My friend just visited South Carolina and she brought me four pounds of boiled peanuts, the country’s traditional snack food.
She knows how I love boiled peanuts since it provides healthy fats as well as fibre which is really great for my diet, but I know that it will take me some time to eat four pounds of them. Besides we are all aware that the shelf life of boiled peanuts is quite short.
Good thing I just learned that boiled peanuts could last as long as you can resist them if stored properly.
Does the question how to store boiled peanuts often trouble you too? Then let’s check out below the proper way to store this excellent snack.
Steps in Storing Boiled Peanuts
Freezing is the best way to preserve and properly store your boiled peanuts.
Here’s how to do it:
Let the boiled peanuts cool down to room temperature.
Once cooled, pack the boiled peanuts into air-tight containers. It would be best if you use containers that are freezer-safe and moisture proof and don’t forget to seal the containers’ top properly.
Finally, place all the containers with boiled peanuts on the freezer with 0 degrees Fahrenheit or even lower.
This method allows you to keep your boiled peanuts indefinitely. I suggest that you freeze the product in several small containers so that you don’t have to defrost the whole stock at once whenever you want to eat a few.
You can also place boiled peanuts in airtight containers and refrigerate them. This will keep the boiled peanuts for five to ten days if they are fresh, while the store-bought ones may only last for five days.
If you are now ready to eat and enjoy your boiled peanuts, eat it straight from the refrigerator or allow them to thaw several hours if the product is frozen.
Be careful not to eat rancid nuts, they do not only have an unpleasant taste in your mouth, but it can also cause irritation to your stomach's lining and intestine that may lead to diarrhea, vomiting or nausea. What’s even worst is that it can cause long-term effects that are more troubling.
So let’s check out below how to determine if your boiled peanuts had gone bad.
How to Tell If Boiled Peanuts Are Spoiled
Now that you know how to store boiled peanuts, it is very important that you will also learn how to tell if peanuts are already spoiled or rancid. Before you decide to devour this protein-packed snack, check out first if they are still fresh by following these tips below.
1. Inspect The Nut’s Surface
There should be no green, gray or white mold forming on the surface of the nut. The nut should not look shrivelled or black. The fungal attack or mold formation is the main cause why the peanuts rot.
Keep in mind that you should not be eating peanuts with molds on its shell even if you can just rub it away from peanut shell or break open the shell, the infection will remain.
2. Smell The Nuts
When the nut has foul smell or a smell that is stronger and nuttier than it should be, then the peanuts are starting to rot.
Rancid peanuts also have a similar smell to a sour milk or mold. Peanuts that smell bad are no longer edible and should be discarded immediately.
3. Taste The Nuts
Whenever I am not sure if my whole stock of peanuts is still fresh, I often try one. You will know that the peanuts are still fresh when they have creamy and nutty flavour.
So I’ll break open one peanut shell and taste it; rotten or rancid peanut will taste bitter or sour. Also, inspect the peanut if it is giving out odd oil; if you notice some, you should throw it right away.
Although there are only limited ways of determining if your peanuts have been rancid, the tips mentioned above would be enough to keep you safe from the rotten ones.
Healthy Benefits of Boiled Peanuts
Speaking of that, do you know that this on-the-go snack provides many different health benefits? Here are some of it:
Good for The Heart
As I’ve mentioned earlier, boiled peanuts are good for the heart. A study shows the nut eaters tend to have 35% lower chance from suffering coronary heart disease compare to those who less likely eat peanuts?
They are a have healthier blood vessels and lower LDL or bad cholesterol.
Lower In Calories
Boiled peanut is very low in calories compared to other nuts. In fact, there are only 90 calories per 1 oz. serving of boiled and shell peanuts. This is very low compared to 1 oz. serving of dry-roasted shelled peanuts that come in 166 calories.
So go ahead, substitute boiled peanuts to the peanuts you have gotten used with. This will help you save an essential number of calories and help you control your weight.
Rich in Fibre
There are 2.5 grams of fibre in every serving of boiled peanuts. This is about 10% of the minimum fibre required by your body per day.
Knowing how to store boiled peanuts is very important; of course, it will be such a waste to be throwing a delicious and nutritious snack. We don’t want to be throwing a way something that’s good for the heart.
So next time you receive pounds of pounds of boiled peanuts, make sure to store them properly. How about you? Do you have your own way of storing boiled peanuts? Let me know by leaving some comments below.
Make sure to share this article with your friends too; I'm sure they would find it helpful to know how to make fresh peanuts always handy.