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OUR PRODUCTS | COOKING WITH CHESTNUTS | ROASTING CHESTNUTS

RAW CHESTNUTS | PACKAGING | VARIETIES OF CHESTNUTS | SIZES OF CHESTNUTS

STORING CHESTNUTS FOR FRESHNESS | SHIPPING | ORDERING

SEASON FOR CHESTNUTS | PEELING CHESTNUTS | PRICING: WHOLESALE OR DISCOUNT

MAILING LIST | CONTACTING US | MISCELLANEOUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR PRODUCTS [Back]

Question 1: I am looking for chestnuts that have already been roasted and peeled. I believe they come in a jar or can. Do you offer these?
Answer 1: We have vacuumed-packed cooked chestnuts that are whole and peeled. Please check our website for a further description of the product.

Question 2: What is the benefit of a chestnut knife?
Answer 2:The angled blade of the knife is specifically designed to score chestnuts, making the job easier.



COOKING WITH CHESTNUTS [Back]

Question 1: I see recipes that call for "blanching" chestnuts and then it appears that the nuts are cooked along with the rest of the ingredients. Does blanching mean I should boil the nuts for about one minute and then peel them or should I boil them for 1/2 hour pursuant to your instructions on how to cook chestnuts?
Answer 1:We recommend that you boil the chestnuts pursuant to our instructions.

Question 2: How can chestnuts be cooked?
Answer 2:They can be boiled, roasted over an open fire, baked in the oven, and steamed. Check our website for chestnut recipes or purchase our chestnut cookbook for more ideas.

Question 3: Do I need to score the chestnuts before I boil them?
Answer 3: No.



ROASTING CHESTNUTS [Back]

Question 1: How do I roast chestnuts in a fire? I have heard that I should put an "x" in the top and put them in foil right in the fire. I don't know if that works. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer 1:Chestnuts may be roasted over an open fire in a wire basket or a special perforated chestnut-roasting pan. We have such products available to purchase. We see no reason why chestnuts roasted in foil would not work, but be sure to closely monitor them. It is absolutely necessary for you to score the chestnuts so they do not explode. Shake the foil frequently. Once the chestnuts are charred black, they should be ready to eat.

Question 2: We want to roast chestnuts on an open fire for our town Christmas tree lighting. It will take too long at 15-20 minutes. Could we cheat by partially cooking the chestnuts in a microwave and then finish cooking them in a pan over a fire?
Answer 2: We believe you can. Please be sure to score your chestnuts before cooking.

Question 3: What is the best way to roast chestnuts? In the oven? On the stovetop? In a microwave?
Answer 3: You will want to use the oven if an even roast is important. Using a broiler or open fire will result in a less even roast. If you use the stovetop, please be sure to shake the pan often. You will have to experiment with the number of chestnuts to cook at a time when using the microwave.

Question 4: We have a Dickens style celebration in December and some have suggested that we roast chestnuts. If we do this over an open fire, what kind of pan should we use? Do we use any kind of oil or salts? How can they be served?
Answer 4: Girolami Farms sells pans for fire roasting. Please see our website for a description of the pans available. There is no need to oil or salt your chestnuts. We have found two popular, but very different, ways of serving chestnuts. First, you can serve the roasted chestnuts in a paper cone. The second serving suggestion is better suited for a small gathering. We soak a clean cloth in red wine and then place warm chestnuts in the cloth and let them sit for approximately five minutes. Then we set the wine-soaked cloth filled with chestnuts on a plate and serve.

Question 5: Wow, I just wanted to let you know I tried to roast the chestnuts in the oven. I think I will be able to manage this. Why do some taste like pumpkin and others taste nutty? Was it because I over-cooked some of them?
Answer 5: All of your chestnuts should taste nutty, although we have heard some people describe the flavor as pumpkin-y or potato-y.

Question 6: We were told that prior to roasting chestnuts on an open fire, we should soak them in water before scoring them. Is that true?
Answer 6: No, not if they are fresh.



RAW CHESTNUTS [Back]

Question 1: May chestnuts be eaten raw?
Answer 1: Yes. We love to eat chestnuts raw. Be sure to take off the two skins.


