Date: Sun, 8 Oct 95 23:35 PDT
From: Steve and Marilyn Kerman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rinse nuts and make a small cut in one side, using a very sharp knife (and
being very careful not to cut yourself.) Some people make an X. The intent
is to allow steam to escape gently instead of by explosion, which can be
very messy , and sometimes painful!
Hot nuts peel easier than cold ones, so when you remove them from the heat,
immediately dump them into a towel and keep them covered as you remove one
at a time to peel. Or serve them in a newspaper cone and make everybody
peel their own.
To roast nuts: This can be done on a pan in the oven or over an open fire.
Even cooking is assured if the nuts are first boiled about 20 minutes. The
boiled drained nuts can go directly into a roasting pan, or you can store
them in the refrigerator for later use up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 6
months. To roast the parboiled nuts spread them out evenly on a pan and
bake about 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Or roast them chestnut-vendor style
over an open fire. Test as you go for desired softness.
To microwave nuts: Make very sure that every nut has been scored, as above.
Arrange them on a microwave-safe dish and cook for about 2 minutes on high
(100 percent power).