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Affordable pine nuts for pesto?

We love pesto, planted plenty of basil, and it's growing great. Thank you Miracle Gro Potting Soil.

Grocery store pine nuts are ridiculously expensive - four bucks for a little jar!

Any suggestions for lower cost sources? or for lower cost nuts for pesto you love?

Thanks Much! And I love you so much I won't make you take my excess yellow squash!

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  1. If you have Fresh & Easy close to you, they have much better prices on pine nuts. Could also try Trader Joes.

    I watch this one cooking spot called Hippy Gourmet. He uses toasted walnuts in pesto. i haven't tried that, but it sounds good.

    Also, for your summer squashes.... Slice length-wise into thin slices. Brush with olive oil and grill until softened. While still hot, lay a thin slice of cheese on top and roll and secure with a toothpick. I use mozzarella cheese and then serve with warm marinara. yummmm delicious

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    1. re: mollygirl

      There's a Hippy Gourmet cookbook. We have it but haven't tried many recipes from it yet.

    2. I use walnuts in my pesto. It's delicious and I can't say I notice a big difference - if anything, I prefer it. You could also use pistachios, which I think would change the flavor a bit more but might be pretty tasty.

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      1. re: Cebca

        pistachios are terrific in pesto (then again, i adore pistachios so i'm always happy to find a new use for them). this BA recipe is crazy good:

        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

        they also work really well with the more traditional basil (or mint!) and Parmigiano...and arugula pairs beautifully with walnuts too.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I just saved THAT recipe. Oh, wow, does that sound good? Thanks to MMRuth, I've become an arugula addict and only recently heard about making pesto with it.

      2. you can use other nuts.

        I've never found the cheaper ones to be any good, and you can search on Chowhound for Chinese or Korean pine nuts that people didn't like, either.

        1. We've made walnut pesto and like it. We buy our pine nuts and walnuts at Trader Joe's.

          1. I've been buying pinenuts at Costco for years. Of course, the price has gone up alot and, of course, I can't remember what they cost. But a fraction of what you'd pay per ounce/pound at a regular or *gourmet* grocery.