Tips for Buying High-Quality Nuts
If you’re in the market for nuts, for whatever purpose, then it’s critical that you know about which kinds to favour and which to ignore. The good news is that you don’t have to be a renowned expert to know good, high-quality nuts from bad ones. Below we’ll give you some tips on making sure you always get the very best.
1. Only Use Reputable Suppliers
If you’re looking for cashews, for instance, you should only ever buy bulk cashews from a company you can trust. The same applies to any other variant of nut or seed. When you ignore reputation and focus only on price, then you’re asking for trouble. Normally when nuts are sold at big discounts, there’s a good reason for it that probably doesn’t suit your purposes.
Nuts are naturally rich in fat, which gives them an unfortunate predisposition to turning rancid. If suppliers have had nut stocks exposed to air over long periods, they will undoubtedly try to sell them as cheaply and quickly as possible, which can draw in unsuspecting customers. Don’t be drawn in! Focus on finding reputable suppliers and you’ll never regret it.
2. Quality Sealed Packaging
When nuts are properly sealed and packaged securely, they will keep for a long time and are actually a great non-perishable item that people keep in their cupboards, in the boot of their car, and the drawers of their desks at work. It makes a great emergency snack when you want something quick to hand. Be mindful, therefore, of people selling packaged nuts where the packing looks less than secure.
If you think that the package has been opened and crudely resealed, or if the packaging isn’t air-tight, then the quality of the nuts may well have been compromised.
3. Free From Additives
If you want to buy nuts that are both tasty and healthy, then you should always closely inspect any packaging to be sure that the nuts you’re buying don’t contain any hidden additives, preservatives or other sugary additions that make for a much less healthy snack. Many popular varieties of nuts are delicious when you eat them, but they are loaded with coatings and other extra ingredients to achieve that taste and they shouldn’t be considered the same healthy snack as more natural, organic and additive-free products.
4. Similar Shell Colour and Solid Form
When looking at nuts still in their shells --- a popular and very affordable way to buy peanuts, for example --- then the best sign of quality that you can look for is a uniform colour among the shells. When you see differences, it will mean that some of the peanuts are bad, and you don’t want good and bad nuts mixing in the same batch like that.
Besides the colour of the shells, you should also be wary of peanuts where many appear to have cracks or other imperfections in the shell. They should appear as a whole intact shell. If you get a look at a sample nut, give it a shake and see. If the nut is rattling in the shell, that’s a bad sign that the nuts themselves are either shrivelled or haven’t properly matured and plumped up.
5. Avoid Oil-Roasted Varieties
One final thing to remember is that nuts are full of their own natural oils. Peanut oil is big business all around the world. When the nuts are roasted in oil, it just complicates and even pollutes their natural taste and goodness. On top of that, oil-roasting is also a great way to negate the many health and nutritional benefits that come with nuts.