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TOPIC: Peanuts...IN the shell?

January 19, 2011 11:46 AM
This HAS to be a common question, but I did a search and can't find the answer. I might be phrasing it wrong, though.

In looking for peanuts, I get measurements like "1/2 cup, shelled". Well...I like to shell them as I eat them! :) I don't really want to shell out 1/2 cup then eat them. So, anyone know ABOUT how many peanuts IN the shell would equal, say, 1/2 cup shelled?
January 19, 2011 11:54 AM
would love to know the answer to this as mom often has peanuts in the shell on the counter at her house and when i pick up my kids on thurs nights i often grab a few and find that i can not find a way to log them so i just wouldnt put me over so i dont worry about it, just curious...
January 19, 2011 11:55 AM
I honestly have no idea, but my (possibly bad) suggestion would be to go through the hassle of shelling all of your peanuts and keeping track of how many it takes to equal 1/2 cup. And then just keep that number in mind from now on.

I also see an entry in the food log that says Planters - Peanuts in a Shell and it measures the peanuts by ounces.. And it says 1 oz is 19 pieces. Idk if that helps. :/
Edited by jessieleah On January 19, 2011 11:57 AM
January 19, 2011 11:56 AM
I asked a similar question to my co-worker who is a dietician. I was inquiring about peapods.. The serving says 100 calories for a 1/2 cup serving. I was confused as to whether that meant 1/2 cup of the peas once they are out or 1/2 cup with the shell and all. This sounds like your peanut question! She said that whatever the label says is how you measure. So I ended up putting the damn peapods in a measuring cup and filling it up.. It ended up being like 20 peas but I guess that's how it works. If I were you I would put the shelled nuts in a measuring cup and measure that way.

Let me know if anyone else has ideas for I could be wrong! :)
Edited by kerriBB37 On January 19, 2011 11:56 AM
January 19, 2011 11:58 AM
Uhh, maybe go by weight? At least you can weigh a bag of in shell peanuts, eat what you want, and weigh the empty shells and what ever is left over to find out how many oz/g you have consumed. I am sure there is something somewhere that has the caloies per oz/g out there.
January 19, 2011 12:00 PM
Good question, as I was wondering the same thing when I was at the store today. Best idea I can think of at the moment is what was mentioned a few posts up - to shell enough once to fill up a half cup, then count out that many in the future.

Feel free to upload the results and share with the rest of us, too!
January 19, 2011 12:02 PM
I would take a handful, weigh them whole, shell & eat the nuts, but weigh the shell, subtract shell weight from whole weight, then you have an idea of what an average handful contains. That's my best suggestion, other than just shelling them then eating them, but I think you would probably eat more if they were pre-shelled, the shelling will be slowing you down.
January 19, 2011 8:24 PM
i looked on a bag at walmart tonight...sorry i dont remember exactly what it said but on the serving size it gave 2 options, shelled - nuts only was like in oz??? and then in the shells was 1/2 cup...i do remember that much....check the label on a bag next time you are at the grocery store...
January 19, 2011 8:27 PM
Sounds like a perfect opportunity to test your patience and shell some peanuts prior to satisfaction!
January 21, 2011 6:28 AM
OK, here we go. 1/2 cup IN the shell peanuts yields 1 oz SHELLED peanuts. :)
January 21, 2011 11:03 AM
Thank you for the clarification! My problem is that I wouldn't stop at 1/2 cup! lol
October 27, 2011 12:30 PM
Right...but how many PEANUTS IN THE SHELL are we talking about?
January 20, 2013 5:13 PM
January 20, 2013 5:16 PM
I do the same with walnuts, pecans and almonds. MFP has "per nut values" in the database for those 3.. See if they have it for peanuts..
January 20, 2013 5:17 PM
Now you have me craving peanuts in the shell.. they always smell so much better than unshelled! No way to get any right now though :(
January 20, 2013 5:22 PM
Use the mfp official entry- there's an option to enter it as "1 peanut"

PS. same thing goes for pistachios.
Edited by MoreBean13 On January 20, 2013 5:24 PM
January 20, 2013 5:40 PM
The Hampton peanuts in the shell that I eat are in the database as such. Also, there are entries in the database for pistachios in the shell and shelled. I don't know how accurate the numbers are, but the "in the shell" amount is basically double the shelled.
January 20, 2013 6:08 PM
I'm curious about this, and also what about if you eat the shell, too?
August 6, 2013 11:44 AM
I found this page to be helpful.
June 3, 2014 8:28 PM
From everything I have read, including MFP...28 individual peanuts are roughly 1oz. Assuming there are 2 peanuts in each shell you crack open, that means you can have 14 peanuts in the shell. My bag of peanuts says "Serving size 1oz (28g) without shells is 164 calories. Using the "1 Peanut roasted, unsalted" option on MFP...28 peanuts is 168 calories. Close enough for me. I can crack open 14 peanuts and eat what's inside. Hope this helps. It was driving me nuts. Ha, no pun intended. :)
June 18, 2014 8:49 AM
18 peanuts (twin pack) in shell.

I took a sandwich bag of shelled unsalted peanuts, weighed them (100g), shelled them and weighed them again (80g). 20% of shelled peanuts is the shell. Therefore, to get the 1 oz = 28g allowed for one serving you take 28g X 1.2 = 33.6 grams or 1.19 oz. of peanuts. OR 18 standard two peanuts in the shell.

Now, for those taking notes 18 shelled nuts will equal 28 grams @ 170 calories, I'm still hungry
Subway Turkey mini sub is a whopping 135g of yumminess @ only 180 calories and 7 TIMES LESS fat.
August 18, 2014 11:31 AM
From a post by Virginia Carolina Peanut Company

Approximately 1 ½ pounds raw inshell peanuts = 1 pound raw shelled or 3 ¼ cups.
Approximately 6 ounces raw shelled peanuts = 1 cup.
12 ounces roasted shelled peanuts = 2 cups.
Approximately 2 cups roasted shelled peanuts ground will yield 1 cup of peanut butter.


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