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Does anyone buy cheese from Costco? Are they really good deal? Which one do you recommend?

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  1. I'll usually buy the Cabot Vintage Cheddar and the Kirkland branded Parmesan Reggiano Stravecchio there. I've had better cheeses of each style (i.e. Hook's 10 year cheddar) but both are quite good as all purpose cheeses at a good price.

    I'l also buy the Rembrandt gouda, manchego, Stilton (or is it Maytag?), and goat cheese from time to time; once again, there are better cheeses of each style but the ones at Costco are pretty good.

    1. The huge goat cheese turd may well be the best cheese value in San Diego. It is no Humboldt Fog, but nicely flavored and quite affordable at $5 for a huge loaf.

      1. I'm a big fan of the Coastal Cheddar from England, and the big chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano. They were giving out samples last week of a really tasty Grana Padano. All well-priced.

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        1. re: bizzwriter

          These are the same 2 cheeses that I always buy. I adore that Costal cheddar!

        2. I like to grab the sliced pack of Havarti once in a while and spend a week or two overindulging (Havarti on sandwiches, on eggplant parmigiana, in tacos, ...).

          (Oh, and, MrKrispy, thanks for that imagery -- turd, loaf -- I'm off goat cheese for a couple of weeks now.) :)

          1. Here in the Northwest we get Tillamook Cheddar in 2 lb loaves. I love the Vintage White.

            1. They have a goos sellection, I've found point reyes blue there and just picked up a nice French blue veined cheese last week.

              1. Thank you very much for the good information! I will check out this weekend.

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                1. re: mayuchico

                  Look for Scamorza from Italy (2 pack). At 5.99 a lb it's a nice find.

                2. We usually buy a big block of the St Andre Triple Cream. Delicious, with up to 70% butterfat. Always a big hit when we serve it at parties.

                  1. I saw Entremont Comte at a Florida Costco this summer -- Entremont is France's Kraft, but it's pretty decent Comte.

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                    1. re: sunshine842

                      Fyi, there has been a recall on Costco's Bravo Farm's raw milk gouda: http://bit.ly/bZk7cm

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        I agree, the comte is entirely decent when I can't afford cave aged gruyere or the like. Makes good grilled cheese with sauteed apples, and is tasty in buckwheat crepes, especially.

                      2. Ya'll might want to forego some of the cheese at Costco for the moment - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40025070/... - sampling of the raw milk gouda has been linked to a recent e.Coli outbreak. San Diego, CA was specifically mentioned as one of the regional locations

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                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          Gota think the'll pull any suspects off the shelves.

                          1. re: cstr

                            Legally, they have to. However, you still have to account for the product that was purchased and is still sitting in refrigerators across the City & County.

                            1. re: DiningDiva

                              argh, another set back for Raw Milk availability, dammit!

                              1. re: MrKrispy

                                Yeah, as if it wasn't a tough enough market here in America. Raw milk cheeses are becoming fewer and further between, much to my chagrin.

                              2. re: DiningDiva

                                Last year they had a re-call on some salami, I got a card in the mail, within days of the re-call and refund. Can't ask for much more, they're good at using their database to contact their customers.

                                1. re: cstr

                                  I agree that Costco is very good at customer relations.

                            2. re: DiningDiva

                              I actually had some of that cheese they are pulling off of the shelves-- I've eaten more than a pound of it-- actually finished it off right before this story hit the news. A coworker of mine (who knew someone else who had gotten sick) heard that the infections may be linked to the people handing out the cheese samples. Anyway, that cheese was OK, not much better than anything I've gotten from Trader Joe's. If you want a raw milk Gouda you should go for Winchester Gouda, it is local and it tastes better than Bravo. Plus it can't kill you.

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                I had some of those cheese samples a couple of weeks ago..love the cheese roadshow.
                                Does it take weeks to feel those symptons?
                                Yikes!

                              2. I have had many of the cheeses from Costco and found them in some cases excellent. Unfortunately some are only available for a short time. I enjoyed the Beecher's pack of flavored chedder's, the Bravo, the white Stilton with apricots. I really liked the La Tur copycat with the really good price. Quite a few of the cheeses have been medal winners including the Fiscalini cabernet soaked cheddar, Purple Moon. Hi BC.

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                                1. re: wolfe

                                  Yes that's my big beef with Costco too- you like something and can't find it again. Happens with their coffee beans.

                                  1. re: pdxgastro

                                    As of mid-September, the Temecula Costco had 3-year Tillamook cheddar (100th Anniversary) for something like $9 per 2-lb round. Great stuff.

                                    1. re: Steve Green

                                      That stuff is really good. I grew up on Tillamook as the normal cheddar around the house, and that particular 3 year is whopping good. I've gone through three wheels of it this fall, in mac and cheese and with apples for dinner!

                                    2. re: pdxgastro

                                      oh well, what's that saying, "Better to have loved & lost..."

                                  2. I buy their moz/provalone blend. It's sourced local to me, and is roughly 2 bucks a pound. Makes great pizza.
                                    Also recommend their smoked cheeses, and have liked Cabot's hot pepper (huge block, but it's costco. enough to share!)

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                                    1. re: Chowrin

                                      Curious how good of a deal the Cabot cheese blocks can be when the circuit of local supermarket runs them on sale (8oz) for at least $2.50 every week.
                                      Doing the math (1lb = $5.00), it seems Costco would be more expensive and not the place to buy the Cabot cheese, no??

