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Makes 4 pounds or 12 servings

Hot, homemade boiled peanuts are truly delicious, but you can order them already prepared online. Matt and Ted started their business with this regional treat (5 pounds for $26.50); boiledpeanuts.com.

 

Prep: 5 minutes; Soak: 8 hours; Cook: 5 hours; Cool: 1 hour.

How to Make It

Step 1

Dissolve 1/2 cup salt in 2 gallons water in a 3-gallon stockpot; add peanuts. (Weigh down peanuts, if desired, with a large plate or lid to ensure they're fully submerged.) Soak 8 hours or overnight.*

Step 2

Drain water; refill pot with 2 gallons water and remaining 1 cup salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, 5 to 8 hours or until peanuts are tender, adding water as needed to keep peanuts covered; stir occasionally. (South Carolina-style peanuts are very soft, but some cooks prefer them al dente.) When the peanuts have boiled 3 hours, check for texture and saltiness. If the peanuts are not salty enough, add salt in 1/4-cup increments, turn off heat, and let soak 1 hour. Check peanuts for seasoning every hour.

Step 3

Remove from heat, and cool 1 hour.

Step 4

Drain and eat immediately or store (in the shell) in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer. Boiled peanuts will keep 7 days in the refrigerator, several months in the freezer.

Step 5

*The soaking step is not essential, but it reduces the cooking time by a couple of hours and helps ensure that the peanuts cook more thoroughly and uniformly. The salt in the soaking liquid keeps yeasts and molds from developing overnight.

Step 6

Reprinted from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee. Copyright 2006 by Martens Maxwell, Inc. With permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Reprinted from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee. Copyright 2006 by Martens Maxwell, Inc. With permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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Ratings & Reviews

lisaray56's Review

pmorales58
September 19, 2011
When I was growing up in SC, a neighbor grew peanuts in their home garden. Their son would boil up large batches of peanuts, package and freeze them. Right before Christmas, he's go around selling boiled peanuts door-to-door, raising money to buy Christmas presents.

pmorales58's Review

lisaray56
September 17, 2011
My sis lives in Alabama. That's where I first tried these. She adds red pepper flakes to give a little kick to them. Yum!

NeenaBeena's Review

NeenaBeena
March 15, 2010
My peanuts came out fantastic! just the right about of saltiness. they are so addicting! Just make sure you dont go too far when making these, they may have to boil all day but it's not a start and leave recipe, you have to keep adding water (about every 1-2 hours)