We take great pride in producing not only the greatest tasting gourmet peanuts, but in also going the extra mile to provide the highest quality. From harvest, our Virginia peanuts raised in Southampton County, VA are cleaned, shelled, and sized. Because we want to provide you with the most flavor, we only select the super extra-large peanuts for our gourmet cooking. They are definitely the “cream of the crop” as this size makes up less than the top 10% of the crop each year.
The peanuts then get blanched (with the exception of our Redskins flavor) to remove the redskins, called the testa. It should be noted that there are benefits from eating peanut skins. Not only are they high in fiber, but they also contain resveratrol, the same antioxidant that red wine is famous for, which is also an antimicrobial. Resveratrol can lower blood sugar and may be an important weapon in the fight against cancer — roasting peanuts with their skins increases the amount of antioxidants and prepares them for cooking.
The third step is cooking. We blister-fry our peanuts! Peanuts are set up in small batches of about 15 lbs, which allows us to keep a close eye on their quality as they cook. First, they are soaked in warm water for a short time, drained and then deep-fried in 100% peanut oil. This step is the unique key for our company — frying our peanuts in 100% peanut oil not only guarantees the most oxidative stability (giving them a longer shelf-life naturally), but there will also be a zero-net loss of peanut flavor. They will be cooked all the way through until they’re super crisp and crunchy. Peanut oil is more expensive than other vegetable oils our competitors use, but the taste is so worth it!