Summer brings to mind different things to different people. For me, summer is watermelon, beach fireworks on the 4th, afternoon cocktails on the porch, early evening swims in the ocean, and angel food cake. Summer also brings my birthday and every year I really only ever want one food item, boiled peanuts. I have memories of eating so many boiled peanuts as a kid that my lips were swollen for days from all of the salt.
I simply love boiled peanuts. Friend’s creations have included Cajun, and ranch flavors (accomplished by adding mixtures to your water), but I am a simple girl and just like the salty variety.
Here is mama’s recipe.
3 cups of boiled peanuts (buy the medium sized variety if possible, they don’t take as long to cook- smaller than the ones in the picture)
2 quarts of water
1 ½ cups of salt
Bring the water to a low, rolling boil and add your salt, stir, and then add peanuts. Cook these in a boil for 3-4 hours. Larger peanuts could possibly take 5 hours. This is a labor of love! Test your peanuts 3 hours in and see if the peanuts are soft and salty enough. If they are still too hard, leave them to cook longer, and add salt if needed.