Oh, Nuts!


…roasting on an open


I meant to try roasting chestnuts because I heard they were so good, I collected them, took them out of their prickly shell and then never roasted them. Now that they have not been cooked in over a month, I don’t know if they are still good to use. If anyone knows how long fresh chestnuts last, please let me know.


  1. I’ve never tried chestnuts, but as seeds I imagine they should be good. I’ve popped corn that was pretty old although I don’t eat popcorn any more. You bring up an interesting question about how long seeds are good for human consumption. I imagine most of them would germinate in the spring. There is also the question of whether we should be eating something like that or not. For example, I am now on a grain-free diet even though all that bread I ate in the paste (ground and baked wheat seeds) did not seem to harm me when I ate it.

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    1. I was also told not to eat whole grains because it could cause polyps. But to eat it fully ground was okay. What was the reason for you not being able to eat them? You don’t have to answer if you would rather not. I never even thought of planting them, I might just try it, it can’t hurt, Thanks! 🙂

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      1. I have what looks like a mild case of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism based on blood tests. This means my diet and lifestyle need to change to prevent this from getting worse and the diet and exercise seems to be working. So far it seems to be working.

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      2. I’m using the following books for diet recommendations since they seem similar: David Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain”, Izabella Wentz’s “Hashimoto Protocol” and Dale Bredesen’s “The End of Alzheimers”. One of the things that seems to work for me is putting coconut oil in coffee. I stay away from wheat and some dairy (except cheese). I am not sure what really works. Keeping my weight under control and my blood pressure normal are my daily tests.

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      3. Coconut is great for so many things. We always have a jar of it in the house. The best natural sunscreen too! Great for weight loss, muscle and joint problems. I don’t like it in my coffee but will use it when cooking chicken, on toast with cinnamon, or just taking it on a spoon. I have to feel really bad to do that though! Thanks for letting me know about the books!

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  2. Press the shiny skin. If it pushes in then the nut inside is shrivelled and will not be nice to eat. I suspect they keep better in their outer shell but we buy ours just in the inner shiny skin and these do not last more than a couple of weeks even in the fridge. I guess one could prevent shrivelling by wrapping them in damp tissue before fridging them? Never tried it.

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  3. Are those chestnuts or HORSE chestnuts? They don’t look like regular chestnuts at all, so I’m not even sure if they are edible.

    IF they are chestnuts, you cook them IN their shells. I don’t know how you’d cook them otherwise. You make a little X shaped slit (sharp knife) on the top of each nut, then put them in a heavy pan on your stove top and cook them 10 minutes, maybe. But de-shelled? Probably not.

    Um — you might want to look this stuff up on Google. That’s how I figured it out. Type in “how do I roast chestnuts” and it’ll tell you.

    They are good, but not so great I’d go hunting down more of them.

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    1. Those are regular chestnuts, edible. The guy we got them from said he ate them all the time. They were all over his front yard. I would ask him about how long they last, but we won’t be in the area anytime soon.
      I know how to cook them, had looked that up a while ago. They really stressed the importance of that “X” mark, like you said. So, thanks! I only took the prickly outer shell off. My husband said he had them as a child and loved them.


  4. They can be kept for months, but it depends on how they were stored. Try roasting some – remember to score them first or they might burst in the fire. While they are hot/warm, the shell and skin will peel off easily and leave you with a lovely whitish nut. I also freeze them if I can’t get to them quickly – but then I boil these to make chestnut puree rather than roast. I assume these are not horse chestnuts, otherwise known as conkers in the UK. Horse chestnuts are not considered edible.

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