This morning while out running a few errands, I found a gentleman selling fresh peanuts at the back entrance to the public mercado. He had a huge box filled with plastic bags of dirt covered peanuts, a pound for $.50. Could I pass by such a spectacular bargain? Heck no!
I would say the most difficult part of this task was cleaning them. It took many flushes with water, a veggie brush and a bit of patience but I got them cleaned. Joe looked up online what you do with fresh peanuts and we found a recipe for boiling them. We both remembered the boiled peanuts you could buy on the side of the road in Georgia so we went for it. The recipe called for anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours of cooking time, so after 30 minutes I pulled a few out for Joe to test. Not yet, so we gave them another 20 minutes and this time they were perfect. The recipe states that the fresher they are the faster they cook.
They were extremely tasty and tomorrow I will be back at the mercado for more, this time maybe a few more bags, ha ha
- 1 lb of raw Peanuts
- 1/4 cup Salt
- 4 cups Water
- Optional seasoning Old Bay Seasoning, Smoked Paprika, Shrimp Boil or Star Anise.
Thoroughly rinse and clean the peanuts. Put water, salt and peanuts into a large stockpot and bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to a low boil. Cook from one to three hours depending upon the freshness of the peanut and the tenderness when tested. Will keep for a few days in the fridge.