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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.)

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  1. leanneabe RE: Katie Nell Dec 19, 2006 08:08 PM

    Do you have access to a natural food store? We have Henry's out here, also Sunflower and Wild Oats, and they all sell nuts in bulk bins. It's pretty cheap.

    I don't know of any online sources, though, sorry.

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      Katie Nell RE: leanneabe Dec 19, 2006 08:13 PM

      Yeah, we have Whole Foods and Wild Oats, but they both have been more expensive when I've looked, but I honestly haven't look in a while either.

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      Kelli2006 RE: Katie Nell Dec 19, 2006 08:15 PM

      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.

      1. MPH RE: Katie Nell Dec 19, 2006 08:23 PM

        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:

        http://www.navidadfarms.com/pecan_hou...

        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.

        )

        Best,
        MPH

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          Pumpkinseed RE: Katie Nell Dec 20, 2006 03:56 PM

          Trader Joe's is a good source for nuts at decent prices. Just last week I made a chocolate rum pecan pie using TJ pecans from my freezer, and the price on the pecan bag was $5.99/lb., which seems quite reasonable.

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            Ike RE: Pumpkinseed Dec 20, 2006 04:27 PM

            Yeah, Trader Joe's has great prices on nuts, esp. cashews.
            $3.99/lb! Or $3.19 for cashew halves and pieces. Unfortunately Trader Joe's doesn't sell online, and I don't think they have any stores in the original poster's area.

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              Katie Nell RE: Ike Dec 20, 2006 04:41 PM

              Nope, sad, but true- no Trader Joe's!

          2. SanseiDesigns RE: Katie Nell Dec 22, 2006 07:57 AM

            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.

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              sheiladeedee RE: SanseiDesigns Dec 22, 2006 08:02 AM

              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.

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              jkent RE: Katie Nell Dec 22, 2006 09:30 PM

              If price is your main concern, you might not be interested, but I love the nuts from Zenobia: http://nutsonthenet.com . Their Turkish pistachios are smaller than the California ones, but they are by far the best pistachios I've ever had. I have ordered from them several times and always had quick service and great product. Note that their prices include shipping.

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                Querencia RE: Katie Nell Dec 23, 2006 03:32 AM

                1) If you have access to an Indian/Pakistani shopping neighborhood there are good prices for nuts, especially almonds. 2) A wonderful online source for shelled, baking-ready black walnuts is Hammon's. If you have ever tried to crack and shell black walnuts you will know that anything a person charges for such work is earned but Hammon's prices are reasonable. They also sell black walnut brittle, caramels, and chocolate-covered black walnuts and have attractive gift packages.

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