The first time I had Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws-to-be (none of us knew it at the time), my generation got assigned the task of shelling chestnuts for Mom's chestnut stuffing. Hilarity ensued. My husband and his brothers weren't good at peeling the nuts and were even worse about getting the nuts into the bowl rather than their mouths. The next year, I picked up 2 pounds of chestnuts in advance, roasted and peeled them myself, and brought them with me.
But today, that's just a memory because nearly every Asian market has bags of pre-peeled roasted chestnuts at insanely affordable prices. A 3 to 5 ounce bag goes for $0.99 to $1.39 in the DC area. I wanted to pass this tip along to my fellow hounds because no one should pay $6.99 for a jar of peeled chestnuts in a gourmet store! If you're in the DC area, Grand Mart, Super H, Han au Rheum, and Sam Kam all carry them year-round.
Now does anyone have any killer chestnut stuffing recipes to share? Suffice it to say, my husband never pines for his mother's cooking.