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A long time ago my Dad would get Chestnuts, cut an X on the flat side of the nut, I believe he boiled them in Salt water. I was given a bag of the nuts and I would appreciate if any one knows what I think I remember as a kid. I remember pealing the shell off and eating them, they were good.
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Think he probably roasted them. My neighbor boiled them when I was a kid and would break them out for us to eat when we visited him on his porch. I gotta tell you the only reason we ate them was to make him feel good and not insult the old fellow. They were moist and gritty and were a little snotty like brains. I would see how to roast them.
 

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I do not remember the amount of Salt that needs to be added to the water. what you are remembering is Correct, your Dad was Boiling the Chestnuts!

There is so much salt to so much water and then the chestnuts is either cut with an X in the bottom or on a side and added to the salted water and brought to a boil and boiled for 30 minutes or so till the chestnut gets soft inside, my mom would poke a few with a knife to see if they were soft.

My Mom used to boil them every fall in salt water and then we would peel them and eat them.

I'd love to find a chestnut tree nearby and make a batch of boiled chestnuts!
 

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I am in 4B, I'll give you half of what I got, your welcome to them.

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BS said:
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I am in 4B, I'll give you half of what I got, your welcome to them.

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Where at in 4B???


I would love to have a chestnut tree growing in my yard but I have Allergies to the Pollen, I used to live beside a lady that had a nice sized chestnut tree in her Yard, she gave me Shopping Bags full of chestnuts each fall (many of those chestnuts were planted on an 800 acre property I hunt, but never found any that grew!), she could not believe that when the tree Bloomed, I Hated it very much and wished it was cut down, but come fall when the chestnuts dropped, I loved boiling and eating the nuts!
 

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I boiled almost half of them, a little salt, cut a x in each one. I had to eat several while they were hot, took me back to a time long ago. I'm off 22/322, Mifflintown-McAlistervill exit. That's between Harrisburg and State College. I will ask where they got them, see if I could have another bag.
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Honestly, after seeing the Chestnuts my buddy brought me years back, I think I'd "float" them all in a bucket before preparing/eating. The one's that sink keep, the one's that float, there's a fair chance the shell was compromised by a worm or ??? and there is larvae inside the nut. MOST of the one's he brought had a cream colored worm or larvae in the nut that blended very well with the nut color.

Of course, such crawly critters may not bother everyone.
 

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i saw some in the IGA for sale the other day. they look just like what we used to call buckeyes minus the thorny husk.
 

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i saw some in the IGA for sale the other day. they look just like what we used to call buckeyes minus the thorny husk.
Buckeyes are Horse Chestnuts, Was always told that Horse Chestnuts were Poisonous, I don't think IGA is Selling Buckeye/Horse Chestnuts! You might want to look a little closer at them, Buckeye/Horse Chestnuts look Totally Different then Edible Chestnuts!
 

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Buckeye/Horse Chestnut


Regular Chinese Chestnut


Buckeye/Horse Chestnuts are Completely Round due to how they only grow 1 nut in a pod, Chinese Chestnuts have a Flat side due to how they grow many nuts in 1 pod
 

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Chestnuts can be round too, sometimes there's only one nut in a pod. Usually two, or three though.
 
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