How Do You Prepare Chestnuts For Cooking In Stuffing And Other Dishes?
Chestnuts are a favorite ingredient in many recipes for stuffing, sweets,, in rice and vegetable dishes, and with meats, but they do need to come out of their shells and be soft enough to use. Learn how in a few easy and simple steps. The process is easy and takes about 25 minutes.Difficulty: EasyTime Required: 25 minutesHere’s How: • Make sure the chestnuts are free from outer evidence of worm or bug damage. Don’t use chestnuts that appear to have worm holes or other suspicious-looking breaks in the shell. • With a sharp knife, make a cross-cut across the flat side of the chestnuts, like an X. If the shell comes off, the inner skin will protect the chestnut; continue the process. • Add the chestnuts to a pot of boiling water. • Reduce heat and simmer for for 15-25 minutes minutes, or until tender, and remove pot from heat. (Check at 15 minutes.) • Take a few chestnuts at a time and peel off shell and inner skin with fingers or a sharp knife. • Do not let nuts cool while shelling; the