My wife and I both love peanuts – she prefers boiled and I love mine roasted. Unfortunately for all the benefits of peanuts they are rather expensive in the store and you never seem to get very much for your money.
The other day while searching co-ops for additive free feed grade wheat I saw a local feed store with big grocery bags of raw peanuts for $4.99. Being ignorant of the difference between raw and roasted I bought some.
Note: Raw peanuts do not taste good.
Luckily there are several recipes online to show you how to roast peanuts. I have done this several times now, and find I prefer to roast the nuts shelled as it keeps me from eating them all as I shell them, but I try to make Genny help, because otherwise I spend hours shelling raw nuts, and then Genny eats all my roasted peanuts…
I did find out that my local food co-op sells raw shelled nuts, which saves me from having to buy the molds to make a concrete peanut sheller from another third world appropriate tech group the Full Belly Project
The process for roasting is simple:
Dry Roasted Peanuts
- Place raw peanuts, in-shell or shelled, one layer deep in a shallow baking pan.
- Roast in a 350°F oven — 15 to 20 minutes for shelled and 20 to 25 minutes for in-shell peanuts.
- Remove from heat just short of doneness desired, as peanuts continue to cook as they cool.
I have a trail mix that will make your roasted peanuts taste like a payday candy bar.
However if you want to really do this up right you can make:
Honey Roasted Peanuts.
All you need to do different is to put your nuts in a bowl while the oven is heating and toss in a mixture of heated honey and melted butter (2 tablespoons each to 2 cups of peanuts) and toss the peanuts to coat in the mixture.
The honey burns easily so you want to roast for about 5 minutes then take out and stir, then replace in the oven for another 5-8 minutes.
It would be a good idea to line the pan with foil, as this makes a hard sticky mess in the pan if you don’t.
This is a fun easy and fast way to make an enjoyable family snack. It is easy enough to use to introduce a child to cooking, is novel enough to be interesting, and has a very good product at the end.
Honey Roasted Peanuts