What's good at Costco?
I just joined Costco, and I was impressed by the freshness of the produce and the fish. Are there any ingredients that you find particularly good at Costco? (or particularly bad). I was overwhelmed by the amount of different products they carry, so any guidance will help. Thank you!
Meat - they have uncommon cuts and really good quality meats. I've been very pleased with the various kinds of steaks and the racks of lamb I've purchased there. I can't say they're cheap but you really get a good product.
I am a fan of the meats - they have really good steaks and the boneless pork chops are wonderful. I also buy the salmon a lot - it's a pain to cut it into portions for my family, but we love it. I have not been too impressed with the fruit.
I guess it depends on where you are located and what you cook. My wife is Shanghainese, an excellent cook (Chinese food exclusively)and a careful shopper. Here's what she's taken to at Costco:
Pork loin in a three-pack at $1.99 a pound (which is a good price for San Francisco).
Pine nuts, in a 2.5 lb.(?) bag.
Chicken (here Foster Farms), when she's not doing in a live chicken from a Chinatown poultry store, or Safeway isn't having a "buy one, get one free" sale.
Canola Oil (at my insistence, though she finds no fault in it).
Kikkoman Soy Sauce, for certain dishes (we usually have about four different soy sauces on hand).
Rice, medium grain pearl. (It's amazing how fast we can go through a 50-lb bag).
As far as produce goes, the stuff we can use typically come in too large quantities to keep fresh. But Costco's watermelons, in season, are AWESOME!
And oh, yeah, the 5-lb. bags of gummy bears.