Too much Salt in my Boiled Peanuts

by James
(Orangeburg, SC)

How can I eliminate the fact that the peanuts are TOO SALTY? Will soaking them in plain water help? If so, for how long? Help!! They are way too salty.

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Oct 02, 2011
Removing Salt from Boiled Peanuts
by: Bret

James,
Yes you can reduce the amount of salt in boiled peanuts. I put over salty boiled peanuts in clean fresh water and simmer them for a few minutes, and then let them soak in the water. The more water used, the more salt removed. The longer they soak, the more salt that is transferred from the peanuts into the water, until equilibrium is reached.

The salt will move from the peanuts' greater concentration to the water's lesser concentration until they are equal in salinity. You may need to change the water several times until the peanuts reach the flavor you want.

I've done this a few times, not just to reduce salt but to reduce other spice flavors when I was trying a new recipe and overdid it.

Many online boiled peanut recipes recommend using way too much salt, and then warn you not to leave the boiled peanuts soaking in the water too long or they will become too salty. The proper method of boiling peanuts is to use less salt initially, then the boiled peanuts can soak for many hours and not get saltier over time.

We recommended boiling with no or little salt until the peanuts get soft and wet inside. Adding salt after they have boiled to softness speeds up the boiling time. Salt slows down the softening of boiled peanuts, just as it slows down the softening while boiling dried beans.

When you are ready to add salt, start with about 6-8 Tablespoons of salt per Gallon of water. I typically use about 8 Tablespoons of salt per Gallon of water (1 Teaspoon of salt per Pint of water), but sometimes use up to 10 Tablespoons of salt per gallon (for friends that like more salt).

As you boil the peanuts, water evaporates, which increase the salt concentration in the water, so either start with less salt than you think you need, or keep adding water as they boil to maintain the same salinity throughout the boil.

It is easier to add salt later in the boil than to reduce the salt if you add too much early.

Good luck, let us know whether you are able to recover them to your satisfaction.

Mar 26, 2013
Boiled peanuts
by: Eddie

I have made boiled peanuts for some time, and they were too salty most of the time. I tried your directions, and believe me, they got eaten so much faster.

Thanks for all the help.


Mar 27, 2013
Boiled peanuts
by: Bret

Eddie,
Thank you for posting.

Your comment made us smile that you made the kind of boiled peanuts that you like.

Salt should enhance the taste of boiled peanuts, not overpower them. Sometimes less is more.

Boil early, boil often,

bret


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