Frequently Asked Questions
Are your chestnuts organic?
Our chestnuts are USDA organic, certified by QCS (#2766G). We don’t use any chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers in compliance with the federal national organic program.
How should I store the chestnuts?
Chestnuts will keep for several weeks in the fridge in the bag, best at 34 degree F and high humidity (in crisper draw to preserve their freshness); 35 to 42 degree F will work. If they dry out, soak in water for 1 hour, dry off in towel, then roast.
To freeze, remove fresh nuts from shell (score on one side, then roast or boil a few minutes UNTIL they pop out of shell/pellicle; this heats them up enough to shrink from inside shell and pellicle, but does not cook them).
To dry chestnuts for later use: In a single layer, dry in sun (protected from animal predation) or food dehydrator until they shrink from shell and slip out of pellicle (they’ll be super sweet and hard, like dried beans). Remove the nut from the dried shell and further dry. (Drying times vary due to humidity and temperature). Store in air-tight (glass or metal, not plastic) container. When ready to use, soak in water to restore desired consistency, then use as fresh. If making flour, store flour in freezer or fridge. The drier the flour, the longer it will last.
How should I cook the chestnuts?
There are several ways, all of them rather easy. Here’s a wikihow page that shows four different methods. Try Martha Stewart’s youtube.
Can I save money on shipping if I buy 2 bags?
Yes, by ordering the 10 lb (which is 2 x 5 lb bags in one box) instead of ordering two orders of 5 lb each in their own shipping box, you save $12. If order 3 lb and 5 lb pack (same or mixed sizes), for example 3 lb of Medium and 5 lb of Large, we ship in one box and we insert an extra pound of medium chestnuts to make up for $7 less shipping.
For bulk orders (more than 20 pounds), you get a 10% discount on price per pound (see Bulk Orders for price) and shipping charge is additional. If you pay shipping through your UPS or FedEx account, it is cheaper than us charging Priority Mail rate for such large orders. For bulk orders, please contact us.
Do you have samples? How do we know they are going to taste good and are fresh?
We do not offer samples. We guarantee freshness. If you are dissatisfied, we will refund your order.
I want to make beer out of chestnuts; do you have small size chestnuts for a lower price?
We sell in bulk to local breweries. Our small (just under size of a quarter coin) nuts are as deliciously sweet as the medium; they are good for snacks or to make chestnut beer or chestnut flour. Small chestnuts are $4.50/pound with a minimum order of 20 lbs. Contact us to arrange shipping for orders more than 20 lbs.