Do you love or dislike boiled peanuts? Did you grow up eating them?
I grew up eating roasted, baked or parched peanuts, and I might add that we called them parched but friends who did the same thing, called them roasted or baked so for us, whatever they were called, they were all the same thing.
I was well into adulthood the first time I had boiled peanuts. I worked with a lady from Mississippi and she loved them so I tried them and I thought they were the worst thing ever. In my opinion, someone had ruined perfectly good peanuts.
At some point, I started liking boiled peanuts and now, I actually love them. We still eat a lot of roasted peanuts but we eat plenty of boiled too. In fact, we eat enough of them that we buy them in 25 pound bags from Nuts.com.
We hadn’t brought any peanuts with us to MO so when we got back, we roasted some and Vince has been asking me to boil some so Thursday afternoon, I boiled up a batch.
Until a year or so ago, I boiled them on top of the stove but then I read that it could be done in the Instant Pot. What can you not do in the Instant Pot? I put about 1-1/2 pounds of dried raw peanuts in the IP, then add 10 – 12 cups of water. Really, it’s easier to put the water in first because there are markings on the pot that show where 10 and 12 cup measures are. Because we like our peanuts with a bit of a cajun taste, I had crab boil, salt and red pepper flakes to the water. Pressure cook on high for about 75 minutes. I usually forget about it and they stay in there for a while but I check them and almost always have to cook them another 20 or 25 minutes. We don’t like ours mushy but we don’t like them crunchy either.
Once they’re done, I turn the pot of and leave the nuts in the liquid overnight – sometimes about 24 hours.
I store them in the fridge and we like to heat them up before eating them so I save extra juice (in the pint jar – I usually save a quart of juice but didn’t have any quart jars in the house last night).
The home boiled peanuts, in my opinion, are so much better than storebought, canned boiled peanuts and doing them in the Instant Pot is so easy!