How To Salt Peanuts
Peanuts can be a delicious and nutritious snack. But if you’ve brought home a bag of fresh, raw peanuts from the grocery store, they may be a little lacking in flavor.
Salting the peanuts helps accentuate their natural flavor to make them even tastier. Best of all, it’s easy to salt peanuts — you only have to soak them in a brine for several hours to add plenty of flavor. Once they’re salted, you can roast the peanuts in the oven or boil them so they’re ready to eat.
Fresh, raw peanuts actually grow underground, so they often have dirt and other residue on their shells. Before salting 2 pounds (907 g) of peanuts, place them in a colander and run them under cool water. Toss the nuts gently to ensure that they’re all rinsed well.
- Even if the peanuts look clean, you should still rinse them. All of the dirt may not be visible.
It’s common to roast peanuts after soaking them in a salt brine. To ensure that the oven is hot enough, set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) and allow the oven to fully heat.
- Depending on your oven, it should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes for it to preheat.
- Keep an eye on your oven so you know when it’s reached the proper temperature. Most models will beep or flash an indicator light to alert you.
When the peanuts are dry, divide them between two half sheet pans. Make sure to place them in a single layer so the peanuts aren’t piled on top of one another.
- If you don’t have half sheet pans, you can use smaller pans. However, you may need to roast the peanuts in multiple batches so you can spread the peanuts out in a single layer.
Once the peanuts are the half sheet pans, place them in the preheated oven. Allow them to roast for 30 to 35 minutes, making sure to rotate the pans approximately halfway through roasting.
- During the last 10 minutes of roasting, start checking the peanuts to see if they’re done. Use a pair of tongs to remove one from the pan and allow it to cool for several minutes. When it’s cool enough to handle, open it — the inside of the shell should be a little darker than the outside.
After four hours, remove a peanut from the pot and open it. It should have the texture of a cooked, dried bean and should hold its shape but not crunch when you bite it. If the peanuts aren’t done, allow them to simmer for another 3 to 4 hours until they reach the proper texture.
- The cooking time will vary based on how fresh the peanuts are. Fresher peanuts take less time to cook.
- You may need to add additional water to the pot during the cooking process.
When the peanuts are done boiling, drain them in a colander. Shake well to remove the excess water, and set them out on a clean towel or piece of paper towel to dry. Place them in a covered container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.