Store dried chestnuts in an air tight container in a cool, dry place.
Dried chestnuts can be used as a substitute for fresh peeled chestnuts once they have been reconstituted (one pound dried will be roughly equivalent to two pounds fresh once rehydrated).
Once reconstituted, these nuts can be braised, grilled, roasted, or simmered in water or milk until tender (and used whole, in pieces or pureed).
Chestnuts are used in desserts (cake fillings, frostings, ice creams, pies, etc), soups, pancakes, risottos, vegetable side dishes, poultry stuffings (often pureed) and other recipes. Try pairing them with ingredients like apples, pears, honey, game meats, dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnuts, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, porcini mushrooms, vanilla, dried fruits, lemon, fennel or cream.
Reconstituting Dried Chestnuts:
To rehydrate dried chestnuts, simmer them in water for 30 minutes. Drain off the water and use the nuts as called for in your recipe (often as a substitute for peeled fresh chestnuts).