25 Ways to Use Chestnuts

By: Contributor

’Tis the season to be roasting chestnuts over open fires (or something like that). Preparing chestnuts can be a pain, but the aroma that will fill your house and the chestnuts themselves are always worth the effort.

Chestnuts must be cooked before eating them; roasting is one way to get that accomplished, but you can also boil them to use in a recipe. Like poking holes in potatoes before cooking, you must cut a small “x” into the flat side of chestnuts to prevent them from exploding. For easy shelling, peel the shells and skins off while the nuts are still warm. It’s a bit of a process, so make a big batch of roasted chestnuts, peel them all while they’re warm and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

At this point you’re ready to fulfill your holiday duty of incorporating chestnuts into everything imaginable:

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