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Chestnuts in New York

Does anybody know a place where you can buy peeled frozen or cooked vacuumed chestnuts in NYC? I can only find canned chestnuts (mostly with added sugar)

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  1. Have you been to the nut store (sorry, I don't know its name) in Chelsea Market?

    I also know that Manhattan Fruit Exchange has chestnuts in the jars. They don't look like they have any syrup/sugar but I'm not 100 percent on that.

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    1. re: loratliff

      Chelsea Market! I totally forgott to check that. Also maybe the italian shop there. Thanks:-)

      1. re: loratliff

        The Nut Box
        Buon Italia

        (also Eataly)

        1. re: thegforceny

          Eataly's prices for Chestnuts are absurd...but thanks.

      2. i like the ones in jars they sell at Whole Foods...expensive, though...

        1. Just go to any grocery store down in Chinatown (or any Asian grocery store anywhere else). They all carry them and they're fantastic and inexpensive.

          If you make it out to NJ, go to just about any ShopRite store...they also sell them (and they're a LOT less expensive than the jarred ones but just as good).

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          1. re: The Professor

            +1 for chinatown rec
            Last year i actually just bought a bunch from one of the street vendor nut guys to use in my thanksgiving pilaf.... Not sure how long you want to store them though...
            Trader joes had chestnuts peeled and vacuum packed in a box last year but i didn't see them in stores just yet (was there a week ago)

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              When do street vendors start selling them? Closer to Thanksgiving?

              1. re: jilkat25

                Fair warning...the street vendor chestnuts can be hit or miss. Quite often, they are under-roasted and smell like lighter fluid. :-(
                For the money, you're probably better off with the vacuum packaged ones (unless you roast your own, which isn't all that difficult; it's peeling them that can be a pain).

                1. re: The Professor

                  You're right- i buy them off the street often in the winter, i've been pretty lucky so far but had a few times they sucked.....

                2. re: jilkat25

                  Nope, had some just yesterday! They were roasted and split but still in the shell- i took them home and added a touch of salt.

                  1. re: jilkat25

                    I just saw one hot dog/pretzel guy selling them today, never bought them myself from street vendors however.

                    Fairway sells them. But yes, I remember seeing them at Trader Joe's last year too, I dont' think they're in stores yet. I'd imagine someplace like Whole Foods has them as well.

                    We buy fresh ones and microwave or boil them. Just make a slit in them beforehand, it'll make it easier to peel.

              2. Japanese supermarkets sometimes have the vacuum-sealed packs of chestnuts, but I've always found the best deals in Chinese supermarkets.

                I mentioned the Japanese stores first since those are scattered throughout Manhattan, and the Chinese ones, not so much.

                1. I bought a large vacuum sealed bag of ready-to-use chestnuts at Costco before Thanksgiving last year -- very inexpensive, from Israel I think -- and Jack's World had the same in smaller bags.

                  1. Also try Indian stores like Kalustyan's

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                    1. re: lareinebl

                      I found what i needed at Kalustyan's. French ready-to-use vacuum sealed chestnuts. The also have canned chestnuts without sugar and the ones in jars.

                      1. re: Kreis6

                        So, just a funny story for you on the hunt for chestnuts. I adore them roasted, marron glace, any which way and so does my friend. About a year ago, a new supermarket/specialty market opened near where we live and in the baking aisle was a resealable pouch of chestnuts. We both were so excited!! The package was in French and my friend tore open the bag ( obviously was going to buy the bag) and popped one in her mouth. Shame of both of us who speak and read French. We were so excited we neglected the word " secs". The chestnuts were dried. She almost broke all her teeth!!

                      2. re: lareinebl

                        They have much more than just Indian products. Chestnuts, for instance...