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Video:How to Boil Chestnuts

with Nick Jaynes

Want to learn how to boil chestnuts at home? Chestnuts are a tasty snack that you and your family will enjoy.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Boil Chestnuts

Hi I'm Nick Jaynes for About.com and today I'm going to talk about Chestnut Cooking tips. I'll be using information from About.com's home cooking guide site.

Information About Boiling Chestnuts

There are several ways to prepare chestnuts. One of the simplest ways is to boil them. First, we'll need to facilitate removal of the shell. You'll need to use a sharp pointed knife to slice either a horizontal slash or a large x along the flat side before roasting or boiling.

Instructions for Boiling Chestnuts

To boil, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, and simmer for three minutes. Remove from heat. Scoop out a few at a time and peel off the shell, and skin with a sharp knife. As they cool, they become more difficult to peel so keep them in hot water until you are ready to peel. Proceed with your recipe using the peeled nuts, making sure you finish cooking them completely within your recipe.

More Instructions for Boiling Chestnuts

To boil and cook them completely in their skins, simmer for 15-25 minutes, then peel and use, but don't be disappointed if they fall apart as you peel them. This boiling method to fully cook the chestnuts is best used when you will be mashing the chestnuts or pushing them through a sieve for puree.

Tips for Eating Boiled Chestnuts

Chestnuts work well in savory dishes as well as sweet ones. They are often used as a substitute for potatoes or pasta in europe due to their high starch content. Mashed or whole braised chestnuts are good partners with sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. However, most Americans use them in stuffings and desserts.

Make the most of chestnuts while you can get them fresh, but you can also used canned whole chestnuts or chestnut puree in most recipes when fresh ones are out of season.Hopefully this video will help you prepare the most delicious of chestnuts.

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