How to Roast Chestnuts in an Oven at Home | Roasting Chestnuts

How to Roast Chestnuts in an Oven at Home | Roasting Chestnuts


In this video we’ll learn how to roast
chestnuts in an oven at home. In addition to learning how to cook chestnuts at
home, you’ll learn how to select chestnuts, how to score chestnuts safely
how to prepare them for roasting. And of course, finally how to roast chestnuts to
perfection! Let’s get started! Marroni chestnuts are popular in Italy
and typically used for roasting. They are a sweet variety of chestnuts that tend
to yield a larger higher-quality fruit that can be easily peeled when prepared
correctly. Choose chestnuts that have a little bit of a shine and that are firm
to the touch. When pressed, the skin of the chestnuts should not crack or bend.
Avoid chestnuts with any visible holes as this can be a sign of worms or
insects. These three chestnuts are in excellent shape
while these chestnuts are not so good and we would not want to use them for
roasting. These chestnuts are soft and when pressed the skin of the chestnut
wrinkles or cracks. Now that we’ve selected only the best healthy chestnuts
it’s time to score them down the middle. Since chestnut meat expands while
roasting, we score the chestnuts to prevent them from exploding in the oven.
Many people use a paring knife for this job or a special chestnut cutting knife
or tool. However we find the knife technique to be a bit dangerous and
cumbersome. Instead we recommend that you use simple sturdy kitchen scissors like
these to score a chestnut. Place it flat side down on the work surface.
Make a shallow cut lengthwise from one end of the chestnut to the other. Cut
just the chestnut skin and not the chestnut itself. If you are using
scissors for this job, place the tip of one of the scissor blades directly on to
the work surface near the bottom of the chestnut. Open the second blade until it
arrives to the center of the chestnut. Pierce the chestnut skin in the middle
and close the scissors gently to slice through the chestnut skin. Repeat on the
other side. Give the chestnut a gentle squeeze to make sure you’ve cut all the
way through. Let’s see it one more time! This is shown in real-time so you can
see how easy and effortless it really is. Now our chestnuts are scored and ready for
the next step. Step Two: Soak the chestnuts Soak the scored chestnuts in water or
wine for at least two hours. Soaking the chestnuts will provide them with some
humidity and make the skins easier to peel when the roasting is finished. Here
we are using filtered water but if using wine be sure to use a drinkable wine. After the two hour soak, drain the
chestnuts and pat them dry with the towel. After preheating the oven to 350
degrees Fahrenheit, arrange the chestnuts score side up on a cookie sheet. Arrange
the chestnuts so none are sitting on top of each other. Place the cookie sheet in
the bottom third of the oven and roast the chestnuts for 20 minutes at 350
degrees Fahrenheit. At this time you can also add a couple of ice cubes to the
bottom of the oven to give the chestnuts a bit more humidity while roasting. This
will help to ensure that the chestnuts remain tender and don’t dry out too much
during the roast. After the 20 minutes increase the oven temperature to 425
degrees Fahrenheit and roasta for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the
chestnuts are golden brown and the meat of the chestnuts are tender like this. Give a quick taste to be sure that the
nuts are cooked through but be careful when peeling because the nuts will be
very very hot! Once you’re confident that the chestnuts are roasted, transfer the
chestnuts to a bowl lined with a damp towel. Cover with a damp towel and press
the nuts gently with your palm to loosen up the skins. Let the chestnuts rest like
this for 10 to 15 minutes. If you’ve done things correctly, the chestnut skins
should easily come off. Be sure to remove all the skins from the chestnuts now
because it’s easier to remove chestnut skins when the nuts are warm. And of
course now is also the optimal time to enjoy them because the chestnut meats
will be warm and tender. We hope you’ve enjoyed this video on how to roast
chestnuts in an oven at home. If you’ve learned something new, give us a like and
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