SEA--where to buy peeled chestnuts
- MsMaryMc Dec 9, 2007 09:31 PM
I love braised chestnuts, want to serve them at Christmas dinner, but the little suckers are just too much trouble to peel. I'd heard you could buy them peeled and frozen in Asian markets, but I looked at Uwajimaya and couldn't find them. Any other suggestions? Frozen would be good, vacuum-packed will do. The ones in jars (unsweetened, not the candied ones) look less appealing to me--has anybody used them? Are they anything like fresh, or mushy and past their prime, like I'm imagining?
At this time of the year Trader Joes carries frozen roasted chestnuts. They still have the shells, but they are split and fairly easy to peel.
I love fresh roasted chestnuts .. we used to buy them from street merchants who roasted them over an open fire when I was a kid! Yummmmm!!!
... I've tried the frozen ones at both Asian markets and TJ's, tried the canned-jarred varieties too .. BUT if you are serving them as roasted chestnuts solo none stand up to fresh chestnuts roasted .. if you are really braising them, cooking them in some sort of liquid then the other easier to prepare varieties might work fine. I've used chestnuts from a jar (cooked and peeled) in stuffings etc and while they have been fine they don't have that same crumbley texture that the fresh ones do. For all these reasons, I've given up & just use fresh.
Thanks for all the ideas. I was looking in the freezer case at Uwajimaya--I guess I need to look with the snack foods. H-Mart is near where I work, so that's easy. I'm braising them in chicken stock and a little butter, so hopefully these will work--otherwise, i guess it's back to peeling the fresh ones (and that means I probably won't be making them so often!)