Please help with boiled peanut calculations

by Carey

If I am buying jumbo peanuts to boil, how many orders will I be able to fill per pound if I am selling them in 32oz foam cups?

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Jun 04, 2012
Peanut weight to volume conversion
by: Bret

This depends on the moisture content of the raw peanuts that you buy.

Dried raw peanuts have 10% moisture. Raw green peanuts could be between 35% and 50% moisture. A pound of dried peanuts has a greater volume than a pound of green peanuts.

One pound of dried Valencia peanuts is about 2 quarts, 64 ounces volume. Dried jumbo peanuts would vary a bit from that because of how the larger peanuts fit together in the cup compared with the smaller Valencias.

Bushels of peanuts convert directly to quarts. One bushel is 9.3 US gallons, or 37.2 quarts.

The weight of a bushel will depend on the moisture content, the maturity of the peanuts, the size of the shells, and the amount of empty shells. A bushel could weigh from 20 pounds for dried peanuts to more than 40 pounds of fully mature green peanuts. Regardless, a bushel is about 37 quarts.

Keep in mind you will have some loss, when you cull your peanuts by picking out the bad ones, and the empty shells. I do this as I wash them. You don't want your customers to get empty shells or rotten peanuts.

You should also give free samples to potential customers, so factor this in to your expected yield.

It is a good idea to crack open and inspect several raw peanuts before buying many pounds of them. This is especially true when buying green peanuts. Make sure that you are pleased with the quality, freshness, and maturity before you spend your money. Else, you are buying a pig in the poke.

Most sellers will not give you a refund if you later discover a problem.

Always crack open, and inspect some of your raw peanuts before you boil them. This will prevent wasting hours of time on a bad batch.

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