Online source for nuts; can you get them cheaper?
- Katie Nell Dec 19, 2006 07:49 PM
Every time I get nuts at the store, most recently pecans and cashews, I about give myself a coronary! Is there an online source that sells them in bulk for cheaper, but still good quality? (I don't have a membership to Sam's or Costco and don't really need one either.)
ethnic groceries are the cheapest places I have ever found for nuts.
I love shopping at the middle-eastern groceries, as they have inexpensive nuts and I always find a ingredient that inspires a new dish.
Local co-ops are also places for inexpensive nuts.
In season in pecan-growing country, you can buy unshelled pecans by the side of the road for a song. There are also larger pecan farms that do on-line business. One example is:
Their in-shell versions keep a long time, though I'm not sure if they're less expensive than what you've been paying. They are fresher and of better quality than what you can get at the Whole Foods, for example. (And Austin, WF's corporate headquarters, is home to its flagship store.)
Take a look at how often you purchase nuts and the associated shipping costs. Nuts at Costco (almonds, pecans, walnuts) are sold in 2 -3 pound bags. When I am baking I can go through 1 bag of each quite easily. The price difference for the volume and quality can quickly pay for the $40 membership fee.
Yes, I did check on online prices when I was preparing for the Time of the Cookie Madness, and found that shipping costs are a killer. I go to Sam's Club for walnuts and pecans, and I drive an hour to the nearest Trader Joe's for pistachios and hazelnuts. The savings at Sams on the nuts, chocolate chips, and sugars alone more than paid the membership.