Roasted Peanuts

Uren is one of the leading suppliers of roasted peanuts in the UK.

We can supply roasted peanuts to suit a variety of manufacturing needs.

The peanut is not actually a nut, it is a legume. Unlike actual nuts, they do not grow on trees but instead grown inside pods in the ground. This is why they are also often referred to as ‘ground nuts.’ Packed full of protein, fibre, antioxidants, vitamin E, niacin, folate, and magnesium, they are also a great source of healthy fats and can be used in the production of a variety of food products.

Peanuts are grown in more than 40 countries around the world in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The principal growing areas are China, the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. Uren sources peanuts from BRC accredited suppliers throughout the world.

Harvesting process:

Peanuts are planted in the spring and take between 120 to 150 days, dependent on the variety, to grow and be ready to harvest in the autumn, usually September-October. To develop well they need warm weather throughout the growing season.

When ready for harvest the entire plant is pulled from the ground and left in the field for around three or four days to dry out. This allows the peanuts to dry out slowly to around a third of their original moisture level. As they will still have a high moisture content the peanuts need to be dried out further so are loaded onto a drying wagon which passes warm air through them to bring moisture levels down. This drying process is critical for the optimal harvest.

The peanuts are then graded by size and quality. The graded peanuts are then purchased by large shelling plants who take the peanut kernels out of the shells and further clean and process them.

Blanching process:

Blanching is a process used to remove the peanut skins. The peanuts are put into hot water for a few minutes to soften the skin. They are then passed through a series of rubber rollers to remove the loosened skins. Blanched peanuts have a softer texture than unblanched peanuts.

Roasting process:

Roasting peanuts changes the colour and flavor profile of the peanut. Once the peanuts have been harvested, dried out and shelled, they are then dry roasted using hot air. During this process, the moisture evaporates from the peanuts resulting in a crunchier texture and darker colour. During the roasting process, a reaction also takes place between the sugars and amino acids which changes the flavour. Peanuts can be either light, medium, dark, or extra-dark roasted, dependent on your manufacturing needs. The darker the roast you want, the longer the peanut is roasted for.

Salting process:

To produce salted peanuts, producers soak the peanuts in a salt solution inside a vacuum. The pressure causes the salt to get pulled into the peanut, resulting in a salty taste. After the salting process, the peanuts are dry roasted to remove the water, leaving behind crisp, salted peanuts.

Flour process:

Peanut flour is made by taking roasted peanuts and grinding them down into a fine paste. The oil is pressed out of the paste, leaving behind the dry flour product. Since the oil has been pressed out, peanut flour is relatively low in fat, making it ideal for use in low-fat cooking. It still has all the protein, fibre and other nutrients found in unground peanuts and can be used as a gluten-free alternative to traditional flour.

After processing the peanut products are kept in controlled storage conditions to maintain the quality until they are shipped out to manufacturers.

Our roasted peanuts have a shelf life of 12 months from production.

Minimum order quantity: one pallet.

Products we can offer:

Blanched Roasted Peanuts:

  • Flaked and whole
  • In light, medium or dark roast
  • Packaged in 20kg vacuum bags inside cartons
  • Unsalted roasted peanuts

Blanched Roasted Salted Peanuts

  • Flaked and whole
  • In light, medium or dark roast
  • Packaged in 20kg vacuum bags inside cartons

Unblanched Roasted Peanuts

  • In light, medium or dark roast
  • Packaged in 900kg + bags and 25kg vacuum bags

Roasted Peanut Nibs

  • 2-4mm and 4-6mm
  • Light, medium or dark roast
  • Packaged in 20kg vacuum bags inside cartons

Peanut Flour

  • 14% or 28% fat
  • Medium, strong or extra-strong roast
  • Packaged in 20kg vacuum bags inside cartons

Product applications:

Our roasted peanuts can be used in a wide variety of manufacturing industries to create a range of different products. These include but are not limited to:

  • Peanut butter – roasted peanuts are used to make both smooth and crunchy peanut butter.
  • Baking – peanut flour can be used to create gluten-free and low-fat cakes, biscuits, flapjacks, and bread. Other roasted peanut products can be added to cake, biscuit, pastry and bread mixes for flavour, texture or placed on top as a garnish.
  • Snacks – roasted peanuts are ideal for nut mixes, snack bars, and snack packs.
  • Confectionary – they are great for creating peanut brittle, chocolate peanuts and inside chocolate bars.
  • Cereal and cereal bars.
  • Ready meals – such as stir-fries, noodle dishes, rice dishes, curries, and as a garnish on ready-made salads.
  • Sauces – whole or roasted peanut nibs can be added to sauces or used to create satay sauce. Peanut flour can also be used to thicken sauces.
  • Health foods – protein bars, protein powder, natural label, low fat, and gluten-free products.
  • Drinks – smoothies and milkshakes.
  • Retail packed – they can also be simply packaged and sold as they are.

Uren can supply roasted peanuts in volumes suited to your business needs. Contact us today to discuss your business requirements and we will be sure to provide you with the highest quality products at a competitive market price. To find out more about our Nut products click here.