Green peanuts brings back memories of good times for me. When I lived in Georgia we grew peanuts in our garden and when the green peanuts were harvested we would have a peanut boil. Family and friends would get together, a big fire was lit , and a large pot of green peanuts would be cooking over the fire. The only food served at this get together would be the peanuts and a large amount of sweet tea. Every year when the green peanuts arrive at the farmers market it brings back good memories of all those times with friends and family.
I don't get to enjoy going to a peanut boil anymore but I still eat the heck out of boiled peanuts. R can't watch a ballgame without a big bowl of peanuts. So we buy bushels of these nuts when they are available and freeze and can them for later.
First of all green peanuts are not green, they are pink when fresh out of the shell. They are called green because it hasn't been long since they were pulled out of the ground and they haven't had time to dry out. The green peanuts must be kept in a cooler or fridge until cooked.
Freezing peanuts is a simple project. All you need is a super large pot, peanuts, water, and salt.
After the peanuts are cleaned and washed they are put in the pot with a brine mixture of one gallon of water to one cup of Ball® Pickling Salt Make enough brine to cover the peanuts. After a couple of hours of cooking I start to taste the nuts for tenderness and saltiness. Once the nuts reach the soft not mushy texture then I turn off the heat and let the peanuts cool in the brine water until the nuts are as salty as I like them. Then I put the peanuts (not the brine) in a freezer bag and freeze. To eat I just put the peanuts and fresh water in a pot and warm up the peanuts. Sometimes I just pop them in the microwave to heat.
Canning is a little more complicated than freezing. I like to have some canned peanuts on hand to take on camping trips or to take when we go out on the boat. Here is how I can my peanuts
Heat (7) Ball Regular Quart Jars and lids and rings
Clean and wash the peanuts --wash with fresh water three times -this is important
Cook peanuts for about ten minutes in fresh water
While the peanuts are cooking I mix my brine ( one gallon water and one cup Ball® Pickling Salt and bring to a boil
Pack Peanuts in the hot jar and ladle the brine water to cover leaving 1/2 inch head space. Place seal and lid on jar
Place jars into Presto Aluminum Pressure Cooker/Canner
Can in a pressure canner
|Style of Pack||Jar Size||Process Time||0 - 2,000 ft||2,001 - 4,000 ft||4,001 - 6,000 ft||6,001 - 8,000 ft|
|Hot||Pints||45 min||11 lb||12 lb||13 lb||14 lb|
If you are a first time canner go to the USDA for canning food website to learn how to safely prepare foods for canning. Another great place to learn to can is at Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond.
Whether I am sitting by the campfire or sitting in the boat on the water all I have to do is pop off the lid and enjoy my boiled peanuts (no heating needed) What a perfect snack!
So I hope you will try some green peanuts, can a few for outdoor trips, and freeze a few for ballgame watching.
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