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Preserving Food Safely - 01600674


     If  properly  stored,  chestnuts  may  be  stored in  a
refrigerator  for  several months.  Chestnuts dry rapidly in
dry air and mold  rapidly  in  damp air.   For  refrigerator
storage, first  place  the chestnuts in a closed  paper sack
and  leave  for  1  to  2  days  until   they  have  reached
refrigerator temperature.   Then transfer  them to  a sealed
plastic sack and punch about a dozen holes  in  the  plastic
with  a medium sized  nail.   A  good  method  for   storing
freshly  harvested  chestnuts in  a refrigerator is  to  use
milk  cartons  and  dry  peat  moss (as  it  comes  from the
package).   If  the chestnuts are separated by the dry  moss
and the package tightly closed, the nuts should stay in good
condition  for several months.  Freshly dug sand can also be
used.  Use  sand  that  has  been  dried  in  the  sun  with
occasional mixing until it is only very slightly damp.   The
sand should  be cooled before use in the milk carton.   Sand
also  keeps chestnuts  in  good viable condition for 2 years
by storing the  freshly  picked chestnuts in  sealed plastic
bags and maintaining a temperature of 26 degrees  Fahrenheit
to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.   (This temperature range requires
special refrigeration).                                     

     If molding occurs in the refrigerator,  the nuts may be
washed  and/or scrubbed to remove mold, and placed  on paper
toweling- with 1 or 2 paper   changes- and  then  allowed to
room dry for several hours.  After drying, place  again in a
paper sack in the refrigerator until they are chilled,  then
transfer  to a clean  plastic bag with holes punched  in it.
If  mold  persists  on  the  nuts  for an extended period of
time,  the  kernels  may become "off-color"  and  no  longer
edible.   If mold has been present,  any bad kernels can  be
spotted by cutting the nuts in half before cooking.         

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