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Peel the Outer Shells of Chestnuts with a Paring & Butter Knife

Peel the Outer Shells of Chestnuts with a Paring & Butter Knife

What do you know, a butter knife works very well for peeling chestnuts. It's very useful when you are making chestnuts simmered in their inner skins.

Ingredients

Butter knife
1
Paring knife
1

Steps

1. The tools used are a petty knife (a utility knife) and a butter knife.
2. Put the chestnuts in an enamel pan with water to cover, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
3. Shave the pointed part of the chestnut with the paring knife. I think it's easier to work with the chestnuts later if you peel the flat sides.
4. Insert the tip of the butter knife and peel off the outer shell. Peel off the tough bottom part too. If you can't get it off, use the petty knife.

Story Behind this Recipe

When I was little, we used to have a small tool to peel chestnuts. If only we had that still, it would be so handy... but then I was inspired to use a butter knife.