Boiled peanuts are a salty full-flavored treat that is popular all around the world.
The good part is?
They are easy to make and enjoy on your own or a treat to enjoy with some friends.
What can be done if you have some leftovers but possibly cannot eat any more peanuts?
How to store boiled peanuts?
Can the boiled peanuts go in the fridge or freezer? Do they all have to be eaten right away?
It can be hard to know what to do with boiled peanuts, but here we help you with ways to store and enjoy them at a later date.
How Do You Store Boiled Peanuts?
To store peanuts that have been freshly boiled need to be refrigerated. When stored in the fridge, these peanuts will remain good for around 11 days, sometimes longer. If you want to boil a big batch and store it for a longer period of time, then freezing is an option. The raw dried peanuts, yet to be boiled, can be stored for up to 6 months, if kept in the dark. You can store boiled peanuts either in little bags or airtight containers. Freezer bags are very convenient and work well to store the boiled peanuts. Both of these will keep the air out if sealed correctly when storing in the fridge or freezer.
How To Boil Peanuts
Boiling peanuts is done by putting green-shelled peanuts into boiling salty brine and leaving them to cook.
Once they are cooked, you can snack them at home or take them along to a picnic.
Some people boil on the stovetop for an hour, and others use a crockpot and slow boil them for 24 hours.
The thing to remember here is that store-bought boiled peanuts will not last nearly as long as the ones you boil yourself.
Do Peanuts Ever Go Sour?
An interesting fact! Did you know the less air you have around your boiled peanuts means, the less likely it is to suffer freezer burn?
If you are not freezing peanuts, airtight containers work well when storing your peanuts in the fridge.
Even if you store the boiled peanuts correctly, they can still go sour naturally.
Here are the best ways to tell if your boiled peanuts are no longer safe to eat:
- They look shriveled or are starting to get a black appearance
- They have a sour smell
- Green or grey spots developing, which can mean mold growth
Sometimes you might not spot these signs at all, but you think something is up as the peanuts might not taste right.
In this case, it is better to just chuck them in the bin as they can make you very ill if you eat them once they have gone sour.
How Exactly Do You Boil Peanuts?
It isn’t always the cooking that determines a good, boiled peanut but also the quality of the peanut that you actually start with.
Take care when buying raw peanuts and avoid the ones that are discolored as this can indicate mold growth.
The Mold product aflatoxin is very toxic and can cause cancer.
Raw peanuts that have been exposed to moisture and humidity will be prone to aflatoxin, especially when brought from Southeast Asia and Africa.
You will need to allow plenty of time to boil the peanuts as this is the crucial part.
The longer you cook the peanuts the softer they are going to be. Even the amount of time you soak them for can affect how juicy they are going to be.
The green peanuts will need around an hour to cook on the stove but can be cooked up to four hours if needed.
The dried-out raw peanuts need around 24 hours of boiling time to get soft.
What Are Boiled Peanuts Good For?
Boiled peanuts are full of antioxidants and flavonoids that work to protect the cells of our bodies from the damage that free radicals cause.
They can even help to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Eating plenty of boiled peanuts helps to protect your body which is why there is no harm in boiling up a huge batch. Freeze to eat them later on if you want.
People tend to think that boiled peanuts are soggy and slimy. This is not true, and if you come across any of these signs, it can indicate they have not been stored properly, were soaked too long, or are completely overcooked.
How Do You Eat Boiled Peanuts?
Having stored boiled peanuts means you can add them to recipes for a nice nutty flavor that is not too over the top or simply just snack them when you feel like it.
Some people will put the whole peanut in their mouth, and then extract the nut, then spit out the casing, while others, weirdly enough, will eat it as is, shell included.
How you eat your boiled peanuts is entirely up to you. As long as you enjoy them, it does not matter.
Frequently Asked Questions About How To Store Boiled Peanuts
Can You Reheat Boiled Peanuts?
There are two ways this can be done either in the microwave in a bag for 1 minute or until they are hot enough. Boiled peanuts can also be heated in a container with a vent for around 4 minutes.
How Long Will Refrigerated Boiled Peanuts Last?
Boiled peanuts stored in the fridge can only be kept for 24hours; the same goes for room temperature. Due to the high moisture content, they will go bad quite fast.