Did your parents ever tell you that you couldn’t buy boiled peanuts or corn from street vendors because they probably used dirty water and you could end up in the hospital with typhoid? Geez, my parents were big on street food cooties. Forget the fact that the water probably did reach the boiling point which would have killed off most germs, but we never argued with the logic at the time. It was easier to settle for a bag of Chippy (local corn chips) at the next possible moment, replete with artificial flavorings, colors, fat etc. We didn’t eat boiled peanuts or corn on the street. But we often had it at home. And this is truly one of the simplest, most nutritious and satisfying snacks you can have. Take a whole bunch of freshly harvested peanuts and wash them well to rid them of any remaining soil clinging to the crevices of the of the shells — NOW HERE LIES THE REAL RISK, I would think, contaminated soil left on the peanuts boiled in the water that might, just might eventually taint the peanuts inside somehow… Then bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and boil the peanuts for a few minutes until done.
Eat them warm or allow them to cool completely and they will be easier to peel and eat. I prefer to eat these as is, without added salt or anything else… Yum. :)