Peanuts for Peanuts at The Mercado

This morning while out running a few errands, I found a gentleman selling fresh peanuts at the back entrance to the public mercado. He had a huge box filled with plastic bags of dirt covered peanuts, a pound for $.50. Could I pass by such a spectacular bargain? Heck no!

I would say the most difficult part of this task was cleaning them. It took many flushes with water, a veggie brush and a bit of patience but I got them cleaned. Joe looked up online what you do with fresh peanuts and we found a recipe for boiling them. We both remembered the boiled peanuts you could buy on the side of the road in Georgia so we went for it. The recipe called for anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours of cooking time, so after 30 minutes I pulled a few out for Joe to test. Not yet, so we gave them another 20 minutes and this time they were perfect. The recipe states that the fresher they are the faster they cook.

They were extremely tasty and tomorrow I will be back at the mercado for more, this time maybe a few more bags, ha ha

Boiled Peanuts

  • 1 lb of raw Peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 4 cups Water
  • Optional seasoning Old Bay Seasoning, Smoked Paprika, Shrimp Boil or Star Anise.

Thoroughly rinse and clean the peanuts. Put water, salt and peanuts into a large stockpot and bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to a low boil. Cook from one to three hours depending upon the freshness of the peanut and the tenderness when tested. Will keep for a few days in the fridge.

5 thoughts on “Peanuts for Peanuts at The Mercado

  1. Being a man…. I would have figured that boiling them for a hour would have made the dirt fall off–and the salt would have killed anything living that the boiling water didn’t get.

    Think of all those minerals you lost…


    • Keith, what a treat to have you comment on the blog. I will tell you that the dirt in the water looked more like a mud cake than just a bit of dirt. I don’t think your method would work that well, ha ha Nancy

  2. Ok Nancy since you live in the South do your peanuts the southern way, Spice them up. Here in Florida we add salt, onions and hot peppers to the water as the peanuts are boiling this gives the peanuts a kick. Try it one time and see. Add one or two of those little hot peppers you grow to about 5lbs. of peanuts.
    Not to change the subject but. that Manabi Coffee makes the best cup of coffee I have ever had. I like it better than Blue Mountain or Kona Coffee. what a fine and only $3.48 a pound. Maybe we can go into business together and we can set up selling this great coffee in the USA.

    • Joe, I am going to try your trick of spicing them up. These came out wonderful but I am sure some hot peppers and other spices would make them even better.

      I am so pleased that you are enjoying the Manabi Coffee, it was a real find for me and Joe. It really is an excellent coffee for under $4 a pound. The price would increase by so much after you import it into the US it would probably be comparable with Starbucks or the other high priced coffees. To me it is the combination of great price and great flavor that makes me continue to buy it, not sure if it was $11 for 12 oz. that I would be as interested in it. Have a wonderful day, Nancy

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