Boiled peanuts are a traditional snack here in the south and one of my favorites. They can be found at many country stores, roadside stands, and even canned and on the vegetable aisle of the grocery store. They are a must for any road trip, football game or fall festival. Many cook them in large pots outdoors, but you can prepare a small batch in your kitchen. It’s easy to do in your crock pot because you do not have to keep a constant watchful eye on them. You will need the check the water level after the first few hours of cooking because the peanuts will soak up a lot of the water. Once I have added additional water, I just give my peanuts an occasional stir to check their progress and leave them to do their thing. Yum!!
- 2 lb. raw peanuts, in shell
- ½ cup kosher salt
- Place the peanuts in a crock-pot and add salt. Cover the peanuts with water, then add a little more.
- Cover and cook on high for approximately 20 hours, stirring occasionally and checking the water. The peanuts will soak up a lot of water in the first few hours. You may need to add additional water at this point.
- Drain peanuts before serving or storing. Store in zip-top plastic bags in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
You can freeze these peanuts in a zip-top freezer bag up to 2 months. Reheat in the microwave before serving.