Good afternoon, dear friends
There are many wonderful and delicious recipes that call for the use of roasted peanuts, for example, Peanut Cookies, Achar, Kok Chai (Peanut Puffs), Peanut Sauce or Kuah Kacang for ketupat or satay, or Peanut Butter. Personally, I prefer to roast my own peanuts when I need to use them for the recipes as the ones sold in stores are not so fresh with a stale, oily smell. However, there is a hassle of removing the skins from them.
You won’t believe it but I learnt this method of removing the skins from roasted peanuts in a jiffy from my 12-year old son!
Last year, I had baked a lot of cookies for the Chinese New Year and I needed 1 kilo of roasted peanuts for two types of cookies – Peanut Cookies and Kok Chai (recipe HERE ). You won’t believe it, but it took me a long time to remove the skins, not to mention my very sore thumb and forefinger from all the rubbing of the peanuts to remove the skins.
This job is much easier if you have a compound or garden where you can simply rub the roasted peanuts with your hand, while at the same time shake the tray or basket or colander that the peanuts are contained in and any breeze would lift the skins away to fall into the grass. But if you stay in an apartment or don’t want to mess up your compound, then you just have to make do with slowly rubbing the skins off with your thumb and forefinger.
Anyway, when I had a recipe that called for roasted peanuts later, I decided to ask my youngest son to help me remove the skins of the roasted peanuts while I concentrated on preparing the other ingredients for that recipe. Well, you know kids…..being kids, they will come up with any ingenious idea to make their chores as less time consuming as possible and as less painful as possible!
So, this son of mine came up with the idea of using a plastic colander and a plastic cup for this task – and you know what, he finished the whole job in just 10 minutes, instead of 1 hour, minus the painful thumb and forefinger! : lol:
Here is his method -
1) place a few layers of old newspaper over a sink – (a) for the peanut skins to fall into and not make a big mess everywhere in your kitchen (b) easy disposal of the skins, just wrap newspaper up and throw them away
2) place cooled roasted peanuts in a plastic colander (see picture above) – some of the skins will fall through the hole into the sink
3) to grip the plastic cup properly – place four fingers into the cup whilst the thumb is outside the cup. Gripping the cup firmly this way, roll or grind the bottom of the cup over the peanuts and you will see the skins coming off easily and quickly
4) at the same time, give the colander a few mild shakes, side to side, as this motion will help to lose some of the skins through the holes at the bottom
5) every minute or two, blow gently over the peanuts to blow the skins out of the colander. Alternatively, if you don’t find this too hygienic, just crush the skins more to make them finer so that they will fall through the holes of the colander
There you have it…easy, isn’t it?
Now I can look forward to cooking anything that calls for roasted peanuts without having to worry about the hassle of deskinning them!