How to Peel a Chestnut

Without Cutting Off Your Thumb!

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Chestnuts add a sweet, meaty taste to stuffing and stews. Here's how to peel a chestnut—without cutting off your thumb!

  1. Make an X on the flat side of the shells with a sharp knife. Wear leather gloves, because the nuts are slippery.
  2. Place the nuts in a single layer in a glass baking dish, cover with waxed paper, and microwave on High for about 6 minutes, until the shells begin to peel back.
  3. While the nuts are still warm, use a small sharp knife to peel off the shells and as much of the inner brown skins as you can. Work patiently to avoid bloodshed (your own).
  4. Before adding the nuts to stuffing or other dishes, saute them in 1 tablespoon butter until golden brown.

Did you know that All Saints' Day traditionally features chestnuts on the menu—as well as gingerbread and doughnuts.

To celebrate this day or any day, here are a few chestnut recipes:

Chestnut Stuffing

Roasted Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Croquettes

Chestnut Creme

Of course, chestnuts are also wonderful straight from the oven or fireplace. They'll warm your hands and your mood!

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