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Nuts/shelled? What Brands?

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Hi All,

Could any who know offer some brands of shelled nuts that are guaranteed gluten and soy free? I currently shell all my own nuts, but am looking for some occassional quick ones. Specifically, I eat almonds, pecans, hazelnuts (or "filberts") and look for some roasted cashews as well. Thanks ahead of time for any thoughts. I also don't eat corn, dairy or nightshades.

lisa

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Hi All,

Could any who know offer some brands of shelled nuts that are guaranteed gluten and soy free? I currently shell all my own nuts, but am looking for some occassional quick ones. Specifically, I eat almonds, pecans, hazelnuts (or "filberts") and look for some roasted cashews as well. Thanks ahead of time for any thoughts. I also don't eat corn, dairy or nightshades.

lisa

I'm pretty sure that most of the Blue Diamond nuts are ok-they don't have that "made in a factory w..." warning that almost all the other nuts have-also Planters is ok I believe. I don't know for certain about the soy. Maybe someone else will weigh in here. The Blue Diamond nuts though, are put out by the same people who do the rice crackers-

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Hi Lisa,

I didn't ask about soy, but I called Fisher about their roasted almonds and the man told me that they were gluten-free and that they didn't use any gluten in the production of that product.

I thought their customer service was very helpful and knowledgeable.

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Hi Lisa,

I didn't ask about soy, but I called Fisher about their roasted almonds and the man told me that they were gluten-free and that they didn't use any gluten in the production of that product.

I thought their customer service was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank you both!

lisa

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If you wanted to be extra-sure they were OK, you could always buy raw shelled almonds (or other nuts - except I think you leave peanuts in the shell for this? not sure.). They are easy to roast yourself, just put them in a pan in the oven on a low temp (275-300) and stir every few minutes. It has been awhile since I have done this, but it seems it took less than 15 minutes for them to be done. They do continue cooking a bit after coming out of the oven, so you might want to taste test and take them out when they are just slightly under-done. You can do a whole bunch at a time then store the extra in the freezer; they keep for a really long time.

I'm pretty sure I have also read that you can put them in a skillet on the burner on low heat and stir frequently until done.

EDIT: forgot to mention - Wal-Mart usually has a good selection of raw shelled nuts - they come in a black styrofoam sort of thing covered in saran type wrap. (I LOATHE promoting this company! But the nuts are good. *sigh*)

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I know that this thread hasn't been brought up in years...but I have the same question. For instance, I avoid Blue Diamond brand because they say they were manufactured in the same facility as wheat. I mainly shop at Meijers and don't trust their brand, either. Unfortunately, those are the only 2 brands of nuts there.

I haven't found it to be much easier elsewhere. Whole Foods and Trader Joes both have issues with CC and their nuts...so I don't buy them, either.

I heard that Planters nuts are ok, except they only do peanuts, cashews and sunflower seeds (as far as I know, no walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, please correct me if I'm wrong).

I hope I don't have to resort to buying them online, but I don't see many other options right now.

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I have a question about Trader Joe's:

Some of their nuts say "processed in a plant with wheat, etc." and some don't . . .

Since that info is not required, does NOT having it on the label mean it is safer(er)?

Or, are they just inconsistant with their labeling?

I've also noticed they have changed many of their products from "gluten free" to "no gluten ingredients" recently . . .

Could not find any nuts at Whole Foods that didn't say processed with wheat.

Cara

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good questions, Cara. I wonder about all of those exact questions myself. I've pretty much given up on eating Trader Joes or Whole Foods brand nuts because of CC. But I wish their labeling (esp. in the case of Trader Joes) was much more consistent.

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I've never had a problem with Planters nuts, but Blue Diamond definitely causes a reaction for me every time so I had to drop the almonds :angry: I haven't seen any brands around me that sell any safe ones either so I hope someone can shed some light onto this. Ordering them online can be really pricey with shipping =(

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Yeah, Blue Diamond is bad news I'm afraid (CC issues). I bought some Planters nuts but most of them are salted and I wish I could find hazelnuts, walnuts and pine nuts that are ok. I know that nutsonline has a lot of nuts but you are right, shipping is SO expensive in addition to the already expensive price of the nuts :(

BTW, does anyone know whether Mauna Loa macadamia nuts are ok?

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I don't use blue diamond nuts because of contamination issues, but there milks are fine. There's a company called Prana that sells shelled nuts, and there's no chance of cross contamination with that.

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