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My favorite T. J.'s preserves have been discontinued

If you were a fan of Trader Joe's Fresh Fruit Preseves, (apricot, strawberries, cherries) they're discontinued. The jars just kept diminishing, until there were only three left on the shelves. I asked about it, and sure enough, discontinued. The cherry was my fave; large whole cherries. It was pretty sweet, but it only took a teaspoon full to transform a cup of plain yogurt. Sniff.

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  1. Oh man, those were great! That's the problem with TJ's. Have it one day, gone the next. Their Apricot was to die for, as well as all the other flavors. Well, they do have quite a selection of other brands there. I just really prefer huge chunks of fruit in mine.

    1. mccutcheon.com sells preserves online. They're based in Frederick, MD and have delicious products. Unfortunately, I see that they have discontinued Cherry, but the others I've tasted, strawberry, raspberry, apricot, peach, etc all have whole or large chunks of fruit. They're quite inexpensive (+/-$2.95 per 12 oz jar) so you can order a split case for tasting. Their business began with apple butter which I also recommend, but the preserves are my favorite.

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      1. re: Sherri

        As a jam and preserve maker,I disagree and think that McCutcheons preserves are inferior quality and WAY too sweet, that's why they are so cheap, more sugar, less fruit.

        1. re: missclaudy

          That was probably the case with the preserves I've mentioned too, but they sure were great in yogurt. Can't beat homemade, though. Although anyone could probably beat mine!

        2. re: Sherri

          Wonder what's going on with cherry preserves? Thanks for the suggestion!

        3. Russian grocery stores, if you have one near by, sell tons of different brands of whole cherry preserves.

          1. I live in So. California. If enough people call TJ corporate office the item may come back on the shelves. I had that happen with some salad dressing a few years back. The item has not gone back off the shelves in two years.

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            1. re: SIMIHOUND

              Hey, I may try that. I'd also like to suggest that they look into carrying coconut water. Thanks for your suggestion.

              1. re: Pat Hammond

                I think I've seen coconut water at my local TJ's (DC area). Good luck! :)

                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                  Thanks for this. I definitely have some things to discuss with the Mgr. of my TJ's.

            2. Pat,

              Good news! I was at TJ's yesterday (SF Bay Area) and found the preserves again. They changed the packaging from a cube shaped jar to an 8-sided tall jar. The preserves seem to be the same. My favorite is the cherry.

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              1. re: Nancy Berry

                Nancy, Thank you, thank you. I'll let them know at my TJ's. Yeah, cherry is the one!

              2. I'm a fan of TJ's Reduced Sugar, Organic Preserves. I think they're wonderful, and a good price too. I believe their regular preserves contain HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), an ingredient I'd rather not consume thank you!

                1. I have a jar of cherry preserves waiting for me in my cupboard. I'll have to crack it open soon!

                  TJ's definitely discontinues items without warning. Frozen Kobe burgers disappeared, sashimi-grade ahi tuna is either always sold out or it's been discontinued.

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                  1. re: Hapa Dude

                    If you read teh Fearless Flyer, wherever you live (its different for different areas of the US; hence products are different/suppliers are diff) it will say "We got a great deal on 2000 cases of this to distribute to all of the stores in Southern California (or wherever)" ....so that is why stuff is not 'regular'...and why the prices are so low....