Learn how to freeze boiled peanuts in brine with our step-by-step guide. Find out the best containers to use, how long they’ll last in the freezer, and how to thaw and reheat them. Perfect for a tasty and healthy snack anytime!

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Why You Should Freeze Your Boiled Peanuts

Freezing leftover boiled peanuts is a great idea for several reasons:

  1. Preservation: Freezing leftover boiled peanuts is an excellent way to preserve them and extend their shelf life. When stored properly in the freezer, boiled peanuts can last up to 6 months without losing the flavor and texture of the peanut in the shell.
  2. Convenience: Having frozen boiled peanuts on hand can be convenient for busy days when you want to have a fun snack. You can easily thaw the boiled peanuts and enjoy them as a quick and healthy snack for watching your favorite ball game. 
  3. Budget-friendly: Boiled peanuts can be a seasonal treat, and freezing them can help you make the most of the harvest. By freezing the leftovers, you can reduce waste and save money in the long run.
  4. Versatility: Frozen boiled peanuts can be used in a variety of recipes, such as salads, stews, soups, and dips. They can also be roasted or fried for a crunchy snack.
  5. Healthy Snack: If you have a lot of green peanuts (raw peanuts) then making your own fresh boiled peanuts is an easy and delicious slightly salty snack to keep on hand.

Overall, freezing leftover boiled peanuts is a smart and practical way to enjoy this tasty snack all year round.

3 Cooking Methods To Make and Freeze Great Boiled Peanuts

There are several cooking process methods for making boiled peanuts. The roadside stands, or gas station stands in the south, use a huge cast iron kettle, but if you would like to make smaller batches at home, then you will want to try one of my easy boiled peanut recipes. The best methods are the ones that are easiest for you. 

boiled peanuts, pressure cooker, crockpot and instant pot
  • Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts: The cooking time on this method is shorter than any other if you are in a hurry. 
  • How To Can Boiled Peanuts: If you are comfortable with your using your pressure cooker, this is a great way to can a bushel of raw peanuts in the shell. This method is a great way to get a sealed container that does not need to be frozen. Canned boiled peanuts will keep for at least a year on your pantry shelf. 
  • Crockpot Boiled Peanuts: If you want to make really easy soft peanuts to shell for a snack, then I would suggest trying this slow cooker method. 

What type of container is best to freeze leftover boiled peanuts?

When it comes to freezing peanuts in the shell, the type of container you use can make a difference in the quality and flavor of the peanuts. Here are some container options you can consider:

  • Freezer-safe plastic and glass containers: You can use plastic or glass containers that are specifically designed for freezer use. The key is to be sure they are an airtight container so your boiled peanuts do not get freezer burn. The bonus is you can reuse this type of freezer-safe container over and over. 
  • Disposable freezer bag: You can also use resealable freezer bags to store boiled peanuts. The bags also make it easy to label and date your boiled peanuts before putting them in the freezer.  This is my personal preference for the best way to freeze cooked boiled peanuts. However, be sure to use a freezer bag since they are thicker than a regular plastic bag for sandwiches. 
  • Mason jars: If you prefer to use glass containers, mason jars are another great way to store frozen boiled peanuts.  Do not use off-brand glass jars, as the glass is thinner, and you will run a risk of the jar breaking when being frozen or thawed. To fill your jars easily, it is best to use wide-mouth jars.  

Whichever container you choose, make sure it is airtight and can withstand freezing temperatures. Additionally, label the container or bag with the date and contents, so you can easily identify them later. By using the right container to freeze your boiled peanuts, you can ensure that they stay fresh and flavorful for longer.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Freezing Boiled Peanuts

  1. Allow the boiled peanuts to cool to room temperature in their cooking liquid.  It’s important not to freeze hot or warm boiled peanuts, as this can cause the formation of ice crystals and affect their texture.
  2. Once the boiled peanuts have cooled down, separate them into portion sizes.  Fill your freezer-safe containers with the boiled peanuts in the shell. Pour just enough leftover peanut boil juice to cover the peanuts. * Be sure to leave some headspace in the container expansion during freezing.
  3. Label the containers with the date and contents, so you can easily identify them later. I like to use washi tape and a permanent marker for this. The tape comes off easily when you thaw the peanuts and wash the container. 
  4. Place the containers in the freezer. It’s best to keep them in a single layer to allow for quick and even freezing.
  5. Freeze the boiled peanuts for up to 6 months. They will still be safe to eat beyond this point, but the quality and flavor may start to deteriorate.
  6. Thaw the boiled peanuts before serving. You can thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for a few hours. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop.

