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November 26, 2009

How to peel chestnuts

FreshChestnuts.jpgI got a short holiday e-mail from my brother (Brother Bim on this blog) this morning. It says in its entirety:

Doesn't work.

If peeling chestnuts for the stuffing is part of your Thanksgiving ritual, I think you'll appreciate this link he sent me.

Check back later for updates on vegetarian dinner No. 4 and how our dinner at an as-yet-unnamed restaurant was.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 

(Photo of chestnuts, some still in their weird husks, AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 6:33 AM | | Comments (8)


Happy Thanksgiving, Elizabeth.

Ok, ok. To all of you.

Eat too much y'all.

Thanks, Lissa. I took your advice, and hope everyone had a lovely holiday feast.

I've never had chestnuts, so I wonder why one would bother with fresh ones--especially for a stuffing--when they can be bought already peeled. Are they worth it?

14 alleging Hmmmm....

I love roasted chestnuts, Dottie. They kind of taste like potatoes to me. The first time I had them was from a street vendor in NYC.

I've never put them in stuffing but they are so well worth roasting and eating while still hot! I make an 'X" in each one and just put in a hot oven. when they come out the "X" peels the shell right off.

Love roasted and/or boiled chestnuts...
I have a chestnut tree(hybrid)
in my front yard..the summer buds smell horrid and those husks are a b****...this year was a bad crop for some reason.

Could someone please tell me where I can buy (preferably shelled but any will do!) chestnuts in the Baltimore area, particularly near Ellicott City/Columbia? I had the most amazing chestnut soup earlier this week and I really would like to try making it.

Thank you!

Out that way, I'd try HMart. They probably have them canned, if not fresh.

All grocery store chains carry fresh chestnuts at least during nov-dec. The H-mart and AllGreen stores carry a Korean chestnut that is larger, but i've found their taste inferior. Perhaps there is a secret to peeling them, but instead it is probably like boiled eggs - sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

When I made chestnut soup for a New Year's Day dinner, I got a jar of peeled chestnuts at Whole Foods. It was pricey at $15, but trying to peel that many chestnuts would have been suicidal.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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