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Jan 15, 2009 01:38 PM

Nuts in the shell?


Longtime reader, firsttime poster. I'm scared!

I am currently addicted to shelling and eating nuts. I sit on my couch and just crack those puppies open for hours... Walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, and even the brazil nuts. I sit there and munch until I am thoroughly covered in nut shrapnel.

I was buying the walnuts for a while at Bi-Rite. They are awesome and, of course, expensive as all get-out. Worth it, though! I buy my other nuts at Andronico's, but the bags are wimpy small and they only carry them a few months out of the year.

Please inform me where I can buy nuts nuts nuts. Maybe in bulk, so I can get crazy and mix it up and what-not.

I live in Berkeley and am generally afraid to go to Berkeley Bowl because it makes me hate everyone. However, I would be willing to go there if you tell me they have the nuts I so dearly covet. I also work in the Mission, so.... I just went to Rainbow and they did not have nuts. :( :(

Thank you, and have a nice day.

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  1. Monterey Market has lots of different nuts in the bulk bins. Not as scary as the Bowl. Just don't go on Saturday morning!

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    1. re: Glencora

      I don't remember a lot of nuts in shells in the bulk bins at MM. Daniela, you didn't mention peanuts. Is it because they are too easy or you just don't like them? If you want them, Peerless Coffee on 5th in Oakland has them and they are usually warm. This makes for a great mess in your car. If you are simply into shells, Quinn's Lighthouse floor is covered in peanuts shells, or was, I have not been in a while.

    2. Berkeley Bowl has all of the nuts on your list (and humble peanuts, too), in the shell, in bulk, at very reasonable prices. I have sometimes found them a bit stale, but a few minutes on a cookie sheet in a 325 degree oven revives them wonderfully. Weekdays at the Bowl after 6:30 or so is usually tolerable.

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      1. re: dordogne

        They open at 9 and for the first hour or so it's not too bad. Never go on a weekend. Sure it can be annoying, but more annoying than eating a brazil nut? Impossible.

        There are quite a number of large bins of nuts in the racks right between the cash registers and the produce. Organic, not-organic, toasted, not-toasted, shells, shelled.

      2. You might check out Grocery Outlet. They often have bags of nuts in-shell for really good prices.