Monday, February 1, 2010

Mr. Peanut

There’s nothing better than a cocktail with friends and seeing that bowl of salted nuts sitting bar side ready to be devoured at a friendly notice! But how the heck do they get those peanuts salted in the shell you ask?!?! If you were expecting some fancy shMANcy process involving Mr. Peanut sitting curbside to conveyor belts with salt shakers and a spatula, I hope you won't be disappointed with what I’m about to tell you. Peanuts are salted in the shell simply by soaking them in brine which is a mixture of salt and water. These tasty little nuts are then dried by roasting them, leaving a salt residue behind on the nut in the shell. Some peanut producers will use a vacuum to remove air from the batch before the brine is introduced, but even so the process is fairly basic. Long story short, well actually that was a short story short, there is no incredible story behind the making of a salted peanut………simply put it’s a peanut in its shell and a bowl of salt water.


Should you want to salt some nuts on your own, here’s a little HOW TO on how to do it yourself.

Things You'll Need
• 2 lbs. in-shell peanuts
• 1 gallon water
• ½ cup salt
• 2 gallon saucepan with lid
• Colander
• Mixing bowl
• 2 tbsp. peanut oil
• 2 tbsps. salt
• Baking sheet

How To
1. Combine the water, peanuts and salt in the saucepan.
2. Cover the pot and let the peanuts soak overnight in the brine.
3. Drain the peanuts in a colander and transfer to a mixing bowl .
4. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
5. Toss the peanuts with the oil and the remaining 2 tbsps. salt.
6. Spread the peanuts onto the baking sheet and roast in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Note that the soaked, in-shell salted peanuts require 10 to 15 minutes longer than unsoaked, raw peanuts. Let them cool completely before serving.


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