Every proper Southern child knows the joys of popping open a boiled peanut with your teeth and slurping down the soft peanut and juices. Sweet tea, boiled peanuts and fried green tomatoes are just some of the dishes that you inherit from being raised in the South. As a Northerner who now considers herself a Southerner, I have learned to appreciate drinking tea out of a mason jar, the joys of frying up a catfish and hush puppies, and putting on a hoodie when it weather crisps down to 60 degrees. 🙂
I used my third graders as my taste testers as I tweaked this recipe and learned how to properly cook my peanuts. Children are really the most honest critics and told me straight up what I needed to improve on (even though they gobbled down the “okay” batches also). This recipe is the final draft and the ones all the students wanted a copy of to take their mamas to make over the weekend.
- 2 pounds Raw Green Peanuts
- 1/2 cup of Salt
- 10 cups of Water (or enough to cover peanuts)
- Optional: Hot Sauce to taste
- Optional: Garlic Cloves, peeled and smashed
- Optional: Favorite Seasoning Packet (Like Zatarians)
Step 1: Rinse peanuts to remove any dirt. Place in crockpot.
Step 2: Add water, salt and additional optional seasonings and give a good stir.
Step 3: I like to set my crockpot to 10 hours, but it really depends on your crockpot and how long you want them to cook. You have to stir them every hour or so to get even cooking.
Sep 5: To know when they are ready, pop one of those bad boys open and taste the peanut. It should have a soft texture with no bite to it.
Step 6: Drain. Eat and enjoy!