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Thread: Chestnuts

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    Chestnuts

    I love roasted chestnuts! I cut the X in the flat side and roast them for half an hour in a 350 oven. Anyone have any tips to make them easier to peel? I am also finding it harder to get good chestnuts. The ones I just roasted for a snack, half of them were brown and nasty.

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    I've only had them over 30 years ago..... roasted in a fireplace......boom....crackle....pop..... didn't love the "musty" taste. Guess I need to get out more!

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    No tips for roasting, but I was told to buy the Italian chestnuts as they were the best (this tip came from a chestnut vendor on State St in Chicago). I loved buying chestnuts from street vendors as holding the paper cup of roasted nuts kept my hands warm
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    Well, you know you can boil them also, but you still have to cut the 'X'...maybe a little easier to peel if you start before they've cooled down. This is how I do them for my Xmas stuffing.
    Last edited by mermaid; 12-06-2012 at 05:57 PM. Reason: lazy finger spells liuttle!

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    I do it the same way with the X and roast at 350.
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    Chestnuts need to be kept cool for about 3-4 weeks around 40 degrees before they are ready to eat or roast. This makes them sweeter. If not they will rot & start turning brown and nasty. We have over 200 Chestnut trees, most only a couple years old, but they are starting to produce and hope within a couple of years will have a marketable crop. We are growing Dunstin Chestnuts, but also have a couple of Chinese ones.

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    Once my sister in law & I roasted chestnuts in her oven. No one told us about cutting the X. Imagine our surprise when we opened her oven door. We escaped to safety under her kitchen table. No chestnuts for us, just a mess to clean up. That was over 40 years ago & it still gets a good laugh.

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    I have never eaten a chestnut. Not very easy to get around here, I don't see them much.
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    I've never eaten a chestnut. Are they like other nuts that are roasted? Are they crisp or soft inside? Do you eat them warm or wait till they've cooled down? So many questions, I know, but I'm curious.

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    yes press on the chestnut with the heel of your hand and the peel will come off easily (most of the time)

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