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Title: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on October 30, 2010, 07:08:40 AM
I love living here in Hawaii.  Wouldn't trade it for anything, but man I sure miss boiled peanuts!  Boiled peanuts, done right, are made with green peanuts.  When I ask for green peanuts here in Hawaii people look at me like I'm lolo.

World Series... football season... good beer... and boiled peanuts made from ... dried peanuts?  Yuck!

We do have edamame (fresh green soy beans in the pod) here.  They make a passable substitute.  But man I shore do miss dem boiled peanuts bout dis time a year.

(And I miss Spanish moss too)
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: euge on October 30, 2010, 07:14:10 AM
I've had some bad ones. They must have come from a can or were made from roasted peanut in th shell. If edamame pale in comparison then I must try the real thing!

Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: tschmidlin on October 30, 2010, 07:29:19 AM
Have you tried the canned boiled peanuts?  I have not.  I'm sure they're not the same as fresh.  I thought I'd had boiled peanuts until I looked them up.  :-\

I'm not sure what kind of peanuts we usually get when we go to NC, but they are definitely not wet.  They are shelled and missing the reddish seed coat, lightly salted if at all, and not like the roasted peanuts we get here in the NW (they're somewhat harder).  Delicious.

Now edamame - that stuff is awesome.  We eat it all of the time, my kids love it too.  I can pack some frozen ones in their lunch and they munch them at school.  Of course they'll eat them when they're frozen too, and frozen peas as well.  Kids are funny. :)

Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on October 30, 2010, 07:33:14 AM
I used to buy green peanuts by the 10# crate at the farmers' market in Central Florida.  Green meaning freshly picked - not actually green in color.

Fill a stock pot with water.  Add peanuts (in the shell) so that about 1/3 of the pot is water underneath the peanuts (green peanuts float).  Boil for 2 hours
Add 1# of salt and mix well
boil another hour
turn off the heat
when the peanuts sink to the bottom they are done.
Absolute ambrosia and highly addictive!
Very much a Southern thing
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: tschmidlin on October 30, 2010, 07:38:11 AM
I'm going to have to try them next time we go to NC, should be about 18 months.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on October 30, 2010, 07:48:01 AM
If you are in the South in the fall, chances are you'll see someone selling them at a roadside stand - probably boilin' up a pot full right there on a cajun cooker.  Ask if they are made from green peanuts.  If they are, give em a try.  Roadside boiled peanut stands are a southern tradition.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: euge on October 30, 2010, 07:50:54 AM
The one's I had were slimy shriveled and not salty, so they mustn't have been handled very well. It was at a festival when I tried them. They were nothing like what I just saw online.

I can get them in the can so will try those.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: tumarkin on October 30, 2010, 10:15:09 AM
You like 'em or you don't. I don't. I grew up in FL too and Punatic's right. You see folks boiling them by the roadside everywhere. But I've never liked 'em at all.

On the other hand, I got my first keggle from a guy who'd made it to sell boiled peanuts. Still have it.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: jeffy on October 30, 2010, 04:14:32 PM
I love 'em, but they sure are sloppy to try to eat while driving.  I had some cajun style from a stand on a drive across Florida that were particularly addicting.  I had to wash myself and the car when I got back.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on October 30, 2010, 04:39:24 PM
Too true Jeff.  I know what you mean. 

Hey, what about selling disposable steering wheel covers at the peanut stands?
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: uthristy on October 30, 2010, 04:41:22 PM
Yep they're everywhere in fla. along with barbeque stands.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: bluesman on October 30, 2010, 06:44:57 PM
Here's some canned.

http://www.nutsonline.com/nuts/peanuts/boiled.html?utm_source=googlebase

They look like this.

(http://goodiesfirst.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/03/25/huckleberry_bar_boiled_peanuts.jpg)

...at least the type that I had from a farm market in the Carolinas this past summer.
The texture is completely different from roasted peanuts.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on October 30, 2010, 06:48:10 PM
Fresh kine mo bettah!
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: bluesman on October 30, 2010, 06:54:56 PM
Fresh kine mo bettah!

I would agree with that based on my experience with other fruits and veggies.  :)
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: capozzoli on October 30, 2010, 06:56:15 PM
Oh yeah, the canned ones are ta awful.

I love boiled peanuts.I get them from the Jamaicans quite a bit.

We were getting raw peanuts from the Korean grocery store a lot and boiling them ourselves.They haven't had them lately, cant figure out why and haven't asked. I figured maybe there was a raw peanut shortage.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on October 30, 2010, 07:03:44 PM
Green peanuts are even fresher than raw peanuts.  Get the green ones if you can.  It makes a huge difference.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: capozzoli on October 30, 2010, 07:44:30 PM
I think they were grren. Kinda mostly green starting to turn brown.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on October 30, 2010, 08:36:17 PM
...Green meaning freshly picked - not actually green in color...
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: tubercle on October 31, 2010, 12:09:49 AM
Boiled peanuts is one of the primary food groups in SC (they sell them at the moonshiner's reunion for those of you that are coming - big styrofoam cup for $3).

Mmmm...go good with beer...Mmmm.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: redbeerman on November 02, 2010, 01:53:10 PM
Hey Ron.  We were down at Willey's a week ago and they had raw peanuts by the bag or bulk.  We were tempted, but did not partake.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: bluesman on November 02, 2010, 02:10:10 PM
Hey Ron.  We were down at Willey's a week ago and they had raw peanuts by the bag or bulk.  We were tempted, but did not partake.

This is good to know.  I'll have to pick some up next time I get over there.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: euge on November 06, 2010, 06:09:47 PM
Found a can of Green Boiled Peanuts. Margaret Holmes Peanut Patch brand.

Drain and rinse. Shell like regular peanuts. Briny. Soft texture and tastes like a bean married a peanut. Hard to describe but I can see the same compulsive behavior as with regular peanuts in the shell. Firm shells and not slimy. The one's I had before had to have been made by someone who didn't know what they were doing.

Have a towel handy.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: punatic on November 06, 2010, 06:57:41 PM
With all due respect, canned boiled peanuts are to fresh boiled peanuts what canned corn is to fresh boiled corn on the cobb.

They'll do if you're stuck in a fallout shelter hiding from nulear winter.
Title: Re: Boiled Peanuts
Post by: euge on November 07, 2010, 04:58:55 AM
With all due respect, canned boiled peanuts are to fresh boiled peanuts what canned corn is to fresh boiled corn on the cobb.

They'll do if you're stuck in a fallout shelter hiding from nulear winter.

Oh I'm not saying they're badass. But now I have something to go by. For my location, which is fairly Southerly- boiled peanuts are something of a rarity even though we grow'em here.

I will be sure to stop at any roadside Boiled Peanut stand to sample the wares.