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Dec 7, 2007 07:29 PM

Chestnutter-anyone have one?

Not too easy to find, but has anyone bought one, and is it a good gadet to get?

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  1. I was curious what you were talking about ... thought maybe you meant those little plastic thingies that you get for free with a bag of chestnuts in Chinatown.

    Anyway, for anyone curious ... this is it.

    Lots of places sell it like Amazon, Wiliams Sonoma, Sur La Table, etc

    It seems from the online reviews that it does the job ... but not for very long ... has a tendancy to break and fall apart. Check the Amazon reviews.

    Maybe Chowhounds have had better luck. Here's a link to a Chow article that had positive and negative comments about it.

    Someone in ... of all things ... the chestnut forum ... is there a forum for everything or what ... liked a chestnut cutter called snips

    1. I have one; it's ok. It only punches a small x in the back of the chestnut, which is not as helpful as the big x I'd make with a knife. I'm considering getting a chestnut knife, which my friend says is really useful and costs only $5 at W-S.

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      1. re: Cicely

        I did order one from Amazon. I was on WS earlier, but did get anyhits for the chestnutter, nor did a kife come up, but I'll do another search there just for the heck of it.

        1. re: Cicely

          I'm curious, how does the chestnut knife work? How is it easier (or safer) than using a regular knife?

          1. re: leanneabe

            I'll bet it's serrated - I find a serrated knife very helpful - mainly because u can start a cut w/o it slipping off the nut.

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          1. I just got one and, having suffered a finger injury from using a knife, I love it. It's easy, it's puts a big enough "x" in the chestnut, and I don't have to worry about hurting myself. It does work best on large chestnuts, but I've found that I can stack two small/flat chestnuts on top of each other to make sure they each get a good enough cut. I don't know how long it will hold up, but I'm enjoying it while it does.

            1. i was thinking about getting one seems like a coll gadget, by the way after you score the chestnuts try boiling them in salted water before roasting this lets them slip out of the shells easier.