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Shelling / skinning Chestnuts
Fri 4-Dec-09
8:28 am
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Meg Galley
Leicestershire / Devon
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I have been reading various chestnut recipes and can recommend the microwave method of shelling / skinning them.  You just put a slit in the skin and then place 6 at a time on the microwave plate and zap on high for 1 minute.  They do occasionally explode but once they come out the skin and membrane come off reasonably easily and don't burn your fingers.  They need peeling whilst still hot so don't be tempted to start a second batch before you've peeled the first.  It is so much easier than boiling them and they stay whole if that is what you want.

Fri 4-Dec-09
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Danny
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Hello, Meg, and great to see you here on the forum. Tips like your chestnut skinning technique are exactly what we hope to see here. Excellent.

Now . . if only I could find chestnuts. I wonder if they are on sale in our local Tuesday market.

Never knowingly underfed

Sun 6-Dec-09
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Toffeeapple
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I tried that method once, took ages to get all the exploded bits cleaned out...Embarassed

Nice to meet you Meg.

I'll try that again!

Mon 14-Dec-09
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I have just tried a modification to the technique which is to put the chestnuts in a plastic bag in the microwave.  This stops any bits sticking to the microwave if they do explode (do slit them well though) and traps the steam in so the skins come off even easier.

Meg

Tue 15-Dec-09
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Good thinking Meg!  (I'm over here in the Dunce's corner...)Embarassed

I'll try that again!

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