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Soup Dec 2, 2007 03:34 PM

Any good cheeze finds at costco? Open to all types.

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  1. bitsubeats RE: Soup Dec 2, 2007 03:48 PM

    the manchego is pretty good there and I b elieve they have pretty good cabot cheddar

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      Xiao Yang RE: bitsubeats Dec 2, 2007 08:17 PM

      The Cabot 3-year old cheddar at Costco has me hooked even though I'm a New York cheddar fan and distantly related to the cheese McCadams. It has a great tang and that tell-tale crumbly texture.

    2. Ruth Lafler RE: Soup Dec 2, 2007 04:12 PM

      The big wedges of parmagiano reggiano are good. Cheese selection varies a lot seasonally and at different Costcos, so it's hard to make a general recommendation.

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        Pollo RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 2, 2007 04:28 PM

        Right now they have two types of Italian cheeses ("hard"/"soft") with black truffles...both v. nice....

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          cmarie RE: Pollo Dec 2, 2007 04:36 PM

          I've bought a bufala mozzarella there that was delicious. running over this week for the truffle cheese

      2. hannaone RE: Soup Dec 2, 2007 04:46 PM

        The best cheese I've had from Costco is the Cougar Gold, an excellent sharp white cheddar. The only problem is that it's not always available.

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          LNG212 RE: hannaone Jan 11, 2008 12:11 PM

          Are you in the Pacific NW? My sister last year bought be a large tin-thing of the Cougar cheese and it was fantastic. I've never been able to find it here in nyc.

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            geomac RE: LNG212 Feb 13, 2009 08:54 AM

            Whole Foods stocks it.

        2. King of Northern Blvd RE: Soup Dec 2, 2007 05:31 PM

          The Big Block of Cabot Pepper Jack

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            roxlet RE: King of Northern Blvd Dec 14, 2011 06:09 AM

            I got this last week. I love it in an omelet, and on a burger. It's good stuff!

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            SusieS RE: Soup Dec 2, 2007 08:21 PM

            I just recently purchased some wonderful Stilton at Costco. We also love the Tillamook Vintage White Cheddar cheese.

            1. maria lorraine RE: Soup Dec 3, 2007 02:08 AM

              Parmigiano Reggiano at $12/lb., very good Grana Padano at $8/lb, 3 large 1# balls of fresh mozzarella for $6 (I only buy during tomato season).

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                meb903 RE: Soup Dec 3, 2007 04:41 AM

                sometimes they have st. andre - a triple cream cheese - wonderful, but usually only around during the holidays. they have a very good aged gouda - also only around the holidays. we too like the cabot sharp chedder, aged 2 years. we just got a delicious roquefort cheese that was yummy. as you can see, we eat alot of cheese :)

                1. coney with everything RE: Soup Dec 3, 2007 04:48 AM

                  I like the blocks of Tillamook extra sharp cheddar as well as sliced Tillamook regular cheddar. Their goat cheese log prices are pretty good but I prefer to buy at TJ's.

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                    bostonhound RE: Soup Dec 3, 2007 03:13 PM

                    Pecorino Romano

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                      CrazyOne RE: Soup Dec 3, 2007 06:51 PM

                      I'm a fan of Kerrygold's Dubliner, and they had big blocks of that in Costco fairly recently, sometime within the last couple months. Probably still do. We've had the manchego too, very good. Have to say we had had both of these before in smaller quantities (try Trader Joe's for that if you have one; they carry both of these, or have in the past). The manchego probably was a different producer, but it was a cheese we had tried previously before buying such a big quantity (usually at least 1.5 lbs worth in those blocks).

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                        Xiao Yang RE: CrazyOne Dec 3, 2007 07:23 PM

                        The Dubliner's also usually available at Costco here in SF, as well as a British import, "Coastal Cheddar" which is prety good, but I'll still mostly stick with the Cabot for the price and the sharpness.

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                          Bob W RE: Xiao Yang Dec 4, 2007 11:20 AM

                          I'm in the process of finishing up a block of Coastal Cheddar. I plan to get some more. Good stuff; nice bite to it.

                          In general we've been very pleased with our Costco cheese purchases. One thing to look for is the Petit Basque sheep's milk cheese. It's around half the price of most other places.

                          We also like the Feta in the attractive white container that reminds me of the Greek isles, and also the Grana Padana.

