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Oct 28, 2012 02:02 PM

Substitutions for Water Chestnuts

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?

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  1. What exactly are you making? It would help

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    1. re: cheesecake17

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

      1. re: HungryHoya

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

    2. 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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        1. re: Bacardi1

          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

            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?

            1. re: Bacardi1

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

          1. re: ipsedixit

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

            1. re: Buffy Despres

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