Ahhh, chestnuts… When most of us think of the festive season, there are a few things that instantly come to mind; sparkly tinsel, Mariah Carey, mince pies, and of course supressing the agonising screams while you pick the burnt skin off your still smouldering nuts. Ouch.
In fact, there aren’t many activities that evoke that same cosy, nostalgic Christmassy feeling that roasting chestnuts on an open fire can. The comforting feel of the fire burning combined with the warming smell of the chestnuts cooking is a truly sensory experience,and it’s a great activity to enjoy with your loved ones. Right up until it comes to trying to eat them…
Don’t worry folks… we have some tips to make sure you (and all your family) get to enjoy your nuts this year! jh
How to roast chestnuts on an open fire
Roasting chestnuts is extremely easy, whether you’re roasting them over a welcoming open fire or in the oven! Here’s the best way to do so:
Step one: start off by rinsing the chestnuts in cold water.
Step two: score the flat side of each of the chestnuts with an ‘X’. Make sure this is done deep enough to prevent them from popping too violently in the pan.
Step three: put the chestnuts in an iron skillet or roasting pan (ensuring they’re spread evenly) and cover the pan before placing this over your open fire or in your oven. You can cover it with aluminium foil if you don’t have a fireproof lid.
Step four: roast the chestnuts until their shells begin to split – their insides should also be soft.
Step five: wrap the roasted chestnuts in a damp towel to steam them and allow them to cool. This makes them both less painful and easier too peel.
Step six:peel off the shells and enjoy with your loved ones!
What else can you roast?
If you don’t love the taste of chestnuts, don’t despair! You can still get into the festive spirit(and make the most of your home’s open fire) by roasting other treats. Some options include fruit, marshmallows, seeds, and other nuts, such as pecans and hazelnuts.
If you have an open fireplace in your home, then you’ll want to ensure that your chimney is regularly swept to maintain its efficiency and prevent the risk of fire. For more information about our chimney sweeping services in Essex please contact ‘The Sweep Guy’ on 07961 845837