How to Store Chestnuts

Chestnuts are a winter delight and when they're on special, it can be hard to resist buying too many at once. Chestnuts are fragile and need special attention to prevent mould or drying out. To avoid wasting your chestnuts, here is some simple storage advice.


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    Store freshly purchased or picked, unpeeled chestnuts at room temperature for up to one week only. Keep them in a well-ventilated and dry place.
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    Store unpeeled chestnuts in the refrigerator. To keep your chestnuts in top shape for a little longer, place them into a plastic bag and stick a few holes into the bag for airflow. Kept this way, the chestnuts should be fine in the fridge for two to three weeks. Place them in the vegetable storage bin of the fridge.
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    Be aware that once you have peeled the chestnuts and roasted them, they will not keep more than a few days in the fridge. If you have chestnuts like this, wrap them in aluminium foil or other freezer-proof wrapping that is air-tight and place them in the freezer. They can be frozen for several months.


  • Always date mark food that is frozen.
  • Make sure that chestnuts are clean, dry and kept cool during storage. This ensures that they last longer.[1]

Things You'll Need

  • Fridge - storage container
  • Freezer - hermetically sealed storage container or wrap
  • Bag with air holes

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Categories: Nuts and Seeds