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How can I convert salty peanuts into slightly salted without ruining them?

Asked by ETpro (34584points) January 20th, 2012

I love peanuts. But I don’t love salt licks. A little salt on roasted, shelled peanuts adds to their taste without giving me mega-doses of sodium. A bowl of very lightly salted peanuts and some good red wine is seventh heaven to me.

I had very high blood pressure a few years back. It was 210 over 165. The doc put me on a diuretic and an ACE Inhibitor. That brought it down to borderline high. I added a diet low in sodium and saturated fats, and filled with heart healthy natural foods. I started a daily exercise program, alternating between a full body aerobic routine and strength/muscle-mass building using free weights. Last checkup, I came in at 90 over 64. Quite an improvement.

So I hope you can understand why, although salt isn’t horrible tasting, I don’t want carloads of it in my diet. In truth, since I have become salt conscious, and started avoiding excesses of it, I’ve grown much more sensitive to it. It doesn’t take much to be too much for my now salt-sensitive palate.

Now finally the question. I bought a 40 Oz. can of Costco’s Kirkland house brand peanuts. They are roasted just right, and wonderful tasting Virginia extra-large peanuts. But they are way too salty. How can I remove most of the salt (not all, just most) without ruining my peanuts in the process?

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Jeruba's avatar

This seems like a total setup for some great joke answers. But you actually sound serious. So—how about putting some in a container that has room to spare and giving them a good shaking? It seems like they’d abrade one another and rub off some of the coating. You ought to be able to tell pretty quickly whether you’re accumulating fallout in the bottom or not.

(If not, then you need another idea.)

DrBill's avatar

….and I have to take salt tablets because I don’t get enough.

I would buy a can of unsalted, and mix them.

Bellatrix's avatar

Perhaps follow @Jeruba‘s advice but put some paper towel in the container to catch some of the salt off the nuts? Or even put a portion of nuts on absorbent paper towel and rub the nuts very gently to take off some of the salt. Might work.

jazmina88's avatar

buy unsalted and spice your own… can even get creative…black pepper, etc.

ETpro's avatar

@Jeruba Good to have you back. Yes, stupid as it may seem, I am serious. The salt seems to be finely powdered and stuck to the natural oils of the nuts. It doesn’t seem to shake off.

@DrBill That’s a really good idea. Thanks.

@Bellatrix I think I’d have to shake them in wet paper towels or some such to make any headway. I was worried that getting the nuts wet would cause them to spoin quickly.

@jazmina88 Too late for this buy, but that may be the final solution.

Bellatrix's avatar

Perhaps not, because of the oil in the nuts. I don’t think you should roll them in wet towels.. that would not be good for the nuts I think. @DrBill‘s idea would certainly help a lot.

ETpro's avatar

@Bellatrix My thoughts exactly. Thanks.

snowberry's avatar

If the nuts are still too salty, you could rinse it all off, and start over. I’ve actually done that. After rinsing, I rinse them again in a tamari/water mixture. Tamari is found in many grocery stores, and in most health food stores. It’s salty like soy sauce, but it tastes better. After rinsing, I spread them out on a cookie sheet, and let dry. If you don’t like tamari, a salt and water solution to your taste would work. You might have to experiment to find the right combination.


laureth's avatar

To add to @snowberry‘s fine answer, you could dry the nuts in the oven on low.

marinelife's avatar

I really think think that rubbing them with dry paper towels would work. it would absorb some of the oil and the salt would stick to the oil.

gailcalled's avatar

Use the 40 oz. as compost and buy peanuts in the shell from now on. (The shells make wonderful nitrogen-fixing mulch.)

john65pennington's avatar

Take shelled, salty peanuts, open the bottle or can and run water over them. The water will dilute the salt or run it off into the sink. Then, place the wet peanuts on a paper towel to absorb the excess moisture on the peanuts. Then, roast in a toaster oven on low heat for about 10 minutes or until dry and back to its normal condition.

Great warm peanuts with a lot less sodium(salt). jp

zensky's avatar

Add unsalted peanuts – toss them all in a bag.

smilingheart1's avatar

There once was a peanut lover named ET
who bought Costco’s extra big salty
Upon discovery of its anti-heart healthy
Appealed to the wisdom of The Collectivet-y
Who advised how to render a remedy
Now ET snacks 50% more lightly.

linguaphile's avatar

Everyone’s suggestions sound great— one more… Maybe put the peanuts in a wire sieve/colander and shake them over a sink. That way you still have the initial flavor you mentioned liking, but a lot of the salt should fall off.

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