If you haven’t yet discovered the delicious chestnut, you’re missing out! Chestnuts are extremely versatile. Their unique nutty flavour and texture make them great accompaniments to many dishes, both savoury and sweet. Even though fresh chestnuts can only be found in Australian supermarkets and green grocers from mid March to July……. fear not, because there is a solution! Freezing chestnuts!
Freezing chestnuts allows you to enjoy chestnuts nearly all year long!
What to do when freezing chestnuts
Chestnuts can be frozen with or without their shell, raw or cooked. Regardless of form, they can simply be placed in a freer-safe container and stored for 2 to 3 months. If you are looking to use your frozen chestnuts for roasting later on, then it is ideal to leave the shells intact. However, if you will be using the frozen chestnuts in an recipe that requires their shells to be removed, such as a delicious chestnut pudding recipe or a chestnut, beef and bok choy stir-fry, then it will save you time and effort, by shelling them prior to freezing.
Follow these easy steps to freezing chestnuts:
- Place chestnuts in a freezer-safe bags or in freezer-safe glass or plastic containers
- To help ensure boiled, shelled chestnuts are easily separated after freezing, place them on a tray, with space between them, and freeze them for several hours
- Once frozen, remove from tray and then place in freezer-safe container. This method is commonly used for freezing berries
It really is that easy to extend the life of chestnuts. Now why not give these chestnut recipes a try!
*DISCLAIMER: Australian Chestnuts are a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Australian Chestnuts and our own opinions. For more information visit the Australian Chestnuts website.