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Jun 6, 2008 03:18 PM

Boiled peanuts

I was reading a blog post on boiled peanuts. Has anyone ever done this or tried them?

They called them "Vietnamese' edamame.

It sounds intriguing!

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  1. they are lovely and addictive. who is the "they" that called them vietnamese edamame?

    "they ain't vietnamese, and they ain't edamame.... discuss." linda richman's southern sistah. ;-D

    peanuts are new world legumes. so they cannot be "vietnamese." and edamames (soybeans) have a similar texture to the boiled peanut, but taste greener (toward a fresh lima flavor). imo, the peanuts have a better flavor.

    here is my post and some other info on boiled peanuts. better than caviar, i tell ya! the canned ones are not good exemplars, so don't get those. have to be fresh -- from green (raw) peanuts in the shell. takes 6 hours to boil, with lots of salt. the official snack food of south carolina!

    btw, i like your blog's beauty section!

    1. It surprised me how much I enjoyed them. I'd never had them-we were talking about them in my office one morning and everyone else agreed they were a must-try. My boss ran an errand and came back with a hot paper bag that he tossed to me. He got them from the guy parked up the road. Warm, salty and moist. I missed that crackle when you bite down on a peanut shell to open it, but these are their own kind of tasty.

      1. Bought fresh from a stand on the side of some Southern backroad, they are heaven! My Yankee friends at home make faces, but they just don't know.

        I've tried making them myself--don't know what I did wrong, but they weren't so good. Somebody sent me some in a can, and those were vile. I've just about given up--I will enjoy them when I visit the folks in Alabama, and the rest of the time, go without, and dream...

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        1. re: MsMaryMc

          I am assuming you live up north since you enjoy boiled peanuts when you visit Alabama. If so, did you use green peanuts or the dried ones in the store? You can boil dried peanuts but they definitely are not as good as using green peanuts. Green peanuts have a very short shelf-life but can be frozen for enjoyment all year. I live in Indiana and unless I order green peanuts ($17.99 per bushel plus $25 or so in shipping costs), I can't get them here.

          As a child in Georgia, my dad would get peanuts from local farmers. He'd bring the whole plants home on the back of his pickup truck and we'd all stand around the tailgate pulling the peanuts from the roots. Then wash them in big wash tubs several times until all the dirt was removed and put into a large pot with very salty water. Cook until the peanuts are soft.......have to keep testing and tasting to ensure they have enough salt, but not too much! Oh those are the best!

          1. re: alliedawn_98

            Maybe that was the problem--I bought them raw in the grocery store, but I don't think they were green. I live in Washington, so the chances of finding green peanuts here are probably pretty low. Oh well--another excuse to visit the folks down south!

            1. re: MsMaryMc

              MsMaryMc, I've ordered them online. Feridies is one source.

              Be careful, they're addictive.

            2. re: alliedawn_98

              Where do you order you green peanuts by the bushel? I would do almost anything for some at a reasonable price. I live in AZ and have been craving them like crazy. I grew up in the panhandle of Florida and they grow the small "seed" peanuts for the farmers there. They sell them at the ballgames and local roadside stands. They are SO much better than the jumbos but I would settle for those if I could get them. Please reply ASAP

              1. re: chriscv

                chriscv, look on chowhound for a thread on boiled peanuts to order.
       -- a couple of sources mentioned there.

                a thread mentioned feridies, but the poster said they were the larger peanuts.

                1. re: alkapal

                  Thank you so much. I happend on this website by chance and cannot tell you how happy I am to find it. You seem to be one of the better bloggers, as well. I look forward to reading more of your input.

                  1. re: chriscv

                    welcome chriscv. chowhound is fun, and we're usually a friendly bunch -- esp. on home cooking!

                2. re: chriscv

                  Obviously, it is different for you being in AZ but here in LA I just go out and buy 'em come August when the green ones start to come in (when I was a boy it was later in the year I think). And I only make them with the green peanuts so it is seasonal. I'd be leery of getting them by the bushel other times of the year. There is no law against boiling up a fully mature peanut but it ain't the same. Besides, it is more fun when you buy them still moist with some dirt on them.

            3. Boiled peanuts are popular in Hawaii as well. One of my uncles who owned one of those family-run grocery stores there did a lot of special items - boiled peanuts being one of them - that's pretty much how these types of businesses compete with the bigger competition on the Islands. I'm guessing boiled peanuts came to the Islands during the War, like alot of other things now considered typical Hawaiian food. I can easily see some GI from the South showing the locals what to do with a sack of contraband peanuts that mysteriously disappeared from the PX.

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              1. re: bulavinaka

                typical recipe for boiled peanuts in Hawaii includes star anise. I am pretty sure that they predate WWII here, but I could be wrong on that.

                2 pounds raw peanuts
                2 tablespoons hawaiian sea salt (not the red kine)
                1 whole star anise

                boil for 30-60 minutes, let stand for an hour more.
                drain, then serve warm, chilled, or freeze for later (in the shell).

                so good

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  You're probably right - I can also see it being brought from the Indian subcontinent via the Portugese, or maybe even from the Chinese. I can't picture a Southerner wrapping his head around star anise back then...

                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    kaimukiman, that's very similar to my mom's prep. both she and my dad had boiled peanuts as a side dish at meal time when they were growing up, mom in taiwan and dad in shanghai and hong kong. they are in their 50s and 60s and think of it as a 'traditional' chinese dish, so i suspect the hawaiian version was brought over by asian laborers, prior to WWII, as well.

                2. Chew on That, they're wonderful, and not at all hard to make. You need to start with reallllly good green peanuts, though.

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                  1. re: dolores

                    Like other posters, I grew up with boiled peanuts in Hawaii and never knew they were also enjoyed in the South until I moved to the mainland for college. I am curious about the green peanuts - stupid question, but are they actually green? What do they look like after being boiled? I have never made boiled peanuts and I am curious whether the boiled peanuts I've had in Hawaii were made with green peanuts or not...

                    1. re: akq

                      A green peanut is a fresh peanut from the plant. It hasn't been dried out. They just look brown when boiled like a dried one. The difference is in taste and texture. When boiled, a green peanut will soften up more like a pea while a dried peanut won't have the moisture and will be more mealy.