Cooking or Baking Chestnuts – Which is Better?

Cooking or baking chestnuts – all information and tips

Chestnuts are always popular in autumn as a delicious snack between meals. So that they are prepared correctly, we will tell you whether you should rather use the saucepan or the oven:

  • It’s easier to prepare in the oven. Score the chestnuts crosswise and then place them on a baking sheet.
  • Then let the chestnuts bake in the heat until they are done. You don’t have wet hands and you don’t have to stay with them all the time.
  • If you decide to use a cooking pot instead, you must always remain in the immediate vicinity during this time. If the water should boil over, you must react quickly. You also need a large pot.
  • Note: You should also score the chestnuts crosswise before preparing them in a saucepan.
  • In terms of taste, it makes no difference whether you have prepared the chestnuts in a saucepan or in the oven. The most important thing is that you hit the right cooking point. If the chestnuts are not completely cooked, they will not taste good. The chestnuts are ready after about 20 minutes in the oven or on the stove, as soon as the shell bursts.
  • Trick: Removing the shell is easier if you wait long enough for it to open slightly. Then let the chestnuts cool down a bit. Then you remove the peel and you can process your chestnuts further.
  • As an alternative to preparing them in the oven or in a saucepan, you can also heat the chestnuts in the microwave. To do this, put some water in a suitable bowl and put the chestnuts in it. Heat the chestnuts at 900 watts for about 2 minutes. However, you should stay close by and observe the process.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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