Gut Rumbles

August 28, 2004

boiled peanuts

I've raved on numerous occasions about how much I love boiled peanuts and I bought a bunch of fresh green peanuts today. I intend to boil them, freeze them, and take several bags to the Jawja Blogfest.

I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself here. I've gotta cook these babies JUST RIGHT so that the naifs who have never tasted them before get the right impact. Southern people I know will eat boiled peanuts by the bushel and complain about how shittily they were boiled.

"Not enough salt." "Too crunchy." "Didn't soak long enough." "I'm gettin' a lot of pops, too." (A "pop," by the way, is a peanut shell with no nut inside.) But they'll sit right there and eat them, because even a poorly-cooked boiled peanut is better than no boiled peanuts at all. I'll sit right with them and bitch while I eat, too. ("These suck. Taste like got-damn black-eyed peas. Gimme some more.") It's a Southern thang.

But I really feel an obligation to my Southern heritage, my boiled-peanut expertise and my desire to see the South Rise Again to really do this right. I ain't bringing NO shitty boiled peanuts to Helen. I've got converts to recruit, so I'm bringing the very best ammuntion possible. If I fuck these up, I'll just eat them myself and go buy some more and try again until I get it right.

Want some GOOD boiled peanuts? Come to the blogfest.


I'd be interested in knowing how to perfectly prepare boiled peanuts. Also, I've never heard of freezing them. What's the scoop on that one, Ace?

Posted by: Susie on August 28, 2004 04:44 PM

You already converted one yankee. After our last conversation, I made a small batch. They're awesome once you get past the surprise of eating a chewy peanut instead of crunchy.

Posted by: Chablis on August 28, 2004 05:00 PM

I am so looking forward to that!

Posted by: Mamamontezz on August 28, 2004 05:25 PM

Thanks A-Man!
Now I Have something else to send to my Mom in Ohio. She was born in Rome, GA and raised in FL. When I mentioned boiled peanuts to her last winter (after seeing one of your posts) , she was staying with me in CA, this look came into her eyes that told me that it would be something she'd love to have.
My Mom is one of the finest people who ever walked the face of this earth and she deserves only the best.
I'm still not sure about whether to send already boiled ones or to let her take a stab at boiling them herself.

Posted by: DianeK on August 28, 2004 07:59 PM

Do the peanuts have to be green, or will any peanuts do? C'mon have mercy on those of us who can't be there. How do you fix the little buggers?

Posted by: Denise on August 29, 2004 01:50 AM

Thanks A-man for a big chuckle and smile.
As a low country Carolina boy transplanted to Texas, I sure miss them goobers!!! I'd settle to have a big ole bowl of them poorly cooked goobers, and I wouldn't even bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Don on October 17, 2004 08:10 PM

i dont know how you eat that shit. id rather go to the store, buy some regular canned peanuts, swallow them whole, then take a shit, pick them out and eat them again then eat any goddamn boiled peanuts

Posted by: Rich on February 15, 2007 12:51 AM
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