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Sunday, April 06, 2008

A Southern Delicacy

Have you ever had the delicacy of the South?

Boiled Peanuts!
It is a developed taste. Salty and soft... but not mushy. They can be a bit messy to eat. What is a summer day in the south without salty juice on your fingers!

Make your own at home... It is more of a process than a recipe. Here's the way we do it.

Start with Raw peanuts in the shell. Green Raw is better -if you can find them.

Soak your nuts for about 30 minutes.
In your biggest pot, add water and salt.
1 cup of salt per gallon of water for 3-4 pounds of peanuts.
Commence to boiwling! Turn down the heat to keep the water at a rolling boil.
You may need to add water as they boil down.
This is an all day process, they will need to boil for several hours.

The taste test is the only way to know when they are done.

Perfect nuts are soft... but not mushy. Salty enough to keep you eating just one more.
Give it a try. I bet you can't eat just one.
Y'all enjoy!


Bax said...

I have indeed had boiled peanuts, and I have to say, they must be an acquired taste. Not my first choice. Although, if I remember correctly, the ones I had weren't salty at all! Being a salt monger, I think I'd like them if they were salty! : )


Sandi McBride said...

Oh my I LOVE GOODBER PEAS! At least that's what we call boiled peanuts, lol...and believe it or not but Pyewackit (the Siamese) will fight you for them! I take mine out in the yard now to avoid conflict...and the saltier the better...poor Jan...more salt sweets, more salt!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Sandi is right- they have to be saltier!
Why are we not suprized that she has a peanut eating siamese... you are a hoot girl!

Leigh Anne Wilkes said...

I made my first trip to Alabama this past December and experienced my first boiled peanuts. I have to agree with Jan - they must be an acquired taste - one I don't have yet here in the Pacific Northwest. I did love the deep fried pickles I had though!

artgirlATL said...

Isn't it funny to be from Georgia and not like peanuts? But that's me... kind of funny.

Beverly said...

Oh, how I love me some boiled peanuts. Most of the people around where I live think I am crazy.

Brenda Kula said...

I think we had those when I was a kid. Course, that was a long time ago. My memory sort of comes and goes!

Sugar Bear said...

Can you believe I've never heard of boiled nuts!

tamlovesran said...

We love boiled peanuts, but have never made our own. My 15 year old son is going through a boiled peanut phase and daily he's asking if we have any.


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Leigh Anne~ Fried dill pickles are yummy! I'll post that recipe too.
Atl Girl~ What?????
Beverly~ We understand totally
Brenda~ one bite and you would remember... like a flash.
Karla~ now you have to try them
Tammy~ boil up a pot full =D

Gigi said...

Sandi, I have had the opportunity to try these. My mom lives in Sarasota, FL and her neighbor is originally from Georgia, he make them whenever there's a party! They're quite addicting ...especially since I really love salty snacks!

Tonja said...

Dothan claims the title of Peanut Capital of the World and each fall we have the National Peanut Festival. There is always a big county fair for 10 nights, and one of the highlights are huge vats throughout the fairgrounds full of boiling peanuts! Yummy! They are the best! They also have big fryers out where they deep fry them and of course parch them and god ole raw. But, boiled is my fav.

Would love to visit that restaurant!

Kristen said...

Mmmmmmm!!! Bring on the salt ;)

GardenGoose said...

nothing like good ole goober peas.

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