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A Costco product to avoid

jen kalb Jun 27, 2006 03:29 PM

Dried Fuji Tart Apple Slices - "Nature's Gift to You" - these are from China and have a horrid artificial apple taste.

I never thought dried apple slices could disgust me.

Particularly sad, since Chinese preserved apples used to be a great product.

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    ElissaInPlaya Jun 27, 2006 05:18 PM

    lol. I would avoid ALL costco produce. my two cents.

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    1. re: ElissaInPlaya
      davinagr Jun 27, 2006 05:47 PM

      I've also enjoyed their produce, buy the big bags of baby spinach for very little, boxes of tomatoes, the bags of cherry tomatoes and aparagus for a song. I've never had any issues.

      1. re: ElissaInPlaya
        PeterL Jun 27, 2006 06:03 PM

        Not me. I buy their big bag of spinach for stir fry or salad, also their mixed greens for salad. Heart of Romaine is also good. I have bought their raw veggie trays for parties. In general their meat, seafood, and veggie are very good.

        1. re: ElissaInPlaya
          Bob W Jun 27, 2006 10:08 PM

          I would like to know why you feel that way. We have had very good luck with many Costco produce items, including onions, potatoes, spinach, asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, romaine lettuce, spring mix, cherries, pineapples, bananas, apricots, plums, grapes, strawberries, and blueberries.

          1. re: ElissaInPlaya
            OCAnn Jun 29, 2006 10:01 PM

            I *LOVE* Costco produce. I love their Fuji apples, mushrooms, grapes, grape tomatoes. They're fresh, delicious & cheaper the grocery store produce. Maybe it's coming-of-middle-age thing, b/c I certainly love Costco more now than I did 10 years ago.

            I have Costco bedroom furniture, Costco living room furniture, Costco flooring...

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              monkuboy Jun 30, 2006 08:44 PM

              There's better produce for sure out there than Costco but you have to pay a lot more for it (speaking as one who is not near any roadside stands where you can buy it fresh from the farm). And I'm a big fan of their Kirkland and other house brands as I find their own label stuff to be at least as good if not better than the name brands. The house label items from other chains (like grocery stores, drug stores, etc) is nearly always inferior to the name brand stuff.

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                JoanieJ Nov 9, 2006 12:35 PM

                Did you notice that you can't get the Fuji Apple sliced anymore at Costco. Must be because of that guy that wrote a bad review. We all love them and the kids want more. Let me know if you find that.

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                  joannd Jan 1, 2007 03:42 AM

                  please let me know where we can buy these great apples!! I only have two bags left!!!!

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                    steffenson812 Mar 12, 2007 07:40 PM

                    I was thinking of putting some on eBay but wasn't sure anyone would buy them...

                  2. re: JoanieJ
                    acusey Jan 27, 2007 08:56 AM

                    Did you ever find anymore, Can't get at costco and also new style they have is gross! Kids won't touch but the fuji apple slices the best!

                2. re: ElissaInPlaya
                  therealbigtasty Oct 27, 2006 02:44 AM

                  Even the onions??? There were these Walla Walla sweet onions I could get year round there when I still had a membership (that was practically the only reason I had one) and they were awesome!

                  Always a few in the bag had gone bad due to their high sugar content, but the ones that were good were GOOD!

                  Much to the dismay of my girlfriend, who'd hate it when I went to bed after eating onion sandwiches!

                  1. re: ElissaInPlaya
                    rainey Oct 28, 2006 10:42 PM

                    I have to say, in Los Angeles, I don't know where else I'd get Walla Walla onions. And I got *great* white peaches last summer. And raspberries that were the same ones they were selling at Whole Foods for 1/3 the price. And their lemons were excellent at a great price. And bananas were so cheap even if we didn't finish them in time we were still saving money on the ones we enjoyed.

                    I don't doubt you can get better stuff if you can select individual pieces or shop at the farmers' market, but there's nothing wrong with Costco produce when you select for your needs.

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                      therealbigtasty Oct 28, 2006 11:02 PM

                      I just LOVE those onions.

                      I can say it for days.

                  2. boogiebaby Jun 27, 2006 05:30 PM

                    I like most Costco produce. I always have their 3 pack English cucumbers on hand for salads and snacking. The bananas are super cheap, and the watermelongs right now and really sweet. I also buy portabellos from there which I actually prefer to the ones available at my local farmer's market.

                    Why should one avoid their produce?

                    1. monkuboy Jun 27, 2006 07:42 PM

                      I like Costco's produce also. The only thing I don't care for are their 3 lb. bags of Dole salad. I find that they turn brown quite quickly. Otherwise, what's wrong with their stuff? I like the meat and the prepared foods, too.

