Hope’s Boiled Peanuts


Hope purchased raw peanuts in the shell at a roadside stand near Edisto Beach, South Carolina, and refrigerated them.  When we cooked them, the end result was something I’d never tasted.  Growing up in the South, Hope said she consumed lots of boiled peanuts but no peanut butter.


1-1/2 pounds of raw, unshelled peanuts

¼ cup sea salt



Place unshelled peanuts in large stewpot

Cover with water

Bring water to boil, then lower heat to medium

Simmer peanuts 45 minutes, then drain

Cover peanuts with ice, drain water when melted

Refrigerate overnight

Shell when ready to eat