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                               Chestnut Info
 Recipe By     : San Jose Mercury News, B.Hensperger 12/31/95
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Information, Tips, Misc.         Eat-Lf Mailing List
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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 Chestnuts are versatile and low in fat.
 One ounce of chestnuts contains 60 calories and 0.6g of fat.  Chestnuts
 are the only nut approved by the low-fat Pritikin System.  They are high
 in carbohydrates.
 California’s crop, grown around Sacramento, comes in during Sept, but
 imported Italian nuts are here until the first of the year.
 Substitute the nuts for other nut types in poultry and wild game
 stuffings, breads or cinnamon roll recipes.
 Fresh chestnuts must be cooked before being included in recipes.  To
 prepare them for baking, preheat the oven to 400 deg F.  Using a
 short-bladed or chestnut knife, carve an X onto the flat side of each
 nut to prevent it from bursting.
 Place the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in the
 preheated oven 15 - 20 min.  (They also may be cooked in the microwave
 for about 5 min at full power.)  The nuts should be mealy in the center
 when pierced with the tip of a knife.  Remove immediately from the
 baking sheet to a thick, clean cloth.  When barely cool enough to
 handle, crack the nuts with your hands and use the same knife to peel
 off the outer shell and then the funny inner skin.  (At this point you
 may cover the whole nuts tightly and refrigerate until needed.) 
 Coarsely chop the nuts and set aside.
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 NOTES : Typed by Reggie Dwork.