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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:12 PM

Boiled Peanut recipe

So after a few weeks of pretty complex stuff, we've gone right back down to basics this week. This is a delicious and simple snack or appetizer. We're doing the very most basic version of this recipe that you can do, just salt and water and boil. If you want to add different flavours to your peanuts, it's super easy to do that by adding stock instead of water, dried pepper pods, whole spices, bay leaves, etc... to the water you're boiling them in.

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Saviolo Mar 2019 OP
Xipe Totec Mar 2019 #1
mercuryblues Mar 2019 #2
The Polack MSgt Mar 2019 #3
Saviolo Mar 2019 #6
woofless Mar 2019 #4
JayhawkSD Mar 2019 #5
Saviolo Mar 2019 #7

Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:21 PM

1. You should try Texas Ebony pods by the same method



Called mahuacatas.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:25 PM

2. FYI boiling peanuts

has an odd smell. You can boil them outside in a turkey fryer, only use water instead of oil. If you want to use peanut oil, deep fried peanuts are awesome.

You can also use a crockpot and set it in your garage or patio to keep the smell out of your house. Hot salt is my go to seasoning.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 02:47 PM

3. My wife is a huge fan of boiled peanuts

and uses regular brand name Cajun seasoning powder and kosher salt.

I think I'll make some with Tabasco salt alone - thanks for your tip

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 07:00 PM

6. Yes, it is a somewhat unusual smell.

I chalk that up to the earthy scent of the soil in the shells while it's boiling.

As far as peanut oil, we'll be doing another peanut snack next week: Blister peanuts! And yes, we fried them in peanut oil

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:29 PM

4. One of the most addictive substances on the face of the earth.

I miss stopping by the old man boiling peanuts by the side of the road in Gainesville. Sadly cannot find raw in shell peanuts up here in this part of the PNW. Florarunner variety was my fave. 4-5 nuts per shell.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 05:20 PM

5. Boiled peanuts is something the South got totally wrong.

 

Not the only thing, of course, slavery for instance, but...

The South does most things with food right, but boiling is absolutely the worst thing you can do to peanuts. It turns them into fodder. Worse than fodder - even a self-respecting pig would not eat boiled peanuts. Just my opinion, of course, but any other opinion is wrong.

When I lived in Atlanta a bunch of us were at lunch one day, and were talking about the Kudzu problem. Ways to eradicate it, examples of the destruction it causes, Kudzu havoc, etc. One guy was with us who had been transferred there from some northern city, St. Louis, I think, and finally injected, "Hell. I figured you guys would have figured a way to boil it and eat it by now."

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 07:04 PM

7. Well, it's not just from the South.

I've seen it as an appetizer at Chinese (largely Szechuan) restaurants, and our Taiwanese friend says that it's really common where he comes from as well. It's an odd texture to be sure, but so long as you don't overboil them, they won't turn mealy.

But it's all a matter of taste. I can see how the texture might be off-putting.

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