Crockpot Boiled Peanuts

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boiled peanuts

Boiled peanuts – an icon of the South.  In the summer, roadside boiled peanuts stands are a familiar sight along southern routs.  My family used to occasionally purchase a bag of boiled peanuts from them until we figured out they could be made easily and cheaper at home.  Then they switched to making them in the crockpot which is my preferred method.

My husband had never eaten them until I introduced him to them.  True southern sympathizer at heart, he heartily enjoyed them.  When we moved back to his northern home country, we took bags of raw peanuts with us to boil.  All was nice until we ran out of them and could not find any place up here to buy raw peanuts.  There were roasted peanuts for sale, but you need raw ones for boiling.

In my search for them, I found a store that sold boiled peanuts in a jar.  I had never seen canned store bought boiled peanuts before.  It just didn’t seem right.  Boiled peanuts were something you made yourself or purchased from a roadside stand.  I can’t imagine why they sell jars of boiled peanuts in a northern store anyway.  Who eats them?  Anyone I have talked to up here has never heard of boiled peanuts unless they have family in the South or have traveled down South.

So, we had to wait until we took a trip down South to get raw peanuts.  The usual store where we purchased raw peanuts was out.  We ended up going to the farmer’s market and purchasing a 25 pound bag of raw peanuts.  Periodically, on our drive back north, Paul would glance behind at the bag of peanuts and note that the sight made him happy!  Paul says if we can’t live in the South, we can bring the south with us!

boiled peanuts

Crockpot Boiled Peanuts

I place the peanuts in a colander and rinse them, but you can wash them whatever method suits you.  Some people like to fill the sink with water and wash them that way.  Place a pound of peanuts in a crockpot and sprinkle with ¼ cup of salt.  If you want to do a pound and a half of peanuts, use 6 tablespoons of salt, or 2 pounds with a half a cup.  Cover the peanuts with water and cook on high for about ten hours.  The amount of time they need to cook depends on how dry your peanuts are.  Our 25 pound bag has probably been out of the ground for quite some time and they are dry.  If you are using “green” peanuts (raw peanuts that have been dug recently) it probably will not take nearly as long to cook.  Stir the peanuts at least every couple of hours so they cook and soak up water evenly.  When you first pour water over them, they will float, but as they cook they will start to sink and stay under the water.  Add more water as necessary to keep the peanuts covered.  You want enough water to cover the peanuts, but do not add an excessive amount of extra water or you dilute your salt.  If you have never cooked boiled peanuts before and are unsure how dry they are and how long they need to cook, simply do a taste test after a few hours and see if they are the way you like them.  We only add salt to ours because Paul does not like hot things.  But growing up, my family would sometimes add hot sauce along with the salt.

boiled peanuts


Crockpot Boiled Peanuts

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw peanuts in the shell
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 10 or so cups of water

Instructions

  1. Place peanuts and salt in the crockpot and cover with water. Cook on high for 5-10 hours stirring every couple of hours.

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