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Dec 17, 2013 06:38 PM

Your favorite products to order on Amazon?

So I'm always looking for cheap items to add to my amazon cart so that it reaches the $35 minimum to get free shipping. I was thinking there are probably a fair amount of hard-to-find food items that might be on Amazon which would be a good way to up the cart, and also discover cool new foods. For instance, I tried Duke's mayonnaise for the first time after ordering it on Amazon.

So, what food products do you like to order on Amazon?

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  1. Hmm, I don't order a lot of foods from Amazon, but I did bought a few cookware.

    As for food, I currently have "Custard Powder" on my list to buy. Never used it, but I have seen it in several recipes. Thus far, I have been using self made substitution, but I think I will buy it and try.

    I also love this book I bought from Amazon: An Edge in the Kitchen, but this may be more expensive than you have in mind:

    Another CHOWHOUNDER introduced me to Chore Boy Golden Fleece Scrubbing Cloth. I don't use it for everything. In fact, I don't usually use it, but it is very handle for cleaning rough and tough spots. I used it to clean my entire kitchen once. It is tough and it is effective. Unlike a typical sponge or greenpad, you can use it and clean it, use it and clean it. In other words, grease does not render it useless because you can hand wash it clean and use it immediately:

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      In this particular order I ended up remembering I've been meaning to buy a kevlar glove for my mandoline, so I didn't end up needing to find something small and cheap to add on. But that said, thanks for the Chore Boy rec. I've been looking to start replacing my sponges with dish cloths for environmental and hygienic reasons, but was hoping to find more durable / scrubby cloths. Maybe this will be my solution! Not sure if I've seen them in local stores, but I'll be on the lookout.

      Custard powder I've found at Whole Foods without issue, and the last time I bought it for a recipe (Nanaimo bars), I ended up with leftover that I didn't know how to use. I ended up just making the instant custard, which was meh but edible.

      The book looks great, and the kindle version is cheaper -- but do you think it's a worthwhile purchase for a pescetarian? Without the meat applications I wonder how much there will be in there that I would appreciate.

      1. re: arielleeve

        <I ended up remembering I've been meaning to buy a kevlar glove for my mandoline>

        That is a great buy. It is very useful for a mandoline.

        <The book looks great, and the kindle version is cheaper -- but do you think it's a worthwhile purchase for a pescetarian?>

        I think plenty. Most of the knife books on the market talk more about cutting technique. This book talks a bit about history of the kitchen knives, construction of the knives, cutting technique and knife maintenance. It is a fairly humorous book, I think.

        Here is a sample of his writing if you want to take a look:

    2. The Golden Fleece choreboy is cheaper at Dollarama. The custard powder is probably in every grocery store imaginable, its just cornstarch, sugar and coloring.

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      1. re: Danybear

        <The Golden Fleece choreboy is cheaper at Dollarama.>

        Probably, but so do many things in Amazon. You can always buy some of them cheaper somewhere. One can also read most of the content of "An Edge in the Kitchen" online.

        <its just cornstarch, sugar and coloring.>

        Vanilla favoring too.

        In light of helping the original poster, do you have any suggestion to help?

      2. I often order nuts, chia seeds, and hemp seeds from amazon.
        The fig basalmic i adore is on amazon here:

        And i'm embarresed to admit i order mother's cookies sometimes- they're only on the west coast and i love their taffy cookies (crunchy caramely cookie and vanilla creme), ususally available with free shipping

        Dr kracker pumpkin seed is hard to find near me for a good price, i order those too
        The original 3 seed is also delicious

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        1. re: Ttrockwood

          That price for the Dr kracker pumpkin is really good. I order the box of 6 packages ( I think) and it saves me a dollar per package! Steal of a deal!

          Like you, I order bulk seeds.

          I also have found a good selection of Moroccan argon oil for cooking, rose flower water and orange blossom water, lots of middle eastern spices, a nice selection of Spanish sherry vinegar at a good price.

          1. re: Ttrockwood


            That's a really great price for the fig balsamic. Is it truly wonderful? I bought a lesser ounce bottle from Williams Sonoma once for more than twice that price, and while it was delicious now make my own with fig jam and a decent grocery store balsamic.

            Would like your input. Thanks!

            1. re: nemo

              Must be the season for fig balsamic because I was just looking at this and discussing the fig variety on another thread.

              I've had this brands original Blaze Glaze and it's fantastic.

                1. re: HillJ

                  I'm going to track this down while i'm traveling and can hit costco with my sister- no costco near me....

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    T, I have never seen this set in the store, only online.

                  2. re: HillJ

                    And now this link is coming up empty. May have sold out!

                  3. re: nemo

                    It is great! Its perfect for salad dressings. For the price its amazing- i used to have a fig basalmic i had paid nearly $35 for and it was only marginally different.

                    I am sure the one hill j linked to is awesome- just much thicker than the one i linked to above.

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Yes, you are correct Blaze Glaze is just that, a glaze of balsamic. It is not like traditional balsamic.

                2. Cocoa nibs, elderflower syrup (D'Arbo)

                  1. White Lily flour. Not available in SoCal, so I order 15 lbs at a time.

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                    1. re: pine time

                      I don't know about white lily flour, although I don't think I've seen it in NY. Some googling tells me it's good for biscuits, any other special applications where it would be better than regular flour?

                      1. re: arielleeve

                        My mom has always used white lily for cakes too

                        1. re: arielleeve

                          I like White Lily for any all purpose flour recipes. Not for loaf bread (gluten issues), but terrific for biscuits, cookies, cakes (sometimes I'll use 1/2 W.L., 1/2 cake flour). Also nice & smooth for gravy.