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DorsetScott



Joined: 23 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 9:07 am    Post subject: Sweet Chestnuts  Reply with quote    

Another lunch hour forage and another little haul. This time I got 1kg of sweet chestnuts, as did a colleague I went with. If it wasn't wetter than wet today I'd be going back for more, but reckon I'll get a gret haul this year.
When I've got them all I'm gonna try roasted, maron glace and chestnut flour as well.

My question is does anyone know if there's a way I can store some so that I can use them to make christmas gifts? I've seen you can freeze them, but any experience on the texture etc when it's defrosted? Or any better ideas?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They'll last a couple of the weeks in the fridge no idea on longer tyerm storage. I harvested around 25kg on Sunday

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blimey, you're well ahead of us then. None of the trees near us are ready.
I've used frozen ones to make stuffing in the past with reasonable success. Or you could make marrons glacees, they store more or less for ever.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Blimey, you're well ahead of us then. None of the trees near us are ready.


Bear in mind mine are fruiting cultivars, some varieties are still unripe

DorsetScott



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Or you could make marrons glacees, they store more or less for ever.


Aha, that's perfect. It was marrons glacee I'd have been making for presents, had assumed they wouldn't have a huge shelf life. I assume just store in an airtight container when made?

Pretty sure I won't get close to 25kg, but hoping between 5-10. I'm chuffed with 1kg in an hours lunchbreak while dressed in office attire.
Admittedly, I'd be more chuffed if I didn't work in an office, but hey ho!

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

DorsetScott wrote:
sean wrote:
Or you could make marrons glacees, they store more or less for ever.


Aha, that's perfect. It was marrons glacee I'd have been making for presents, had assumed they wouldn't have a huge shelf life. I assume just store in an airtight container when made?



Yup.

DorsetScott



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 13 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers Sean

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 13 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just got a big pile of chestnuts Will be going back for more in a couple of days, if the squiggles don't get them all first.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 13 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I hauled a kilo on Wednesday but dont know what to do with them. I thought something like making stuffing for Christmas but can I freeze this?

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 13 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
I hauled a kilo on Wednesday but dont know what to do with them. I thought something like making stuffing for Christmas but can I freeze this?


I boiled, peeled and froze in anticipation of making stuffing for Christmas.

Woo



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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 13 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have roasted peeled and frozen them before. they went well in pies etc. the texture was still the same but small bits rather than whole ones (mostly down to my peeling )
my kids keep popping into the woods to collect them. i have so many i cant keep up! i may stick some in the wood burner now!

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 13 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
I hauled a kilo on Wednesday but dont know what to do with them. I thought something like making stuffing for Christmas but can I freeze this?


Yep, for sure. Yell lose dome texture, but not much else.

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 13 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:


Yell lose dome texture.


Words fail me. And you apparently.

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 13 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow. Yeah.

You will lose some texture.

iPad keyboard is being insensitive.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 13 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How long to boil for?

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