How To Remove The Skins Of Roasted Peanuts In a Jiffy

Good afternoon, dear friends :D

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. :roll:

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! :lol:

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. :roll:

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! :roll: :lol:

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 :idea: -

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? :wink: :D

Now I can look forward to cooking anything that calls for roasted peanuts without having to worry about the hassle of deskinning them! :D

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  1. 1

    sweetrosie said,

    How ingenious! Now all I need is about 40 of your peanut puffs to have with my morning coffee ;)

    dear choesf – please fill me in. How does a compound differ from a garden? Do only certain types of homes have a compound or is it a space for several homes? What household activities would you perform in a compound? I’m thinking washing, that kind of thing. You have me intrigued again and I love it!! :)

    love to you xx

  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Heheh, dear sweetrosie, I’ll “beam” some peanut puffs over to you like how they did in those Star Trek shows. :lol:

    In Malaysia, there are different kinds of houses with various sizes of land attached. I called the land “compounds” because some homeowners may have cemented them totally without any earth left for gardening (well, gardening is limited to pots).

    For example, I live in a terrace house which is one of the units in a row of houses and I only have a little piece of land about 30 ft by 24 ft in front but that has been turned into a car porch. I have 2 tiny spots (not more than 3 feet) to plant my palm trees and some other plants.

    So, with a tiled and cemented compound like mine, if I were to follow the traditional method of just tossing the peanuts into the air and let the breeze blow the skins away, I will have a big mess to clean up in my car porch! :lol:

    That’s why I do this task in my kitchen and moreover, it’s cooler inside.

    When you come to KL, I’ll bring you around to see the houses here and you will know what I mean. Besides, we’ll go try out all types of food here. :wink:

    Have a relaxing weekend!

    With love and hugs,

    choesf :D

  3. 3

    Dorie said,

    Hello HappyHomemaker88
    It is certainly an ingenious way to remove skins from roasted peanuts. As a note of precaution and responsibility, please note that contact with peanuts skin and all in any form can be potentially fatal to anyone who has an allergy, be it neighbours, passers-by if done in the open air. It can cause an Anaphylaxis reaction. Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphylaxis
    More and more children these days are developing nuts allergy.
    Regards, Dorie

  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Dorie :D

    Thank you so much for highlighting the peanut allergy that peanut skins can cause. In view of this serious affliction, I would suggest that everyone that reads this post do their peanut skin removal indoors.

    Have a wonderful week!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf :D

  5. 5

    rgs said,

    Your method seems to be a good one. I cannot find a colander similar to what you show in your photo above. Is there somewhere on the internet where this type of colander can be purchased? Thank you.

    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear rgs :D

      You can use a basket or a mixing bowl instead of the plastic colander in the picture – the only thing is you have to keep blowing at the peanuts so that the bits of skins will fly away. :wink:

      With peace and harmony,

      choesf :D

  6. 7

    Sakshi said,

    Hi there,

    That sounds so smart and painless. I am from India and peanut butter has just recently found its way to over here. and the ones available are a little too stale to my taste.

    I thinking of making one of those no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies. So I found a recipe for PB and was wondering if there was a alternative way which won’t squish the nuts but remove the skin anyway. Yours son’s method sounds really good.

    To remove the skins, my mom used to put all the peanut in a cloth bag, tie at the top and then gently beat the bag on the counter-top holding it from the top knot. Most of the peanuts are halved and their skins removed. After that you can put them in your colander and either blow or shake the skins off…

    What do you think of this method?

    Have fun.

    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Sakshi :D

      Your mom has an ingenious method of removing the peanut skins. Thank you for sharing this method here. I will tell my son about it and we will try out this “bag method” the next time for the fun of it. :D

      Have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

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  8. 10

    AllStarship said,

    A hair dryer works great for the “blowing”. A little messy, but by putting on it on low speed, tipping the bowl toward the sink, bouncing the bowl a little to “toss” the peanuts, it gets all the skins off really fast. I only had a few strays to vacumn up!

    • 11

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear AllStarship :D

      Now, that is a really wonderful tip from you! Thank you for sharing with us here! :D

      By using the hairdryer, it will save me from getting blue in the face, blowing those skins off! I’ll be sure to use a hair dryer the next time. :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  9. 12

    Rachna said,

    Thanks a ton for the wonderful idea! Please thank you son as well for making an extremely painful task so painless!!!!

    • 13

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Rachna :D

      Thank you for your compliments to my son – I will let him know. Heheh, I told him his technique is now known worldwide! :lol: I am still thankful his ingenious method of removing roasted peanut skins effortlessly and in your right word, “painlessly” as well! :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

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  11. 16

    Hello said,

    Thank u….. Today u made this work easier for me….. It helped me a lot…. And its fun doing it in your way…..


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