December 9, 2017
Don't know how much snow Winter Storm Benji will lay down when it's over, but it sure was a thrill hoppin' on the bike for a quick "Star Wars" ride late this morning with a quick stop at Stop & Shop for more fresh chestnuts. Why "Star Wars"? Because snowflakes look like stars flying by my glasses the same way celestial bodies fly by Star Wars characters when they warp through space.
Freshly roasted chestnuts are one of my favorite cold weather treats, and they're darn easy to make. Here are a few tips.
1. Select fresh chestnuts that are both heavier in weight and firm to the touch, not spongy. Also, give the chestnuts a quick look for small circular holes in their shell as any holes you find are a sure sign that pests have entered the nut.
2. Make sure to give the chestnuts a good cross cut, as shown below, that penetrates the shell and thin membrane inside. Making that cut will allow steam to escape as the chestnuts roast. Not making the cut will allow steam to build up inside the shell to the point of explosion - great, loud sound but an annoying mess to clean up, which I DO know from experience.
3. The easiest way to roast chestnuts is either in a toaster oven (more energy efficient) or regular oven. Here's all you need for either roasting method.
Click this link for complete step-by-step picture book directions.