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Just eating from a container of Planter's from BJ's and they aren't the greatest. The peanuts are very tiny and not many cashews in the lot. I have tried Aunt Ruby's peanuts from down south and they are good but where do you get your nuts and mixed nuts selections from? Thanks!

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  1. I make my own nut concoction and buy the constituent nuts in bulk from Sprouts and a local Indian market called Gandhi Bazaar. This is the cheapest, best way I've found.

    It also helps that I've got a couple of very fecud pecan trees in my backyard.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      +1 on Sprouts. In the bulk barrels, I can buy 5 lbs. or 5 ozs, which is perfect in keeping a fresh batch in stock at home. Plus, they sell blanched raw peanuts, which I roast at home. Their price on pine nuts is also not insane, and I can get my macadamias for my not-yucky-stuff fruitcake every Christmas. Love Sprouts.

      Haven't had much luck at the Indian markets near me...may be a turnover problem, since the nuts aren't fresh enough.

      1. re: Perilagu Khan

        Ah, fresh pecans. How I envy you!

        1. re: Pwmfan

          I'm a lucky son of a gun. That said, where I live, pecan trees are so common that it's easy to take them for granted. The best way not to take them for granted is to eat the pecans.

        2. re: Perilagu Khan

          I miss the days when I was a kid, and my mother would buy local California walnuts by the gunny sack (around 400 pounds a year!) and shell them on the back porch. When they were shelled and picked over she'd box them up and ship them to her sisters in Alabama...who would reciprocate with local pecans they'd shelled for us. MAN those were good nuts.

          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            Another vote for Sprouts. I don't eat a lot of nuts by themselves, but whenever I need them for cooking or baking, I buy them there, they are fresh and I like that I can pick the quantity.

            1. re: Perilagu Khan

              I'm surprised that so many of you like the nuts from Sprouts - they always smell rancid and taste "off" to me. I also don't think I've ever been there without spotting at least one person shoving their bare hands into the big barrels, so if I do buy something in bulk there it's strictly out of the mounted gravity-pour bins.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                That's the way I buy 'em.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  I only use the ones from the mounted bins. I would wonder if it has to do with the location... ie how much turnover they have. I've never had mine smell rancid or off, and they last a little while after buying them too.

                  1. re: juliejulez

                    I would think it's a location problem too, except that I've encountered it at a number of different locations in LA & San Diego. Fortunately I have other purchasing options and I have no other real reason to shop at Sprouts, so it's no skin off my nose.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Agree it could be a location issue (I'm also in San Diego): I've never seen anyone hand-scoop from the bulk bins (or "taste test" from them), and the turnover at my store must be high, because the quality has always been quite good.

              2. At Walgreens I buy the packs of Blue Diamond almonds. I strongly prefer the roasted with sea salt, but so apparently does everyone else. I didn't find them the last time I sought them.

                At Winco I finally found in this town a pack of roasted and salted sunflower seeds. And they have a good price on Diamond walnuts.

                1. Trader Joe's honey roasted peanuts are pretty good, better than Planters a a little cheaper. They also have addictive candied walnuts.
                  Overall TJs has a good price/quality ratio on their nuts.

                  1. Costco. Buy those big containers of Kirkland ones. We generally do the mixed, but occasionally the cashews.

                    Another fun one is www.nuts.com. You can make a custom mix - not exactly cheap, but kinda fun!

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                    1. re: jbsiegel

                      Love love www.nuts.com. The bigger the order the cheaper the shipping. I usually get my order within 2 days of ordering. So much more variety and very fresh!

                      1. re: jbsiegel

                        Another vote for Nuts.com - they easily have the best selection and excellent quality for decent prices. Unfortunately the shipping kills me, so I don't order from them very often anymore unless they have a really good promo.

                        For brick & mortar purchases it's Trader Joe's, Whole Foods & Sprouts.

                        1. re: jbsiegel

                          second the recommendation of costco.
                          i've NEVER gotten stale, old, nor small-sized nuts from them.
                          the stuff at TJ's, imho, doesn't begin to compare.

                          will often make candied pecans and will only use costco.
                          their pistachios and peanuts too have been much better than any of the other local purveyors.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            I've gotten rancid walnuts and soft/soggy almonds from Costco more than once, but I've also had problems with nuts from TJ's a couple of times.

                          2. re: jbsiegel

                            For those who don't need to buy in bulk and/or pay $55 for the privilege, Costco is a non-starter. westsidegal doesn't say why she thinks TJ's nuts don't begin to compare, but they compare well in quality and especially price with the products that are practical for the likes of me, such as Planter's.

                          3. I find Trader Joe's to be a great quality and fairly priced.

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                            1. re: Terrie H.

                              me too.

                              1. re: Terrie H.

