Yesterday on Twitter the conversation turned to boiled peanuts. Boiled Peanuts are a Southern tradition. You see a man on the side of the road cooking and selling boiled peanuts out of a huge pot sittin over a fire…you stop and get some for the whole family. Southerners are raised on boiled peanuts, pork rinds and sweet tea.
As a kid, we snacked on boiled peanuts on every trip we ever made. Back then you could find someone in just about every town on the side of the road with stacks of wood and their big ole’ pot of peanuts a boilin. Today, it is a little harder to find them but it can be done. Here in Hicktown we still have one that starts his pot a boilin really early. This picture was taken this morning at 6:45 AM. The peanuts have to boil for a long time so they have to get started early.
You can make boiled peanuts at home. You simply need a large pot, some heat, water, peanuts, salt and time. It isn’t hard at all. Or, you can also make them in a slow cooker by adding all the ingredients to your crock and cook on high all day.
* 5 pounds raw peanuts, in shells
* 1 cup salt
* water to cover
1. Wash the peanuts and place them in a pot. Add salt and water. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Let the water boil for 3 hours.
3. Taste the peanuts, if they are not salty enough for your taste add more salt. If you would like the peanuts to be softer, return the water to boil and cook until they reach the consistency you desire.
There ya have it. Boiled peanuts no matter where ya live. A Southern delicacy that is a time honored tradition. And next time you are drivin around down here in the South, stop in at a boiled peanut stand and grab ya a bag. I like mine hot out of the pot and I like to suck on em a few minutes before I break the little morsels of deliciousness outta their shells.Print This Post