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  • 4 to 5 pounds green (raw) peanuts in shell
  • 4 to 6 quarts water
  • 1 cup plain salt


  • Wash unshelled peanuts thoroughly in cold water until water runs clear; then soak in cool, clean water for approximately 30 minutes before cooking.
  • In a large pot, place soaked peanuts and cover completely with water.
  • Add 1 cup of salt per gallon of water. Cook, covered, on high heat for 4 to 7 hours.
  • NOTE: the cooking time of boiled peanuts varies according to the maturity of the peanuts used and the variety of peanuts.
  • The cooking time for a 'freshly pulled" or green peanut is shorter than for a peanut that has been stored for a time.
  • Boil the peanuts for about 4 hours, then taste. Taste again i 10 minutes, both for salt and texture.
  • Keep cooking and tasting until the peanuts reach desired texture (when fully cooked, the texture of the peanut should be similar to that of a cooked dry pea or bean).
  • Remove from heat and drain peanuts after cooking or they will absorb salt and become over salted.
  • Peanuts may be eaten hot or at room temperature, or chilled in the refrigerator and eaten cold, shelling as you eat them.
  • Freezing boiled peanuts:
  • Prepare peanuts as indicated above.
  • Drain, allow to cool, and freeze in airtight containers. They keep indefinitely.

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