Should I Crack the Shells before Boiling Peanuts?

I have been told that it helps to crack the shells before boiling. Anything to this? I know that many of the shells may be already slightly cracked.

Also, how about freezing boiled peanuts for future use? My problem is that I need to stick to small quantities because I can't stop eating them until they are all gone.
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Jan 01, 2012
Cracking Shells before Boiling Peanuts and Freezing Boiled Peanuts
by: Bret

Cracking the shells before boiling your peanuts may help the salt water to get inside the shell, but I can't see it being worth the effort.

Soaking boiled peanuts in the salt water as they cool is a method used by many of us to fully wet the inside of the peanut shell.

Boiled peanuts are hard to stop eating, and they do freeze well. We usually boil several pounds at a time, and freeze some of them for later enjoyment.

Drain the boiled peanuts, put them in a freezer bag and then into the freezer for several months of storage.

When you're ready to eat the frozen boiled peanuts, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and eat them cold, or heat them in a pot of salt water on the stove or in the microwave. Use about 1 tablespoon of salt per pint of water when reheating the peanuts.

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