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Peanuts are one of the common crops grown in the Philippines, that is why during my younger years we often have it as our snacks. I can still remember when I was in grade school, I have experienced harvesting them since there is plantation nearby our house. It was such a fun memory doing this with my cousins and aunties.

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The very easy way of cooking peanuts and to enjoy its tasty mashy flavor is simply by boiling it. Boiled peanut or nilagang mani, is what we call it in the Philippines, is one of the popular street foods that Filipino people loves to sell and eat.

Please note that peanuts have loads of variety which means it has different time frame of cooking it. Although peanuts has many varieties, there are 4 basic market types that you can choice from: Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia. Runners has an attractive uniform kernel size. Fifty four percent of the runners grown are use for peanut butter. Virginia are the largest kernels and account for most of the peanuts roasted and processed-in-the-shell. When shelled, many of the larger kernels are sold as gourmet snack peanuts. Spanish - type peanuts have smaller kernels covered with a reddish-brown skin. They are used predominantly is peanut candies, with significant quantities used for snack nuts and peanut butter. They are higher oil content than the other types of peanuts which is advantageous when crushing for oil.  Valencia  usually have three or more small kernels to a pod and are covered in a bright-red skin. They are very sweet peanuts and are usually roasted and sold-in-the-shell. They are also excellent for fresh use as boiled peanuts. [16]

More or less now you have an idea what type you are buying if you are in a groceries store or in a market. So bare in mind that it can affect your cooking time, it is best to check it from time to time if it is cook enough or not prior removing from the heat.

Let's start cooking are the things we needed.

  • 1/2 kilo raw peanut
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • water as needed

  1. Wash the raw peanut for few times till the water is clear.
  2. Put it in the pan with same level of water as the peanut. Noticed the some peanut will float so push it down to level down with the water.
  3. Add salt and mix thouroughly.
  4. Place on a high heat setting initially and lower down to medium heat once started to boil.
  5. Let it simmer for 30 mins and start to check if the peanut is cook. Don't forget to stir in between cooking to avoid sticking from the pan. You can extend boiling time if peanuts still hard and taste uncooked. Please note different peanuts need different cooking time.
  6. Once cook remove from the heat and drain the water to avoid it from soaking. Tips: please note that if you leave the peanut  in the boiled water for long time, it has tendency to absorb inside the peanut and stay it inside the shell.
  7. Serve in a serving plate while hot.

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