Peanuts are a tasty, nutritious snack—although they are high in fat, they’re also packed with protein. “Raw” peanuts are defined as peanuts that have not been cooked or roasted; they differ from “green” peanuts, which are straight from the ground. Because peanuts have a high fat content, they will not technically freeze; however, keeping raw peanuts in the freezer is a safe way to store them long term.
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Shell the peanuts, if needed. Peanuts should be frozen shelled, according to Bertie County Peanuts, in Windsor, N.C.
Transfer the peanuts to freezer-safe bags. Fill the bags three-fourths full, then close the bags. Remove as much excess air from the bags as possible.
Freeze the peanuts. Frozen, raw peanuts will last indefinitely.
Freezer bags with sliding locks are more secure than “press” seal bags.
When you are ready to roast the peanuts, remove them from the freezer a few hours beforehand. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and place the peanuts on a standard baking sheet. Season them, if desired, and roast the peanuts for approximately 30 minutes.
References and ResourcesPNUTS (Bertie County Peanuts): Peanut FAQ
Boiled Peanuts: Peanut FAQ
Oklahoma Food: Peanut Storage