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#1 Wed 22 Oct 08 6:03pm

marc_leeds

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chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

i know a good joke about chestnuts, but this is not the time or the place... big_smile

so, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP.... help

i collected some from the forest and want to eat them.. whats the best way to cook them, technique... etc roll

thanks all you wonderful people in advance...
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M. x

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#2 Wed 22 Oct 08 6:06pm

Captain C

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

Score them and roast in the oven, thats what I have always done.

I did fry some with bacon and added to brussel sprouts  puke last Christmas

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#3 Wed 22 Oct 08 6:26pm

marc_leeds

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

any more suggestions that do not envolve an oven ???

help

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#4 Wed 22 Oct 08 6:35pm

Captain C

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

roast them on a bonfire like the tramps do ?

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#5 Wed 22 Oct 08 8:24pm

spaghetti

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

chestnuts roasting on an open fire.........I feel a song coming on
afterall it's nearly christmas
The clues in the title lol

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#6 Wed 22 Oct 08 8:26pm

spaghetti

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

chestnuts roasting on an open fire.........I feel a song coming on
afterall it's nearly christmas
The clues in the title lol

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#7 Wed 22 Oct 08 9:27pm

Allora Andiamo

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

you can boil them for about 15-20 mins but they tend to fall apart easily after cooking..roasted taste much better thumbsup

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#8 Thu 23 Oct 08 9:28am

katy3

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

Pierce the chestnuts, easier to do at the fluffy bottom area  big_smile
Old frying pan on high heat, no oil, throw them in and shake them about occasionally, when skins go black and start to crack, take them out, leave to cool slightly, peel and enjoy.  yummy

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#9 Sat 25 Oct 08 10:54pm

JeremyinCzech

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

Chestnut and parsnip soup is the best soup I've ever tasted. I posted details on my website. It is cheap, yummy and delicious!

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#10 Fri 31 Oct 08 6:54am

VENUS

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Re: chestnuts.... how do i cook them...

Before cooking 
Before cooking, the most important step is to cut the shell to prevent the nut from exploding while cooking  Some people cut a slit across the face of the nut, others cut a cross into the pale end (hilum). 
the best way to prepare chestnuts is to lie the chestnut on its flatter side and cut or score halfway around the outer shell.  The cut should go full thickness through the shell, and perhaps the pellicle, but not into the flesh of the nut.

the four basic cooking methods
To bake
Preheat oven to 200 C.  Place chestnuts onto baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes, turning after about 5 minutes, or until the shells split and the flesh is easily pierced with a pointed knife.

To pan roast or grill or barbeque
Cook (turning occasionally) in a pan over a medium heat, or under the grill, or on the BBQ for 10-12 minutes or until the shells split as above.  It doesn't matter if the outer shell turns black in parts as this will be removed prior to eating.

To microwave
Place chestnuts in a single layer to cover a microwave-safe plate.  Cook uncovered on 850watts / high / 100% for 2-3 minutes.  It is very easy to overcook when microwaving, so beware, and start with less time to be on the safe side.

To boil
Place chestnuts into a pan of cold water, bring to the the boil, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until flesh is tender.

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