PACKAGING [Back]

Question 1: Could you please tell me approximately how many chestnuts would be in two pounds?
Answer 1: It depends upon the size of the chestnuts. For example, for extra large chestnuts, 50-60; for jumbo chestnuts, 40-48; for colossal, 30-36:

Question 2: I made a purchase last year for 3 pounds of chestnuts. Can I make a purchase this year for one or two pound bags of the jumbo variety? I really don't have a need for three pounds of chestnuts.
Answer 2: Our minimum size is the 3-pound bag. We suggest that you freeze what you don't use in the freezer. Then you can enjoy chestnuts again anytime during the year.

Question 3: How many chestnuts are in a 3-pound bag?
Answer 3: For extra large chestnuts, there are 70-90 chestnuts; for jumbo chestnuts, there are 60-72 chestnuts; and for colossal, there are 45-54 chestnuts



VARIETIES OF CHESTNUTS [Back]

Question 1: Is there a difference between a chestnut tree and a "buckeye" tree?
Answer 1: Yes. Ask your local nurseryman, agriculture extension office, or farm bureau for more detailed information on the differences.

Question 2: I was wondering if your chestnuts are pure 100% American chestnuts or if they have Chinese, Japanese, or other variety stock?
Answer 2: Our chestnuts are a European/American hybrid.

Question 3: Could you please tell me what kind of cultivars you have for both your chestnuts and walnuts?
Answer 3: Our chestnuts are Colossal. Our walnuts are Chandlers.

Question 4: Do you have French chestnuts?
Answer 4: No.

Question 5: I have a tree in my yard that drops a large, fleshy, bumpy pod with what looks like a chestnut inside (the pod sometimes holds 2-3 nuts). The chestnuts on your recipe page look "hairy." Are mine chestnuts or not? I live in southwest Michigan.
Answer 5: We suggest that you ask your local nurseryman, agriculture extension office, or farm bureau for more detailed information on the differences.

Question 6: How can I find out if the tree in my front yard is a chestnut tree?
Answer 6: Ask your local nurseryman, agriculture extension office, or farm bureau for more detailed information on the differences.



SIZES OF CHESTNUTS [Back]

Question 1: Could you let me know what the differences are between the sizes of chestnuts? I understand that there is a difference in size, but is there a difference in flavor, etc.?
Answer 1: There is no difference in flavor between the sizes of chestnuts. An extra large chestnut is approximately 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 inches. A jumbo chestnut is approximately 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches. A colossal chestnut is 1 1/2 inches or more.

Question 2: Why is there a price difference between the jumbo and extra jumbo chestnuts with the extra jumbo being more expensive?
Answer 2: The bigger chestnut is more desirable.



STORING CHESTNUTS FOR FRESHNESS [Back]

Question 1: How do you guarantee the quality and freshness of the chestnuts?
Answer 1: There is no middleman involved. We can guarantee the freshness because we hand pick, hand sort, and hand pack our entire product. We know where the chestnuts have been and we store them on site until we ship them to you direct. At times, extended shipping will cause this highly perishable product to mold, which impairs freshness. If that should occur, please contact us immediately by phone or e-mail. If you shipped pursuant to our recommendations--see shipping order form--we will fully guarantee and replace your order immediately. This is why we strongly recommend that 3-day shipping be used when the destination is east of the Mississippi.

Question 2: I am planning to order a couple of pounds of chestnuts in bulk. How can I store them until I need them? Do they need to be kept at 30 degrees?
Answer 2: Chestnuts should be stored at 34-40 degrees in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When stored in this way, your chestnuts should last three weeks. If you do not plan to use your chestnuts for a long time, store the chestnuts in an airtight container in the freezer. Your frozen chestnuts should last one year.

Question 3: I am told that chestnuts are best kept frozen, but how? Should they be frozen in the shell raw? In the shell cooked? Cooked and out of the shell?
Answer 3: Either cooked or raw; and either shelled or unshelled will work. The important factor is storing them in an airtight container. Our family prefers to store them in the shell and raw, but we have friends who cook their chestnuts and freeze them with equally good results.

Question 4: Is there a way to dry chestnuts?
Answer 4: Chestnuts dry easily. Place them in a warm, dry area. Space them evenly in a single layer until the chestnut becomes hard.

Question 5: What kind of container do you recommend be used for freezing or refrigerating chestnuts?
Answer 5: Any airtight container will do whether it is a plastic container or a plastic, freezer bag.



SHIPPING
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Question 1: Besides the cost, are there any other problems in shipping chestnuts to Mexico?
Answer 1: Girolami Farms does not ship to Mexico. Because our products are sold retail, because chestnuts do not have a shelf life over 6 months, and because of other procedure and restrictions, UPS will not deliver to Mexico or Canada.

