Boiled Peanuts- A Southern Tradition

Y’all it is once again my favorite season Football Season!  To kick off the big day just right at our house we’ve got a lot of yummy snacks prepping right now, and my favorite is an absolute southern tradition boiled peanuts.

I grew up in a small town in southern Alabama and believe it or not my hometown is known for a strange monument not a Civil War monument or a Confederate monument which you would find in most southern towns. Nope Enterprise, Alabama is known for our Boll Weevil monument, yep that’s right a monument to an insect. Many years ago the Deep South where I grew up was known for a booming cotton industry everyone grew cotton, that is until the boll weevil came. The boll weevil wiped out cotton crops from here all the way to Mexico and  many farmers didn’t have any choice of a crop change so many were forced to lose their farms. During this time a fellow by the name of George Washington Carver was working on some ground breaking (get it ground breaking) crops, the peanut. He encouraged farmer to switch their crops to peanuts so they wouldn’t lose everything when the cotton eating boll weevil reached our area and the farmers in Enterprise listened and unlike many who had met their doom in the cotton crops many Enterprise farmer met an excess and celebrated growth instead of crop death! So y’all peanuts are a big deal here!!!

This recipe gets passed down word of mouth from generation to generation down here and I can’t wait for you to make it a tradition in your home too! 

What you’ll need:
Large boiler 
Fresh picked green peanuts

So y’all this recipe is a simple math project! For every gallon of water you will need 8 Tablespoons or 1/2 cup of salt, the amount of peanuts and salt completely depend on the amount of water!

Today I used my big 20 Qt boiler which holds 5 gallons so I need 2 1/2 cups of salt and I’m using 3 lbs of peanuts. So the way to measure how many peanuts is simply to leave about 2 inches of water over the peanuts after filling. I do this a lot so I know 3lbs fits perfectly!

Add your water to the pot place on stove and bring to a rapid boil. Add salt and peanuts carefully. Reduce heat to medium and place lid on top. Now comes the hard part let them boil ( without boiling over) for 4 hours.

Now for deciding how salty your peanuts actually get depends on how long after cooking you let them stay in the brine. I usually let mine sit in the water and soak a good 2 to 2 1/2 hours after cooking because I like mine salty but not overly salty. Some people go ahead and strain them immediately and others let them sit over night. I’ve found for our personal tastes we only need about 2 1/2 hours to get them nice and salty! Remember though that the water makes them salty so be careful how long you leave them sitting in the water, be very careful!

I really hope y’all enjoy this southern football tradition and happy game day y’all! 
War Eagle!


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