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Recently I became interested in making some boiled peanuts for myself, as I have gathered that it is a very cheap, tasty (I like peanuts) and healthy food. However, every recipe that I find involves peanuts in shells. And in my local stores I can only find the raw peanuts without the shell , I will have to spend more effort to get the plain uncooked peanuts with shell.

So, the question is - what is the recipe for boiling peanuts without the shell? (if this is even meaningful to cook them this way).

UPDATE Sorry english is not my native language, so I reworded the question to be clearer.

  • There's a Good Eats episode on boiled peanuts. – Jay Jul 29 '15 at 16:44
  • @Jay : yes, there is, but he calls for unshelled peanuts. – Joe Jul 29 '15 at 16:49
  • 'shelled' often means 'the shell has been removed'. not 'it has a shell'. – Joe Jul 29 '15 at 16:51
  • Ah, that rewording makes things a lot clearer. Thanks – Jay Jul 29 '15 at 16:55
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I have to admit that I have never heard of boiling shelled peanuts, but apparently it's not uncommon. From ZimboKitchen.com :

Quick Instructions

  • Get your main ingredient ready – 400 g shelled peanuts. Run them quickly through some water to remove dust and other particles.

  • Put your peanuts in a medium size pot and add your first 1 ltr of water. Add 1 tsp salt and partially cover your pot and bring to the boil. Add another 1 ltr of water when your initial water is finished.

  • After an average of 1 1/2 hrs (90min) your peanuts should be boiled and tender to enjoy. If not continue boiling until desired tenderness is achieved.

You may serve your snack and go work or play!

Notes:

  • You do need raw peanuts.

  • Other sites use pretty much the same recipe (salt & water), but called for longer cooking time. Some said several hours. I would suggest tasting as you go along and adjust salt and cooking time to your liking.

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