Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay to eat peanuts shell and all?
Yes, peanut shells may be eaten. In fact, many people report that they
enjoy peanuts including the shell and food scientist indicate that its
okay. The chemical composition of peanuts shells varies with the peanut
variety and shelling conditions but here is their approximate
composition: Crude Fiber 60%; Cellulose 25%; Water 8%; Crude Protein
6%; Ash 2%; Fat 1%
To what plant family do peanuts belong?
Peanuts are a legume (a member of the pea and bean family) Scientific name: Arachis hypogaea
How are peanuts seasoned inside the shell? Can I do this in my home kitchen?
Peanuts are washed, placed in a vacuum kettle with a brine solution, (or
spice solution such as cajun). They are held under vacuum for a few
seconds and then the vacuum is released, the peanuts are stirred and the
process repeated once or twice until the desired seasoning level is
reached. The peanuts are then centrifuged and rapidly roasted by forced
hot air. This leaves a residue of seasoning inside the shell. Perhaps at
home you could do the first part in a pressure cooker, but drying them
out in the home oven is not so successful. It is difficult to dry them
to the appropriate 7% moisture level without overcooking.
Last Updated ( May 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM )