Roasting Chestnuts in an Oven or Toaster Oven – In Pictures

Just seeing fresh chestnuts in the store at this time of year brings back all kinds of memories to me – from seeing and smelling them roast walking the streets of New York City on a cold winter night to cracking them open parked in front of a blazing fire in the living room with the whole family.

Roasting chestnuts is darn easy. 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.

Selecting Fresh Chestnuts2. 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 annoying mess to clean up, which I DO know from experience.

Chestnut cross cut3. 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.

Needed to Roast ChestnutsClick any picture on this page for complete step-by-step picture book directions.

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