How can I prevent boiled peanuts from sticking in the shell?


When I open my shells 90% of the time the peanut splits in half and is difficult to remove from the shell. How do I prevent this?

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Nov 09, 2014
Same problem
by: Chris

I am having the same problem. I'm trying boiling in more water. Hope someone will post an answer.

Jan 27, 2015
Boiled peanuts sticking to the shell
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem. Most of my boiled peanuts stick to the shell. Is there a way to prevent this? I ordered them fresh this past season, and was disappointed. Should I have ordered earlier, or maybe should have order a different variety?

A Florida peanut lover

Jul 14, 2015
Sticky Nuts?
by: Chuck's Nuts

Boiled peanuts are supposed to stay in the shell and not just pop out. Use your teeth to crunch the hull and the nuts should come right out.

Sep 10, 2015
Too late
by: Anonymous

Pull or buy your peanuts before they are that mature. The more mature the are the larger they get inside the shell. If they are less mature they will have some room inside the shell for the water to soak in.

May 13, 2016
Green Peanuts
by: John

Buy green peanuts and stick with Spanish (purple skin) peanuts.

Jun 06, 2016
Peanuts Sticking
by: Anonymous

I won when somebody bet me I could not stop biting my nails. 1/4" to 1/2 inch from finger end. Yeah big whoop. However, the index fingernail is a Great tool for encouraging the lovely legume to let go. It then transports it to a waiting mouth - mine.

Jun 25, 2016
by: Anonymous

Cook a little longer.

Jul 05, 2016
Sticking peanut
by: Mike

I'm gonna try a little oil in the water to see if they won't stick. I know a vendor in fla and his peanuts never stick.

Aug 04, 2016
Sticking boiled peanuts
by: Crystal River Florida

One of my friends that has been around for awhile told me his secret. Boil the peanuts for an hour or so before adding the salt. I just got done boiling a bushel of green jumbos and haven't had one stick yet.

Aug 15, 2016
Sticky nuts
by: Bill T.

I boil 10 lbs at a time in a 22 qt. Roaster Oven. To start I soak them in fresh water for 4 hours (weighed down with plates & saucers). Then drain, rinse & clean, and boil in more fresh water solo (no seasonings) for 2 hours. Then I add seasonings (ham hocks, cayenne, liquid smoke, salt and 1 cup of white vinegar. The vinegar permeates and loosens. Lastly simmer for 18 hours, let cool, then simmer for another 4 hours... yum.

Aug 15, 2016
Raw better than green
by: Bill T.

Now that I thought about it, I've had somewhat better results with re-hydrating & boiling raw peanuts vs green ones. With raw ones they are already loose from the shell. Anyone else on this?

Nov 26, 2016
Sticking peanuts
by: Jay

I've always added a table spoon or so of margarine when boiling. Works great.

Jan 30, 2017
Variety makes a difference
by: Anonymous

When I first started boiling peanuts I was using a jumbo variety. More than half the time they would split and stick to the inside of the shell. Then I tried a smaller variety (I'm not sure what the name of it was) but they never, ever split.

Jul 25, 2020
Worked for me
by: Nutty Nabby

After boiling for at least 4 hours, turn burner off and let them sit in the water for an hour until they sink to the bottom. Take them out of the water and let them cool before putting them in fridge.

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