What can you not live without from Costco?
- VAfoodie Jul 22, 2009 02:54 PM
Never bought them before, but after seeing prices for dried mushrooms in Italy, I'm thinking that tub of them at Costco is calling my name.
Those large plastic jars of nut meats; pork ribs; coffee; artichoke hearts; baking powder (when it's available) and tasting everything they offer at those sampler stations.
Aceto basalmic vinegar and organic extra virgin olive oil and org. spinach. Not to mention, Costco has the best bread in Juneau, AK- how sad is that? Sorry Silverbow.
sundried tomato jars
big rolls of plastic wrap and sandwich bags
organic butter (just a bit cheaper there)
chicken stock cartons and canned tomatoes
dried nuts during the holidays
cases of beer when i have a get-together
"Never shop there, never will'
Really? I'm curious why not?
I'm on my way tomorrow to buy the big bags of lemons...
Big blocks of Tillamook cheese
Bags of pinenuts that I keep in the freezer
Bags of dried cherries/cranberries
Sunsweet dried plums
Kirkland brand fruit and nut medley....great for hiking.
Of course the Hebrew National hotdog and drink at the end of my shopping.
Oh, let me count the items that I love from Costco.....
red meat, especially for grinding into hamburger
lamb chops butchered in house
prime rib eye steaks
Greek feta cheese
Parmesian and Romano chunks
Swiss slices for sandwiches
That triple cream which I can only buy when there will be tons of people in the house so I don't eat it all by myself.
Great prices when in season for Haddock and Wild Alaska salmon. Eat one meal and then smoke.
Smoked salmon when it isn't salmon season
Those bags of lemons and limes. Great price; if we can't use them before they start going bad, I juice and freeze them in ice cube trays
pacific chicken broth for those lazy days
5 lb bags of spinach
window blinds [still have 12 windows to go]
And then the occasional treats:
Stacy pita chips
la vache qui rie cheese
Bonless/skinless chix thighs
Tail-off cooked shrimp
Sun dried tomatoes(big jar)
Frozen Italian meatballs
HARK! The preceding posters must never have tried the Roasted Garlic Loaves in the instore bakery, or they'd be first on your lists. Beautifully mellow, caramelized cloves liberally stud what seems like a sourdough loaf although the ingredients don't so indicate. Their multigrain cousin is also great, I do wish they had mix&match for their breads, which come 2 loaves per package.
Dog kibble (highly rated in a nutritional analysis study of dry dog food)
Dog beds and blankets
....re those dried mushrooms. I noticed that they are packed domestically but it does not say they are grown here so I assume they are imported. I recently soaked a remaining half-jar to make soup, which also contained onion, marrow beans, and chicken broth. There was a bitter undertone to the soup. Now, I've never had the Rancho Gordo marrow beans before - they are supposed to taste like bacon, but not to me. It is possible that the metallic bitterness was from the beans, but I used some from the same bag in other dishes and didn't notice, so I am pretty suspicious about the mushrooms. I added a lot of Stonewall Farms Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam to counteract it. Maybe I should have chucked the soup but I am loathe to waste food, and have bought dried mushrooms in Asian markets for many years (they have great prices for these) so I figure if the'yre contaminated, I'm long since poisoned.
There's not a single must have item that I couldn't do without from Costco. And I've been shopping there for years.
tri-tip steaks -- I marinate them and then cut up for fondue
ground beef chuck -- the 1-lb. chubs
the five-packs of bacon
Around the holidays, their prime rib roasts are the best
About the only thing I get at the mega-mart is fresh herbs, everything else comes from Costco where I enjoy the cash back and saving some dough!
Fosters Farms frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast
trash can liners
Jalepeno stuffed olives
last minute frozen party food
Foster Farms 8 pack (4 in each pack) chicken thighs
Kirkland multi grain bread (2 pack)
Knudsen Cottage Cheese
No sugar added hot chocolate mix
liquid laundry soap
"Prime" graded NY strips.
Lamb loin chops and rack of lamb.
La Brea Bakery breads as my fall-back position when the real local bakeries have closed.
Vilafonte 2004 series C
Pine nuts in the bulk bag.
Ito-En green tea bags are really the only thing i *have* to have from there - my mornings just wouldn't be the same without them.
i also like the Kirkland toilet paper, large bottles of balsamic vinegar, and organic dried basil, but i've gone without those and it hasn't been too painful.
Nope, definitely not Mariani (my parents grow for them, sometimes, when Sunsweet isn't buying all their crop). The mangos come in a white bag w/ blue and orange script. Same type of bag as the ginormous Mariani ones though, wide bottom w/ a zip seal top. The mangos are wonderfully sweet and more tender than any other dried mangos I've had.
It is ground in a special cold mill that preserves its freshness better than any other pre-ground flaxseed I have seen. I don't have a grinder at home and this one actually has really good flavor. I can hardly tell the difference between this and fresh ground. It also stays even fresher in the freezer.
My Costco is very close by:
Coastal English cheddar
Primos margherita pizza
organic canned tomatoes
whole organic milk
Ruta Maya organic coffee
Stacy's Pita chips
organic ground beef
organics boneless chicken breasts
Liptons Diet green tea
Whole grain bread
rice crackers snack mix
I bought it and it spoiled within a couple weeks. I left my hubby to visit family in Minnesota for a couple weeks last year and he went to open it when I was gone and it exploded everywhere. Now I just make homemade because it lasts longer. I guess we may have had a bad batch though.
chanterelles, when they have them. i will buy a box whenever i see them, as i'm always excited when they are in stock.. as they were yesterday. roasted ome for an accompaniment to pork loin tonight....pasta tomorrow!
Mixed nuts - we LOVE them!!!!!! What's interesteing is the way they actual varieties of nuts in the mix keeps changing...