That’s it! By following these simple steps, you can freeze your boiled peanuts and enjoy them for months to come.

Should I shell my boiled peanuts before freezing them?

  •  If you’re planning to use boiled peanuts as a snack, you can freeze peanuts with the shells on. The shells will help protect the peanuts from freezer burn and preserve their flavor and texture.  
  • If you’re planning to use the boiled peanuts for recipes such as my Boiled Peanut Hummus, then it would be easier to shell the peanuts before freezing.  This will save you time and effort later on.
boiled peanut hummus

Ultimately, whether you choose to freeze boiled peanuts with or without shells depends on your personal preference. Both methods can be effective, and it’s a matter of experimenting to see which one you prefer.

📅 How long are frozen boiled peanuts good for? 

When properly stored, frozen boiled peanuts can last for up to six months in the freezer. After this time, the quality and flavor of the peanuts may begin to deteriorate. For best results, it’s worth noting that while frozen boiled peanuts can be safely consumed after six months, their texture and flavor may not be as good as freshly cooked boiled peanuts. Therefore, it’s recommended to consume frozen boiled peanuts within the first few months after freezing for the best taste and texture.

How To Thaw Frozen Boiled Peanuts

Here are a few methods for thawing frozen boiled peanuts:

  1. Refrigerator thawing: This is the most common and recommended method for thawing frozen boiled peanuts. Simply transfer the container or bag of frozen boiled peanuts to the refrigerator and allow them to thaw overnight. This slow thawing process will help to preserve the texture and flavor of the boiled peanuts.
  2. Room temperature thawing: If you need to thaw the boiled peanuts quickly, you can do so at room temperature. Transfer the container or bag of frozen boiled peanuts to a bowl or plate, and leave them at room temperature for a few hours. This method is faster than refrigerator thawing, but it can also result in some loss of flavor and texture.
  3. Microwave thawing: If you need to thaw the boiled peanuts quickly, you can use a microwave. Place the frozen boiled peanuts in a microwave-safe dish and microwave them on the defrost setting for a few minutes. Be sure to stir the peanuts frequently to ensure even thawing. However, be aware that this method can cause the peanuts to become mushy or rubbery, so it’s best to use it only if you’re in a hurry.

No matter which method you choose, it’s important to remember that once the boiled peanuts are thawed, you should consume them within a few days. Do not refreeze thawed boiled peanuts, as this can affect their texture and flavor.

How To Reheat Boiled Peanuts

Here are a few methods for reheating cooked boiled peanuts. Note: you want to heat your peanuts in hot water, not boiling water, so they do not become overcooked. 

boiled peanuts in pan
  1. Stovetop reheating: To reheat unshelled boiled peanuts on the stovetop, place them in a pot and add leftover salt water brine to cover them. Heat the pot over medium heat until the water comes to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let the peanuts simmer until they are heated through. Boiling peanuts again is not the goal. You just want them to simmer and become hot. This method can help to preserve the texture and flavor of the boiled peanuts.
  2. Microwave reheating: To reheat unshelled boiled peanuts in the microwave, place them in a microwave-safe dish and add some leftover peanut juice to almost cover the peanuts.  Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or paper towel, and microwave the peanuts on high for 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until they are heated through. 
  3. Oven reheating: To reheat unshelled boiled peanuts in the oven, place them in an oven-safe dish and add enough peanut juice or brine to surround the peanuts.  Cover the dish with foil and heat the peanuts in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes or until they are heated through.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to keep an eye on the boiled peanuts as they reheat to prevent them from becoming dried out or overcooked. Your goal is not to boil peanuts again but reheat them.  Additionally, be aware that reheating boiled peanuts multiple times can cause them to become dry and tough, so it’s best to only reheat them once if possible.

What if I do not have enough brine when reheating unshelled boiled peanuts?

If you do not have enough salty water brine when reheating unshelled boiled peanuts, you can make a simple brine by mixing salt and water together. The ratio of salt to water for making a brine depends on personal preference, but a common ratio is 1 cup of salt to 1 gallon of water.

