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Substitutions for Water Chestnuts

HungryHoya Oct 28, 2012 02:02 PM

I am preparing for tonight's dinner, and noticed that my well-meaning, but not detail-oriented fiance purchased Chestnuts packed in water instead of water chestnuts. The supermarkets are crazy right now (everyone is bracing for the hurricane), so I need to find a substitute I have on hand. I have carrots,celery, chestnuts (ha!), mushrooms (which are already in the recipe- I could maybe add more). I have seen suggestions to use jicama but I do not have any. Any other ideas?

  1. ipsedixit Oct 28, 2012 07:39 PM


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      Buffy Despres Oct 28, 2012 09:16 PM

      See OP: " I have seen suggestions to use jicama but I do not have any."

      1. re: Buffy Despres
        ipsedixit Oct 28, 2012 09:31 PM

        There's goes my reading comprehension grade for this semester.

    2. Bacardi1 Oct 28, 2012 02:30 PM

      Since I'm guessing you're making an Asian meal, I'd personally sub in some celery, reducing the amount a bit to account for celery having a flavor vs. water chestnuts having virtually none. With Water chestnuts, you're pretty much just providing a crispy texture. Celery is closest to providing just that. Carrots would add too much sweetness, mushrooms definitely do NOT have the texture, & regular chestnuts will have neither texture nor non-existent flavor - again, too sweet.

      Oh - & unless a large amount of water chestnuts is called for, you might simply want to just leave them out.

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        pinehurst Oct 28, 2012 03:20 PM


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          HungryHoya Oct 28, 2012 03:33 PM

          Thanks, Barcardi1! I took your advice- came out great. I'll still go back to water chestnuts next time, but I could barely tell the difference!

          1. re: HungryHoya
            Bacardi1 Oct 28, 2012 04:45 PM

            You're very welcome, & I'm glad it worked out well.

            By the way, did you sub in the celery, or just leave the water chestnut part of the recipe out completely?

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              HungryHoya Oct 28, 2012 04:51 PM

              I subbed in the celery. I sliced it very fine so that it was mostly for crunch.

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          cheesecake17 Oct 28, 2012 02:12 PM

          What exactly are you making? It would help

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            HungryHoya Oct 28, 2012 02:58 PM

            I'm making an adaptation of PF Chang's lettuce wraps. The contents of the wrap is a chicken/mushroom/water chestnut stir-fry.

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              cheesecake17 Oct 28, 2012 04:33 PM

              I've done something similar with ground turkey and celery instead of water chestnuts. Also used some diced red peppers

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