Tips and advice for saving money on nuts as suggested by the ThriftyFun community.
Buy in Bulk
I purchase from a local market that gives me a choice of buying in bulk which is cheaper than the same nuts pre-packaged in another section of the store.
Buy the nuts in bulk and freeze, shelled or unshelled.
We get mixed nuts at Sam's Club by the gallon.
Ways To Stretch What You Have
I read a lot of cooking magazines and they nearly always recommend decreasing the quantity of nuts, when remaking a recipe to lighten it up. They say to just toast them and then chop them up a bit more. This will intensify the nutty taste but you won't have as much total nut.
I freeze my pine nuts and use them a little at a time. I buy the big bag at Costco, because they are so expensive otherwise. For other nuts, I usually get them from the bulk bin, unsalted if possible.
Make Tamari Almonds
Aldi is a good store for low priced nuts. To make a more exotic treat; buy roasted, unsalted almonds at Sam's or Costco, (usually a reasonable price) then make your own Tamari Almonds.
- 2 Tbsp. tamari soy sauce, (Asian section or market, health food store)
- 1 lb. almonds (see above)
Spread almonds on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven, 8-10 minutes, max, just until they smell lightly toasted. Remove from oven, pour into a bowl, add 2 Tbsp. tamari, and stir until well coated (It will sizzle). Turn off oven, return nuts to cookie sheet and let cool in oven, (door ajar) stirring once or twice. I line sheet with foil for easier clean-up and easy transfer of nuts. Store in airtight container.
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