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How It’s Done: South Carolina Boiled Peanuts

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Boiled peanuts are a beloved snack in the Palmetto State, so much so that they were named the Official Snack of South Carolina. You don't have to look far to get your hands on a bag of this salty treat. You'll find them readily available at roadside stands, grocery stores and festivals throughout the Palmetto State.

In fact, they're so popular, they have their very own festival, the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, which takes place every September when peanuts are in season and at their freshest. At this fun event, you can participate in boiled peanut cook-offs and eating contests, see the world's largest boiled peanut, and so much more -- all while enjoying your fair share of this tasty snack!

For many South Carolinians, boiling peanuts is a family tradition. But you don't need to have Southern roots or a culinary degree to make your own boiled peanuts. The recipe is easy and requires only a few ingredients. Ready to give it a try? Here's a recipe to make your own batch.

BOILED PEANUTS

2-3 pounds of raw peanuts

About ¾ cup of salt

Water

Wash the peanuts and place them in a large pot. Cover with enough water to allow the peanuts to float. Add the salt.

Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer for 1-2 hours.

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