How To Make Boiled Peanut Brine When Reheating

  1. To make boiled peanut brine, simply dissolve  1 cup of salt in 1 gallon of water in a large pot. Heat the water and plain salt just enough to help dissolve the salt. 
  2.  Add the boiled peanuts to the brine and make sure they are fully submerged. Heat the pot on the stove over medium heat until the brine comes to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and let the peanuts simmer until they are heated through.

What if I want to spice up my previously frozen boiled peanuts? 

If you want to spice up your previously frozen boiled peanuts, there are several ways to do so. Here are a few suggestions:

Add spices during reheating: You can add spices such as cayenne pepper, garlic powder, or smoked paprika to the water or brine when reheating the boiled peanuts. This will infuse the peanuts with flavor as they reheat.  My favorite pour-in spices are Tony Chachere Seasoning Blends. I use 1 tablespoon of Tony’s per 2 cups of shell on boiled peanuts and brine when reheating.  I also like to use Old Bay Seasoning a

Boiled peanuts in the instant pot with seasoning on the side.

Marinate before reheating: If you have time,  this is an easy way to add some heat to your boiled peanuts. You can marinate the boiled peanuts in a spicy mixture before reheating. This works well if you want to add a lot of flavor and heat to the peanuts. Simply mix together your desired spices and liquids (such as vinegar or hot sauce), add the boiled peanuts, and let them marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Then, reheat as desired.

Can you eat the peanut shells on a boiled peanut? 

While it is common for some Southerners to eat the shells of boiled peanuts along with the peanuts themselves. The shells can be quite soft and tender after boiling, and some people enjoy the added texture and flavor they provide. However, not all boiled peanut eaters choose to eat the shells, and it’s a matter of personal preference. If you’re new to boiled peanuts, you can try eating a few with the shells to see if you like them, but you can also discard the shells if you prefer.

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How To Freeze Boiled Peanuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Learn how to freeze boiled peanuts in brine with our step-by-step guide. Find out the best containers to use, how long they'll last in the freezer, and how to thaw and reheat them. Perfect for a tasty and healthy snack anytime!

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

  • boiled peanuuts

Instructions
 

  • Allow the boiled peanuts to cool to room temperature in their cooking liquid. It’s important not to freeze hot or warm boiled peanuts, as this can cause the formation of ice crystals and affect their texture.
  • Once the boiled peanuts have cooled down, separate them into portion sizes. Fill your freezer-safe containers with the boiled peanuts in the shell. Pour just enough leftover peanut boil juice to cover the peanuts. * Be sure to leave some headspace in the container expansion during freezing.
  • Label the containers with the date and contents, so you can easily identify them later. I like to use washi tape and a permanent marker for this. The tape comes off easily when you thaw the peanuts and wash the container.
  • Place the containers in the freezer. It’s best to keep them in a single layer to allow for quick and even freezing.
  • Freeze the boiled peanuts for up to 6 months. They will still be safe to eat beyond this point, but the quality and flavor may start to deteriorate.
  • Thaw the boiled peanuts before serving. You can thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for a few hours. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Notes

What type of container is best to freeze leftover boiled peanuts?
When it comes to freezing peanuts in the shell, the type of container you use can make a difference in the quality and flavor of the peanuts. Here are some container options you can consider:
  1. Freezer-safe plastic and glass containers: You can use plastic or glass containers specifically designed for freezer use. The key is to be sure they are in an airtight container so your boiled peanuts do not get freezer burn. The bonus is you can reuse this type of freezer-safe container over and over. 
  2. Disposable freezer bag: You can also use resealable freezer bags to store boiled peanuts. The bags also make it easy to label and date your boiled peanuts before putting them in the freezer. This is my personal preference for the best way to freeze cooked boiled peanuts. However, be sure to use a freezer bag since they are thicker than a regular plastic bag for sandwiches. 
  3. Mason jars: If you prefer to use glass containers, mason jars are another great way to store frozen boiled peanuts. Do not use off-brand glass jars, as the glass is thinner, and you will run a risk of the jar breaking when being frozen or thawed. To fill your jars easily, it is best to use wide-mouth jars.  
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
Author: Gina Dickson
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