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ISO roasted chestnuts

I'm trying to get a hold of some roasted chestnuts (I believe they usually come jarred) in the Oakland/Berkeley area. A lot of places seem to only carry them during the holiday season.

No luck at Berkeley Bowl, A.G. Ferrari, the Country & Cheese shop on San Pablo, or Piedmont Grocery.

Anyone know a place that'll have them in stock right now?

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  1. Asian grocery stores usually have packaged, cooked chestnuts...I've used them right out of the bag in dishes and pureed them into squash soups... they are inexpensive and very good.

    1. There used to be a cart in the Pacific East Mall that sold them, don't know if they still do (haven't been in awhile).

      1. How about the vacuum-sealed steamed chestnuts they carry at Trader Joe's? Anyone think that would be a reasonable substitute?

        (I'm making sweet potato gnocchi with shaved chestnuts--the recipe calls for bottled roasted chestnuts, but maybe any cooked, shelled chestnuts would be OK?)

        1. I saw some just the other day in the "New Items" section at Trader Joe's. Vacuum-packed plastic packet.

          I buy them from Andronico's. Clement Faugier Marrons au Naturel Entiers Sous Vide. We've tried other brands and other types (canned, etc.) but those are superior. We buy them for a soup we always eat on New Year's Eve, so I don't know if they have them at other times of the year.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I just called Andronico's (Shattuck location), and they do carry some French brand of jarred, steamed (not roasted) chestnuts--$11.99 for a 14-oz jar. But I don't think it's the same brand you mentioned, Robert.

            That's more than I'd like to pay, especially since it's not an exact match. Maybe I'll just give the Trader Joe's product a try, then. If I'm not mistaken, that'll only run me $5 or so.

            Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

            1. re: abstractpoet

              TJ's chestnuts are good. I heat them in the microwave and eat them as a snack. I'd cook with them but my husband hates chestnuts.

              1. re: abstractpoet

                That sounds right, I think they are steamed.

                I think TJ's are about the same price by weight.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Which TJ did you see them at, Robert (or rccola)? I called the Lakeshore location and the woman who answered said they had them, but then when I got there they said they weren't planning on carrying them until closer to the holidays.

                Aggravating.

                Would spring for the Andronico's, but really only need like two chestnuts. How long can you keep them in the fridge?

                1. re: abstractpoet

                  Emeryville.

                  We always cook them all, so I have no idea how long they last after you open the jar.

                  1. re: abstractpoet

                    I got them frozen from Trader Joes, not in jars. I haven't looked for them this year but I do think they are seasonal. I go to the El Cerrito TJ's.

                2. Folks, the digression about roasting your own chestnuts has been moved here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657025