We’ve all heard the saying that “you get what you pay for.”
But did you know that the chestnut leaves can be made in a pinch and that they’re also delicious?
The simple trick is to mix the juice of two grapes with one tablespoon of water, then put it in a bowl.
Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then remove the pulp and put it back into the water.
Add the water and let it simmer until the pulp has reduced by about a third.
You should end up with about five-to-seven cups of juice, or about 15-to 20 cups of dried leaves.
You could also make them into stock, but you won’t get as much flavor out of them as you would from a fresh crop.
These leaves are super flavorful, but they don’t turn out as much as you’d expect, so be sure to make a few batches to get a feel for how much flavor you get out of your chestnuts.
Here’s how to make them.