boiled peanutsOh Yes, it's the time of year for boiled peanuts again, isn't it? It means that freshly dug peanuts are coming to market. In my experience, boiling is the only way my father (a peanut fiend) prepares them. He rinses them to get any remaining dirt off and then brings them to a boil in a pot of water. He seasoned only with salt in the boiling water. He boiled them until they got to a nice tender texture. They are particularly sweet tasting. I ate them even though I didn't love them. But I bet seasoning the liquid with other aromatics yields delicious results. But once, a co-worker (when I was still working in an office) boiled dried raw peanuts in shell. I remember that they were soaked for 24 hours prior to boiling. They never took on that soft texture that fresh peanuts take on, though, and didn't taste as good.