We're always tempted when we see bags of nuts in the supermarket. To the point where we recently paid top dollar for a bag of in-shell peanuts with the San Francisco Giants logo on it. At home, we discovered they were stale, dusty and oversalted.
Similarly, we've been burned a couple of times with bags of stale pistachios that were nearly impossible to open.
We've moved on to two products that solved the problems. MV's Best extra-large "hand-prepared gourmet peanuts from the fields of Virginia" are big, fresh, crisp and crunchy. The shell-less legumes come in flavors, too - sea salt, unsalted, jalepeno, Cajun, toffee and chocolate-covered. This is a top-quality product available at www.virginiacocktailpeanuts.com.
Everybody's Nuts-brand pistachios are packaged in cute bags, but that's not the reason to buy them. The nuts are fresh and crisp, in three flavors - salt & pepper, sweet chili and garlic & onion.
We love the guarantee: "Everybody's Nuts are 100 percent open. Should you find a closed nut in this package, do not attempt to negotiate with it. Send it in and you'll receive a free bag."
All of the pistachios in our bags were open. How'd they do that? Look for them in supermarkets or order at www.everybodysnuts.com.