This past summer, one of our experiments was peanuts. N chose these (and popcorn, but that's a whole other post, since we still don't have any harvested)
Last week, we went out and harvested...the boys and I. I dug them up (have you ever seen how they grow? Kind of like potatoes)
And they pulled all the peanuts of the plants.
We collected a colander full from the one seed packet we planted. Pretty successful, I think, since we were just checking if they could grow well in our area.
I soaked them overnight in salt water (like I did for the sunflower seeds) but this may have been a mistake.
After roasting them in the oven, the peanuts were still really really soft, so I am thinking I probably shouldn't have soaked them. Incidentally, this whole process took a while...wanna know why? After I soaked them, I put them on a baking sheet. An air bake one that I have that doesn't have a rim on it. I only have one with a rim, and it was dirty, and I didn't feel like washing it before roasting the peanuts, since I was doing that at the same time as getting supper ready. I looked at it and thought "I won't spill, I will just be really careful". So, I put them in the over at 350 degrees. At 10 minutes I took them out to stir them up carefully, and then I went to put them back in the oven at which point I tipped the whole tray into the bottom of the oven. The gas oven...into the part where the flame is...while I was also trying to make dinner. So I turned the oven off and got some spaghetti sauce out of the freezer and made spaghetti instead of what I was going to be cooking...a new recipe I was inventing that we were all pretty excited to try. Then I had to wait for the oven to cool, so I went to do the groceries. When I came back, I took the oven panels out with a screwdriver and removed all the peanuts from the bottom flame area...some with tweezers. They kind of got stuck everywhere...and while I was in there I removed some broken glass from a casserole I exploded a few years back (I had "baby brain" at the time...N was a baby and I was sorely lacking sleep). So I am telling myself there is a reason that I spilled all those peanuts.
Anyways, by the time I finished all that, I was in no mood to roast the peanuts, so I roasted them the following night. For 40 minutes. And they still came out really really soft.
So...today I shelled them all...
and roasted them without the shell. For a little more than 20 minutes this time.
They are still kind of chewy. If I can't figure out how to fix it, I am going to roast them a little bit more, and then candy them. That should fix just about everything I would think.
Any suggestions - I mean other than the obvious "Do it right the first time" :)
Linking up with barn hop at Homestead Revival on Monday
Backyard Farming Connection at Simple and Joyful on Tuesday.