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Here I go again with the questions.

I've been buying these slivered almonds from this local supermarket and the last time I bought them and ate them, I just thought, these just don't taste right.  I'm probably being gunshy.  But when I bought some Diamond ones the other day, to compare, the diamond seemed like it had better flavor and weren't soft.  These ones just don't seem right.  

So, are they supposed to be soft?  I just tried to eat a little and spit them out and rinsed my mouth out real well and then ate some peppermint gum afterward.  Hehahehehea.  Man, I'm anal.  


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I've never had any that are soft. They're usually used as a crushing decoration on desserts, in salad etc. My guess is that the got moister into the package maybe old. (I'm thinking you checked the date)Probably nothing wrong. Might just toast them a little in the oven to dry them out.


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The date is like 2013.  I might just quit buying this brand.  The pecans seem fine though.  Maybe they're higher turnover.  I don't know.


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I think that's what I'd do. If you have any left use them in cooking.


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Should definitely be hard. If they are soft, air got at them- sometimes packets get pinholes and let moisture in. When that happens they won't taste right or could even be stale.
Complain to the company and they will send you out a replacement packet!
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these soft kind might be presoaked

lightly toast them adding a drop of oil....they ll be crunchy again


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Thank you yvonne.  The last 2 packages I've bought from them are like this.  I might have to find a different supplier.  Because I think that if I ask them to send me more, they're going to be of the same quality.  


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these soft kind might be presoaked

lightly toast them adding a drop of oil....they ll be crunchy again



I might call the company and find out what the heck is up.  I've heard that now some companies are pasteurizing almonds, and they don't have to say so.


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If you like other products from this company, you could complain about the almonds and request coupons for free pecans in their place.

All nuts should definitely be crunchy. The only time I've ever had "non crunchy almonds" was in green beans almondine, when the nuts were cooked with liquid and consumed while hot and moist (or leftovers, cold and still moist.)


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Excellent idea ruthie!!!  Because yeah, the pecans seem fine.  Perfect.  The walnuts way too bitter and the almonds soft.  It's irritating.  I just know when I bought the diamond brand slivered almonds a couple of weeks ago, they weren't soft.  


I know I can be a pain with all these questions, but I get so much good feedback.  Thank you guys!


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Never a problem asking questions - it may help someone else... Btw don't forget to mention about the walnuts - companies rely on feedback & an opportunity to satisfy customers, rather than losing them!! Usually they are more than generous with compensation - better than the risk of potential future harm from negative feedback

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Good point!


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I've heard that now some companies are pasteurizing almonds, and they don't have to say so.

I think all shelled almonds MUST be pasteurized in the US now.


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I wonder if that's what making them soft.  But the thing is the diamond brand was much crunchier.  I just bought another brand today.  I'll see how these are.


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We buy Blue Diamond and they are always crisp...  I don't think the pasteurizing is making them soft...


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I've got the blue diamond almond butter right now.  It's good. I do try different brands though.  Organic, non organic.  Etc etc.  But the Blue Diamond is a good value and tastes good!


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"Raw" almonds have been pasturized in the USA for years now. This is nothing new (unless you define "new" as "within the past 10 years.") I was buying raw almonds before this law was passed and continued buying them afterwards. I couldn't tell the difference in terms of taste or texture. I was aware when the legislation changed, and that the stuff on the shelves would start being pasturized as the old stock of unpasturized was sold off, but I wasn't able to tell when exactly the shift happened.

If the slivered almonds are too soft, it's because the company let them get stale before selling them. Walnuts being "way too bitter" could also be due to the nuts being too old and starting to go rancid. It might also be caused by a "more bitter harvest" since natural products do vary from one another.


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I emailed the company with my concerns.  I'll see what they say!

Thanks guys.  It has been an eye opener.


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The company called today and said they shouldn't be soft (almonds) and they took the package info and are looking into the supplier.  And they said walnuts shouldn't be bitter.  They're looking into the suppliers and going from there.  And he said he may send me some pecans!!!

On the other hand, I bought some slivered almonds from a local grocery store and they're only slightly more crunchy.  UGH!!!  Half of them snap.  Half don't.  The other ones none of them snapped.  Maybe they're getting them from the same place.  I'm getting frustrated with this.  Maybe I'm just supposed to avoid slivered almonds, or I'm being too anal.  I gotta find that certain brand that seemed much better.  