I can't believe that no one has mentioned the Rotisserie Chickens, $4.99/3lbs. I use it for so many things and always make my chicken stock for soup with the carcass'. I use two at a time (freeze to keep them).
Refrigerated Pesto (section and freeze), lasts forever
Steak, filet mignon when they are small pieces
Bagels (I know they aren't authentic), but 1 dozen for $4.99, they go in the freezer great.
Cream Cheese, 3lb block
Flash frozen Scallops
Flash frozen Tilapia
Flash frozen Salmon
fresh fruit, depends what is in season, most is a lot cheaper and great tasting
Champagne Mangos, heavenly (I know it's fresh fruit, but it deserves a shout out)
Fresh Baby Bellas (I pan sear and freeze), yum
Frozen Tiramisu (exceptional for 9.99)
Kirkland Coffe beans, columbian - silver bag with a tiger on front
And all fall into summer, I buy Compari tomatoes, let sit on the counter and they ripen
I got addicted to their Frozen Tiramisu last summer. I was upset when they were out of stock one visit. I really like their pies and cheesecakes but I have learned to freeze half immediately. My friend and I enjoy their breaded tilapia in the prepared foods section. Their meats are great too. I still have so much to try from Costco and I've been a member a whole year now.
No one has mentioned the goat cheese logs. At Costco you can get a full pound of chevre for what you'd pay for 4-6 ounces at most places.
Plenty of other winners in the cheese aisle. I second the various fetas -- both the big squares of President and the smaller rectangles of Dodoni. There might be a big tub of crumbled feta too.
Also in that area, the smoked salmon. The Kirkland brand is very good.
I must say, we love the Kirkland stuff now. The canned tuna is great.
The only Kirkland brand products I refuse to buy are the shirts. That just screams "dork" to me. Apologies to anyone who buys those shirts. LOL
I love having a Costco card with me when traveling out of state. It is so much fun to be in Hawaii, for instance, and be able to buy the tourist stuff in bulk. My hubby bought 100 % pure Kona coffee there for only 20 dollars in July, and all of the yummy macadamia nuts and a huge thing of ling hi moi powder.
Dave Sedaris launched his latest book tour (earlier this year?) in a North Carolina Costco. So, both of my favorite things combined!
Everyone has mentioned toilet paper and paper towels and the $4.99 rotisserie chicken.
I also heart:
boneless chicken thighs
towards Christmas or Thanksgiving, they come out with the prime rib! (tastier than Safeway)
the tempura shrimp in the freezer section (You just bake it in the oven and it's ready to go!)
The one thing I've gotten from Costco that I will not get again is their pesto sauce. It had a sort of metallic tang, I don't know why!
Costco no longer sells Freybe's canadian bacon. That was on my list of Costco musts. We just had some from the local grocery this morning and it didn't come close!!
We are currently just 2 home with the 2 kids away at college. When they are home, the bagels are on the list, but I always buy bread, those Arnold lite hamburger rolls, nuts, meats, pellegrino, eggs, tp, and paper towels. I freeze what we won't use and make a lot of use of the Talia Food saveer. Also, I buy enough that with the Executive Membership, I get a rebate check annually which basically pays for the next year's membership.
yesterday, i just bough a 35.3oz tub of Fage Total 0% for $6.50!! it's the first time i've ever seen it at costco, and what a deal! it looks twice as big as the largest supermarket size which is usually like $4.50. Yay.
Right now, I'm kind of hooked on:
Amy's frozen Palak & Mattar Paneer entrees - 4 to a pack - in a pinch, a nice cheap meal
Shrimp Wonton Soup (frozen) - Chicken of the Sea brand (?!) - sounds gross, but actually pretty tasty -- hate the excess packaging, but I add a little pepper, garlic, green onion, corn -- not bad at all and 100 calories
Aidell's Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs - these are really yummy - just as is, in soups, pasta dishes
I also like all the sausages, but I try not to eat them all the time.
Sabra hummus - the roasted garlic...love it
Honeycrisp apples - wow!
Roasted, mixed nuts - these are crack.
Almond Butter - not bad and the price is right
Smoked trout -- excellent
Free Range Chicken Broth (yes!)
Rotisserie Chicken - sorry, this was way too salty and fatty - tastes like it's been injected with more than one hormone
Dolmas - like that they're veggie, but they have an overly tomato flavor instead of mint
Amy's canned soups - just bland and taste more like salt than anything else
I'm in LA - we eat that organic almond butter every day. They have raw creamy or crunchy - we eat the creamy; roasted/no salt creamy or crunchy, and roasted w/ salt creamy or crunchy. While I really like this product, I have noticed an increase in almond shell bits as I'm eating the product.
Maranatha was my preferred brand anyway before i switched to TJ's, and you abslutely can't beat the price. they sell 26-oz jars for $5.99. i honestly thought i was hallucinating when i found them. regular supermarkets sell the small *eight*-ounce jars for more than that!
i'm just thankful they don't sell the Dark Chocolate Almond Spread or i'd be in serious trouble ;)
So I just joined the Costco that opened in Manhattan and went to its opening yesterday. Has anyone tried their prepackaged sushi? The price was outrageously good, but any opinions on how it taste? TIA.
Stuffed grape leaves in the refrigerated food sections. Just as good as most restaurants, but we heat them up in the microwave first, despite the package not saying to do so.
The trail mix that has only nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds), cherries, and cranberries. I hate raisins and am not interested in dried bananas and apricots.
Giant tub of Almond Roca for insanely cheap (may only be at Xmas time, but they have them now)
Fiji and Voss water, good prices on both
I was SO happy when I saw that they had my English Cotswold (cheddar with chives) it was such a great price, but after that first time, I never saw it again. :(