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Chestnuts in New York

Kreis6 Nov 1, 2013 07:45 AM

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)

  1. loratliff Nov 1, 2013 07:48 AM

    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
      Kreis6 Nov 1, 2013 08:03 AM

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

      1. re: loratliff
        thegforceny Nov 1, 2013 12:45 PM

        The Nut Box
        Buon Italia

        (also Eataly)

        1. re: thegforceny
          Kreis6 Nov 1, 2013 02:06 PM

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

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        Simon Nov 1, 2013 08:07 AM

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

        1. The Professor Nov 1, 2013 02:30 PM

          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
            Ttrockwood Nov 1, 2013 04:55 PM

            +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
              jilkat25 Nov 1, 2013 07:03 PM

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

              1. re: jilkat25
                The Professor Nov 1, 2013 07:42 PM

                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
                  Ttrockwood Nov 1, 2013 09:51 PM

                  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
                  Ttrockwood Nov 1, 2013 09:48 PM

                  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
                    janethepain Nov 1, 2013 09:55 PM

                    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.

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                BuildingMyBento Nov 1, 2013 10:34 PM

                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.

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                  City Kid Nov 3, 2013 06:22 AM

                  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.

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                    lareinebl Nov 3, 2013 08:11 AM

                    Also try Indian stores like Kalustyan's

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                    1. re: lareinebl
                      Kreis6 Nov 3, 2013 11:17 AM

                      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
                        MRS Nov 3, 2013 12:39 PM

                        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
                        BuildingMyBento Nov 3, 2013 12:52 PM

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

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