Peanuts: Not your Nut!

Peanuts, who doesn’t love them? They are loved, notorious (for people with allergies) but also misunderstood. Misunderstood you say?

Well…peanuts aren’t technically NUTS. Even though I already knew this, I call peanutbutter a nutbutter. Actually it’d be better to say legume butter, but that just isn’t sexy.

Peanuts are more like chickpeas than other nuts. So, when snacking on peanuts, you are actually consuming vegetables (roasted nonetheless). What? It’s funny right?

But seriously, the peanut has a lot of good qualities: rich in vitamin B and E, amino acids and minerals such as manganese.

Peanuts also have a lot of unsaturated fats that are good for the heart. Some studies also show that peanuts are effective against cancer-growth and gallstones. Peanuts contain even more antioxidants than apples and are a good weight-loss food.

 

Even though the peanut has such good qualities, more and more people develop allergies to this legume. But is that even strange? Peanuts should be eaten in small quantities, but they are everywhere! (Seriously, check the back of products. A lot of processed products contain traces of peanuts).

So even though I love peanuts, I’ve been eating them less, because I noticed that I’m starting to become sensitive to them. Weirdly enough, I was craving a snack that I HATED as a child. This snack is really popular in the South (America), South-America and the Caribbean. So that brings me to today’s recipe. Simple and easy to make, but requires patience ^.^

Boiled Peanuts

500 grams raw peanuts in their shell* 

3 tablespoons salt

3 liters water

* It is really important that the peanuts are raw and not roasted. Roasted peanuts are already cooked, so you won’t have the same result. It should say on the package that it is raw.

  1. Wash the peanuts and make sure that all the sand has been rinsed off. I prefer to wash them like I wash my lettuce. Fill a big bowl with water and then add the peanuts, rinse, fill with water and drain.

2. Fill a big pan with 3 liters of water. Desolve the salt and put the pot on the stove.

3. Add the peanuts to the water and bring to a bowl. Lower the heat to a simmer (medium/low fire) and cook for another 2 – 3 hours.

4. The peanuts are done when they are darker and have a redish hue. You can try a peanut to test the texture.

The peanuts are done when:

  • The peanuts are still intact
  • They are easy to chew
  • Have the textuur of cooked beans

5. Drain the peanuts. If you don’t eat them immediately, store in a container for a week.

Sprinkle with salt and enjoy!

This snack is seriously addicting! 

What is your favorite peanut snack? Leave a comment!

Thanks for reading and till next time…

Remember, eat your vegs! ^.^ 

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