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Oct 16, 2010 11:07 AM

Inexpensive but good pine nuts?

I'm in the Miracle Mile district (Olympic/Hauser), but I'll travel!

Thanks, y'all!

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  1. Just found some toasted ones at trader's. Don't remember the price, but i do remember thinking they were reasonable....after reading about how prices have gone up lately.

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    1. re: perk

      Excellent idea, perk - I should have thought of that myself! Thank you!

      1. re: kauma

        I advise against the pine nuts from Trader Joes. I recently got a bag to make pesto and made pine nut butter from the leftover ones. They left a strange bitter taste in my mouth for days. Same thing with all the friends that tried the pine nut butter.

      2. re: perk

        I always get mine at Trader Joe's and I've never had an issue with bitterness. I keep them in the freezer and they last forever.

      3. I only buy pine nuts online these days. Way too often supermarket pine nuts are already rancid or on their way. High-quality pine nuts from online purveyors last FOREVER if kept in the fridge. I used to use "Penny's", but "she's" recently started carrying only unshelled pine nuts, which isn't my thing. So I just recently ordered from a new purveyor, but haven't tried the nuts yet. Will revisit here when I do.

        1. i'm waiting for the harvest from Nevada to become available - even the SM co-op only has the packaged ones from China. if you're willing to take a chance with the quality, Sprouts in Culver City has them in bulk (from China) for around $22/lb.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I picked some up from the Culver City Sprouts when they first opened up. Unfortunately, they seemed to already be headed south...

            1. re: bulavinaka

              i figured - the only bulk item i buy there is the roasted in-shell pumpkin seeds. i don't eat roasted nuts or any of the sugary junk they sell, and the couple of times i tried their raw nuts, they were either rancid or on the verge...that's why i said the OP would have to take a chance with the quality :)

          2. Costco used to have them at a good price, and with enough turnover that they stayed fresh.

            It's been a while for me but, have you checked them out?

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            1. re: happybaker

              I think they're selling for $25-30/bag. They do hold up pretty well. Prices have really gone up on this commodity - didn't want you to have shell-shock. :)

              1. re: bulavinaka

                I just bought a bag from Costco and it was about $14.00

                  1. re: paprkutr

                    paprkutr, what's the size/weight of the Costco bag? 1 lb?

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      I don't think so, I think it was less. I am not sure.

                        1. re: paprkutr

                          just got back from my local Costco here in LA. they're out of stock, but the price on the Kirkland Signature pine nuts is $28.99 for a 24-oz package.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            Okay, so my mind is slipping - just not on the pine nuts...

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              So they're just out of stock and not discontinued? Good. Mine didn't have a few days ago and I figured that they weren't going to. SaveMart/Albertsons up here isn't carrying them this year because of the price.

                              1. re: c oliver

                                the guy i spoke to was a little clueless so i'm not positive, but the item did still appear in the system when he looked it up, so i guess that's a good sign.

                    2. re: happybaker

                      Costco, hands down. Freeze what you don't use.

                      1. re: Funwithfood

                        It seems like most Costcos no longer have them, both East and West Coasts.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Maybe they didn't turn them over fast enough...out of fashion?

                          (Mine are still in the freezer from a while back.)

                          1. re: Funwithfood

                            They got up to $30/# and I'm guessing that was a deal breaker.

                    3. Thanks, everyone! I'm going to try your recs!

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                      1. re: kauma

                        A lot of pine nuts found by major retailers are coming from Asia - seems China is the main source. As poster wanderlustre mentions, some have experienced a strange bitter taste that lingered in their mouths for days. The source seems to point back to China's harvest which may have been incidentally adulterated by the seeds of a species of conifer that produces this effect (I think). Costco's Kirkland brand pine nuts (at least the last bag I bought) indicated that these were from China. However, I haven't run into this issue (yet).