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Nov 20, 2007 12:34 PM

Canned chesnuts?

Do you know where I can get canned chesnuts not the water kind - the ones your roast? I want to make veggies and stuffing but don't want to have to roast, peel, score real chesnuts and have used the canned kind in the past and they are pretty good.

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  1. check out i have used them many times......they are good to go.

    1. Asian supermarkets like Ranch 99 have dried, vacuum-packed, candied, powdered, and all manner of chestnuts (not water chestnuts). They're used all year-round in Chinese cooking, so volume purchasing makes them less expensive than at other outlets.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        My labor saving trick is now known. I purchased six bags and will be using them in my stuffing on Thursday. They were less then a buck a package.

        Normally I these candied chestnut and refreshed dried chestnuts. in the stuffing to give two taste and texture to the stuffing.

        1. re: yimster

          Haha, that sounds great. Do you use the vacuum-packed or frozen ones?

          Here's Wendy Lai's old post on the chestnuts,

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I do not use the frozen ones, the dried ones. After refreshing them they have a taste and texture unlike the candied ones and it fools those eating that I may have used fresh ones (which are way too much work.

            The canned ones sometimes has a tin taste to them, or at least I think I can taste the tin.

            1. re: yimster

              Yes, the vacuum-packed Chinese chestnuts have a fresher, less adulterated taste than the canned ones from Europe.

      2. I saw them at my local (Alameda) Nob Hill Foods this week -- they had a couple of different brands. They were in a special "holiday foods" end cap display.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Trader Joe's also has frozen roasted chestnuts in stock -- I've bought them previous years and they're very good, although you do need to peel them.

        2. I've seen it at Andronicos and Whole Foods

          1. Not sure where you're located, but I've seen them at Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Pasta Shop, Andronico's, all in the East Bay. I would even venture to say that places like Safeway and others probably have them this time of year.