Found this link on ask.com:http://www.missico.com/personal/tidb..._chestnuts.htm
I just love roasted chestnuts but haven't had them in years. Gonna look for them this year tho. Good ones are hard to find, in my area anyway. The ones at the grocery always seemed too small, shriveled up and 'old', so I never bought any of those kind. I'll try looking at one of the area ethnic stores as they usually get the "good" stuff.
Someone mentioned the 'fuzzy stuff' that sticks on the nut after peeling the shell: I believe that only the shriveled up 'old' ones do this. The big, fat fresh ones don't have this 'problem', in my experience.
My mom used to boil them in water also. I also liked them this way too. Much easier to peel and you don't have to worry about the 'fuzzy stuff' either. Different taste tho from the roasted ones.
When you roast [bake in the oven] they MUST have a slit in the skin otherwise they will explode on you in the oven! I always used one of those paring knives to make the slit. I would make a cut oh, about a third of the way down of the nut. No need to slit the skin on the boiled ones though.
Good luck and enjoy!