How to store raw peanuts?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by crazzzymike13, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. crazzzymike13

    crazzzymike13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 barrel drums full of unshelled raw peanuts and I I just hit the jack pot! Well....... I think. How do I store them? Will they develop mold? I want to use them for feed for my chickens. Feed isn't getting any cheaper, this will sure help. I can also get more if its worth it. Plz any advice!
     
  2. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sure someone else will probably come along with advice or instructions better than this, but if you keep them all in the refrigerator they stay fresh for up to 9 months (in their shells only). Out of their shells is only 3-6 months. :( BUT - if you start now and dry roast all barrels full and vacuum pack them - they'll all stay fine for a year wherever you put them (that's their shelf life and they don't have to be refrigerated).

    Source:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2046432_store-peanuts.html

    If it were me and since you have SO many, I would roast them all and get a cheapy vacuum sealer at Wal-Mart. o_O

    Apparently - raw peanuts are bad for chickens but this article doesn't say why. I think it's probably because they're not nuts at all..they're legumes.
    http://citygirlfarming.com/Chickens/ThingsChickensShouldNotEat.html

    YUMMM peanuts I love peanuts, lucky chickens. [​IMG]
     
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    For you or the chickens or ?

    I buy raw peanuts 1 or 2 times a year, in 40 lb bags. I usually just store them in a garbage can, in the garden shed. They've lasted fine. The shed is unheated and open. I'm in a cool damp climate.
    There is one thing to be aware of is they may be contaminated with a mold toxin.

    Here's some info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aflatoxin

    I've not ever felt the need to worry about it, and never had them get moldy.

    Imp- I buy them mostly for the squirrels, but occasionally give them to the chickens. And I've been known to boil a few up and eat them myself. I find they taste rather bad eaten raw.
     
  4. crazzzymike13

    crazzzymike13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them for my chickens. I figured it would save me a little on my feed bill. I've been thinking maybe I could take a metal barrel and fill in a 1/3 full and put it on a fire and see if it roast them.
     

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