                                me three

                                1. re: Terrie H.

                                  Yup. Love all of the flavored almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts - and the "blister peanuts," boiled before being roasted, were a revelation.

                                  1. re: Terrie H.

                                    Trader Joes has very fresh nuts at most locations.

                                  2. The nut bins at my grocery store.

                                    1. I get raw almonds, walnuts, pecans; sliced almonds; Roasted/unsalted cashews; Pine nuts; pistachios in-shell from Costco. I don't mind buying in bulk because I seem to go through a lot of nuts.

                                      Sesame cashews, rosemary marcona almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds from Trader Joe's.

                                      I don't eat macadamia nuts or peanuts. And I am deathly allergic to hazelnuts.

                                      1. If I get a craving for nuts to munch on, I'll buy the wherever--grocery store, Trader Joe's, whatever is convenient.

                                        For baking and cooking, I generally get them from a good producer that I trust, and keep them in the freezer until I need them.

                                        pecans--Valley Pecans in Chillicothe, TX
                                        http://www.valleypecans.com/
                                        I buy 10 pounds in the shell every year.

                                        walnuts--Haag Family Farms in Esparto, CA
                                        http://walnuts.us/
                                        I buy 5 pounds, already shelled, every year.

                                        hazelnuts--Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards in Lynden, WA
                                        http://www.holmquisthazelnuts.com/
                                        They do mailorder through the website, but I usually buy them a pound at a time from their stall at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

                                        chestnuts--Girolami Farms in Stockton, CA
                                        http://www.chestnutsforsale.com/
                                        I don't buy these every year, but when I do, this is where I always go.

                                        I don't have a source for peanuts or almonds--I don't seem to cook with those much. And if I have macadamia nuts, they don't last long enough to get cooked into anything!

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                                        1. re: MsMaryMc

                                          Mary, Thank-you so much! This is exactly the type of recommendation that I personally was looking for!

                                          1. re: MsMaryMc

                                            I'll second Girolami Farms chestnuts. Thanks to Mary's rec at Xmas time, I purchased some. They were delicious!!!

                                          2. Thanks everyone, I keep forgettng about Trader Joes. Its about 7-8 miles away but worth the drive. I hve gotten from nuts.com in the past and they are a it pricey.

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                                            1. re: javaandjazz

                                              I like Target's brand of roasted cashews because they aren't overly roasted and they are low sodium.

                                              Almonds: Blue Diamond low sodium, and also Blue Diamond Habernero BBQ. They aren't very hot but addictive
                                              Walnuts: Trader Joe's

                                            2. Trader Joe's for cashews and almonds - the 50% less salt versions are salty enough for me, the quality is pretty much indistinguishable from Planter's, and TJ's prices are lower. But their "blister peanuts" didn't appeal to me.

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                                              1. re: John Francis

                                                Y'all tried the Blue Diamond Bold Wasabi/Soy Almonds? Those are the bomb, and excellent with a martini. ;)

                                                1. re: chloebell

                                                  Yes, very good and addicting.

                                              2. http://www.coastalnuts.com/

                                                One of my co-workers brought these back from vaca...been ordering by mail ever since

                                                1. Target

                                                  1. Like others have mentioned, whichever store I happen to be in at the time and the mood strikes me....but to be in the mood, the prices have to be attractive. I've learned you can pick up nuts in Dollar Stores or on sale at the supermarket once a month for under 3 bucks for peanuts.....so that the price point for those.

                                                    Being spoiled from purchasing wholesale over the years....i can also purchase them in/at restaurant supply houses.

                                                    in New York/New Jersey area, my favorite private label is:

                                                    Bazzini...

                                                    http://www.bazzininuts.com/

                                                    1. I buy the uncooked nuts from a baking supply shop, and toast/mix my own.

                                                      1. From October through December a local St. Paul MN company called We Are Nuts is open. The nuts are roasted and packaged in a warehouse with a tiny retail "store" where I buy and freeze the freshest tastiest nuts I've found. The owner and his son have a real passion for their business and enjoy interacting with their customers during the short time they are open.

                                                        When I've depleted my stash I go the Costco-Target-TJ,s route. They're tasty but I really miss the ultra-freshness factor. I've had a few misses from each but they all have liberal return policies

                                                        www.wearenuts.com

                                                        1. Costco - wonderful selection, very high quality, fabulous prices.

                                                          1. Heads up for all the Nuts.com fans (and anyone else who might want to try them out). I just got an e-mail offer for free shipping on orders of $75 & up. The shipping cost is my only real complaint about them, so I'm stocking up today! Not sure if you need to be on their mailing list to be eligible - if you don't see an offer on the site, sign up if you haven't already. I never get spam from them and you can unsubscribe if you need to.

                                                            Oh, and the offer is good through March 31st.