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How Long Do Boiled Peanuts Last? [Shelf Life Guide]

Boiled peanuts are a Southern tradition that has been around for generations.

These boiled nuts can be eaten or used in recipes like boiled peanut soup and boiled peanut pasta salad.

This article will talk about how long boiled peanuts last, how to store them properly after cooking, and how you can make your own at home.

How to Boil Peanuts?

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Peanuts are a great snack and go with just about any meal, but did you know that there is more than one way to prepare them? You can boil peanuts or fry them.

This blog post will teach you how to boil peanuts the traditional southern way so let’s get started.

First things first, gather all of your ingredients: in this case, we need water, salt (optional), and raw unsalted peanuts.

Please fill up your pot with enough water to cover the number of peanuts being made, then bring it to a rolling boil.

Next, lower the temperature and then add peanuts to cook for about 20-25 minutes until they are fork-tender.

If you want them a little firmer, leave them cooking for an extra five or ten minutes before removing them from heat.

After this is done, remove peanuts from the pot with a slotted spoon and allow them to dry on a paper towel so that it can soak up any excess moisture.

Now let’s move onto seasoning.

One way to season your boiled peanuts is by adding salt, but if salt isn’t preferred, feel free to use other spices like garlic powder or cayenne pepper, which will work just as well.

After salting/spicing, make sure that all of the liquid has been evaporated off the peanuts to make them too soggy.

There you have it, a delicious snack for any occasion, and now there is no need to boil raw unsalted peanuts because they are just as good pre-seasoned.

How to Store Boiled Peanuts?

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If you’ve gone through boiling peanuts, then it is important to know how long they will last for storage.

Peanuts can be stored in their jar and kept at room temperature or refrigerated.

The length of time boiled peanuts are good depends on a few factors such as humidity levels and air circulation around them.

This also goes for other nuts that do not need any cooking before eating, like cashews and almonds.

These should stay fresh for about one week if they were purchased from whole foods but still have plenty left after that date.

They may start changing color, which means they might become rancid, so we recommend storing them in an airtight container with a desiccant or keeping them in the refrigerator.

If you’ve found yourself with a jar of boiled peanuts that have been sitting around for more than a week, don’t despair.

They can still make some delicious dishes such as peanut butter or desserts like cookies and cakes.

Just spread on Nutella, chocolate syrup, or marshmallow fluff.

How Long Do Boiled Peanuts Last?

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Boiled peanuts are a popular snack, but how long do they last? We’ll take a look at the life of boiled peanuts from when you buy them to what age is past their prime.

The opened bag will usually stay fresh for up to three days at room temperature if unopened.

If it has been unsealed and exposed to air, it can be kept in the refrigerator for ten days or stored in a freezer-safe container with all contents removed for one month.

The best way to store boiled peanuts is in an airtight container, such as a jar or sealed plastic bag.

If the beans have already been exposed to air, they should be refrigerated (or frozen) immediately and consumed within two days of opening.

Boiled peanuts are usually eaten right away, so it isn’t necessary to keep them for very long, but if you plan to store them, ensure that all contents are removed from the canning jars before sealing with lids.

Boiled peanuts will last up to 10 days in the fridge when stored this way without any preservatives or additives added into the mix.

How to Tell if Boiled Peanuts are Bad?

how to tell if boiled peanuts are bad

Boiled peanuts are a low-fat, high-protein snack that is typically boiled in water.

They have been enjoyed since the 1700s, and they are usually eaten by themselves or used as an ingredient in recipes such as boiled peanut hummus and boilos.

Boiled peanuts can be refrigerated for later use, but how do you know if they’ve gone bad?

If the peanuts have been refrigerated, they may be a little firmer than boiled peanuts stored at room temperature.

If you’re unsure if your batch of boiled peanuts has gone bad, check for any mold growth on them.

Mold will turn into fuzzy green patches and can sometimes grow inside the shell as well.

Moldy nuts should not be eaten because they could cause stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea.

Another sign of a bad boiled peanut is if they are covered in dark or black spots.

This could be from mold, but it could also simply mean that the peanuts have been sitting out at room temperature for too long and have become oxidized.

You can also take a whiff of the boiled peanut and see if it smells sour or rancid.

This flavor is commonly found in spoiled foods since this indicates that bacteria has broken down food particles, making them visible to your nose.

If you’ve eaten a bad few peanuts, you may notice symptoms such as cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you’re unsure about whether boiled peanuts are bad and ready to eat them anyway, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

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How Long Do Boiled Peanuts Last? Do Boiled Peanuts Go Bad?

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Boiled peanuts
  • Air-tight containers or Ziplock bags
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Label your container with the content and date and keep track of how much you’re using!
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
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