                      1. applehome Jun 27, 2006 08:14 PM

                        Produce aside, this product (Dried Fuji Tart Apple Slices) is in their candy and nuts section (which includes other dried fruits). It isn't a Costco/Kirkland product - it has the Festival brand and says it's imported by Acme foods in Seattle. It's obviously a Chinese product that Costco thought might sell well in their stores.

                        I bought this the other day and didn't find it nearly as offensive as the op. I thought it tasted very much like the green apple Jelly Belly's - reminiscent of the sweet tarts of my youth. The ingredient list is simple - apple, sugar, citric acid, sulphur dioxide (for freshness) and flavor.

                        I certainly consider this to be a candy, and not a simply dried fruit - perhaps that was the expectation, since it was right next to their normal Kirkland dried fruits, which I find to be very good.

                        As far as produce at Costco goes, I don't find it to be any different from any other grocery chain's selection of cleaned, plastic-wrapped vegetables. We're entering the season of buying all our goods fresh, preferably at stalls and farmer's markets, but during the rest of the year, I find these plastic-wrapped items edible, and generally far better than their canned counterparts. Costco being a responsible store in terms of both value to the consumer and care for their employees, I have absolutely no idea why anybody would avoid all Costco products.

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                          calabasas_trafalgar Jun 29, 2006 05:52 PM

                          Their packaged pasta is really bad, too.

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                            themirthmobile Oct 27, 2006 06:49 PM

                            yeah, doesn't it take twice as long to cook as regular pasta? i dont' like it either.

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                            hbgrrl Jul 2, 2006 12:04 AM

                            I think their produce is fine. You just have to be mindful of the fact that you're buying A LOT of produce and need to have a use for it. It WILL go bad, just like any other produce.

                            That said, I've enjoyed a variety of their offerings, from the bananas, Fuji apples, salads, etc. It's all been fine. The one exception is the Continental salad that comes in the large plastic container. There was some icky baby lettuce in there that caused the rest of the (hardly used) container to get icky. I had read an earlier thread on this salad that suggested the OP take the offending salad back. Costco has a liberal return policy. It was my fault that I didn't take the unused portion back to get another container. But as that was an isolate incident, I can't really complain. It could happen anywhere with any produce.

                            I would really be curious as to why the produce offends so.

                            And as far as the pasta? I buy it regularly, and find it perfectly acceptable. Maybe my standards are too low?

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                              bobpew Aug 9, 2006 11:46 PM

                              Hi.....I'd like to know which Costco you purchased your Sun-ripened dried fuji apple slices.......I'm trying to find some.


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                              1. re: bobpew
                                acusey Jan 27, 2007 09:00 AM

                                Plano, TX, where we bought ours, but no longer, and have asked the store mgr, and also emailed the company distributor......


                              2. applehome Aug 10, 2006 03:41 AM

                                I found mine in the Nashua NH store.

                                1. TexasToast Aug 11, 2006 11:25 PM

                                  I've never had a problem with the Costco brand of anything, food or non-food.

                                  Back in the day before digital, I used to get their KIRKLAND 35mm film, which was made by AGFA! I think that's their thing; finding a good manufacturer to produce Costco's own label products.


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                                    OCAnn Aug 11, 2006 11:32 PM

                                    AGFA was sadly replaced by Kodak film. :( Oops, that's not about food.

                                    Um, I love Costco's chocolate bundt cake.

                                    But their Washington Fuji apples have been brown on the insides as of late.

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                                    marcellon Oct 4, 2006 05:49 PM

                                    I totally disagree! These sweet & tart dried fuji apples are AWESOME. Best thing to snack on during the day. Problem is, whenever costco gets these apples they sell out very quickly. Does anyone know where these can be purchased outside of COSTCO?

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                                      mikehartigan Oct 27, 2006 01:15 AM

                                      I've got to agree with you. I'm addicted to these. I've found that they work very well in hot oatmeal. They have a nice apple texture that stands up to the heat. Just add a handful to your bowl - cut them into smaller pieces if you like. I wish that they were more readily available. Does anybody know where I might find a similar product on the web, maybe in a bigger package? (and maybe a little cheaper, too)

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                                      wak Oct 27, 2006 01:35 AM

                                      I bought the sushi once. I don't really know what I was thinking. I'm a real sushi snob and am highly sensitive to the freshness of fish, so I should have known...

                                      So I opened up the enormous container, choked down two pieces of vile, dry fish on soggy rice, and threw the rest out - a mildly painful experience for a real Costco fan like myself.

                                      So stay away from the sushi.

                                      But the produce, that's fine with me. You can get better, but not at the price.

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                                        Bobfrmia Oct 27, 2006 01:36 PM

                                        I did the Costco sushi. It looked OK and was cheap.
                                        My daughters raccoons loved it.
                                        I'm also a big Costco fan.