What's the deal with eating almonds whole?  I stopped because some people were saying the skins can affect you.  I don't even know if they are or not.  I have some whole ones I didn't open yet.  Maybe I'll give them a whirl sometime.  Of course I have almond butter too.  But the nut just seems better to me.  When they're good. I like chewing on something.


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I eat whole (skin-on) almonds all the time with no ill-effects (that I know of). My favorite way to eat almonds is to take some "raw" almonds, put them into a heated cast-iron pan, swirl around until toasted, then splash wheat-free tamari over them. Let cool and put into a jar.


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Interesting!!!!


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I eat whole (skin-on) almonds all the time with no ill-effects (that I know of).

Ditto...

I store the whole bag in the freezer.  When I want some, I put them in a bowl and wait a bit for the chill to leave (or not) and eat them.

I don't worry about the skins when I make almond butter either.  I just put them in the Vita-Mix with some oil and grind it up, put it in a jar and store in refrigerator.


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Joe, do you keep all the nuts in the freezer?  I always keep walnuts in the fridge.

The walnuts I just bought are definitely not as bitter and our much better.  So, I think that other company just has some bad nuts right now.  Or at least some of their nuts.  

I'm also finding it very hard to eat as little as swami wants me to.  At this point I don't really care, as I need to gain weight and nuts are really high in calories.  And I just love them.  I am upping my meat intake also, which hopefully will help too.  Because I used to just eat pathetic amounts of it and I have no clue why.  I guess I thought I'd feel ucky.  I think because a couple of years ago I did feel ucky after trying to eat too much meat.  But not so now. Praise the LORD!!!


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Joe, do you keep all the nuts in the freezer?  I always keep walnuts in the fridge.

I keep any shelled nuts that are not vacuum sealed in the freezer, simply because I use them erratically and don't want to have to remember how old each bag is specifically.  This applies to the bags of shelled walnuts, almonds and pecans that we have.  

I have some peanuts that are in vacuum sealed jars that are at room temperature until opened, then refrigerated, as they will be used before they go bad.

I use the portions and frequency as guidelines - sometimes very rough as I go mainly by what the body says it needs at the time, which may vary widely due to what is happening internally at the time.


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I've been keeping my nuts in a airtight bag after opening.  But I don't put them in the fridge except for the walnuts.  I wonder if I should start.  I usually eat them up pretty quickly though.  Hmmmmm......


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I got a response from the company today about the slivered almonds.  The company is saying they're supposed to be soft because they're blanched.  And they are also claiming that if slivered almonds are hard, they aren't fresh because the moisture has gone out of them.  I don't know, moisture, sitting in a vacuum sealed bag, just seems like it's not a good idea.  

What do you guys think?


The upside is they sent me 2 bags of slivered almonds, pecans, and walnuts for free.  That was nice of them.  


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Even blanched almonds should get crispy again when they're dried. But maybe this company uses a different blanching process than other companies? Almonds shouldn't be brittle, they should have some "bounce" to them and be crunchy but still a little flexible (when thin enough to be slivered; whole almonds won't bend.)

If you don't like the texture, but they don't seem to be "bad" then you could use the almonds for making almond milk. Or you could just keep the free pecans and give the walnuts and almonds away to others.


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There's a sweetness to them that is bothering my faculties also.  I don't remember them being like that before.  Plus, I just bought some Diamond brand and they are much more crunchy and have a different flavor.  More like I'm used to.  Maybe it's just the difference between suppliers, where they're grown, etc.  But the thing that is bothering me is that when I used to get them from this company (eileens's) they used to be more like the diamond brand.  And one day when I soaked them, they smelled different than the other times.  And ever since then it just hasn't sat right with my mind.  I've yet to eat barely any, so I have no clue if they're good or bad.  My daughter has eaten some.  I'm probably just being overly anal, but they're definitely soft.  Like they don't snap at all.  And the diamond ones do.  So, which one is proper I don't know, but the diamond one seems like what I'm used to.  So, I may just have to buy them that way for now.  I have to try whole ones again also.  I stopped them a long time ago thinking the skins didn't agree with me.  I have no clue if that's true or not.


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