One of my all time favorite snacks are boiled peanuts! Whether you are Southern by birth or by palette, you can be sure to enjoy these salty morsels with an ice cold Coke!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 lb green peanuts
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- large pot
Rinse the peanuts to rid them of any dirt or other impurities.
Pour the peanuts into a large pot and cover with 1/2 cup Kosher salt.
Next, cover the peanuts with water. Fill the pot 3/4 full. Stir to mix the salt in with the water.
Boil the peanuts for at least 1.5 hour and then open one of the larger peanuts to see if the inside meat is soft and tasty. If so, reduce to a low simmer and let the peanuts soak for 15 – 20 minutes. If the peanut was still crunchy or hard continue boiling for another 30 minutes. Be sure to check a few more in between to not over cook. You may also have to add some more water to the pot if you boil for more than an hour, just keep an eye on the water level. You can’t want to scorch the nuts.
Once the peanuts are done, let them soak in the salt water for 10 – 15 minutes before draining. Keep some of the salt water to add to the storage container or bag with the peanuts to keep them from drying out. Keep in mind if you are boiling more than a pound you will need more salt as well as a longer boiling period.
Once drained, serve immediately with an ice cold soda and enjoy! I also love boiled peanuts cold…so if you can’t finish them in one sitting (which I don’t recommend, ha!) you can always finish the the next day or throughout the week!
**I am dedicating this post to one of my best friends, Rachel. I was so blessed to have been able to call her my friend and sister in Christ for three years before she was called home by our heavenly Father. Some of my favorite memories of her are when she, her sister (my other best friend!) and myself camped out around their kitchen table with our college books and homework strewn around our laptops munching on boiled peanuts, peanut M&Ms and ice cold Coca-Colas. We were talking and laughing about everything but our homework and enjoying time together as best friends. I think of so many good memories when I munch on boiled peanuts and know that she is smiling down and remembering those sweet times as well. Until we meet again, I will always be thinking of her and her infectious smile and laugh… and love for boiled peanuts!**
xo – M