Boiled peanuts are primarily a Southern food, but foodies and transplanted Southerners nationwide may find the traditional snack at grocery stores or make them at home. The best boiled peanuts are made from green, or under ripe, nuts, although ripe, mature peanuts can be used also. Stored peanuts have a short shelf life, but with care they can be stored for a longer period of time.
Things You'll Need
- Boiled peanuts
- Airtight containers, or
- Zipper type freezer bags
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Eat store-purchased boiled peanuts immediately after buying.
Refrigerate boiled peanuts for five to 10 days in airtight containers. Fresh boiled peanuts will store for up to 10 days in the refrigerator, while store-bought nuts may only last for five before the flavor becomes rancid.
Place cooled, boiled peanuts in airtight containers or zipper-type freezer bags and freeze until needed. Frozen boiled peanuts remain good indefinitely.
Eat the boiled peanuts straight from the refrigerator or allow them to thaw several hours if frozen.