We all know the song “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” Doesn’t it conjure up romantic images of Christmas long ago? Have you ever wondered how to actually roast chestnuts on an open fire? Well, grab your woolen mittens and yuletide carols and let’s go! PS – We’ll show you how to do it in the oven too.
Do you want to know how to roast chestnuts? I’ll show you the old fashioned way, and the more realistic way. Because as nostalgic as roasting chestnuts can be, sometimes you just want roasted chestnuts without all of the pomp and circumstances.
WARNING and DISCLAIMER: The information you are about to read contains dangerous activities. Scoring chestnuts is an inherently dangerous activity. Use extreme caution when scoring chestnuts. Do not use knives when drunk. Do not let children handle knives. Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball. Are we good?
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How to Roast Chestnuts
Regardless of how you decide to roast chestnuts, you MUST score them first. Let me repeat. YOU MUST SCORE THEM FIRST. If you do not score them, they will explode and create a very dangerous situation.
How to Score a Chestnut
1. Place the round side down and you want to score it on the flat side.
2. Place your pointer finger at north, your thumb at the south, and your knife will travel west to east, away from your hand and fingers.
3. While holding the chestnut with enough pressure that it doesn’t move, but not too much pressure that it pops away, gently cut an “X” on the flat side of the chestnut with your knife.
Again… DO NOT place chestnuts on the fire or in the oven without scoring them. They will explode. They need to be slit for the air to escape while cooking. It is very important to score the chestnuts before roasting!
To roast over an open fire, place the scored chestnuts in a heat-safe roaster for 20-30 minutes or until hot and roasted.
To roast in the oven, place scored chestnuts on a baking sheet and cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Let cool and gently peel away the shell to expose the nuts. Drink a little Wassail and sing some yuletide carols and be merry and bright!
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