Fresh sweet chestnuts are a tasty seasonal treat. But their shelf-life is very short, unless you preserve them in some way. This how-to will show you how to boil and freeze them, so they’ll keep for up to a year.
Fill your pan with water. Leave enough room to add the chestnuts later.
Bring the water to the boil.
Place each chestnut on their flat side and firmly grasp them between thumb and index finger. Then cut a cross into the skin of the chestnut. This will prevent them from exploding during cooking.
Chestnuts are hard and slippery, so mind your fingers!
Once all the chestnuts have been scored, drop them into the boiling water.
Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Then drain them and leave to cool slightly
As soon as the chestnuts are cool enough to handle, peel off both the outer shell and the tough brown skin. Don’t let them cool completely as it will make peeling more difficult.
Check each chestnut and discard any that have spoiled.
Once all of the chestnuts have been peeled, you can use them for cooking or put them in a plastic bag and freeze them for future use.
Once frozen they’ll keep for up to a year.