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Feb 3, 2010 02:46 PM

Costco Sirens?

We've all weighed in on the Costco items that we can't live without. Now how about those that lured us in but left us high and dry?
I'll start with the Gourmet Dried Mushroom Blend. I oogled it for several visits and then finally succombed. Too many of the mushrooms in the blend taste just plain weird.

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  1. don't tell me that! i bought them too, but haven't used any yet.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      If you haven't opened them yet see if you can bring them back for a refund, they're pretty bad. I used them once and gave the rest to the food bank.

      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

        i haven't opened them yet, and i was actually just about to because i realized that i forgot to pick up some fresh mushrooms for dinner! hmm, what to do...

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Use what you need. If you don't like them, take the rest back. Costco has a very liberal return policy.

          1. re: Bobfrmia

            i know, but i always have guilt about returning open products because then they can't put them back on the shelf. though in this particular case that wouldn't be a bad thing - i did open them and use a few, and they were pretty nasty.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I read this just in time! Have been ogling those mushrooms, thanks for the heads up

        2. re: mrbigshotno.1

          FWIW, my local food bank won't take opened packages, since they re-distribute to local places that donate food boxes, or shelters. I've been doing volunteer sorting for them for years and that's one of the requirements - that packages be unopened.

      2. Can you explain "just plain weird"?

        I have purchased and so far used for one dish (barley risotto) and was very happy. My wife thought it was too mushroomy but I can't blame the mushrooms for that. Seems like a very decent amount of morels in the mix too.

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        1. re: dalewest

          "just plain weird"=odd texture--kind of styrofoamy? I need to figure out which kind is which. Maybe there is a particular type that I don't like, so I can salvage the rest

          1. re: VAfoodie

            foodie, i don't know about yours, but my morels were even spongier than they typically are. and the ones that had the texture most reminiscent of styrofoam were what they call the "Brazilian" mushrooms - they're actually just white mushrooms - and the Ivory Portobello.

            the entire mix has a very off-putting, strangely sweet flavor. ick.

        2. the kirkland pierogies were good. then they changed them. i tried the new ones, never again though. bleeuhh

          1. I like the mushrooms! We've been using 'em for a few weeks now and think they are great.

            1. They used to carry dried porcinis, then switched to the mushroom blend. Wish they'd bring back the porcini -- they were terrific and at a great price.