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OT: Goober Peas

Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
edited 12:22AM in EggHead Forum
 
I haven't made them in a long time and had a hankering for some boiled peanuts. Fresh peanuts probably make the best boiled peanuts but are hard to find and can be pricey. Next best thing are dried raw peanuts, $3.29 for a 2 pound bag at the grocery store. For dried peanuts the low and slow is necessary and the crock pot is ideal. I dumped the nuts, 4 tablespoons of fine sea salt and water to fill into the crock pot and set it to high. After a few hours the peanuts will fill with brine and sink allowing room for more water to be added. What you can see on top of the water is the peanut oil cooking out of the peanuts.
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This is a great job to do outdoors, the wet, hot peanut shells have a strong aroma that you do not have to fill the house with. It is sort of a strong cross between a wet dog and a hot wet bale of hay. I do mine out on the patio table.
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Dried nuts will take considerably longer than fresh. I gave these a stir every now and then and let them do their thing for about 18-20 hours. The amount of time will determine how soft you want them, just let them cook till you like them.
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Tender, hot and just the right amount of salt and these are yummy.
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Cajun style boiled peanuts are easy with the addition of pepper flakes or slices of jalapeño or what ever you like for heat. If you use salt with a different size grain/crystal it will measure differently. For example, table salt (a finer grain) will take less as there is more salt per spoonful. The opposite would be true for a courser salt and you might need more. I measured most of these into plastic freezer bags and threw them in the freezer. When I am ready for them they will nuke just fine. :)

Blair

 
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  • FiretruckFiretruck Posts: 2,679
    Thanks for the how too. Never knew they took that long. I've only bought them on the side of the road. May try that before too long.
  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    As always, the photographs are great.... :) Personally, I've never cared for peanuts - so many of my family/friends love them - especially boiled. Hope you enjoyed them!
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    Hi JoJo, the dried peanuts take quiet a while, as I understand fresh peanuts will take about 1/4 the time and I am guessing will have a creamier texture. I first had them from roadside vendors but don't see them down here like I have a little further north.

    Blair

     
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    I actually prefer the dried ones and after the first few hours will crank up the heat and add sliced jalapeno and fingerhot peppers. Usually takes about 6 hours for 5 pounds and they won't last long around here
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    NYUM_NYUM_NYUM_NYUM_NYUM!!!! :woohoo: B)
  • misfitmisfit Posts: 358
    That is some good eats right there. Further North, a former Florida boy can't find those up in Michigan. BTW Blair, 21 and snowing, this ain't the Suncoast...
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    How ya doin friend???
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Not even ROASTED??? :huh:
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    Thanks Elizabeth, I haven't met to many people that do not like peanuts but I can understand it. It's amazing how our tastes vary. I have one friend that doesn't like jello, any flavor. LOL. I had a buddy growing up the hated the taste of milk. I have a long list of veggies I don't like because my mother cooked them to death. :)

    Blair


     
  • Blair, I've never had a 'goober pea', but I like the name, lol.

    It now officially your birthday, so Happy Birthday Blair! :)
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    Hahaha, You took a wrong turn somewhere Misfit! I moved down here from New England in 1983 and have been back north once about 20 years ago . . . it was way too cold! :laugh:

    Blair


     
  • misfitmisfit Posts: 358
    Thanks Hoss, good up here, just a bit chilly for the next few months. Hey, a belated Happy Birthday to ya.
  • misfitmisfit Posts: 358
    I am finding that out now, just gotta dress for it...
  • misfitmisfit Posts: 358
    How about that, Happy Birthday Gator Bait.
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    Hey Rebecca,

    Boiled Peanuts or Goober Peas are a true southern delicacy. I had to be introduced to them by a southern buddy. They are a lot like a roasted peanut but wet and soft. :lol:

    Thanks Rebecca, I am now officially 60! LOL, My mind says I'm 30 but my body says 60 isn't that far off. LOL.

    Thank God for Birthdays, where would we be with out them?


    Blair


     
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Thanks friend. :)
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    Ain't that the truth. When I lived on Mount Desert Island, Maine (near Bar Harbor) I would hitch hike into town for something to do. Some days it would be -35º. The mail man would pick me up and I would stuff mail boxes for him while he drove along. You either dressed for it or froze, it was your choice. LOL, I don't miss it very much.


     
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    Thanks misfit, It's always nice to make it another year. :)

    Blair

     
  • misfitmisfit Posts: 358
    Yup, I hear ya, the clock is running... Bet we all can still get a few more years under our belt.
    Take care my Friend.
  • Hi Pat,

    I have never had them made from fresh, I'm to cheep to shell out for them. I would try your method of turning up the heat but the crock pot is the only thing I have to cook them in. I'm not crazy about crock pot cookery but it works pretty good here. I'm the only member of our family that likes boiled peanuts so when I make them they are all for me! LOL.

    Blair


     
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    Half of me is jumping up and down with joy for making it to 60, the other half of me is a bit stunned and thinks 60 is starting to get up there. Confused? Yes. Loving every minute of it? You bet! :laugh:


     
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    Understand, I make them in the old turkey fryer and got the pepper and other spices idea from a guy that had a stand in Ocala "Daves boiled peanuts" dang they were good. We would buy 2-3 pounds and leave a trail of shells from Ocala to Melbourne. :woohoo:
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    Sounds great Pat, I can't take to much heat but if I see Cajun and regulars side by side in a store I will mix them, I love them that way. I imagine you could add some of a favorite rub to the brine. I was wondering earlier what it would be like if you used a couple packages of Onion Soup in place of the salt? Hahahaha, it may be terrible, it was just a wild idea. I think it is a little strange we do not see the stands or vendors on the side of the road down here. I get a little leery about buying them in some of these convenience stores and I wonder how long they have been there or how long it has been since the cooker was scrubbed out.


     
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    add a little cottage cheeze and roasted pecans and call it congelled salad.they will LOVE IT.LIME is best! ;)
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    HAPPYHAPPY DAY my friend! ;)
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    Hahaha, I always thought it was an unwritten law of nature that everybody loved at least one flavor of jello! For many, many years I cooked for my parents when they were to old to do a good job of it and Jello was a quick and easy dessert with just a dollop of Cool Whip on top of it. They would purrr like kittens just over a simple bowl of jello! Oh well, to each their own. :laugh:

     
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    Thanks my friend Hoss and many back at ya. :)

    Blair

     
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I made a batch yesterday with cayenne pepper and garlic powder, came out real good. -RP
  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    Cottage cheese and anything is a no go at my house - even with Jello! ;)
  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    Just one of my oddball quirks....I eat dry roasted on occasion - peanut butter is great. It's just that as nuts go, peanuts are my least favortie, and in most instances I skip them. Growing up I had an uncle that worked in a peanut mill and he was always giving us peanuts - guess I just got sick of them.
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