I have tried boiled peanuts in the past. At least 20 years ago, at some gas station in South Carolina, I think. I hated them. Since then, I have used them as a measuring stick to describe other items that were bland and mealy. I figured enough time has passed that it was time to give them another chance. I saw these Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts in a can on the shelf and had to go for it.

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I opened the can and gave it the sniff test. No real strong scent to speak of: mostly salt water with a hint of peanut. More of a grassy smell than what you may think of as “peanut”.

They didn’t look particularly good, but canned foods rarely do.

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The can gave me a couple of options for my tasting pleasure. “Open can and eat” or “Open can, heat, drain, and then eat.” I went for both. I grabbed one out of the can, smushed open the shell, and popped it into my mouth.

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I was completely unprepared for the level of salt. It wasn’t overwhelming, but I expected something completely bland, so any flavor was a surprise. Without roasting, it still doesn’t scream “peanut,” but it was not bad at all. The texture was still a bit mushy, but I think maybe it is the canning process that renders them more like a canned chick pea than fresh boiled peanuts. Which is to say, they had more of a firm bite to them them than the grainy, mealy texture I remembered. I took the remainder and heated them in the microwave for two minutes in their brine.

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Heating and draining the brine made them even better. It didn’t change much in texture, but the heat enhanced the flavor and brought out a bit more of the taste of the peanut itself. I was really pleasantly surprised by these briny beauties. I can see adding them in to something like a 3 bean salad for an interesting textural element and a burst of salty flavor.

Peanut Patch canned boiled peanuts get a surprising “Try It.”

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4 Responses

  1. shellbo6901@aol.com'
    shelly

    I’ve been eating these for 20+ years, if you didn’t like them made fresh you must have had bad ones. you gotta get fresh green ones from the store and only in peanut season, it’s a southern thing though

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    • Mark

      Completely possible, I have hated the things for 20+ years based on that one interaction. Now I feel like I might have been missing out. I don’t remember them being salty or flavored at all. Just bland and mushy. I’m glad I tried them again.

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  2. bigbabybleepblop@gmail.com'
    Technicolor Yawn

    In the South, you’ll find boiled peanuts in a variety of different flavors – usually spicy or salty, but I have also had ginger ones. If you ever find yourself in Georgia, you need to go and find some at a roadside stand or farmers market.

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    • chugar33@hotmail.com'
      Caroline

      I love boiled peanuts! I want to know how these canned boiled peanuts compare to the real thing.

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