How To Cook Chestnuts



Tips On How to Cook Chestnuts

Many people often wonder how to cook chestnuts.  This is not a difficult task if you know how to do it properly.  It may take time to get started if you are new at it but this article will help to make it easy and fun.  The first thing you need to do is remember to wash the chestnut.  Then use a sharp knife to cut a slash or an “x” on the flat side of the chestnut.  You want to complete this task before you begin cooking.  This will help you remove the shell of the chestnut later on.

Once you have cut the shell you will cover the chestnuts with cold water.  You will then bring the water to a boil and then simmer the chestnuts for three minutes.  If you want to cook them completely in the shell, you will want to leave them in the simmering water for 15 to 25 minutes.  Next, you will remove them from the water one at a time and begin peeling off the shell and the skin.  You want to make sure that you do this one at a time because, as they cool, it becomes more difficult to get the skin off.  As you can see, so far, learning how to cook chestnuts is not difficult at all.

Another method for cooking chestnuts is to roast them.  You want to begin this process just the same as you did when you started boiling them by cutting the slits in the flat part of the chestnut.  Next, you will place the chestnuts on a baking sheet and but them in a 400 degree oven.  You will leave them there for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.  Make sure that you stir them throughout the cooking process.  Serve the roasted chestnuts hot.

So you may be wondering how to cook chestnuts on an open fire.  This is going to call for a little more preparation than simply starting a fire.  You need to make sure that you have a chestnut roasting pan.  These are long handled pans that have holes on the bottom of them.  You do not actually have to purchase on of these as you can use a grill basket or a hand held popcorn roaster.  Once you have the things you need to make your chestnuts, you will wash off the chestnuts and place them in the basket.  Do not place them directly in the fire.  You want to keep them about 5 inches above the fire flames.  You will cook your chestnuts for 10 to 30 minutes when using this method.  You will know when they are done as the skins will turn black.

Everyone tends to rely on the microwave in order to cook much faster these days.  What is interesting is that you can cook chestnuts in the microwave.  Once again, you want to wash them off and cut them in half.  You will then place them cut side down on a paper plate.  You will set your microwave on the roast setting and begin cooking them for two to three minutes.  Be sure to let them cool down before you attempt to take the shell off because they will be super hot when they first come out.  If the chestnut was cooked well and it is actually done, the shell should come right off.  This method on how to roast chestnuts may be the easiest and fastest if you are in hurry to eat your chestnuts.