Question 2: What is the shipping charge on 25 pounds of jumbo chestnuts?
Answer 2: Please refer to our UPS tracking page to calculate and determine your shipping costs.

Question 3: Is shipping included in your prices?
Answer 3: No.



ORDERING [Back]

Question 1: What assurances do I have when I order chestnuts from you?
Answer 1: You have our guarantee. There is no middleman involved. We can guarantee the freshness because we hand pick, hand sort, and hand pack our entire product. We know where the chestnuts have been and we store them on site until we ship them to you direct. At times, extended shipping will cause this highly perishable product to mold, which impairs freshness. If that should occur, please contact us immediately by phone or e-mail. If you shipped pursuant to our recommendations--see shipping order form--we will fully guarantee and replace your order immediately. This is why we strongly recommend that 3-day shipping be used when the destination is east of the Mississippi.

Question 2: When should I place my order if I want to have them sent as a gift the week before Christmas?
Answer 2: Monday is our shipping day and so, all orders taken from Monday through Sunday are shipped on the following Monday. It will take 3-5 days for your order to arrive, depending upon the destination. UPS is excellent about sticking to its delivery schedule, especially around the holidays.

Question 3: Do you accept personal checks or money orders?
Answer 3: Yes. Please see our website for acceptable methods of payment. Upon receipt of your personal check or money order, we promptly send your order.

Question 4: I would like to order some chestnuts, please let me know your procedures?
Answer 4: Please use our website. We believe it is easy to navigate. If you prefer, however, we do accept phone orders.

Question 5: Will my credit card be billed when I place the order or when the order ships?
Answer 5: Your credit card is charged when you place the order.



SEASON FOR CHESTNUTS
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Question 1: Let me know when your chestnuts are available.
Answer 1: Typically, chestnuts are available in the first part of September (September 1-10). But that can change depending on the year's climate.

Question 2: I want to be sure that the chestnuts I order are from the new crop this fall?
Answer 2: All our fresh chestnuts are new crop chestnuts.

Question 3: I was wondering what period of the year chestnuts are available freshly harvested. I have heard October-January, is that true?
Answer 3: We have freshly harvested chestnuts available from the beginning of September through the middle of December.



PEELING CHESTNUTS [Back]

Question 1: How do you cook chestnuts so that the "skin" won't stick to the "meat?" Do I need to do anything to the chestnut before I put them in the oven? It is so hard to peel off that "skin" after breaking off the shell. Please help me. I love to eat chestnuts, but I have no patience to do the peeling.
Answer 1: The curing process helps with the peeling of chestnuts. Please refer to our website for directions on how to cure chestnuts. In order to peel chestnuts, you will need to score the chestnuts before cooking. Also, peeling the chestnuts while they are still warm will help.



PRICING: WHOLESALE OR DISCOUNT [Back]

Question 1: I am interested in buying chestnuts in bulk for Christmas gifts. Do you offer any discounts?
Answer 1: Yes. Call us to find out about our wholesale prices. As for discounts on retail purchases, when you order 25 pounds of chestnuts or more, we automatically apply a discount. If you order 50 pounds of chestnuts or more, an additional discount will be applied to your order.



MAILING LIST [Back]

Question 1: How do I add my name and address to your mailing list?
Answer 1: Simply e-mail us with your mailing information and we will be sure to add your name to our fall mailing list.



CONTACTING US [Back]

Question 1: Is your phone number an 800 number?
Answer 1: No.

Question 2: Do you have a catalog that can be sent in the mail?
Answer 2: Not at this time.



MISCELLANEOUS [Back]

Question 1: Is it possible to propagate a chestnut tree from an old tree that is over 100 years old?
Answer 1: Yes. The best way to approach this task is to speak with your local nurseryman, agriculture extension service, or farm bureau.

Question 2: Can I start my own tree from your chestnuts?
Answer 2: Yes, but they will be wild chestnuts. You will need to graft or bud on a domesticated hybrid variety.

Question 3: I have never had chestnuts before, so I don't know what they look like. My sister gave me a bag of chestnuts and they were very hard and in a spiny shell. It looked more like a porcupine than a nut. What do chestnuts look like?
Answer 3: The spiny shell is the outside of the chestnut. Chestnuts have two shells--the harder outer shell (spiny shell) and a thinner inner membrane. Both shells need to be removed before eating. Please see curing and peeling procedures in our website.


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