This is a true southern staple and has been consumed since the 1800’s. Unsold peanuts would be prepared, extended families and neighbors would gather to share conversation. Today, boiled peanuts are still found at most southern social gatherings! The perfect appetizer for a Low Country Boil or an Oyster Roast.
Southerners will tell you boiled peanuts should always be accompanied by a beer, sweet tea, or a soft drink. Traditionally they are eaten outside where it doesn’t matter if wet shells are tossed or spit on the ground.
To make them you will need a large pot. Green or raw peanuts are the best to use. For every pound of raw peanuts, you will need a gallon of water and 1 cup of table salt. Wash the peanuts until the water runs clear, put all the ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil. Turn the burner down to a medium simmer for about four hours. Check the pot every hour, adding more water and salt as needed. At the 3 hour mark, check one for doneness. The peanut inside the shell should be very soft. Continue to cook and check every half hour.
You can add some additional seasonings in the pot at the beginning, such as Old Bay, Cajun seasoning or chili powder.
You can find these ingredients at our local Piggly Wiggly August through October. But if you aren’t ready to make this culinary adventure, they sell freshly boiled peanuts that are ready to eat! or you can attend the second annual Boiled Peanut Festival this weekend in Bluffton!