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

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

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?

Sep 14, 2014
Keep it simple
by: Adog

Hint: they are just fine if frozen. In fact, no difference at all in consistency or taste.

May 09, 2015
Eating bad boiled peanuts
by: Anonymous

Can eating boiled peanuts that have a sour smell (they were left out of the fridge for two days) make you sick?

Jun 09, 2015
Why even ask.
by: Will

I make mine with a ham bone and a lot of great Cajun seasonings. If you were to lazy to put your peanuts up from the night before you deserve to get the craps.

Jun 22, 2015
as long as they are not soured....
by: Anonymous

Yes, you can still eat boiled peanuts left out just as long as they don't smell soured. I have done this forever. It doesn't hurt a thing just make sure they aren't soured.

Sep 03, 2015
boiled peanuts
by: Anonymous

Thank everybody for the information on boiled peanuts.

Nov 25, 2015
On left out peanuts
by: Anonymous

While I don't recommend leaving them out long, I regularly leave them out overnight or about 8 to 12 hours. It let's them cool (I boil half my crop, so it's at least a 3gal. stockpot) and soaking increases absorption. They sour quickly, though, but there is no 'they may be bad'. It is unmistakable. Peanuts don't begin to turn, they turn. So if they smell and tast fine, fridge or freezer. I wouldn't keep them in the fridge any longer than peas or other high starch items, but unlike a lot of potato items they freeze beautifully. If they already taste the way you want them to, I would put them in the fridge or freezer as soon as they cool, as they continue to absorb salt and seasoning while remaining in the brine.

Sep 24, 2016
Boiled peanuts and coolers
by: Anonymous

Can you put boiled peanuts in a cooler to keep them hot?

Nov 03, 2016
Pre boiling peanuts to sell at your stand
by: Anonymous

It takes up to 24 hours to boil raw peanuts. You certainly don't hang out at your stand 24 hours a day boiling peanuts until they are done. Do you cook 200 pounds of peanuts refrigerate and reheat the next day?

Feb 06, 2017
Refrigerated shelf life
by: DG

How long are boiled peanuts good when refrigerated?

Feb 07, 2017
Refrigerated shelf life
by: BPW

The refrigerated shelf life of boiled peanuts is the same as boiled beans. Peanuts are legumes, aka beans.

Feb 09, 2017
Is it safe?
by: Anonymous

I put my boiled peanuts on my drawer/closet and leave it in there for a couple of days. Then, when I saw it doesn't smell bad or look spoiled, it's dry like without any moisture on it. And when I open it, the peanuts inside are also dry and it hardened. So i ate it. Is it bad?

Apr 13, 2017
Boiled peanuts
by: Teri

I recently purchased frozen boiled peanuts in Georgia and when I got home to Michigan they were thawed but cold. I put them in fridge, it's been 3 days. Are they ok to boil and eat?

Apr 26, 2017
by: Anonymous


I usually drain my boiled peanuts and store in the fridge. But can I store them in the liquid from the crock pot in the fridge? They are just so juicy once out of the crock pot, and lose a bit of juice when they are stored in a bag by themselves.


May 15, 2017
Better safe than sorry
by: Chet

The consumer has no way of determining the percentage of salt in the boiled peanuts they consume. Yes, salt acts as a preservative, but is there enough to prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria? With over 40 years as a Food Safety Professional, I always advise consumers to err on the side of safety and refrigerate them overnight.

Apr 07, 2018
Peanuts left out for more than a day.
by: Brian

If you happen to be the less energetic person after a long day at work or whatever your day consisted of, not just lazy. I boiled peanuts and took them off the heat and enjoyed probably a pound or so and went at sat in my recliner to watch the afternoon news. I inadvertently fell asleep and was woke up the next morning for work. And I didn't remember the peanuts. Anyways when I came home still forgot and wasn't till next day that I remembered them and noticed mold atop the 🥜. I know mold is a fungi but it is also called penicillin people sure may taste bad but just boil them again the go right back to awesome.

Apr 07, 2018
Toxic fungi on peanuts
by: Bret

Molds on peanuts include Aspergillus flavus, and Aspergillus parasiticus. These fungi produce mycotoxins called aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are toxic to humans and are carcinogenic.

It is not wise to eat moldy peanuts.

Apr 20, 2019
Are boiled peanuts still good if soaked in water overnight then drained the next day
by: Anonymous

I made boiled peanuts and I took some te there was still left in the water and I put them in the refrigerator are they still good and soaking in water overnight?

May 05, 2019
Boiled Peanuts
by: Cheryl

We boiled peanuts and used dill pickle juice but they were left overnight on the stove, are they still ok to eat?

Aug 06, 2019
how can i tell when boiled peanuts are bad
by: Anonymous

How can you tell when boiled peanuts have gone bad? I bought a small cup of some 3 days ago and left them sitting at room temperature, but they still look, smell, and taste fine. Is it okay to eat them?

Aug 09, 2020
by: Anonymous

How much salt do you guys add per lb. ?
Also raw peanuts, what’s best way to transport raw peanuts to sell them?
Like for a fruit stand?

Jun 27, 2021
Simplest food. The peanut
by: Billy

From south Georgia here. Use common sense with peanuts is all that's needed. When sorting the peanuts from vine it's OK to pick young ones it adds flavor. If they don't look good don't pick them. Rinse several waters to get dirt off. In boiling salt brine to taste. Boil to your taste. I never leave out more than an hour. If it tastes sour throw it away, otherwise it's OK if you sorted right. I always freeze mine, that way I eat em when I want to for at least a year. Frozen, cold, or re-boiled I Love em!
boiled peanuts

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