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Apr 28, 2008 05:39 AM

Local Boiled Peanuts, NOVA?

Anyone know where I can find some boiled green peanuts? Not from a can, and not mail order. Need the local, real deal! Bless you if you tell me your secret source!!!

Preference of location begins at Arlington, Virginia outward in concentric circles.

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  1. I've looked. No luck. I just started making my own. With a crock pot it is pretty easy. Unfortunately, DC is not south enough for this any many many southern foods.

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    1. re: Soup

      I agree. Unless you have time to drive to GA, FL or AL, I find that the best thing is to order raw peanuts from Whitley's and then boil boil boil. There's a good set of instructions in the Lee Bros cookbook - nothing hard about it, just requires thinking about it a day before you want to eat them.

    2. Well, the American Peanut Council is in Alexandria. You could give them a call and ask, I guess.

      My own searches on internet seem to turn up Williamsburg a couple times...but that's not local.

      1. There is a store in Old Town, right by the water next to the Starbucks at the end of King Street, that has VA touristy stuff. I dont know about green peanuts but they had a huge peanut section so they may carry them

        1. I saw in Martha Stewart Wedding they had boiled peanuts at a shop in Williamsburg, although it is a little far, somewhere in Richmond would probably have them, too. But it was The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg:

          I don't know of anyone really local.

          1. Williamsburg is optimistic but may be fair due to tourists. I generally regard them as hard to come by north of Georgia (even Highlands, NC only has one location which is only passable).

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            1. re: Dennis S

              I have found Lee Bros to bee a good source for green peanuts. I have even tried specialty nut purveyors in the area who laugh and say no. FWIW, I have had outstanding boiled peanuts in upstate SC, which qualifies as north of GA. They even have them at the hockey games in Greenville.

              1. re: aubzamzam

                SC has some terrifically tasty boiled peanuts. big ones, too!

                how long are you boiling yours? is it worth getting a crockpot, or does that get hot enough? i've made them once, and i kept it going for about six hours!

                1. re: alkapal

                  I have only made them a couple of times, but I put them in a huge stockpot that I used to use for home brewing. Lee Bros will include their recommendations for boiling them which worked out just fine for me. Link below, scroll down for "boiled peanut kit."

                  Have fun!


                  1. re: aubzamzam

                    I always buy my raw peanuts via mail order. There are a bunch of places on the Internet you can choose from. One thing I have found is that there are also a bunch of recipes out there that vary considerably in suggested cooking times and amounts of salt to add. My recipe cook (simmering after they have come to a boil) them for several hours at least -- until they reach the consistency you prefer. (I like them pretty mushy.) As to salt, out in way more than you think will be needed, and then double that. (Of course, you may not like yours salty, but I think that's one of their charms.)

                    1. re: GregJ

                      i recall that getting the correct salt amount was a problem.