Today’s guide on how to boil peanuts is actually an impromptu idea of mine. And I have reasons for that.
You see, the hot sweating season is coming and shouting “vacation time”. Ask what I’d prefer for a summer trip? I’d first think of the peddlers across the street foods in Asian.
Oh, those foodie heavens! Especially those steaming kettles where the little soft and moist boiled peanuts are in high demand. They more than once got me thinking “Ain’t that just boiled peanuts? Why shouldn’t I do it my own?”
And it all started from there.
How do you make boiled peanuts?
I’ve got to say boiled peanuts surely are the easiest and most hassle-free snack I have ever been on. All my life.
They provide me the nicest, healthiest kick among others. As I went through the process, I started to realize how crazy that was. It’s the head-over-heels kind of simple!
I’m so thrilled, guys!
Okay so as you let the nuts sit longer in boil, the more and more salt in water will be absorbed. So to be safe, first, let’s be easy on the salt amount. Also, please make sure you always have the boiling pot covered. You can easily know when the peanuts are tender or mushy to give it a “test bite”: once they absorb enough liquid, they will start to settle down at the bottom of the pot, instead of floating on the surface of water.
Do you eat boiled peanuts hot or cold?
There’s really no clear impact on the boiled peanut’s flavor when it’s served cold. Hot or cold, they’re just as tasty as they should be. People don’t drag them around all over places, and treat them as an ultimate easy-eating snack for no reason, you see 😉
Can you boil peanuts out of the shell?
Yes, you can. In fact, that’s basically what people do to boil peanuts – keeping the raw peanuts in their original form and then bring them to boil in salt water. See how I told you it got me so thrilled? Boiling peanuts is simply a butter-slide job!
How long does it take to boil raw peanuts?
If you do it like I do, then it should take you 3 hours straight to only boil and simmer. And yet, you don’t have to interfere the process with any other maneuver. So basically, all you need to do is set the timer, walk back to your half-done works, then come back later for a soft moist beautiful nuts. Tea time people!
Healthy snacks are on track
Not only is naturally low in sodium, raw peanut is also rich in protein and fiber. Though being in the same family as beans and lentils instead of nuts (yes, they are from underground!), peanuts are loads of nutrients, and even more than any real kind of nut.
The contents of potassium, magnesium and vitamin E within peanut make its way to the top healthiest snacks on earth. Hence, boiling your peanuts at home is undoubtedly a smart way to control the salt (and sometimes, spices) that’s going in.
How should you eat boiled peanuts?
After the boil, the peanut shell should be soft enough so you can crack it open either by your teeth or your thumb and index finger together. Pop them open and you’ll meet the soft, ready-to-be-extracted bean inside.
On the whole, eating peanuts is pretty much like eating crawfish – except for the fact that there will be no fishy fingers, and no sweating yourself to death to properly deshell your food anymore.
Tender juicy salty finger food, served!
Boiled peanuts as accompaniments to various dishes
In Chinese, there are two popular types of boiled peanuts: boiled in salt water or boiled in water with spices.
Boiled peanuts can act like a snack or an appetizer for whichever meal you want to. They are an all-time-favorite in family gatherings, buffets and casual parties. Also, they’re usually eaten in between the cold beers. And that all thanks to the pleasant, hearty aroma that the locals all got so familiar with. What should I say – peanuts have long been part of the Asian’s eating habits 😉
You can also take boiled peanuts up a notch by styling them together with a hot cup of tea, rice wine or a frosty juice. It’d be even greater when there’s a lovely platter of small biscuits on the tea table.
How to Boil Peanut
- 2 lb peanuts raw, with shells on
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 4 cup water
How to Make
- Rinse the peanuts properly, then transfer them to the boiling pot. Add salt and water, stir until completely dissolved.
- Turn on medium heat, bring the pot to a boil. Let it boil and simmer for 3 hours.
- Fish the peanuts out and there you’ve done the job. Pop one peanut to check if it’s as soft as you want. Otherwise, return them back to the water and continue to boil, pause halfway to check until you’ve got your desired consistency.