Please tell me how to get the membrane off chestnuts after removing the shell. Thanks! —R.S., Allentown, Pennsylvania
Sometimes the thin inner skin (membrane) can be difficult to remove. Try roasting or blanching the chestnuts, then removing the outer shell and inner skin while the nuts are still warm. If that doesn't work, place the chestnuts in a pan of boiling water. Remove from the heat and let stand for 4-5 minutes; drain. When the nuts are cool enough to handle, gently rub off the inner skins with a clean kitchen towel. Any pieces of membrane remaining in the crevices can be easily removed with a sharp paring knife.