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Maria Eng Oct 9, 2000 11:59 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations on canned or bottled chestnuts in water only?

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    Stefany B. Oct 9, 2000 01:26 PM

    The best chestnuts I've ever had that were not roastd fresh and peeled by hand are the Williams-Sonoma jars of cooked chestnuts that are vacuum sealed and are not packed in anything, even water. I've roasted and peeled many a chestnut and it certainly is not an easy task.The taste experience is much better than any other choice but the bloody fingers one gets from peeling is definitely a negative. These jars come the closest with the least trouble. The cans of French chestnuts that are also available just don't cut it.

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      Maria Eng Oct 9, 2000 04:40 PM

      Thanks, Stefany.
      I never even thought of WS. I've got a gift cert. sitting around somewhere and now I know what to do with it.
      I 've been wanting to make a chicken hotpot with chestnuts since the season turned, but the thought of having to tackle fresh chestnuts once again keeps putting me off. I do agree that the French ones are pretty awful.

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        Leslie Brenner Oct 9, 2000 07:22 PM

        I've also bought vacuum-packed peeled chestnuts, shrink-wrapped. I don't remember the brand, but I thought they were even a small step up from the Wms-Sonoma offering in jars.

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          Maria Eng Oct 9, 2000 11:09 PM

          Thanks for the tip, but where?

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            Mary Nov 8, 2000 02:05 PM

            There's a wonderful place in Washington state that I've ordered from called Shady Grove Orchards. You can order fresh chestnuts, and best of all, chestnut flour, which makes an incredible scone (they provide the recipe). They were a revelation.

            Link: http://www.chestnutsource.com/

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