How to Make a Chestnut Roaster


Almost everyone knows the carol "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," but perhaps this Christmas, you'd actually like to try it. You can, of course, roast chestnuts in a pan on the stove or in the oven, but these techniques don't share the same nostalgic appeal of an open fireplace. Always take care with open flames and use special roasting techniques in your fireplace. This usually includes a traditional chestnut roaster, but you can make your own roaster at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Chestnuts
  • Sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • Water
  • Aluminum pie plate
  • Long tongs
  • Cut an X in the side of each chestnut shell. This gives the shells room to curl and burst without harming or scorching the chestnuts. It also makes them much easier to peel.

  • Tear off a piece of aluminum foil about 12 inches square. Place 2 cups of chestnuts in the center of the square. Sprinkle the chestnuts with 1/4 cup of water.

  • Pick up the left and right sides of the foil and bring them together. Fold the edges down against the chestnuts. Repeat with the top and bottom edges.

  • Poke holes in the top of your aluminum roasting bag with a sharp knife. Place the roasting bag inside an aluminum pie plate.

  • Carefully place the pie plate on top of some hot, burning embers in your fireplace. Reach in with tongs and turn the plate every 5 minutes or so to distribute the heat evenly over the chestnuts.

  • Heat the chestnuts for about 25 minutes in the fire. Remove them from the fire and wait for the roasting bag to cool for about 10 minutes before opening. Peel the shells from your chestnuts and enjoy.

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