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How to Freeze Boiled Peanuts (with Boiled Peanut Recipe)

Can you freeze boiled peanuts? Yes, you absolutely can! After all, they’re too delicious to let them go to waste.

It’s super easy to freeze boiled peanuts. So if you like them, make enough for several snacks. It’s nice to have containers of them that only have to be thawed.

pot of boiled peanuts in water

If you’re a fan of boiled peanuts, you know that they’re a delicious and healthy snack. However, boiled peanuts have a limited shelf life and can spoil quickly if left at room temperature. Freezing boiled peanuts is the perfect solution to extend their shelf life and retain their flavor for longer. In this ultimate guide, I’ll show you some simple steps to freeze boiled peanuts easily and have them ready to enjoy whenever you crave them.

Important Points to Remember About Freezing Boiled Peanuts

  • Freezing boiled peanuts is a great way to retain their flavor and extend their shelf life.
  • Allow boiled peanuts to cool to room temperature before freezing.
  • Transfer boiled peanuts into a freezer bag or an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.
  • Boiling peanuts is a common practice in the Southern United States and South America.
  • You can freeze peanuts in their shells for added flavor.

The Best Way to Freeze Boiled Peanuts

boiled peanuts in their shells on a wooden board

Freezing boiled peanuts is a great way to prolong their shelf life, but it’s essential to do it correctly to ensure they stay fresh and flavorful. Here are the simple steps to freeze boiled peanuts:

  • Allow the boiled peanuts to cool down to room temperature first.
  • Transfer the peanuts into a freezer bag or an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.
  • Label the container with the date of freezing to keep track of their freshness.
  • Place the container in the freezer, and be sure to leave some space for expansion.
  • For long-term storage, it’s best to freeze boiled peanuts in smaller batches, so you don’t have to thaw out more than you need.

By following these steps, you can enjoy your frozen boiled peanuts for up to six months!

Easy Way to Boil Peanuts in a Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make boiled peanuts, using a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot is the way to go. This method is perfect for those who want to save time and effort without sacrificing taste.

Instant Pot on kitchen counter

What You Need

  • 2 pounds of raw peanuts
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of salt (table salt, sea salt, or kosher salt)
  • A pressure cooker or instant pot

Instructions

Rinse the peanuts under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. Place the fresh peanuts in the pressure cooker or instant pot. Add 8 cups of water and 1/4 cup of salt to the pot. Stir to combine, then close and lock the lid. Set the pressure cooker to high pressure, and cook for 45 minutes. Then allow the pressure to release naturally for around 15-20 minutes.

Open the lid carefully and check the peanuts for tenderness. If they’re not soft enough, you can cook them for an additional 10-15 minutes. When the peanuts are cooked to your liking, use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pot. Place the boiled peanuts on a baking sheet and let them cool completely. Transfer the cooled boiled peanuts to a freezer-safe container. Be sure to remove any excess water before storing them in the freezer.

And that’s it! With these simple steps, you can have delicious and fresh boiled peanuts whenever you like. Whether you’re looking for an easy snack or a flavorful addition to your favorite dish, boiled peanuts made in a pressure cooker or instant pot are a perfect choice.

boiled peanuts in a bowl and on a table

Different Ways to Boil Peanuts for Freezing

Boiling peanuts is a popular practice, particularly in South America and the Southern United States. To obtain the best results, you will need raw peanuts, boiling water, and salt. Fortunately, you can easily get raw peanuts at grocery stores or farmer’s markets.

The cooking process involves boiling the peanuts in a mixture of salted water for a specific duration until they reach the desired texture. For smooth boiling, you will need a gallon of water for every pound of raw peanuts.

There are two types of water that you can use to boil your peanuts: fresh boiling water or saltwater. If you want to add flavor to your boiled peanuts, use salt water. The amount of salt you add to the water should be proportional to the amount of water you use.

  • For every four quarts or gallon of water, use 1/2 to 1 cup of salt. They are better if you use salty water.
  • Adding more seasonings will deliver more flavor. Cajun seasoning is one of our favorites.
  • If you opt for fresh boiling water, the cooking process will take longer than when using saltwater. Boiling peanuts in saltwater will give you better results as the salt will flavor the peanuts during the boiling process.

