Simmered Chestnuts (for Beginners)

Simmered Chestnuts (for Beginners)

Even novices can make these simmered chestnuts.
Add cinnamon and cloves to taste.


500 g (with skins)
200 g
a pinch
Baking soda
1.5 tablespoons
Cinnamon (to taste)
Cloves (to taste)


1. Combine the chestnuts and hot water in a bowl and let sit overnight.
2. Peel the outer shell (press a knife into the chestnut slit and peel from there).
3. Combine the chestnuts and 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda in a pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes (removing the scum).
4. Put the chestnuts and water into a bowl and use your fingers to clean them.
5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 twice (simmer in baking soda, wash, repeat).
6. Thoroughly clean the pot. Combine the chestnuts, 200 g of sugar, and enough water to cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
7. Turn off the heat. Add a pinch of salt, cinnamon and cloves to taste, and let cool. Let sit as-is overnight.
8. Store in a jar or similar in the syrup, and you're all done!

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a variation on other recipes I've seen.