Peanuts arrived in the south sometime in the 18th century on slave ships. Peanuts had been eaten boiled in Africa for centuries. Boiled peanuts is an acquired addictive southern delicacy. Once you acquire the taste, you will never get enough of these nuts.


2 pounds raw peanuts, 1 (3oz.) package dry crab boil, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise pods, 1/4 cup seasoning salt, 3 dried red peppers, 1 tablespoon granulated garlic, 2 cinnamon sticks.

In a large pot, soak peanuts in cool water, for 12-15 hours.  Weigh down the peanuts with something to ensure they are fully submerged.  Drain and rinse the nuts in cold water.  Put the nuts back in the pot, add 4 1/2 quarts of water, put the pot on the stove and bring to a rapid boil. Add seasoning salt, crab boil, star anise, red peppers,  garlic and cinnamon sticks reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the nuts are soft, this step usually takes about 5 to 5 1/2 hours. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the nuts to cool for about  60 – 90 minutes.

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