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Jul 8, 2009 03:59 PM

Kosher meats at Brooklyn and 5 Towns Costco

The Jewish Star

By Malka Eisenberg
Issue of July 10, 2009 / 18 Tammuz 5769

Costco in Lawrence now stocks kosher meat from Empire. (Photo by Malka Eisenberg)
You won’t find the cheapest kosher meat in the Five Towns at a kosher supermarket. It’s actually at Costco on Rockaway Turnpike, believe it or not, vacuum-packed by a new sister brand of Empire Kosher Poultry, and jointly supervised by the OU and Star-K.

“Costco has taken a variety of cuts as tests into their Brooklyn and Five Towns stores to see how well they do,” said Elie Rosenfeld, a spokesman for EKB Kosher Beef, LLC of Mifflintown, PA.

First-cut brisket, rib steaks, ground beef and chuck roast are available in “vacuum-packed packaging, so the quality is just as fresh as if they went into the butcher and the butcher cut it that day,” Rosenfeld claimed.

Shoppers at the Lawrence Costco offered exclamations like, “Wow!” and “It’s amazing!” earlier this week as they clustered around refrigerator cases marked “Kosher” that were filled with factory-packed kosher meat and fresh poultry. The chicken is standard Empire fare, under the supervision of the Orthodox Union and KAJ.


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  1. This news seems to be spreading fast. I just got a forwarded email about the Costco meat offerings, what I found amusing was the subject

    "the end of the 5 town vaads hold on our kosher food choices. B.H."

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    1. re: MartyB

      Your right - heck the 5 towns vaad should just shut down, and then you could eat anything!!!

    2. I just went to Brachs today and they were selling chickens for $2.55/lb and more notabaly were selling Empire chickens for $2.89/lb - contrast this with Costco selling Empire chickens for $2.29/lb. I sure hope that Costco carries much more kosher items!

      1. I bought a roast and some chopped meat from the Brooklyn Costco and was pretty happy!

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        1. re: pitagirl

          Can someone post prices from the Brooklyn costco. Would like to see if it's worth stopping in on way to Pic n Pay.

          1. re: njkosher

            Prices at the 5 towns Costco

            Empire Chicken cut up - $2.29/lb
            Empire Chicken legs - $2.29/lb
            Empire Chicken breasts - $2.99/lb
            Empire Chicken cutlets - $4.99/lb
            Ground chuck (85%) – $5/lb
            Chuck roast - $6/lb

            Boneless Rib Eye 11.99/lb (two to a pack 3+lbs i.e. 2 x 24+oz boneless rib steak - yum)
            London Broil $6.49/lb
            1st cur Brisket $9.99/lb
            Turkey tenderloins $3.99/lb
            Beef stew meat $5.99/lb

            They also carry Annon Kosher Pizza - 2 x 8slice boxes - $14.99

            Don't forget, they also carry frozen Empire chickens $1.89/lb

            1. re: MartyB

              Just as an aside, for those watching their weight, the leanest ground beef sold at Gourmet Glatt (I believe they call it shoulder) is also about 85%- comparable in fat to the chuck sold at Costco, but I think it's about $6.99 a lb.

        2. I went to Costco today and saw that they now carry packages of Meal Mart 1.25lb sliced cooked turkey breats for $10. It is nicely vacuum packed so one can buy a few packs and it will last for a while. I just love the pastrami but don't want to eat so much red meat so this is a nice option.

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          1. re: MartyB

            This is a little off-topic, but the Costco in Hanover, NJ (near the Lubavitch Rabbinical College) is carrying big bricks of american cheese for 9.99 (HaOlam I think) and also has deli meats.

            Any reports of the Costco in Hackensack?

            1. re: vallevin

              The costco on Route 10 in East Hanover, NJ is now selling:
              Sliced Muenster (2lbs) - approx $9.79
              Sliced American (2lbs) - $9.99
              Shreeded Mozarella (2lbs) - $7.99
              Goat Cheese - Not sure
              Most definitely not Haolam, or Millers, but a good hasgacha, circle K, I think
              Emek light cheese - $3.99
              Also, Meal Mart vacuum packed pastrami, corned beef, turkey breast $9.99 for 1.25 lbs.
              Meal Mart falafel balls and stuffed cabbage - no idea of price.

              1. re: njkosher

                Whats nice about Costco is the quality of the products that they carry, their prices and importantly the stability of their prices. I believe the prices here at the 5 towns Cosrco are the same for the items that you mentioned.

                At the local stores here the prices for many items are all over the place. Case in point, here at Brachs they were charging $.99/can of Bumble Bee tuna, then I see it at $1.89/can now I see it for $.99/can. Look how well Costco does without the need for "sales". I prefer good stable prices rather than prices that fluctuate between great and rip-off.

                1. re: MartyB

                  Does the Costco in Westbury (Long Island, NY) have fresh kosher meat?

                  1. re: havdalahclub

                    the 5 towns has the traffic to make it worthwhile for Costco to do the Kosher meat thing. I doubt Westbury has that much kosher traffic to make it worthwhile

                    1. re: havdalahclub

                      I've gotten pastrami and meal mart stuffed cabbage at the Rte 110 Huntington fresh meat.

            2. does anyone know if the rockland county costco has these kosher items?