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Seeking best price for Hawaiian Alaea Salt

small h Feb 23, 2012 07:26 AM

It's $10/lb at Formaggio Essex and a heart-stopping $17/14 oz at Kalustyan's. Is there any place in Manhattan that sells it for less? LES/UES preferred.

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  1. princeofpork RE: small h Feb 23, 2012 08:31 AM

    They have it a Todaro Bros on 2nd and 32nd. Not sure the cost but you could call.

    Todaro Brothers
    555 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: princeofpork
      small h RE: princeofpork Feb 23, 2012 08:36 AM

      $10.69 for 9.5 oz, according to their very attractive website. Thanks for the lead, though.

    2. JungMann RE: small h Feb 23, 2012 08:41 AM

      Kalustyan's is rarely the place to start if you want to find an item at a reasonable price point. I remember seeing Hawaiian salt at Buon Italia in Chelsea Market for a not unreasonable price. You might try calling them to price check.

      123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Buon Italia
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        small h RE: JungMann Feb 23, 2012 09:03 AM

        Thanks! I'm there pretty often and will check it out. Himalayan salt is listed on their website for $8.75 (no weight specified). And you're right about Kalustyan's exorbitant prices. For some reason I keep looking there as if things will change.

      2. visciole RE: small h Feb 23, 2012 12:08 PM

        Try eBay. You can get it in bulk much cheaper even with shipping costs.

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          small h RE: visciole Feb 23, 2012 12:29 PM

          You would think. But I checked. The cheapest (with shipping) is $5.80/lb - but I'd have to buy 12 lbs. I really don't need 12 lbs. 3 lbs. is $7.30/lb, which I'm sort of considering, because maybe I could use up 3 lbs before I die. I can't find 1 lb for under $10.

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            visciole RE: small h Feb 23, 2012 02:24 PM

            Yeah, around $7/lb is what I've seen -- guess I considered that a lot cheaper. In any case I find the bags are pretty small and easy to store; plus if you cook and bake like I do you go through them pretty fast. They make good little gifts if you have friends who cook.

            And, on the topic of friends, if you have any who ever go to Hawaii, you can buy it there for a buck or two a bag... and it's a pretty easy thing to bring back.

            I really like it, too!

            1. re: visciole
              small h RE: visciole Feb 23, 2012 02:39 PM

              The reason I'm hooked on the damn stuff is because I did buy it in Hawaii, and it was indeed about $2 in the grocery store. Sadly, I only get to Hawaii about once a decade. But you're right, $7/lb is cheap enough, and I do have space for 3 lbs. If Buon Italia doesn't pan out, I'll go the ebay route.

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                visciole RE: small h Feb 23, 2012 02:52 PM

                It's addictive, isn't it? I now want to use it in everything....

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          small h RE: small h Mar 11, 2012 02:55 PM

          It is with great joy that I report having found my precious salt at Formaggio Essex for $6.95/lb. So they've either lowered their prices (unlikely) or it was never $10/lb in the first place, but I thought it was (likely). Huzzah!

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