Boiled peanuts are a staple in The South. To me, right up there with sweet tea. I love me some boiled peanuts! You can pretty much buy cups of boiled peanuts at most gas stations and on the side of the road but who knows how clean and safe those are! They are so easy and cost effective to make at home in the crock pot and I thought I would share my very simple recipe so you can make some for yourself!
Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
Raw Peanuts (in the shell)
I bought 3 pounds of raw peanuts from the bulk bin at Walmart. This equates to 12 cups which is also 3 quarts. My crock pot is huge so I knew it could accommodate a big batch. You may have to adjust your recipe according to the size of your slow cooker.
Rinse your peanuts until the water runs clear and throw them in your slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with water until the peanuts are covered (some peanuts will float, that’s ok). Pour 1 cup of salt over the peanuts (I know this sounds like a lot but keep in mind, I made 12 cups of peanuts). Stir the salt, peanuts, and water until they look good and mixed. Cook on HIGH for about 8 hours.
After about 5 hours, I opened the slow cooker and cracked a peanut to check the doneness (yes, I know that’s not a word), and I did this several time after because I was impatient and wanted to eat them. You can’t really over-boil them so I guess the cooking time is subjective. Just check on them once in a while to see how their doing. :-)
I’m not really sure how long they will last before going bad because we eat them so fast! I always put them in the refrigerator (in my removable slow cooker bowl) the day after they are cooked. When we’re ready to eat them, scoop some out and throw them in the microwave for approx. 30 seconds.
Celebrate Summer and go boil some peanuts! Enjoy!