Peanuts are in season May through November so pretty much you have seen it in the market lately. An easy and healthy recipe you can make is Boiled Peanuts. Simply done by boiling peanuts in a salty water till they are cooked or tender. How much salty or tender you want it depends on your preference. I like it midway meaning not too salty and not too soft. It didn’t take a long time for me to cook this, so just check in 30 minutes if the peanuts are done for you. When I did this recipe the peanuts were cooked in 45 minutes, and I started munching on them right away.
For me, it is best serve when it is still warm or right after cooking just like how I remember eating them back in the Philippines. You buy them from a street vendor pushing their cart with a big pot of peanuts being steamed by a portable stove. It is common to see them in intersections and while sitting in traffic that just eases my boredom at least back then.
So are peanuts nuts? Although “nut” is in their name, they are NOT NUTS! Peanuts are legumes, they grow underground unlike nuts that grow on trees like almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans walnuts and others.
- 1 lb peanuts
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 4 cups water
- Rinse the unshelled peanuts thoroughly making sure free of dirt.
- In a pan, put water, peanuts and salt. Cover.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes or until the peanuts are cooked or desired level of softness.
Check in 45minutes after boiling to see if its your desired softness/tenderness. To do it, pull 1 or 2 peanuts out of the pot and crack them open.