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Mouldy Chestnuts

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Mouldy Chestnuts

DockPotato | Nov 20, 2011 01:21 PM

How do I avoid them? What causes the mould?

I just wasted the better part of an afternoon, blanching and peeling 1 lb of chestnuts intending to make puré. Fully two thirds were mouldy or rotten. Thank God it's just the two of us tonight. I'm willing to accept minor waste in a purchase, but not to that extent. They were $3/lb but the biggest loss is the disappointment and wasted time and effort. I picked them out of a huge bin at a local chain whom I won't identify but will inform: I'm sure it's the same at all of our very few national chains.

Why can I get fish, fruit and other perishables at decent freshness, but not chestnuts?

This is a perennial problem here in Canada. Surely the nation's vendors are knowingly setting out mouldy product as an annual rite. Don't they test their product?

Is the situation the same elsewhere?

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