Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts! How to Cook Peanuts in an Pressure Cooker

Nothing says SUMMER quite like boiled peanuts!

Until recently, I loved to eat them but didn't like cooking them because it meant heating up the house with a large pot of boiling water and babysitting them for hours to make sure they didn't boil over or run out of water. We would also cook them outside on the fish cooker but with 100+ degree heat index, who wants to sit outside in the sweltering heat while next to a cooker? Not me!

Luckily, I've found the perfect way to boil peanuts faster and easier and usually in 30 minutes or less!

I tried my hand at this recipe after my family was wanting boiled peanuts. Since I had just bought my new Power Pressure Cooker (which I L-O-V-E), I thought I would give it a try for cooking a quick batch and it turned out almost perfect the firs time I tried it. I initially set the cooker for 30 minutes and ended up having to add another 5 minutes due to use very large peanuts. I recently cooked a batch that was using smaller, standard size peanuts and they cooked up perfectly in 32 minutes.


How to Cook Boiled Peanuts in the Pressure Cooker

Boiled Peanuts in Pressure Cooker
  • 2-3 lbs green peanuts (not dried. Dried will require extra time or soaking overnight)
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • Water (enough to cover peanuts completely)  
  1. First, I like to put about 2-3 cups of hot water in the pressure cooker, add the salt and stir until dissolved. This is not required, but I do it to ensure the salt doesn't pile up on the bottom of the cooker and stick.
  2. Next, wash the peanuts and drain off excess water and place in the pressure cooker.
  3. Add water to cover the peanuts at least an inch. Do not go over the max-fill line. It's important to never overfill your pressure cooker to avoid damaging the cooker, altering the cooking process and making messes.
  4. Next, pressure cook peanuts for 32-35 minutes at 15lbs or 70 ksi. If you are using smaller peanuts then you may want to reduce it to 30-32 minutes and check for doneness. They will continue to cook as they cool and you can always boil them for a few more minutes without pressure if need be. As with any recipe, you can always continue to cook if needed but you can't un-cook if it's over done. (ksi is the pressure settings used on electric cookers. It is also the default setting for all of the ones I have seen so far.)
  5. Once the peanuts are done cooking, let the pressure release naturally. (If you are using a stove top pressure cooker turn off the stove and carefully move the pot off of the hot burner. Don't rush this process this is where the salt and other spices you may have added will soak in, adding tons of flavor!
  6. After the pressure has naturally released and the cooker is safe to open, remove the cover and stir the peanuts well. Remove one or two peanuts and allow them to cool and check for flavor and to ensure they are done to your preference.

    Not Salty Enough
    If they are not salty enough, let them continue to soak in the cooking water. As they cool, they will soak up the salted water and any other seasonings added. I typically let mine soak about an hour after they are done cooking. Sometimes longer, depending on the size. It's all in preference. Whatever you do, don't panic and add a ton of salt. The peanuts will not even begin to soak up the salt or other spices you added until they begin to cool. The longer you let them sit in the water they more flavorful they become.

    Not Done
    If the peanuts are not done enough for your preference, you can can either pressure cook them a few minutes longer (if you are in a hurry), or simply turn your pressure cooker on to a non-pressure setting such as the browning or soups and stews setting for another 10-20 minutes or until they are done to your liking.
  7. Once the peanuts are done and perfectly salted to your preference, carefully drain them and put put in a Ziplock bag or bowl with a lid. 
  8. Now, for the best part... enjoy 
Storing Boiled Peanuts

Once you've got your belly full, make sure you store your boiled peanuts in the fridge in a food-safe container or Ziplock bag. They will last up to a week in the fridge or, you can divide them up into separate bags and place them in the freezer for a salty snack later.  When you are ready to eat them again, simply heat them back up in the microwave or boiling water for a few minutes. They are awesome!

Electric Pressure Cookers

Electric pressure cooker for boiling peanuts
Power Cooker Pro XL
I'm sure by now you have heard the latest craze about electric pressure cookers. Mine has been amazing... both of them! I had originally bought my step-mom the Power Cooker Pro a few years ago because I had no idea what to get her and it seemed perfect since it was so many appliances in one... it's a pressure cooker, canner, slowcooker, rice maker, and more, in one convenient little machine.  Shortly after, my best friend purchased one and she loved her's, too. So, I hopped on the bandwagon and bought myself one. *So glad I did!*. 

Then, after we were all getting used to the Power Cooker Pro, they came out with the Power Cooker Pro XL, which is larger and has a few more settings. My parents surprised me with one for my birthday! So now, I have two. And yes, I use them both, often!  

If you haven't gotten yourself one yet, or don't know much about them, I strongly suggest you check them out! Unlike the old fashion pressure cookers that your grandmother had these have many safety valves, plugs, locks and other safety features to keeping them from becoming missiles in the kitchen!  (You know the big metal one with the hisser on top that you were not allowed to go into the kitchen when she was using because it was dangerous!) And, not only are they safer, they include many small appliances in one simple machine and are a breeze to clean up! 


Do you have tips or ideas for cooking peanuts in a pressure cooker? Have you tried this recipe? Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think about it! 

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