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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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!
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
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.
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.
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.