What Are Boiled Peanuts?

Posted on 08/18/2015

What Are Boiled Peanuts?

If you rented  with us during the summer, you might have been offered boiled peanuts from the front desk staff. If not, I bet you saw them in the grocery store or on the side of the road. If you are unfamiliar with boiled peanuts.... below you will find more information about the official snack of the state.

Peanuts are in season during the months of August and September.  Boiled peanuts taste best when they are pulled from the ground and placed into a pot for boiling. That is why roadside boiled peanuts taste best during the early fall and summer.

If you want to make your own boiled peanuts, it is very simple.  If a person can boil water,  they can make boiled peanuts. It is best if you use fresh raw peanuts from the field that have not been dried.

Since peanuts freeze well, you can buy them in bulk during prime time than freeze for the off season. It is recommended that you boil them for a few minutes, drain and cool before placing them in the freezer.  Or you can cook them fully and package them for later.


2 pounds  peanuts - 3 ounces  salt - 3 gallons water

- Wash the peanuts until the water runs clear. Than soak for an additional 30mins to remove any remaining dirt.

- Drain peanuts and place in pot

- Add salt

-  Cook on high for 4 hours ( cooking time can vary based on freshness of peanuts. The fresher the peanuts, the less time it takes)

- Check peanuts throughout cooking time to see if they are done. They are done when they have a similar texture to a cooked dry bean. They should keep it shape and not crunch when bitten.

- Drain peanuts

- Store covered in refrigerator

Peanuts stay fresh for about 10 days

* Some people like to add extra seasonings such as Cajun. 

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