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Has anyone tried Kirkland (Costco) Mayo?

Babyducks Oct 12, 2010 09:14 AM

I saw it the other day for the first time . Wonder how it compares to Best Foods.

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    brooklynkoshereater RE: Babyducks Oct 12, 2010 07:20 PM

    I'm all for buying the kirkland brands but you can't take my hellmans

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    1. re: brooklynkoshereater
      Babyducks RE: brooklynkoshereater Oct 13, 2010 09:46 AM

      I feel the same way you do, that's why I'd like a review. I tried Dukes once and that was the only time. It's hard to believe some people can't stand mayo at all.

    2. mamachef RE: Babyducks Oct 13, 2010 12:58 PM

      Thinner and less-rich and tangy, but ok if you doctor it up with some lemon and pepper. I'm a make-it-yourself girl first, Duke second, and Best Foods (Hellman's) third.

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        Babyducks RE: mamachef Oct 14, 2010 10:01 AM

        Very helpful, thank you. I'll stick with my Best Foods/Hellmans.

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          JungMann RE: mamachef Sep 21, 2011 08:39 AM

          I didn't think it was thinner. If anything, I thought it was a little thicker and heavier, with less tang. It's serviceable in flavored sauces, but not so great on its own. I wish I had known that I could take back that tub! It took months for me to work through it.

        2. monku RE: Babyducks Oct 14, 2010 12:18 PM

          Try it....you don't like it Costco will return your money. No risk.

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            Fluffydeedee163 RE: monku Sep 21, 2011 06:30 AM

            Yes, I have tried the Kirkland Mayo, and I like it as much as Best Foods/ Hellmans.
            I also buy their Albacore tuna, Canned Chicken breast and Roast beef. I happy with all Kirkland products I have bought.

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            laliz RE: Babyducks Sep 21, 2011 09:18 AM

            I tried Kirkland Mayonnaise once. Then when immediately back to Best Foods. no comparison.

            I do use Kirkland products, but not mayo, must be Best Foods.

            1. pdxgastro RE: Babyducks Sep 21, 2011 01:11 PM

              I'm open to trying anything once, but I'm afraid of the size of the jar. How big is it?

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                shasta21 RE: pdxgastro Sep 22, 2011 08:36 AM

                The jar is HUGE, but I break it down into pint and pint & half canning jars using those wonderful screw on lids. These lids are sometimes hard to find. Fred Meyers carries them but run out quite often. (I don't like leaving items with metal screw bands in the refer because they will start to rust and can't be used in canning once this happens.) Anyway, you can then place the jars in the back of the refer while keeping one up front.

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                  EWSflash RE: pdxgastro Sep 23, 2011 05:56 PM

                  But the jar is probably an awesome jar...

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                  acgold7 RE: Babyducks Sep 22, 2011 02:40 PM

                  >>> Wonder how it compares to Best Foods<<<

                  >>>Thinner and less-rich and tangy<<<

                  >>> I thought it was a little thicker and heavier, with less tang.<<<

                  >>>no comparison.<<<

                  Interestingly, another poster on another thread says it *IS* Hellman's/BFs, made for Costco under the Kirkland label. That would be hysterical if true.

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                    shasta21 RE: acgold7 Sep 22, 2011 02:58 PM

                    Although not brave enough to try it (yet), from something else I read, I am inclined to believe that the Kirkland brand of Mayo is made by either Hellman's or Best Foods. If I can factually back this up, I will provide the link. I am guessing that once the "Kirkland brand of Mayo" takes off, we will no longer see one of the two (Hellmans or Best Foods) brands offered. Surprise!

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                      acgold7 RE: shasta21 Sep 22, 2011 03:06 PM

                      Hellman's and Best Foods are the same. Just different names. One is East of the Rockies (Mississippi?), one West.

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                        shasta21 RE: acgold7 Sep 22, 2011 03:19 PM

                        Well, - if that's the case, I guess we can say goodbye to BOTH Hellmans/Best Foods Mayo and expect to only purchase the Kirkland brand. I will take note as to the ingredient list on both of these brands, just to see IF they differ from the Kirkland brand. I won't be surprised if they don't find a way to CHEAPEN the brand. Just a way of the times......

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                          mateo21 RE: shasta21 Sep 22, 2011 05:31 PM

                          The ingredients and their order are identical... I checked. I have tried Best Foods and Kirkland, and I don't think there is actually a difference, but I could be wrong; sorry laliz... do you know for a fact (e.g. with documentation that they are different)?

                          I should do a blind test. Eating spoonfuls of Mayo? o.O

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                            acgold7 RE: mateo21 Sep 22, 2011 08:50 PM

                            A look at the nutrition info should also prove telling, although not conclusive.

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                            EWSflash RE: shasta21 Sep 23, 2011 06:01 PM

                            Shasta, thedifferent brands on either side of the Mississippi has been a fact of life since at least the 1960s, I remember seeing the ads in my folks' Sunset Magazine from when I was a kid. It's not a new thing at all.

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                            acgold7 RE: acgold7 Sep 23, 2011 12:33 PM

                            And now I apparently need to correct myself. According to Wikipedia (not always the most reliable source) even though they are made in the same factory by the same company with the same ingredients in roughly the same proportions, they are not *exactly* the same, at least not according to the company's FAQ's as of 2003. The Western (Best Foods) version allegedly is slightly tangier due to a bit more lemon juice. The current website contains no reference to this and no FAQs.


                            So if this is true and they make tweaks between Hellmann's and Best Foods, then even if they do make the Kirkland, it's certainly possible that they tweak that too so it's like neither of the flagship brands.

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                              shasta21 RE: acgold7 Sep 23, 2011 03:11 PM

                              Thanks for doing that research! I betcha Costco will phase out both Hellmann's and Best Foods in the NEAR future. Think I will stock up now before they "tweak" their version of it. They know WHERE the $$$$ is.

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                                acgold7 RE: shasta21 Sep 23, 2011 03:33 PM

                                Maybe. I dunno. Mayo is a pretty personal thing and people are pretty loyal, as this thread indicates. If people refuse to even try the Kirkland brand, even if it's the exact same thing (and even if it is, Costco might not be allowed to say it is), they'll know pretty quickly. At a certain point, either margin or volume falls enough and it doesn't pay to stock the Kirkland brand. We'll see.

                                As someone else noted on another Costco thread, look for prices ending in a "7" or an asterisk on the shelf tags to let you know an item is going away.

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                                  shasta21 RE: acgold7 Sep 23, 2011 03:45 PM

                                  I didn't know about the "7" thing! Thanks for the repeat info. Does that apply to non-food items as well?

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                                    acgold7 RE: shasta21 Sep 23, 2011 03:50 PM

                                    I got the impression it was everything, but I don't know for sure.

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                        laliz RE: Babyducks Sep 22, 2011 04:54 PM

                        They are not the same. We're talking about this because one person asked? really? Hope you got your chortle.

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