are typically found at produce stands, gas stations, and local farms in the Southern countryside and along expressway I-95 South. We Southerners must be very s'maht (that's Southern for 'smart'), as boiled peanuts have four times the antioxidants of raw or roasted peanuts, as the boiling process draws the antioxidants from the shell inside to the actual nut. So, they say. In any event, these Southern favorites are crazy easy to make, and can even be prepared in a slow-cooker, if desired. One of my neighbors (originally from Columbus, Georgia) traditionally prepares them for the Sabbath, letting them cook overnight, which only makes them better. Enjoy, and y'all come back now, y'hear?
In a large stock pot, combine water and salt and bring to a boil. Add peanuts and return to a boil. Cook on a soft boil for 3 hours. Consistently check peanuts to ensure water has not evaporated, and are covered with water at all times. Shut off and let sit for 1 hour. As mentioned, if desired, you can prepare these in your slow-cooker, cooking for at least 8-10 hours. Note: You can also prepare boiled peanuts using dried raw peanuts, as opposed to green raw ones, but it will take significantly longer time to cook, possibly up to 24 hours. PS. Boiled peanuts freeze well, and reheat well in the microwave. Enjoy warm.
Dried (Raw) vs. Green (Raw) Peanuts
Green Peanuts: raw peanuts freshly dug from soil with high moisture content. Preferred by many for boiled peanuts, due to shorter cooking time. Only available during harvest season and are highly perishable. Keep refrigerated before boiling. May be frozen before cooking. Dried Peanuts: raw peanuts air-dried for storage. Should be kept at temperatures of 40°F or below in a dry location. Requires longer boiling time.