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Chestnutter Chestnut Cutter

It's a single-use gadget, but if you roast a lot of chestnuts it can save time.

What We Learned

This gadget, shaped like an oversized garlic press, claims to streamline the chore of preparing chestnuts for roasting by cutting their tough shells to make a steam vent. We took 2 pounds of chestnuts into the test kitchen and pitted the device against the traditional method of scoring the nuts with a paring knife. Ten nuts in, one test cook cut herself with the knife, but even coll...