What to stock up on at Trader Joe's when you don't live close by
Hopefully I have found the right place to post this.
I live an hour away from the closest Trader Joe's. There is a decent co-op in town but there are lots of items they don't carry and I usually have to wait until item goes on sale. I will be visiting the town soon for an event and I would like to stock up on some items I know I can only get at Trader Joe's. So I would like to ask a question to those of you lucky enough to shop at Trader Joe's frequently.
What items do you do you love and what can you not live without?
Wine is the first thing that comes to my mind, but then again, it usually is! :-) TJ has some incredible (I think) bargains in the $4 to $6 range. Other things that come to my mind are pita chips, blue corn tortilla chips, cereal and breakfast bars, they have a great tea tree oil shampoo that is a real bargain, honey crisp apples when they're in stock, hummus and chick pea salad (if you take a cooler), baguettes and other bread, cheese (ditto for the cooler)...
Sadly, Honey Crisp apples are out of season... I will miss them. Until next year...
I would stock up on cheeses(their triple cream brie & Swiss gruyere rock), marcona almonds and all the other nuts and trail mixes and dried fruits. I enjoy their frozen fish, mushroom turnovers, carmelized onion & goat cheese puff pastry apps, and their water crackers are significantly cheaper (and just as good) than Carr's brand.
Much of their cheap imported wines are swill, but occasionally they stock some good buys. I had found a good Amarone Valpolicella for like $16 bucks and you can stock up on some vinho verde for like $5/bottle in preparation for warmer weather.
LL: It's not a Honey Crisp but I am munching right now on a delicious Empire apple that I got at Harris Teeter for $0.99/lb. They may be gone but were in the "locally grown" section of the produce aisle. Gotta jump on anything in the HT produce section for $0.99/lb!!!
I'm not the biggest Trader Joe's fan but they do have good prices on cheeses, staples like artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers, and various oils/vinegars/mustards.
yep, you're in the right place for this question. there are a zillion threads about the good, the bad & the ugly at TJ's, so i tried to pull up some of the more recent & useful ones for you to read through:
Q. What should you stock up on?
A. Virtually every single product you like - or even so much as think you may like - there.
A. Because you're talking about Trader Joe's, a chain notorious for routinely and abruptly ceasing sales of a countless number of much-beloved items. If you try something at Trader Joe's and like it, don't be surprised if on your next visit they no longer carry it.
Beyond that, as goodhealthgourmet suggested above, this discussion is bound to be just another thread about everyone's favorite TJ products.