Chestnuts in syrup are a way to preserve the flavor of autumn, perfect both as a gastronomic gift and as an ingredient for desserts.
The goodness of roasted chestnuts , enjoyed in front of the fireplace or walking through the streets of the center, is truly incredible. Too bad they always last a short time, especially if your main source of supply is a forest. But maybe you don’t know that chestnuts can be preserved in syrup in order to preserve their flavor and consistency for a long time.
Chestnuts in syrup are excellent on their own, at the end of a meal with coffee or to enrich your desserts. They can be prepared both with fresh chestnuts and with those dried and then rehydrated, the result will still be excellent. Since these are alcohol-free chestnuts in syrup, they are also suitable for children who will have a lot of fun extracting them one by one directly from the jar.
How to prepare chestnuts in natural syrup with the easy recipe
- First make an incision on the chestnut without affecting the pulp.
- Put them in a pan filled with lightly salted water and cook for 5 minutes starting from boiling.
- Drain and peel them, also removing the skin.
- As they are ready, distribute them inside the sterilized jars.
- Prepare the syrup by bringing together in a saucepan the sugar and the lemon zest, taken with a potato peeler.
- Add 400 ml of water and bring to a boil, cooking for 5 minutes from then on.
- Remove the peels, add the honey to melt it and pour the boiling syrup over the chestnuts.
- Close the jars with a new cap and proceed with sterilization.
- Put the jars in a pot and cover them with two fingers of water.
- Boil for 20 minutes then turn off and let cool inside.
- Now all that remains is to dry them, affix a label and place them in the pantry, waiting at least a month before consuming them.
In a similar way you can prepare chestnuts in alcohol, excellent both as a coffee killer thanks to their high alcohol content, and as a gastronomic gift. And if you want to try a different and delicious preparation, why not try your hand at the priest’s chestnut recipe ?
Chestnuts in syrup can be kept in the pantry for up to a year. Once opened, it is better to place them in the refrigerator and consume them within a month.