Chestnuts are quite expensive and the big ones are about 5 Euros a kilo and smaller ones around 3 Euros, so when last week I found a bargain at the farmers’ market of 1.50 Euros a kilo I bought 5 kilos!!!

The chestnuts were quite big, sweet and I did not have to throw any away.

With the Christmas holidays now approaching I could think of a few recipes I wanted to use them in, so as during the holidays I didn’t want to spend lots of hours peeling them, I decided to do this time consuming and difficult job now.

How to peel chestnuts:

The first step is to place the nut on its flat side and then score it on the rounded side, either crosswise or just horizontally.

Second step is to either roast, grill or boil them. See how to roast or grill them here.

In order to make chestnut puree you need to boil them first.

Put them in a pot, cover them with water bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes if you want to get nuts which you can cook further or more if you want them to become soft inside, give them ten more minutes.

Last step is to peel them.  They should be warm in order to peel them as the shell and pellicle are removed easier.

Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for a week or for many months in the deep freezer.


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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12 Comments on How to boil and peel chestnuts

  1. […] Boiling and peeling the chestnuts, you can use them in savory or sweet […]

  2. Joan Nova says:

    Love, love, love chestnuts. They have always been part of holiday dinners…served at the end with fruits and desserts.

  3. Reeni says:

    Thanks for the great how-to, Ivy!

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  5. […] Start with the chestnuts by boiling and peeling them.  See how here. […]

  6. […] sauté as well.  Add wine and let the alcohol evaporate.  Add, salt, pepper, cinnamon, parsley, boiled and peeled chestnuts (or almonds), raisins, tomatoes and the water and let is simmer for 15 […]

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  10. […] been cooking a lot with chestnuts lately as I had bought a few kilos a few weeks ago.    I boiled and peeled them ann put them in the deep freezer.  I did this last year as well and had chestnuts until a […]

  11. Hi there. What a coincidence. I was boiling chestnuts this morning and I've come to the conclusion that it's more a matter of the type of chestnut rather than actual time. I had a real hard time peeling them, although the chestnut itself was almost pureed inside.

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