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                        boingo2000 RE: Soup Dec 4, 2007 07:11 AM

                        They often have Rembrandt brand aged gouda...it's a great, nutty cheese and Costco's price can't be beat.

                        1. jcoz23 RE: Soup Dec 5, 2007 02:05 PM

                          I have bought blueberry stilton there that is awesome!

                          1. Davwud RE: Soup Dec 6, 2007 12:37 PM

                            Here in the GTA Costco's sell Balderson's 5 year old white cheddar which is fabulous.


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                              jeremysimon RE: Soup Jan 10, 2008 07:49 PM

                              Delice de Bourgogne, a triple cream. I think it was $9.99 or so...

                              1. amykragan RE: Soup Jan 16, 2008 09:20 AM

                                I love the Dubliner

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                                  rld RE: Soup Jan 16, 2008 09:40 AM

                                  Costco has great cheeses at great prices, but I'm partial to the raw milk Gruyères.

                                  1. Bat Guano RE: Soup Jan 16, 2008 01:18 PM

                                    Comte, Manchego and cave-aged Gruyere

                                    1. stellamystar RE: Soup Jan 16, 2008 02:15 PM

                                      We get the Jarlsburg Lite sliced cheese it's great! Also, the feta is very cheap and tasty.

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                                        Docsknotinn RE: Soup Jan 18, 2008 11:50 AM

                                        For me the Manchego and Dubliner. The Manchego makes a killer grilled cheese with the Boudin sourdough they carry.
                                        I'm not crazy about the parm they carry here.

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                                          NVJims RE: Soup Feb 13, 2009 01:37 PM

                                          Yancey's Champagne Cheddar is excellent.

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                                            Rene RE: Soup Feb 13, 2009 02:41 PM

                                            Horseradish Havarti... they don't have it all the time but I get two whenever I see it.

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                                              azveggieguy RE: Soup Feb 14, 2009 03:09 PM

                                              Yeah, the Coastal Cheddar is great - a step above the Cabot (which I buy alternately) and has little calcium crystals that give it a peculiar but satisfying "crunch." Also the Asiago Pressato and the Jarlsberg. I just wish I saw Stilton more often - my Costco is a smaller store and I have to wait for one of their "cheese events" to find the really good stuff.

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                                                Macushla RE: azveggieguy Dec 12, 2011 05:49 PM

                                                what happened to Coastal Cheddar? Been getting it for years. Just got a new block this week that is radically different. No crystals and not as sharp. Very disappointed. Still good but not great anymore. Hope its an aberration.

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                                                acgold7 RE: Soup Dec 12, 2011 11:44 PM

                                                It's very regional, but I'll echo the above posts which mention the Stilton, Dubliner and Vintage White Cheddar from Tillamook -- actually almost anything from Tillamook is great if you're in a region where they carry it. Also the regular Jarlsberg wedge is terrific but I don't think much of the Lite. If you can get the actual Feta from Greece (in a brine tub) it's great; the domestic is just okay.

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                                                  Macushla RE: acgold7 Dec 13, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                  Oh Costco still carries Coastal. I have been buying a block of it a week for years! It is just that it has changed rather drastically. I realize cheese is a food that varies depending on climate etc. etc. but the difference between the last cheese and this one is radical. So much so I wonder if it has been mislabeled and is actually another kind!

                                                2. jnk RE: Soup Dec 13, 2011 06:14 AM

                                                  I just noticed the other day that they carry St. Andre again. Wonderful brie-like cheese that's great on a cracker with a little of the peach salsa that they carry on it.

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                                                    cstr RE: jnk Dec 13, 2011 08:12 AM

                                                    On occassion, they have Point Reyes Blue, totally awesome. I reguarly get Imported parm, Cabot in the black package, aged 36 months, fresh goat and bufflao mozz.

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                                                      jnk RE: cstr Dec 14, 2011 01:07 AM

                                                      I love the Point Reyes Blue. I've never seen it at my Costco (NJ) but did have the opportunity to be a 3lb. wheel thorough Woot! a few years ago. I'll keep looking.

                                                  2. Steve Green RE: Soup Dec 14, 2011 08:05 AM

                                                    Our favorite everyday cheese is the 3-year Cabot cheddar. Unfortunately the local Costcos (Las Vegas) don't have it -- we can only get it when we're up in the Bay Area. BTW, it's far superior to the 2-year version.

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