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

Pat Hammond Aug 6, 2006 08:16 PM

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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    Hapa Dude Aug 31, 2006 07:24 PM

    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
      Cathy Aug 31, 2006 08:48 PM

      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....

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      daawgon Aug 30, 2006 07:47 PM

      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!

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        Nancy Berry Aug 29, 2006 07:48 PM


        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
          Pat Hammond Aug 30, 2006 04:08 PM

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

        2. SIMIHOUND Aug 9, 2006 03:17 PM

          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
            Pat Hammond Aug 12, 2006 01:27 PM

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

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              Chocolatechipkt Aug 29, 2006 10:42 PM

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

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                Pat Hammond Aug 30, 2006 04:10 PM

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

          2. missclaudy Aug 8, 2006 12:41 AM

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

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              Sherri Aug 6, 2006 10:30 PM

              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
                missclaudy Aug 6, 2006 10:50 PM

                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.

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                  Pat Hammond Aug 7, 2006 01:37 AM

                  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!

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                  Pat Hammond Aug 7, 2006 01:44 AM

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

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                  personalcheffie Aug 6, 2006 10:25 PM

                  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.

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