I attempted to roast some chestnuts. You will be unsurprised to hear that they exploded.

(Yes, I cut the little X into them.)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil

The song didn't say anything about exploding! (I've never eaten a roasted chestnut, though, so I may not be an authority here.)
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From: [personal profile] st_aurafina

Omg, they can make a fairly brutal kind of projectile, too. I hope you're okay!
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From: [personal profile] mildred_of_midgard

Chestnuts 'sploding on an open fire
Shrapnel nipping at your nose
Edited (Fits the meter better this way.) Date: 2017-01-09 06:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likeadeuce

I tried this on Christmas and was not impressed with the results, although looking back I can now be grateful they did not explode.
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey

I haven't figured out the roasting, either. (Usually now I boil them.)
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From: [personal profile] sputnikhearts

My parents do the same. Possibly for this reason, I wonder...
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From: [personal profile] yhlee

Oh man, I'm so sorry!

If you ever visit Seoul in the winter, buy roast chestnuts from the street vendors. They are universally wonderful. (I don't know what their non-explosion secret is, though.)
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From: [personal profile] marycontrary

cutest cooking video: exploding gnocci


no one is injured. his laugh is my favorite
Edited Date: 2017-01-09 04:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twistedchick

It's been a few years since I roasted them, but I cut through the outer skin -- not a small X but a long slice -- and soaked them in water for an hour or two -- because they are always a bit dehydrated -- and then covered the hot chestnuts with a wet towel so they steamed. It worked. I don't have temperatures and times immediately available but I can find them if you want. I also steam-cooked them in the microwave, same principle. They always came out delicious and none exploded.
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From: [personal profile] yhlee

I think my mom used to make them sometimes (but it was usually so much easier just to buy them from the street vendors--Korean street vendors are delightful). I will email her and ask her what her secret was, although I can't guarantee that I will be able to translate the response. (She emails me in Korean.)
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From: [personal profile] mme_hardy

"It could only happen to Rachel...."
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From: [personal profile] mme_hardy

Last week I went to the local Japanese stripmall (sort of a Japantown in a mall) and they were selling hot roast chestnuts from a cart outside. You might check that out sometime if they're seasonal for winter.
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From: [personal profile] twistedchick

You may also be able to get pre-cooked chestnuts at Trader Joe's or World Market or other places with European food imports -- if I had a steady supply of them I'd be tempted to live on chestnut mousse, chestnut cookies and chestnut-flour nutbread.
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger

That happened to me too when I tried it! uh I guess the X has to be really deep? What a mess.

I buy the pre-done peeled ones now if I need them for a recipe.
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger

I bet soaking/freshness matters a lot. They get pretty husky and dried-out sitting in US groceries.
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From: [personal profile] mildred_of_midgard

I'm glad the shrapnel did not actually nip at your nose. Better luck next time!
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa

Rachel arrives at kitchen
Fire: On
Chestnuts: Exploding
Rachel is forcibly removed from kitchen
lovepeaceohana: Eggman looking very tattered and injured. Poor Eggy! (eggy wounded)

From: [personal profile] lovepeaceohana

I managed to smoke the shit out of some chickpeas the other day, so, yay kitchen fails?

From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com

Were you using a microwave or an oven? (Which interior is now covered with fluffy chestnut innards?)

From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com

The stuff you peel off the oven walls will still be delicious, probably.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

No, it overcooked. This was not one of my better efforts. I got half exploding and half failed to crack.
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From: [personal profile] thornsilver

I love the tag to this post. Do you have a separate tag for exploding diary products?

From: [identity profile] lorata.livejournal.com

I am very sympathetic but also giggling because the title of this post is very Aaron Burr vs. the bedbugs.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

Yes, and I added it to its other inspiration, which was even more dramatic.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

I know. By the way, the tag you mention has now also been applied to its other inspiration for convenient searching.

From: [identity profile] arielstarshadow.livejournal.com

Eep! Glad it sounds like there was no serious damage to anything important!

From: [identity profile] carbonel.livejournal.com

I don't know if this was what caused your problem, but I discovered (yes, the hard way) that the little x has to be cut pretty darned deep in the chestnut to have any efficacy.

The third batch of chestnuts was delicious.

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