Boiled Peanuts – Georgia

If you are driving in Georgia and see a “Boiled Peanuts” sign by the side of the road, by all means, pull over. Peanuts are one of the top products of the Peachtree state, along with peaches and pecans.

Boiled Peanuts - Georgia

Georgia produces a little over half of the peanuts in the country, with 1.7 million tons harvested in 2015. Boiled peanuts are one of those Southern specialties that are little known outside the region. Soft, salty and utterly addictive, this delicious snack is easy to make at home if you have a few hours. Be sure to use raw peanuts, not roasted, and keep a watch on them as the water will evaporate quickly at high heat.

Who is the most famous American presidential peanut farmer? Why, Jimmy Carter of course. Check out the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta. This museum and research institute houses 40,000,000 pages, 1,000,000 photographs, 2,200,000 feet of film, and 2,500 hours of video.

Boiled Peanuts

  • Servings: 6-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 pound raw peanuts, in the shell
  • 6 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 gallons water


In a large bowl, let peanuts soak in water for 30 minutes. Drain. In a large pot, bring peanuts, 3 gallons of water and salt to boil. Let boil for two to three hours or until peanuts reach desired consistency. If a very soft consistency desired, and more cooking time is needed, add more water if necessary. Drain and let cool before serving.


7 thoughts on “Boiled Peanuts – Georgia”

  1. Hey Kat– I have to admit that boiled peanuts have always sounded a little yucky to me (soggy??) But I trust your good taste– so if I run across some, I will give them a try!! And– my Mom’s been to the Carter Library — she’s a docent at the Nixon Library here in CA and has visited a bunch of the other presidential libraries. It’s on my list!! Hope you have a good weekend ahead! We’re going to dear friends daughter’s wedding tomorrow. I’m excited to see Lacey as a bride! hugs Kat!

    1. Hi Rhonda – I guarantee, they are tasty as can be. I do love a presidential library. Can’t wait for the Obama one to be built here in Chicago. Your mom must have fun working there. I hope you have a wonderful time at the wedding, always such a fun time! -Kat

      1. Hi Kat– the Obama Library– that sounds intriguing! Have you heard where it will be built?? I really loved the times we visited Chicago (our Laurel lived there for a few years)– all the perks of a big city, but the people are as nice as small town people. Take care Kat. hugs from here!

    1. Hi Liz – this was definitely one of those recipes that I never thought to make at home. I would always see people selling them by the side of the road in the South and we would stop and buy some. They are still peanuty in flavor, but the consistency reminds me of a type of bean when they are cooked this way. -Kat

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