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Boiled Peanuts

7 Jan

2 pounds dried raw peanuts ( in shells)

1/2 cup salt

Soak peanuts in water to cover in a large stock pot at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Weigh pea nuts down with a heavy plate so that nut are totally sub-merged; Drain and rinse.

place nuts and salt in stock pot with 4 1/2 quarts water; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover,reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 6 hours or until tender, adding water as needed; stir occasionally. remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour. Drain before eating

Cajun Peanuts: Add 1/2 cup Cajun seasoning  to the soaking liquid; then add 7 TBSP liquid Cajun crab boil to pot before cooking

Peanut Brittle

31 Dec

Fresh Made Peanut Brittle is a true Southern treat. Although time consuming, it is definitely worth the wait. Peanut Brittle is a great make ahead recipe. It will keep for several weeks in an air tight container. Makes a great gift.

3 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

4 1/2 cups skinless salted roasted peanuts

4 TBSP unsalted butter

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking soda

Coat 2 12×17 cookie sheets with vegetable spray. In a heavy 5 quart saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water. Cover pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat, about 5 to 8 minutes. Swirl the pot often over the stove burner to dissolve the sugar. Keeping the lid on will keep sugar crystals from forming inside the pot; If crystals form, wash down the sides with a wet pastry brush.

Once steam begins to rise around the lid, remove it and reduce heat to medium. Insert candy thermometer, and continue to boil until temperature reaches 230 degrees.

Add peanuts, and stir constantly with a metal spoon until mixture reaches 300 degrees, about 13 to 18 minutes. At this point, the candy should be a rich, golden brown.

Immediately remove from heat, and quickly add butter, vanilla and baking soda. Stir until butter melts, mixture will become foamy. Pour half down the center of each prepared pan; spread evenly with a spatula. Allow to cool at least one hour

Turn candy out of pan and break into pieces. Store in an air tight container. Will keep several weeks.

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