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    How long do chestnuts last?

    And are they any good? I found them hidden in the back of the cupboard the other day and when I looked at them they had something white on the outside of the shell. Are they any good or should I just throw them out? How long do they keep? I can't believe they got buried and forgotten about, I bought them for Christmas.

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    I just bought a can of chestnuts and the expiration date is December 2006. (They had other cans there that had expiration dates for the end of this year too - I'm sure this isn't a fast-selling product.) So it seems they do last awhile (in a can anyway). Does your jar or can have a date anywhere? I have seen jars of chestnuts in the grocery store and didn't notice any white stuff but I didn't look too hard. I've never actually used chestnuts (this will be my first time - I got them for the Pork and Chestnuts in the Jan/Feb issue) so I can't give any other advice.

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    Another post to just say oops - you're probably talking about the raw nut, huh? Sorry if that is the case and I got confused. I really don't know much about those!

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    I can't remember where, but during the holidays I remember reading that chestnuts should be used fairly quickly. I don't think yours would still be good, especially if they have something white on the outside of the shell. I was disappointed in the chestnuts I got over the holidays. I used them within a few days of buying them, but about half had mold growing on the chestnuts inside of the shells! Ick!
    Beth
    "If I had a minute for every hour that I've wasted I'd be rich in time." Jack Johnson, "Broken"

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    Beth, thanks for answering the question. I guess I will toss them. How disappointing. I guess I will look for canned(jarred) chestnuts this holiday season.

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    After buying them you can store them in the freezer. We have neighbors in the mountains who have their own tree and that is how they keep them.

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