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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.

              1. I disagree. I bought them around Christmas and have used them to make beef stroganoff and for a veggie lasagna. I thought they were really good.

                1. just discovered a new one - the Kirkland Pure Vanilla Extract. i should have known it sounded too good to be true at that price...it's more like pure alcohol!

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                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Thanks GHG I was eyeing the Kirkland Pure Vanilla when I was there last... glad to know my tgtbt radar was correct. FWIW I have been getting Neilsen Massey Vanilla at Homesense for about $10 (CDN) for the 4oz bottle - perhaps TJMaxx carries it?

                    1. re: maplesugar

                      ooh, i might have to look there. i spotted the N-M really cheap *somewhere* recently, and for the life of me now i can't recall where it was! definitely not TJM. thanks for the idea. when i lived in LA i used to buy it at Surfas - they have it at a great price. unfortunately we don't have anything similar down here in San Diego.

                      re: the Kirkland vanilla, it's really awful. i hate to return open food items - i always feel guilty about it - but this stuff is definitely going back.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Thanks for warning me off the vanilla. I usually buy the N-M vanilla at Cost Plus World Market, where it's relatively cheap.

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                          thanks for the reminder! now that i'm back in LA i can stock up at Cost Plus :)

                          and yes, the Kirkland vanilla was like straight alcohol...nasty, nasty stuff.

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Yes, the Costco "madagascar vanilla" ruined several of my desserts. I finally threw it out!

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I have to agree wholeheartedly on this one. It was SOOO painful to use - i should have returned it. it was that bad. I think i just threw it out. I like NM but am fine with Penzeys - they have a local store and i can buy in bulk.

                      2. The bacon. Looked good, great price and of course came with like 3 lbs of bacon in the package. AWFUL.

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                        1. re: rockandroller1

                          I don't find any difference between that Kirkland bacon than any other bacon in that class.
                          They used to make a thick sliced bacon that wasn't bad.