If you're not going nuts for Costco yet, this list will definitely change your mind.
Nuts: Gloriously robust in flavor, filling, and oh-so-good for you. You can roast them, glaze them, smoke them, and even milk them. They can be a simple snack or a tastefully crumbly topping for a main entrée. Crumble them up, and sprinkle them in anything and everything to add the perfect crunch. Coated in a warm, cinnamon sugar glaze and wrapped up in little baggies—they make for the easiest holiday gift-giving. Explore all of the creative ways you can cook with nuts here.
What drives me nuts about nuts? I probably don't even have to tell you—It's no secret that they're so painfully expensive. A friend of mine has a running joke that he will know he's "made it" in life when he no longer checks the price of nuts and beef jerky.
But I'll let you in on a little secret:
You don't have to wait for a higher salary to afford high-quality nuts. With a Costco membership, you've already "made it".
Using Amazon for a price comparison, here are five tasty, nutritious nuts that are (practically) a steal at Costco:
1. Pine Nuts
These are by far the most expensive nuts on the list—and the most likely to be used in a pesto—but if you must have them for a recipe, Costco is where you need to buy them. Grab a 24 oz. bag of these for $22.99 at Costco, or pay the excruciating sum of $31.98 for the same bag of pine nuts on Amazon.
This Vegan Miso Pesto is so worth the purchase.
Find this 3 lb. bag of walnuts at your nearest Costco for only $11.99. Pay $20.49 for an identical bag of walnuts on Amazon. I think you can do the math.
Turn walnuts into a creamy, sweet sauce with our Hibiscus-Stuffed Chiles with Walnut Sauce recipe.
Purchase a 2 lb. bag of pecan halves for $14.99 at Costco, or buy it from Amazon for $16.94. This is not a huge price difference, but if you're shopping for other healthy goods, it's definitely worth driving to Costco.
4. Sliced Almonds
32 oz. (2 lbs.) of these Mariani Sliced Premium Almonds can be purchased at your local Costco for only $7.99. If you're actually nuts, you could always just purchase these on Amazon for $16.99.
Use these to make our Mixed Grain and Nut Brittle for a sweet snack (or holiday gift) or toast these fancy—yet affordable—sliced almonds and toss them into our Prosciutto-and-Almond Green Beans recipe for a delightful side option.
5. Whole Almonds
Get 3 lbs. of whole almonds from Costco for $12.99. The same size bag and brand of almonds will cost you $20.77 on Amazon.
Our Almond Butter Truffles recipe will help you recover from your Reese's breakup or serve as the perfectly bite-sized treat for entertaining.