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Israeli Couscous in Triangle

rockycat Mar 28, 2011 10:39 AM

Does anyone know where to get large packages or bulk Israeli couscous in the Triangle? We run through the 8 oz. boxes far too quickly and I'd like to find a more economical way of buying it.

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    GogglesPaisano Apr 3, 2011 04:05 AM

    I saw 16 oz containers of Israeli couscous at A Southern Season yesterday. Store brand. May not be more economical though ($5.49 if memory serves).

    A Southern Season
    201 S Estes Dr Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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      Tom from Raleigh Mar 31, 2011 11:49 AM

      I love Israeli couscous. For the uninitiated, it's larger than your "regular" variety, more like the size of a tiny pea. It takes flavor well and holds up to bold flavors.

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        Rory Mar 31, 2011 10:29 PM

        I too prefer the texture of israeli cous cous. Right now I'm in love with farro., toothtooth here's a recipe, close enough

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          cervisiam Apr 1, 2011 12:32 PM

          it's also a bit easier than regular couscous to clean up after your kid has thrown handfuls over his shoulder and onto the kitchen floor.

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            LulusMom Apr 1, 2011 04:36 PM

            Lulu *loves* regular couscous, and insists on eating it with her fingers. If only we liked the version Israeli better!

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        winedine Mar 30, 2011 06:41 AM

        I saw bulk Israeli Cous Cous at Costco in Raleigh last week.

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          rockycat Mar 30, 2011 06:48 AM

          Cool. Thanks.

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            ToothTooth Mar 30, 2011 08:53 AM

            Speaking of couscos, have you ever had the Morrocan couscous salad at Med Deli in Chapel Hill? That stuff is really great. I'd love to know how to make that at home. The catering menu at Med Deli describes it thusly:

            "MOROCCAN COUSCOUS SALAD: Moroccan couscous, red pepper, golden and black raisins, green onions, chickpeas, and curry spices."

            Good stuff!

        2. LulusMom Mar 29, 2011 10:10 AM

          I feel sure I've seen fairly large containers of it at Trader Joes. Not huge, but def. bigger than 8 ounces. But of course they seem to stop having things the minute I cotton onto them, so this may be useless. Worth calling though.

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          1. re: LulusMom
            rockycat Mar 29, 2011 04:50 PM

            Unfortunately, the Raleigh TJ's only had 8 oz. boxes, but thanks for the suggestion.

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              cervisiam Mar 29, 2011 05:13 PM

              if you get desperate, there's always amazon:

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                rockycat Mar 29, 2011 06:43 PM

                NOW we're talking. :-)

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                  Rory Mar 29, 2011 09:40 PM

                  Oops, I think I saw Israeli couscous in the bulk section at Weaver St in Carrboro. I haven't made it in years, so I didn't pay attention, bother. Just ring them to be sure.

          2. romansperson Mar 28, 2011 11:18 AM

            Have you checked the bulk bins at Whole Foods? I don't think the Hillsborough location of Weaver St. has the Israeli style, but they do have the smaller (French?) style. Might be worth it to check the Carrboro location.

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              Remsleep Apr 3, 2011 04:02 PM

              I know for a fact that the CH/WF has it in bulk. Can't recall the price, however. I do love me some israeli couscous. Whenever I have lots of dried porcini on hand, I use them with couscous "risotto" style. Mmmm.

              Interestingly enough, Israeli couscous was a food of necessity. It was invented as a substitute for rice during the austerity after the 1948 War of Independence.

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