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Chestnuts what to do with them???

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by ginbart, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    We had ask the neighbor if he knew where we could get some chestnuts and on our back door yesterday we found a paper bag full of them. I made some but it's about 5 gallons. Can I freeze them, can them some how. If anyone could give me some ideas' I'd be so thankfull.
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know how well they freeze but to cook them you take a sharp knife and cut an X into each chestnut, salt them and bake them. You can look up how long and at what temp. The X is the key though. They will explode in the oven if you don't. I don't like them, they have a funny texture. I used to pick them up from my friend's house and bake them for another friend each year.
     
  3. lprofancik

    lprofancik Out Of The Brooder

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    We just gathered about 5-6 gallons as well. I gave 2 gallons to family and froze the rest. After researching, it seems that they freeze quite well for up to a year. And there are tons of recipes out there if you get tired of roasted chestnuts. [​IMG]
     
  4. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do freeze well. I love to roast and puree them and use the puree (with some shallots and herbs from the garden, butter and S+P) as a "stuffing" for trout. I use a whole, gutted trout, fill the cavity with the mixture, put a few tablespoons of browned butter over the whole thing and bake for about 15 minutes. Serve with risotto or something (skillet cornbread is also good) and wilted greens from my garden = yummy!
     
  5. newchickgal

    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Break them up and saute them with stir fry or add them to rice when starting the rice to cook.
     
  6. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    Roast them over an open fire? [​IMG]
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    They sell them frozen at Trader Joes. I try to buy a bag every year, for the holidays.

    Imp-You know chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
     
  8. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:It just so happens I have a fireplace. lol
     
  9. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:So how did you freeze them. Did you bake them and then take the shell off and freeze? Thanks
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Grind them and turn them into flour. That's what I would do.
     

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