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PINE NUTS--DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL

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Panski Sep 20, 2013 12:01 PM

Where is a good place to purchase pine nuts in and around Chapel Hill or Durham? Eight ounces is $8 dollars (seven dollars and change) at Trader Joes. It is a good size bag, but I wonder if I could do better at one of the ethnic markets. I have "Jerusalem, A Cookbook" and it looks like I will be needing a lot of pine nuts.

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  1. LulusMom RE: Panski Sep 20, 2013 12:13 PM

    I'd try Mariakakis on Fordham (15/501). I found a great deal on harissa there, and have seen other things that would cost 3x as much if bought at Southern Season.

    Love that cookbook.

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      bbqme RE: Panski Sep 20, 2013 01:20 PM

      If you need a large amount then Costco is your best value bet. I know Costco has them but don't ask me about price. I just walk right past the nut aisle. What's up with the ridiculous prices for nuts these days?!

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        Panski RE: Panski Sep 21, 2013 04:41 AM

        Thanks. I was going to head to Mariakakis for a couple of the other ingredients call for in the cookbook. Wish I had a Costco membership. I've been to parties where guest have brought some great snacks and salads from their.

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          LulusMom RE: Panski Sep 21, 2013 12:12 PM

          Everything I hear and read about Costco makes me wish there was one closer to me. I just do not want to deal with the drive to north Durham just for that.

          Let us know how it works out at mariakakis with the pine nuts.

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            Panski RE: LulusMom Sep 23, 2013 11:30 AM

            The pine nuts were a bit more expensive at Mariakakis. I did purchase zatarr and cardamon pods which I will be needing. I agree about Costco. It is just too far for us.

            Anyhow, the pine nut search will continue (though I will be buying them at Trader Joes for now.

            BTW, the first recipe I tried from Jerusalem turned out very well.

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              LulusMom RE: Panski Sep 23, 2013 12:27 PM

              Which recipe was it?

              Sorry the mariakakis tip wasn't a good one. But glaad at least you got the zaatar and cardamon. The zaatar is *so* much cheaper there than at SS.

        2. Tehama RE: Panski Sep 21, 2013 06:27 PM

          I have it on good authority the $8/8 ounce are Chinese pine nuts; European pine nuts are at least double that price. Apparently the $8 price point is a fair price right now.

          My friend says that hazelnut and pistachios can be good substitutes depending on what you're cooking -- and apparently the price of those are getting ready to skyrocket, too. :-(

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            LulusMom RE: Tehama Sep 22, 2013 02:48 AM

            Good point. I often sub slivered (not sliced, iykwim) almonds for pine nuts.

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            yahooer RE: Panski Sep 23, 2013 08:38 AM

            I bought some good looking pine nuts at Fresh Market on Friday but when I got them home I noticed they say China on the little package. We try not to eat foods imported from China if we can help it so I am going to return them.

            I am very surprised Fresh Market sources their pine nuts from China.

            1. romansperson RE: Panski Sep 23, 2013 12:01 PM

              Weaver Street Market has them in their bulk bins. You can get as large or small an amount as needed, which I am glad of as yes, they're not cheap!

              1. meatn3 RE: Panski Sep 23, 2013 05:44 PM

                When Jerusalem was COTM I had a tough time finding barberries. In case you choose a recipe which uses them I eventually found them at Caspian International Market on Brentwood in Raleigh.

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                  Panski RE: meatn3 Sep 24, 2013 04:41 AM

                  Thanks for the information. I used currents this time, but will try to make a stop at Caspian the next time we are in Raleigh.

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                    LulusMom RE: Panski Sep 24, 2013 04:57 AM

                    I think dried cranberries were also suggested as a fairly good substitute.

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                  burgeoningfoodie RE: Panski Sep 24, 2013 06:05 AM

                  I thought Capri Flavors might have them but wouldn't know the relative cost.

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