Chestnuts Simmered in their Inner Skins without Baking Soda

Chestnuts Simmered in their Inner Skins without Baking Soda

They are easy to make without baking soda!
It takes time, but once you know how delicious it can be, you'll go for it.

Ingredients: 500 g

Sugar (brown or white)


1. Put the chestnuts in a bowl of hot water and let sit for 4 hours. Peel the outer shell of chestnuts and soak (it's okay if they break up a bit!)
2. Put enough water to submerge the chestnuts and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes (while skimming out any scum).
3. Pouring out the water before adding fresh water may break the inner skins, so pour out the old water while simultaneously adding fresh water.
4. Once you refresh the water, repeat Steps 2-4 six times. Slowly clean the inner skin by rubbing off the fibers.
5. Once the final 20 minutes is finished, rub each chestnut clean under cold water.
6. Add sugar (this time I used brown sugar) to 1 litre of water and heat, dissolving the sugar. Once it has dissolved, add the chestnuts and boil.
7. Once it begins to boil, simmer over low heat for 1 hour.
8. Once the chestnuts absorb the sweetness, transfer to a Tupperware or jar.
9. After throwing out a bit of the remaining sauce heat to reduce to half.
10. Soak the chestnuts in the sauce and set aside to cool. Once they cool, cover with a lid and let sit in the refrigerator for a day.
11. Chestnuts simmered in their skins that you work hard to make yourself are exceptionally delicious!

Story Behind this Recipe

An experienced housewife friend made this once and when I ate it, I was really moved by this delicious dish of chestnuts simmered in their inner skins.

I don't use baking soda because it makes it boil over and forms scum.
That being said, it looked easy so I gave it a shot! It was my first time but it was a total success.