Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

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Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Jace » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:13 pm

Hi Guys,

Thought I would share this one, may be common knowledge to some but there is not a lot on the net regarding these artery hardening goodies.

I grew up in Penrith, NSW. We had a "Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon" open up and at the time it was freaking awesome. It was a time before "Public Liability" was a phrase Australians knew a lot about, a time whereby when people tripped over they accepted the fact they were a "fumble foot" rather than thinking of who they were going to sue whilst still writhing around on the ground in pain. One thing about Lone Star was the salted peanuts they gave you. As a kid I was gobsmacked as to how they could salt something without breaking open the shell.....and as I got older I less concerned about the salt and more concerned about how well they went with beer. The kicker was that you threw the shells onto the ground, it was what Lone Star was known for...... because the steak would have rated behind Hogs Breath today, and that is saying something.....but the burgers were good. Anyways, in a moment of beer induced searching for an alternative snack, I recalled the salty goodness of these peanuts that are supposedly no more.

Not much on the internet, more so fleeting mentions of them, a lot of debate about how they are cooked(or made) and a few recollections of the Lone Star peanuts is all I could find. Decided to do a bit of experimenting:

Start with:

500g of RAW peanuts in the Shell (These are hard to come by in SA, I get mine from the local Asian shop (before they are steamed for Congee), even Gagani's couldn't help me.
1/2 a cup or so of Salt
8 Cups of water
(Adjust the above if you are doing more)

Nuts to me

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Start by bringing the brine up to boiling and add the peanuts. I weigh mine down. Brine them for 6 Hours or so

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Take them out of the brine and rinse. The time you rinse depends on you, you will be amazed about how much dirt still comes out of them. Granted, they are grown in the ground but when I buy them they *look* pretty clean!

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After rinsing I put them in a large drip tray with holes in the bottom. A cooling rack is a far better solution if you have one. This works for me though.....

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IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE WELL AND TRULY DRY BEFORE ROASTING. If you have ever had a peanut that has been wet roasted, you know why it is important!

Roast in chosen heat source for 40 - 50 mins. I do mine in my Weber, closing the dampers to 1/2 closed and roast for 2 hours on a lower heat. There is one particular reason I use my Weber, and that is BECAUSE I CAN! :D :D I find it adds a certain something when I take them to work and say I did them in my Weber...... preaching the gospel of charcoal cooking is something I am finding very fulfilling.....and as i said the choice of heat is up to you! I set my weber with charcoal in one basket, for indirect cooking.

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Wait until they cool and rip in.


SOMETHING TO TRY: I had a suggestion from one of the guys at work to do a Bourbon roasted nut. Added 150 mls of Bourbon to the above mix and far out they were good. Bloody good.


I find this a rewarding exercise and you can certainly go out and buy peanuts in the shell which are pre roasted if you wish. But, if you time this well, and get them just ready before the *insert sport here* starts, the lads will certainly be bringing ALL the beer next time if you cook "those nuts" :D 8)


..........Store them in an airtight container if they last long enough.
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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Hogsy » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:58 pm

Nice Work Jace
I had never thought of doing that with peanuts
Is there anything the kettle can't do?
I might have to try that for State of origin night next week
I used the shells in the kettle last night as smoking wood
The smoke smelled great
Don't know if it had any effect on the ribs though
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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Smokey » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:43 pm

Totaly plausable, what a great idea to use up some heat after a cook out in the kettle or komado.
I sure am going to try this
Lime and pepper?
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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by camdira » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:54 pm

f...n inspirational! I am thinking a tin of whizzed chipotles in adobo sauce and some lime juice added to the brine, or sichuan peppers and shaoxing cooking wine.

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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Jace » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:41 pm

Yeah I am thinking of all sorts of combos......5 spice would work well.....

I forgot to mention, with the drying, dry them as long as you can. Due to the wet weather here in Adelaide my last batch took more than 4 days to dry.....and even then they could have done with a bit more drying. In normal conditions max it would take is a day.

Another thing to do too is before you roast, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt or the spice you use. New dimension to "Finger Licking Good!" :D
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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by camdira » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:07 pm

Hey Jace, how much five spice would you put in there?

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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Jace » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:50 am

I have 2kg ready for testing this weekend :twisted:

What I am planning on doing is adding the spices etc to taste or smell. When I did the bourbon ones I basically prepped the liquid and added the Bourbon until I could taste it when I dipped my finger in......before I put the peanuts in of course.

This weekend I am goin to do 500g of the 2kg of peanuts and start with a tablespoon of five spice and go from there in one teaspoon increments until I am happy with the taste.

The only thing is that it is wet here and that means the nuts take ages to dry. Dehydrator might be the go?
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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Livewire » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:15 am

Jace

If you have a small fan then the air movement will assist with drying

Old computer fans work great for this, get a 12 volt one and run off a small SLA battery

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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Jace » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:39 pm

Ahhhhhh ha! Thanks Glenn, I have a few of those in the shed, will have to rip one out of one of my old PC cases :idea: 8)
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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Livewire » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:58 am

Jace wrote:Ahhhhhh ha! Thanks Glenn, I have a few of those in the shed, will have to rip one out of one of my old PC cases :idea: 8)
Always good to have a shed full of stuff that will come in handy one day :D

You should be in luck with an older computer fan as I think most of the new ones run at 5 V

Check the power supply fan they are usually 12 V

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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by DAK » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:49 am

Hi All

Great thread, I too loved Lone Star steakhouse peanuts!!!

Quick question. do I boil the nuts for the full 6 hours or is the brine just boiled to achieve dissolving of the salt then the peanuts go in once the brine is cold?

Regards

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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by DAK » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:24 pm

Hi All

Any answer to my question above? I want to give them a try asap.

Regards

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Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by talisker63 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:46 pm

Dylan's don't know the answer but these do sound great.
I can't imagine they boil for six hours, so,I'm going to try them with a soak for 6 hrs
Maybe next weekend

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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by Livewire » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:07 am

Dylan

Firstly where are you located (need to update your profile)

Second where are you guys getting the raw peanuts from :?:

Every Asian grocery shop I have tried has them steamed already so they are of no use :evil:

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Re: Roasted Salted Peanuts in Shell

Post by skuzy » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:02 pm

going to try this!!!
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