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"A lot of them are really impressed, and some would rather have them roasted," said Sacco, who sells raw peanuts for those who want to boil their own. He also sells other Southern ingredients, including sorghum and Georgia pecans.
Born and raised in Utah, Zack Fandl found the boiled peanuts addictive as well.
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Chris and Dave’s Boiled Peanuts are available at local farmers markets and throughout the year at various stores.
Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park » 300 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 19.
Wheeler Farm Sunday Market » 6351 S. 900 East, Murray. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 27.
Blue Star Juice and Coffee Café » 2795 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City; 801-466-4280
Community Food Co-op of Utah » 1726 S. 700 West, Salt Lake City; 801-746-7878
Local Flavors Market & Cafe (formerly Cy’s) » 8767 S. 700 East, Sandy; 801-915-5572
Pirate O’s Gourmet Market » 11901 S. 700 East, Draper; 801-572-0956
Peterson’s Fresh Market » 1777 W. 12600 South, Riverton; 801-254-0761
Sacco’s Produce » 6050 S. 1900 West, Roy; 801-825-1061
Village Baker » 1658 W. 9000 South, West Jordan; 801-565-0055
Wasatch Front Farmers Market Store » 5823 S. State St., Murray; 801-792-1419
Western Nut Company » 434 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City; 801-363-8869
2 pounds dried raw peanuts
½ to 2/3 cup salt
Soak peanuts in water to cover in a large stock pot at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. (You may need to weigh down peanuts with a large plate or lid to ensure that they are fully submerged.) Drain and rinse.
Place peanuts and desired amount of salt in stock pot with 4 ½ quarts water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 6 hours or until peanuts are tender, adding water as needed to keep peanuts covered; stir occasionally.
Remove from heat; let stand 1 hour. Serve warm.
Cajun Boiled Peanuts: Proceed with Step 1, adding ½ cup Cajun seasoning to water. Proceed with Step 2, using ½ cup salt and 5 to 7 tablespoons liquid Cajun crab boil seasoning before bringing to a boil. Proceed with recipe as directed.
To store, place peanuts in a large tub and cover with brine. Store in the refrigerator. Reaheat in a saucepan or slow cooker.
Source: Southern Living
"I had never heard of them until I saw Dave’s booth at the market and he offered me a sample," said the Salt Lake City event coordinator. "Now I routinely buy them. The Cajun peanuts are my favorite by far."
Fandl said the protein-rich peanuts are a "healthier alternative" to potato chips or other snacks beloved by couch potatoes. "I usually eat them while I’m watching football."
While there are many ways to eat boiled peanuts, Mathison said it’s best to put the whole peanut in your mouth, gently crack it open with your teeth and then suck all the salty juice out. After that, it’s easy to extract the softened nut and spit out the shell.
It usually takes uninitiated customers three tries to really understand the genius of the boiled peanut, said Mathison. "The first time you sample, it’s kind of weird and you don’t know what to think. The second time you think it’s kind of good. And by the third sample you’re hooked."
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