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Kimba2000 Nov 20, 2007 12:34 PM

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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    ChefDQ Nov 20, 2007 12:37 PM

    check out www.earthy.com i have used them many times......they are good to go.

    1. Melanie Wong Nov 20, 2007 01:41 PM

      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
        yimster Nov 20, 2007 03:51 PM

        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.

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          Melanie Wong Nov 20, 2007 04:00 PM

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

          Here's Wendy Lai's old post on the chestnuts,
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/21717

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            yimster Nov 20, 2007 04:39 PM

            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
              Melanie Wong Nov 20, 2007 09:24 PM

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

      2. Ruth Lafler Nov 20, 2007 02:15 PM

        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
          Ruth Lafler Nov 20, 2007 07:22 PM

          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.

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          peachblossom Nov 20, 2007 02:19 PM

          I've seen it at Andronicos and Whole Foods

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            chemchef Nov 20, 2007 02:29 PM

            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.

            1. WCchopper Nov 20, 2007 03:58 PM

              I believe Cost Plus World Mkt has them.

              1. maria lorraine Nov 20, 2007 08:59 PM

                I buy the vacuum-packed peeled ones from France. The brand is Ponthier. I love them.

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