Boiled Peanuts
by Keleigh May on September 9th, 2015

Behold! The Boiled Peanut!

Boiled Peanuts
  • roughly 3 quarts of fresh jumbo green peanuts
  • 1 cup salt
  • water

Wash peanuts throughly. 
Place peanuts in a large stock pot and cover with water. Pour salt over peanuts, and stir well. 
Bring peanuts to a boil over high heat. Once the peanuts start to boil partly cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring often.  Once peanuts are tender drain and enjoy! 

Note: If you want peanuts to be saltier, allow them to sit in the salt water longer. 

"Bold" Peanuts

 For Labor Day this year we visited my grandparents (whom Tucker call's Cluck-Cluck and Gobble) in Burgaw, NC. Growing up, my grandmother would make boiled peanuts (pronounced "Bold" peanuts) which is a southern delicacy unlike any other. At first I thought these were just boiled dried peanuts like the kind you might buy from the grocery store. Oh no no! These have to be fresh from the ground jumbo green peanuts! I had to tag along with my grandfather (Gobble) to the farm to pick up these bad boys (that's how it's done in Burgaw). You don't get much more farm to table than this folks! I then took notes and followed along as my grandmother (Cluck-Cluck) showed me her tried and true method for making fresh boiled peanuts. It's a surprisingly easy method with very few ingredients. But be warned...these things are GOOD and you will want to eat loads of them! But never fear my grandparents have a solution to that. After they spend the day boiling peanuts (they boiled nearly a bushel) they freeze them in quart sized freezer bags. Why not a larger bag? My Nana (Cluck-Cluck) said "If you freeze them in a gallon sized bag, people will eat a gallon, if you freeze them in a quart, they will only eat the quart." Looking for a truly southern snack thats easy to make and share with others (or just eat yourself) where there's a meal, there's a way!

Boiled Peanuts are as southern as sweet tea!

In Andrew F. Smith's book titled "Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea" he gives us this basic history of the peanut.  "Boiling peanuts has been a folk cultural practice in the Southern United States, where they were originally called goober peas, since at least the 19th century. The practice of eating boiled peanuts was likely brought by slaves from Africa.  In July and August, when the peanut crops would come in, unsold and surplus peanuts would be prepared in a boiling, and extended families and neighbors would gather to share conversation and food (Just like my grandparents in the photo above). Like a fish fry, peanut boils have been organizing principles for social gatherings. Like okra, fried green tomatoes, black-eyed peas, collard greens and pork barbecue, boiled peanuts are symbols of Southern culture and cuisine.  The first recipe for boiled peanuts was published by Almeda Lambert in 1899.  Boiled peanuts became a mainstream commodity in the lower South in the early 20th century.  A 1925 account from Orangeburg, South Carolina, (where author Andrew F. Smith believes the sale of boiled peanuts may have begun) mentions boys hawking the food as a snack for five cents per bag.  The snack was also canned for consumption out of season."

But wait! They are healthy too!

‚ÄčIn an article by Daniel More, MD, he states that "The process of boiling peanuts also draws antioxidants from the shells. The boiled peanuts have four times the antioxidants of raw or roasted peanuts. Boiled peanuts are also being used to treat people with peanut allergies since boiling peanuts denatures proteins that trigger allergic reactions. Boiled peanuts are given in increasing amounts to patients over time until they build enough tolerance to start eating raw peanuts."

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