Reheating Boiled Peanuts to Sell

by Pam
(Florida)

We want to sell boiled peanuts. When we put them out the next day in a crock pot, do we put yesterdays brine in the crock pot, or water, or what to keep them hot? We don't want them to keep getting saltier and saltier sitting in the brine, and we don't want them to dilute while sitting in plain water.
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Jun 06, 2012
Controlling the Saltiness of Boiled Peanuts
by: Bret

Pam,
The secret to consistency in the saltiness of boiled peanuts, is maintaining the salinity of the water used. This is true when boiling them, and when reheating them.

If you use the proper amount of salt when boiling goobers, then they can simmer and soak in that solution for many hours, and not become any saltier. They are saturated with the solution.

You should use the amount of salt that tastes right when the peanuts are saturated with the brine, and are in equilibrium with the salt water. My rule of thumb is 1/2 cup of salt per gallon of water. This equates to 1 tablespoon of salt per pint of water. Some people like more salt, some like less.

This same salinity water should be used when reheating boiled p-nuts, or when maintaining their heat in a slow cooker (crock pot), or in a simmering pot.

Many online boiled peanut recipes call for way too much salt, sometimes two or three times as much as I suggest. Then they warn to remove the boiled peanuts soon after they are soft enough, or they will become too salty. That is because they used too much salt to begin with.

Keep in mind that some water cooks away over time (probably less so in a covered crock pot), and replace that with plain water, unless you want the peanuts to become saltier by adding salt water.

You don't have to reuse the same brine from the previous day, you can use new water that has the same salinity as the original boiling water.

We hope you will post photos, and an introduction of your boiled peanut stand on our peanut vendors page when you are up and running.


Jun 07, 2012
Making a profit
by: pam

Our first time selling for a profit ended 2 days later! How in the world do people do it? A bushel of peanuts is $40, and it is a 100 mile round trip to go get them. We were selling them $3 a qt bag or 2 bags for $5. I bout caught skin cancer, lol. Made $10 the first day, and $40 the 2nd day, and still had 13 lbs of peanuts left, plus the other bushel. We live on a main highway (US 17). Then I found out we had to go through the health dept and all that crap. Ugh!

Sep 07, 2015
Regional Food
by: Dirty Deek

If people don't "know" a food item...they will not try it ! I've been in concessions since the early 1990s. I am in IN. Boiled peanuts won't sell here...it's a southern "thang."

When deep fried candy bars were "invented"..we jumped on it....you almost couldn't give them away...they were too "new"....people will not try something new...period.

So...we stick to the same old same old that small minded people know and love at fairs and festivals. We've found novelty foods don't sell nearly as well as a $6 burger or $7 cheese steak or a $5 funnel cake. You gotta cook "hard" food to make money...there's nothing but chump change in snack foods.



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