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                                        HillJ Oct 28, 2006 03:50 PM

                                        Produce has been hit or miss, depending on turnover and time of year. But when it comes to roses, floral arrangements, houseplants--boy what a deal!

                                        The only product line I avoid is the commercial bread section. Buying in doubles or large qty for my family will ultimately mean some winds up in the duck pond. We love bread...but have found either spoiled loaves on the shelf or again, we just can't keep that much (we never freeze bread) on hand. When it comes to the bakery...diff story :)

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                                          Mul Oct 28, 2006 04:36 PM

                                          Costco produce is great, their string bean is very good. Their fruits selection like mangoes, grapes, or mini-watermelon usually good with good price.

                                          We tend to avoid their cake, either it's too big, too sweet.

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                                            mimish Oct 28, 2006 10:56 PM

                                            I agree. A few months ago we had some champagne grapes from there that made me swoon. They never made it to the table.

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                                            bloomeanie Oct 28, 2006 10:27 PM

                                            Ironically, I found this post only when I was searching for "Festival Fuji Apples" so I could buy some more of them, since my wife, daughter and I all became enthralled with them. As someone already wrote, they contain little additional additives. I mostly buy my produce from Whole Foods or the local farm stand, but I'm always on the lookout for snacks that aren't filled with high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. So except for being a tad sugary, I thought these were an excellent product. As an epilogue, they have not been available since I purchased that first bag—is it possible you got a bum bag?

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                                            1. re: bloomeanie
                                              JoanieJ Nov 9, 2006 12:32 PM

                                              Did you find them. I can't believe I find the very best dried fruit and then they stop selling them. I have contacted Acme Food Sales, Inc. regarding the Fuju Tart Apples. The item number is 939329 just in case you want to contact them and find out where we can buy them. I'm in New Jersey so let me know if you find the.

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                                              JoanieJ Nov 9, 2006 12:27 PM


                                              Festival Dried Fuji Tart Apple slices are the very best and most resonalblely priced dried fruit that I've eaten and I've tried them all. Also, I gave them away for Halloween and many of the kids' Mom's called me to find out where they can buy them because the kids loved them.

                                              You are way off base with your criticism of this product.

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                                                JoanieJ Nov 9, 2006 12:38 PM

                                                You should be sued by Costco for your remarks!

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                                                1. re: JoanieJ
                                                  ChowFun_derek Nov 9, 2006 03:47 PM

                                                  Different people have different tastes....all opinions are welcome......

                                                2. J T Jan 18, 2007 10:33 AM

                                                  The sushi should be cancelled. Never any good.

                                                  Less obvious, the soymilk. I've tried every soymilk sold in my area (love the stuff) and on a taste basis, the brand sold at my costco is the worst around.

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                                                    NiKoLe1625 Jan 18, 2007 01:43 PM

                                                    i agree the sushi is disgusting. i've never actually tried it, and never will because it looks gross!

                                                    HOwever, i do like the soymilk. Although it is kirkland, it is actually Silk soymilk. YOu have to really enjoy the Vanilla flavor, which i dont particularly so i don't buy it, but its definitely not the worst around!!

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                                                      J T Jan 18, 2007 06:16 PM

                                                      I erred. The soymilk I have that I thought was from Costco was actually from Trader Joe's. Stay away from the Trader Joe soymilk. All apoligies to Costco.

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                                                    ncs821 Jan 18, 2007 01:53 PM

                                                    Normally, I love Costco produce and most everything I've bought there -- EXCEPT the waxy stuff they put on their apples. It's like grease -- won't come off.

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                                                      Phillip J Jan 18, 2007 02:05 PM

                                                      this is a costco product that I'm trying to avoid as long as I live.


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                                                        Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 07:26 PM

                                                        Welllllll....as long as you LIVE, I don't think that'll be an issue! That was truly funny...to DIE for! Oooops...uh, scratch that! ;-)

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                                                          sel Mar 12, 2007 09:02 PM

                                                          Some Costco's have a display with I think downsized versions, glossy brochures and order forms. My superstitious Indian buddy would be horrified!

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                                                        LilLibellule Jan 18, 2007 07:28 PM

                                                        I've found that Fuji apples don't have enough acidity in them to make for good eating dried. The same goes for other Asian fruits that have had the extra acidity bred out of them, such as white peaches and nectarines.

                                                        I actually love the Silk soymilk, especially the individual serving-sized chocolate soy. It almost tastes like my mom's fresh soymilk. I stay away from the produce because they usually rot within a day or so and I can't eat that much that fast.

                                                        I only joined Costco because they are the only place in Hawaii that sells soft, deicate, REAL buffalo milk mozzerella balls in water. Yes, it is worth the yearly membership.

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