Preparing & Recipes

Even though chestnuts need to be kept moist for maximum shelf life, they get much sweeter and easier to peel if they are allowed to dry for at least a few days before eating; just until the kernel begins to shrink. However, once they’ve started to dry, they need to be eaten or kept in a drying environment. If they start to dry then get wet again (often happens in the fridge), they will quickly mold. If they get so dry that they become hard, then they can be peeled and cooked in water. They will swell up and soften just like cooked fresh chestnuts.

Roasted Chestnuts

Make a cut through the shell or chop the chestnuts in half to prevent bursting. Spread them on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 F for 10-15 min. Better yet, roast them over a fire in a chestnut roaster until the kernels begin to brown. Remove shells before eating.


To Peel Chestnuts

Prepare chestnuts as for roasting. It’s easier to peel them if they are cut in half. Heat chestnuts in a 400 F oven for about 5 min. Remove the shells and inner skins while the chestnuts are still warm. Peeled kernels can be further cooked by simmering in water for use in recipes.

Hungarian Chestnut Cake

This is a very rich flourless cake with hints of rum and the sweet nuttiness from the chestnuts. Ingredients  Cake 3/4 pound whole chestnuts, peeled 1/2 cup unsalted butter 4 tbs dark rum 1 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped 6 eggs 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup white sugar Glaze 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 tbs dark rum […]

Chestnut Soup

Enjoy this tasty soup on a cold autumn or winter’s day. Ingredients 8 cups chicken stock 1 1/2 lb chestnuts (peeled) 1 cup chopped onion 2 whole cloves 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup heavy cream 3/4 tsp white sugar salt to taste ground black pepper to taste Directions In a large saucepan, combine chicken stock, chestnuts, […]

Chestnut Stuffing

Chestnuts add a delicious texture and flavor to the stuffing. Perfect for Thanksgiving or holiday stuffing, or a fall treat. Ingredients 2 cups chestnuts 1 1/2 cup margarine or butter 1/2 chopped onion 1 lb (2 loaves) day-old bread, cubed 3 eggs 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp sage 1/2 tsp thyme 1/2 tsp marjoram 1/2 […]

Roasted Chestnuts

Ingredients 1 lb fresh culinary chestnuts 1/4 cup butter salt to taste 1 pinch ground cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F)/190 degrees (C) Cut chestnuts crisscross on the flat side of each nut. Be sure to cut through the shell (to prevent explosions) Place nuts in a baking pan Bake 25-30 minutes Allow […]