Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Chains >
Aug 13, 2008 03:53 PM

What products at Trader Joes to avoid?

Last night I had the polenta lasagna with chicken sausage..... Avoid it... It was horrible

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. So any things are great there. They make a better peanut butter cup than Reeses.
    I do not like their mayo. You can read some discussion on the mayo thread that is running now.

    2 Replies
    1. re: phantomdoc

      Sorry to go off-topic, but if you enjoy peanut butter cups, try Newman's Own version...even more addictive than Reese's.

      1. re: phantomdoc

        Yeah for the pb cups, and most dark chocolate products -- they're great!

        I don't think much of the bread.

        Many years ago tried the beef stew in a can. I don't know why -- I would never buy beef stew in a can at a regular supermarket! anyway, it was terrible.

        But I go to TJ about every 6 weeks, stock up on all the many things I DO love, and am mostly very happy with the experience. although sometimes when i get home I find I have no read food, just great snacks . . .

      2. I recently bought a refrigerated dinner for a quick meal, might have been meatloaf. Not very good...

        1. I am not a fan of the frozen bowls, produce for the most part, most of the refrigerated prepared foods (soups, sushi), and the breads are hit or miss.

          But my Indian-food loving son really liked the refrigerated chicken vindaloo dinner, I think they're $4.99 so I'll buy that again.

          2 Replies
          1. re: coney with everything

            I keep a supply of the chicken vindaloo in my freezer. It has no veggie -- just the meat and rice, so when I cook one in my toaster oven, I'll lay some zucchini or green beans into the pan to round out the meal.

            1. re: Sharuf

              Oops, I meant to say LAMB vindaloo.

          2. I've seen the orange chicken listed as a favorite on threads here, but I find the sauce to have an overpowering ginger flavor that I dislike.

            1 Reply
            1. re: Emm

              Try the tempura chicken instead, but don't use the sauce straight. Doctor it up with some lemon juice, and maybe a little salt.

            2. Been a while since we had bad luck with anything I can remember, except for a frozen fish entree we tried recently. We have a horrendous record with fish, so maybe it's just us. Frozen, fresh, exact recipe and time, I even checked the oven temp, and it still never comes out decent. (Grill, stovetop, broiler, doesn't help at all, never comes out right regardless of prep or fish type or recipe.)

              Anyway, this was one of their newer fish entrees that have sauce. The one we tried was tilapia, and I can't remember what the sauce was. I can't tell you how it tastes, either, because prepared precisely to the box directions it was part raw and part done. If we had left it in to try to cook more, the already done parts would have been overdone, of course.

              The thing was 7 bucks so we took the cardboard sleeve back and got a refund. Wish I could figure out a way to make any fish at home come out right....