To cook chestnuts in the microwave, start by cutting a cross on the flat side of each chestnut. Cook in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate on high for 30 seconds to three minutes or until tender. Peel the shells and inner skin off while nuts are still warm.
Chestnuts cook quickly in the microwave. Start with shorter cooking times at first. Like boiling chestnuts, microwaving them produces a more mellow flavor than roasting them. Boiled chestnuts can pair well with pork, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms and sage in savory dishes or with dried fruit, apples, chocolate and cream in sweet ones. Roasting chestnuts brings out a concentrated flavor and is recommended if the nuts are to be eaten on their own or if they are the main flavor in a dish.
Chestnuts are a popular nut across the world. They are available in the late fall and winter, so they are often used in holiday dishes. These nuts are large and starchy in texture with a slightly sweet flavor. Chestnuts have a hard outer shell and an inner skin that must be removed before they can be eaten. This can be done by boiling or roasting them. Chestnuts should not be raw as the flavor is very bitter.
Chestnuts should be firm and glossy and should feel heavy for their size. Chestnuts that are cracked or that rattle when shaken have begun to dry out and should be avoided. Chestnuts can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag, or they can be frozen for up to three months.