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Old 04-04-2008, 06:49 PM
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Default Chestnuts to go

Well, tried to cook chestnuts over charcoal last night.Failure.
My Lady said they were nothing like the ones she used to buy in France.
Will try differing times today, and hope I crack it. (Seems so simple!)
Kids are home from London on Monday - hope they were taking notes re chestnuts.
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Old 04-05-2008, 12:09 AM
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Hi teach.............the oven painting is evolving............

Did you cut a cross through the shell of the chestnut? They seem unblemished from the photo. If not you run the risk of a flashback to the trenches. Here in Turkey we use chestnuts in all manner of things, sweet and savoury and are traditional with turkey (the bird) for New Year where I live.

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Old 04-05-2008, 12:22 AM
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I do find chestnuts challenging.....don't dismay.

Jaimes mentioned the charred outside and I agree. But too long and they are burnt.

and I do think the nuts need to be fresh (higher moisture content?)

Maybe try doing them in a cast iron pan?

We need come expert chestnut advice...enough nuts here that someone knows how to get them right.
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:00 AM
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Here in Turkey we don't use the perforated chestnut roasters that are prevelant throughout the Med. that are shaken to roast evenly. Here is a photo of a typical street vendor in Istanbul.

Chestnuts to go-streetvendor.jpg

A cross is cut with a sharp knife (chestnut knives are inexpensive to buy here)on the flat side down to, but not through, the nut. Each is turned individually and displayed beautifully as in the picture.

Many homes have heating/cooking appliances called sobas and in winter a lot of local bars instal them. They come in cast or steel and often customers will bring chestnuts and roast them directly on the top of the stove. Delicious.

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Old 04-05-2008, 05:37 AM
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Inish,
That image is pure magic. A craftsman, and proud. Good onim.
Yes, I did pierce them.
Shall try XJim's suggestion and put a few in the 'Kartoffel Teufel' (Strewth, don't ask me. It was a gift. Tru. ) Actually it's an unglazed ceramic 'pot', and does cook a nice spud....so why not chestnuts?
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Old 04-05-2008, 05:48 AM
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Inish.
Flashbacks. I bet Sir George will be doing chestnuts with bald eagle(the emblem) before you can say 'How's yer father'.
Mate, what's the Irish for that situation? Brilliant, I bet.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:46 AM
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All sage advice.

I agree with:

1. they have to be fresh
2. they should be slashed
3. they should be charred, but not burned (not too hot, not too cold, just right, at least that what Goldie Locks said)
4. you should giggle them to cook evenly

The street vendors use wood or charcoal fires, which I guess is why the chestnut pan has holes in it -- and the chestnuts get seriously hot. Autumn harvest; perfect for a freezing winter day to keep your hands warm.

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