Boiled peanuts are a snack that many people like. Freshly harvested beans can be boiled easily, and they will taste delicious if you add salt and other seasonings. Whether you're boiling fresh or dried beans, try following some of the tips in this article for a salty snack to go with your favorite drink!
- 1 kg fresh or dried raw peanuts
- 2 cups (500 ml) salt
- 15 liters of water
Part 1 of 2: Cleaning and Soaking Beans
Step 1. Buy fresh nuts at the market, grocer, or grocery store
Fresh peanuts can be found at any market or grocery store. If you live in a rural area where a lot of peanuts are grown, you can get fresh peanuts from local farmers.
- Buy one kilogram of fresh peanuts to boil. Fresh peanuts don't last for more than a few weeks. So don't buy more beans than you want to boil at this point.
- Buy fresh nuts with a firm, brown skin that has a strong nutty aroma. Fresh peanuts (green peanut) are not actually green (green). Fresh peanuts are called green peanuts (in English) because they are freshly harvested and not yet dry.
Step 2. Wash the peanuts and remove any dirt or damaged skin
Put the beans in a large bucket filled with water. Fresh peanuts obtained from farmers or the market usually contain a lot of impurities, such as grass, stalks, or leaves from the fields. Pick up and remove any dirt that floats on the surface of the water. Store-bought packaged raw peanuts don't need to be washed. You just need to open the container and soak it right away.
- Also throw away any cracked or damaged nut shells.
- If the beans are particularly dirty, try cleaning them outside. If you're doing this outdoors, put the beans in a bucket and squirt water through the hose to remove any dirt.
Step 3. Scrub the peanuts using a brush and put them in a colander
Gently scrub the dirt stuck to the nut shells with a vegetable brush. Take a handful of nuts from the bucket, then place them in your palms and rub the skins gently. Put the scrubbed nuts in a colander to rinse. Repeat this process until all the peanuts have been scrubbed.
- If you don't have a vegetable brush, you can use a brush to wash the dishes.
- Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin as your hands will be submerged in water for a long time.
Step 4. Rinse the peanuts with water
Place a large strainer filled with peanuts in the sink and drain the water. Remove any dirt and crumbs that come off the shells of the nuts when you scrub them. Continue rinsing the peanuts while continuing to gently stir them in the strainer until the running water is clear.
If you're doing it outdoors or there are too many beans the sink can't hold, you can also clean the beans in your yard by spraying water with a hose. Remember, you can do a more effective cleaning if you place the beans in a container with holes so that dirty water can drain easily
Step 5. Put 1 kg of peanuts and 8 liters of water in a large saucepan
Transfer the peanuts in the colander to a large saucepan. Pour the water into the pot, and make sure all the beans are completely submerged.
If the peanut floats, gently press it down with your hands so that the skin is submerged in the water
Step 6. Add 1 cup (250 ml) of salt to the water
Measure and put the salt in the saucepan and stir the contents of the pan so that the salt dissolves in the water. The salt will add flavor to the soaked beans.
- Remember, you will add salt and other seasonings later when the beans are boiled. So, be careful not to over-salt now while you are soaking.
- Use fine salt (not coarse salt) because it dissolves more easily in water.
- Adjust the amount as needed.
Step 7. Cover the pot and let the beans soak for half an hour
Place a lid or plastic sheet over the pan to keep the beans submerged in the water. Let the beans soak for about 30 minutes before you boil them. If you can't get fresh nuts, buy dried raw peanuts as a great alternative. Dried beans should be soaked for a longer time before boiling. You have to soak it for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- This soaking aims to soften the beans faster when cooked, which will give the beans a delicious taste.
- Do not soak roasted peanuts. Baked beans will not soften even if you soak or boil them for a long time.
Step 8. Discard the bean soaking water
Place the strainer in the sink and pour the soaking water and peanuts into the soaking pot. After soaking the beans for the desired amount of time, drain the soaking water before you boil the beans.
- If you're working with a large batch of peanuts and the soaking pot is difficult to lift and move because of its weight, try moving the beans from the pot to the simmer using a slotted spoon.
- Now your peanuts are ready to be boiled.
Part 2 of 2: Cooking, Draining and Storing Beans
Step 1. Place the peanuts and spices you like in a large saucepan
Place the water and soaked peanuts in a large saucepan. Make sure the water is at least 5 cm higher than the peanuts, then stir the nuts as needed so they are all submerged in the water. Place the pot on the stove and add seasonings as desired.
- Salt is the basic ingredient that makes peanuts delicious. You can add about 1 cup (250 ml) of salt for every 4 liters of water.
- If you want spicy beans, try adding chili powder or jalapeno (chili from Mexico).
Step 2. Bring the water to a boil and boil the beans for about 4 hours
Use high heat until the water boils. After that, cover the pot and reduce the heat of the stove to medium low, and let the beans simmer in it. Boil the beans over medium low heat for about 4 hours.
- If you are using dry, raw peanuts, boil them over low heat for at least 10 hours.
- Try boiling peanuts in a large crockpot if you have one. This method is especially useful if you have to boil raw peanuts for a long time. Add the peanuts, water, and desired seasonings, then simmer (with the pot covered) on the lowest setting for about 20 to 24 hours. Periodically, stir and add water as needed to the crockpot.
Step 3. Stir and taste occasionally
Stir the simmering beans occasionally using a slotted spoon. Periodically scoop out a pinch of peanuts with a spoon, peel off the skin, and taste to see if you need to add more seasoning or increase the cooking time.
- The length of time it takes to boil peanuts depends on your taste. Some people prefer very soft nuts, while others prefer nuts that are still crunchy. Tasting the taste and tenderness of the beans during the boiling process will help you get the perfect ripe beans.
- You may have to add water to the pot if the water is already under the beans when you boil them.
Step 4. Pour peanuts and water into a colander
Turn off the stove, then carefully lift the pot and pour the contents into a large strainer placed in the sink. If the beans are cooked, discard the cooking water before you eat them.
- Be very careful when lifting the pot and pouring the contents into a colander, as boiling water can cause painful burns.
- It's a good idea to wear long oven mitts to protect your arms and wrists from the heat when you handle the pan.
Step 5. Take the nuts using a slotted spoon if the pan is too heavy
Remove the peanuts from the pot with a slotted spoon if you have trouble lifting the pot. Immediately place the beans into the bowl.
If you are boiling beans in a crockpot, the easiest way to remove them from the cooking water is to use a slotted spoon
Step 6. Eat the nuts right away or store them properly for later
Let the beans cool until you can hold them comfortably, then peel off the skin and enjoy your boiled beans! Place the nuts in a Ziploc plastic bag to store for up to 7 days, or freeze in the freezer to enjoy later.