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How To Roast Peanuts At Home

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Roasting peanuts at home is fast, easy and practical. Here are the ways to roast both shelled and unshelled raw peanuts. Roasted peanuts are high in fiber, protein and folic acid, and have a delicious, sweet, buttery flavor to them, along with the crunch.

Before roasting the peanuts, you will need to remove their shells and skins. For shelled peanuts, either freeze them overnight, or blanch and steep them in boiling water for 3 minutes. After that, remove the skins with your fingers. If the peanuts are unshelled, leave them as they are. Their skin can be removed easily after roasting.

Drain them and let them dry on a paper napkin.

If roasting in an oven:

•    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

•    Place the peanuts on a cookie sheet, in a single layer.

•    Bake shelled peanuts for 15 minutes and unshelled peanuts for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If roasting in a microwave:

•    Wet the peanuts thoroughly in water. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt.

•    Microwave on high for up to 2 ½ minutes, for lightly roasted peanuts. For a darker roast, microwave for an additional 30 seconds at a time, till the nuts reach the desired level of roasting.

•    After roasting, let the peanuts stand for 10 minutes to cool. Roasted peanuts should be crisp when cool. Add your favorite seasoning for an instant snack. Popular seasonings include salt, curry powder, paprika, chili powder, Cajun seasoning and parmesan.

To store roasted peanuts, cool completely, then put in clean, dry airtight jars and store away from moisture and direct sunlight.

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