Overall, the key to boiling peanuts is to keep an eye on them to prevent over or undercooking. The cooking time can vary based on the size of the peanuts, so test them when you think they’re ready. Once your peanuts have boiled, it’s time to cool them down before freezing.

Crock Pot slow cooker on a kitchen counter

If you have lots of extra time, you can use your slow cooker. Follow the basic instructions, but leave them on high for at least 3 hours and then turn them down to low until they are ready.

Experiment with Different Boiling Methods

There are many different ways to boil peanuts, depending on your preference and where you live. Whether you choose to boil them on the stovetop, in a pressure cooker, or in an instant pot, the key is to use the right amount of salt and boil them for the correct duration to achieve the desired texture. Experiment with different recipes and methods to find the one that works best for you.

Enjoy Boiled Peanuts Whenever You Want

Freezing boiled peanuts is an excellent way to enjoy this Southern delicacy whenever you want. Whether you’re craving a healthy snack or a party appetizer, frozen boiled peanuts are always a great option. Just remember to thaw them before serving and enjoy their delicious flavor and texture.

FAQs About Freezing Boiled Peanuts

You may have some questions about freezing boiled peanuts. Here are some answers.

How long can I freeze boiled peanuts?

When stored properly in a freezer-safe container, boiled peanuts can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Can I freeze boiled peanuts in their shells?

Yes, freezing boiled peanuts in their shells can help enhance their flavor. Simply place the cooled peanuts, in their shells, into a freezer bag or container.

How can I thaw frozen boiled peanuts?

It’s easy! You can thaw frozen boiled peanuts by placing them in the refrigerator overnight or running them under cold water. However, it’s best to enjoy them directly from the freezer for optimal flavor and texture.

Can I reheat frozen boiled peanuts?

While it is possible to reheat frozen boiled peanuts, they may become softer and lose some of their original texture. It’s recommended to enjoy them cold or at room temperature for the best taste.

Are frozen boiled peanuts as good as fresh ones?

While frozen boiled peanuts may not have the exact same texture as fresh ones, they can still be delicious and enjoyable. Freezing helps preserve their flavor, making them a great option for extended enjoyment.

Can I freeze boiled peanuts multiple times?

It is generally not recommended to refreeze boiled peanuts that have been previously thawed. Each freeze-thaw cycle can affect the quality and texture of the peanuts.

Enjoy Your Boiled Peanuts

2 boiled peanuts in their shells

If you’re a fan of a salty snack, freezing boiled peanuts is easy and convenient, and it allows you to enjoy this delicious snack whenever you want.

Whether you’re a fan of traditional Southern boiled peanuts or prefer to experiment with different flavors and recipes, this guide has everything you need to know to freeze boiled peanuts easily and retain their flavor for longer.

handful of boiled peanuts in shells

Boiled Peanuts

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Boiled peanuts are a southern delicacy that satisfy your cravings for a salty snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of raw peanuts
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • A pressure cooker or Instant Pot

Instructions

  1. Rinse the peanuts under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Place the peanuts in the pressure cooker or instant pot.
  3. Add 8 cups of water and 1/4 cup of salt to the pot.
  4. Stir to combine, then close and lock the lid.
  5. Set the pressure cooker to high pressure, and cook for 45 minutes.
  6. Allow the pressure to release naturally for around 15-20 minutes.
  7. Open the lid carefully and check the peanuts for tenderness. If they're not soft enough, you can cook them for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  8. When the peanuts are cooked to your liking, use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pot.
  9. Place the boiled peanuts on a baking sheet and let them cool completely.
  10. Transfer the cooled boiled peanuts to a freezer-safe container. Be sure to remove any excess water before storing them in the freezer.

Notes

If you like spicy boiled peanuts, try some of your favorite seasonings. A Cajun blend is good, or you can simply add ground cayenne to the boiling salt water.

Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 257Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1427mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 12g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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