Virginia Peanuts Bulk Inshell Animal Peanuts for Squirrels, Birds, Deer, Pigs and a Wide Variety of Wildlife, 25LB BagCategory: Boiled PeanutsWakefield Peanut Company continues to cultivate a tradition of excellence that began more than 150 years ago when the first commercial peanut crop in the United States was grown a few miles west of our location. And for over 40 years, our family-owned business in Wakefield, Virginia, has produced some of the finest peanut products available. We hire only the finest American workers and are known around the Peanut industry for our ethical practices and excellent working conditions. All of our crop sold on this listing is from the freshest, most current crop available.Virginia peanuts (grown primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia) are largely podded and usually contain two large, elongated seeds with light reddish skins. They are valued by consumers for their large size, beauty, excellent peanut flavor, and high nutritional value.Peanuts are the original "Health Nut"They contain Protein, B Vitamins, Fiber, and Essential MineralsThey do NOT contain cholesterolCertified Virginia's Finest by VDACSMany wild backyard birds enjoy eating Wakefield Peanuts.Whole peanuts are popular with larger birds where smaller birds will take the peanut and break them into smaller, easier to eat pieces. These peanuts can either be sprinkled around your yard or put in a bird feeder for access.Peanuts are a very popular treat among Blue Jays, Towhees, Grackles, Crows, Jays, Ravens, Woodpeckers, Northern Cardinals, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Pyrrhuloxia, Titmice, Tits, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Wrens, Doves and more!PigsIn-shell peanuts are one of the most natural foods a pig can enjoy. They are full of nutrients and are a superb source of protein and energy in their diets.In fact, peanuts are the only in-shell nuts that a pig can enjoy. That is because peanut shells are soft enough that they won't tear any part of the GI tract as they're chewed up and swallowed.SquirrelsPeanuts are great for attracting squirrels to your backyard in the warmer months. They are perfect for filling the squirrel feeders or sprinkling around your yard.In colder months, squirrels often forget where they buried their nuts over the summer. Feeding squirrels peanuts as a dietary supplement over the winter helps them find food in times when it is scarce.DeerMany deer enjoy in-shell peanuts as a snack. Since deer are creatures of habit, it may take a little while for them to adjust to eating the peanuts.Try leaving some peanuts out when there are deer in the area and over time it will become a regular occurrence. Once this happens, you will consistently attract deer to your yard so you can admire their natural beauty.Use and Storage of Raw PeanutsAs with many raw agricultural food products, it is recommended that peanuts be cooked before consumption. See below for instructions on cooking peanuts.BoilingIngredients: 2 to 3 pounds raw peanuts in the shell, 1 1/2 cups salt | Instructions: Put raw in-shell peanuts and salt in large pot. Cover completely with water. Bring to boil and simmer for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. To check if done, pull 1 or 2 peanuts out of the pot and crack them open. If they are soft, they are done. If they are still slightly crunchy, they are not done. If they are not salty enough, leave them in the salted water and turn off heat. When done, drain and serve immediately.Conventional Oven Roasting (Parching)Instructions: Place raw peanuts, in shell OR shelled, one layer deep in a shallow baking pan. Roast in 350 degrees F. - 15 to 20 minutes for shelled and 20 to 25 minutes for in-shell peanuts (remove from heat just short of doneness desired as peanuts continue to cook as they cool).