Do leftover boiled peanuts need to be refrigerated ?

by Tami

Boiled Peanuts in Ziploc bag

Boiled Peanuts in Ziploc bag

Do leftover boiled peanuts need to be refrigerated?

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Aug 07, 2010
Yes you should refrigerate boiled peanuts
by: Bret

Tami,
You should refrigerate leftover boil peanuts just as you would cooked peas or beans. There is so much moisture in boiled peanuts that they will spoil and may harbor bacteria if left out at room temperature more than a couple of hours.

Boiled peanuts taste great cold, and the refrigerator will keep them fresh for several days (again like leftover peas or beans).

For longer term storage you can freeze boiled peanuts.

Just put them in a plastic bag, and place them in the freezer. Frozen boiled peanuts will stay good for many months. When you are ready to eat them either thaw them in the refrigerator overnight, or thaw them in the microwave, or thaw the frozen boiled peanuts in some hot water for a few minutes. You can add salt to the hot water to maintain or increase the salty goodness as you re-heat them.

May 31, 2012
Flavor with less sodium
by: Anonymous

How can you keep taste in and cut sodium way back?

Jun 04, 2012
Boiled peanuts with less sodium
by: Bret

Anon,
It's not clear to me whether you are asking about reducing sodium when reheating boiled peanuts, or when making them.

If you reheat boiled peanuts in plain water, some of the salt will leach out of the peanuts, and into the water. This will reduce their salty taste, also.

The way to make flavorful boiled peanuts with less sodium is to use less salt, and add flavor by using other ingredients.

Many online boiled peanut recipes recommend too much salt. We usually suggest 1/2 cup of salt per gallon of water.

Since you want to reduce sodium, try 1/4 cup of salt per gallon of water. Add flavor with any of the following: garlic (raw, dried, or powder), onions (raw, dried or powder), cayenne, paprika, liquid smoke (some have 0 sodium), black pepper, white pepper, basil leaves, thyme, allspice, cloves, ginger, cardamom, basil, marjoram, oregano, sage, star anise, Sichuan pepper, red pepper flakes, turmeric, Zatarain's Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil (in a bag), curry powder, rosemary, or other herbs and spices.

You can also use fresh jalapeno, habanero or other spicy peppers. Some people add halved lemons or limes.

The possibilities are endless.





Oct 20, 2013
Boiled peanuts left on stove overnight
by: Anonymous

My husband boiled some peanuts yesterday. They cooked all day and sat on the stove overnight. Now they are cold . Should I throw them away?


Oct 21, 2013
Boiled peanuts left out of refrigerator
by: Bret

Yes, you should throw them out if they were left at room temperature overnight. What would you do with a pot of beans if you left them at room temperature overnight?


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