                                      1. re: JamesPapa

                                        That depends of which Cabot cheese you're talking about, I buy their black package. private stock aged over 3yrs, in a 2 lb block for under $9.00 at Costco. Not going to find that at your Mega Mart for $2.50 for 8oz.

                                        1. re: cstr

                                          FWIW, The Black Label Extra Sharp or Vermont Sharp...

                                          Yes, I didn't think about the #1 one or that is aged the longest, supposedly. Just seems like it would be a better deal whether for Cabot or Jarlsberg at the local store vs. Costco. Price-wise even..

                                          1. re: JamesPapa

                                            While not every single item at Costco will beat every other store's price they do offer some serious pricing advantages on certain items. For example, they have a 2-lb bag of shredded chihuahua cheese for $8.99. The same brand is typically about $4 for 8 ounces in other stores. The above-mentioned aged Cabot is also unbeatable as is the Manchego and several others.

                                            1. re: JamesPapa

                                              The Cabot Vermont green label is usually $7.00 for a 2 lb block. I've never seen Jarlsberg priced lower than Costco, consistantly under $5.00 p/lb.

                                      2. just bought the goat cheese roll from Costco for $4.69 for a huge roll of goat cheese and I panko crusted about an inch of cheese and then baked inside a vine ripe tomt. with EVO on a bed of wilted spinach..
                                        sublime

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                                        1. re: Beach Chick

                                          Oooooh that sounds good. Actually, sounds like dinner tonight....

                                          1. re: janeh

                                            super delicious and I lightly wilted the spinach so it kept its form and I spritzed a little bit of lemon with sea salt and fresh ground pepper..
                                            it was simple and incredibly good.
                                            Enjoy janeh!

                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                              BC, just curious, did the panko get soggy? Goat is one of my fav's, when fresh figs are in season I stuff them with goat, wrap in procuitto and grill. Add some vino, a crust of bread with evoo and call it a day.

                                              1. re: cstr

                                                No soggy bottom panko crusted bread crumbs..baked them in the Cuisinart toaster oven for about 5 minutes at 350 and I placed them in a halfed and then semi-quartered vine ripe thing of beauty with the drizzle manizel of evo...had a crunch to them and the new goat cheese they have at Costco is more lemoney then the usual and I can't get enough of baked goat cheese..
                                                love love love figs but never tried it with the panko..sounds good!

                                                Had a fresh baguette and a bottle of wine and was a very happy chicka!

                                        2. Parmegiano Reggiano Stravecchio is the best outside Italy ; it is imported and Costco has the rights to brand it as "Kirkland"..all at a great price...If you like cheddar, the Dubliner is quite tasty...I 've served the goat cheese log at parties and have gotten many compliments..

                                          1. We purchase most of our Cheese's at Costco.Never had a problem and very fair pricing. In out fridge at the moment. Kirkland Parmesan Reggiano along with Gorgonzola.

                                            1. For a while there Costco was carrying a highly aged Beemster Gouda that was outstanding - deep, caramel flavors and lots of the little protein crystals - but it seems to have disappeared. However, they now have a Beemster goat cheese that I really like - kind of like a Drunken Goat, firm (not a chevre) and just a little pungent.

                                              The Parmesan Reggiano Straveccio there is also excellent, especially considering the price.

                                              1. Around St. Patrick's Day, Costco carries one of my favorite cheeses, Cahill's Irish Porter Cheddar, with beautiful dark brown marbling throughout. They sold it by itself back in 2007 or '08, then I didn't see it for a while, and they had it again earlier this year in a 3-pack with a Port Wine Cheddar with pinkish-red marbling and an Irish Whiskey Cheddar. They were okay, but the Porter is the best by far.

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                                                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                  BBVL I saw a porter cheddar yesterday at Costco Richmond Ca. It is in the system. Check your store.

                                                2. I only buy my Reggiano Parmesan Reggiano from Costco - tastes great and a great price.

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                                                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                    me too...a huge block cost about $10
                                                    I make a gnocchi in a pesto cream sauce with meatballs that are to die for and I grate that Reggiano Parm all over and its such a huge huge hit.

                                                  2. We love the Dubliner. Great value and a great taste. It melts well too. It's our 'daily slicer'.

                                                    1. Delice de Bourgogne, a cheese that isn't that easy to find. It's also a triple creme with a lot more personality than St Andre.
                                                      http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-09-05...

                                                      Costco typically stocks more variety this time of year for the holidays, but they sell through quickly.

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                                                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                        oh good Lord. Anytime you can get your mitts on Delice de Bourgogne, do it.

                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                          Especially at about $11/lb. A big honking chunk disappeared very quickly at my work cheese tasting.

                                                          1. re: wolfe

                                                            There are several triple-creme cheese produced in France that are very similar to Delice de Bourgogne. (Pierre Robert and Royale Briarde from the Brie region are two of the best)

                                                            Whenever we have non-French visitors, I have a big chunk of one of these treasures on my cheese plate, as it's not something most people have had, and darned near everyone's eyes roll back in their head when they try it.

                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                              If you like the Delice de Bourgogne then you will probably also like the D'Affinois those 2 are my favorites for parties.

                                                        2. re: Melanie Wong

                                                          Yes, check your cheese sections for holiday specials!

                                                          I regularly buy the Kirkland Parm -- it's DOP so you know it's the real deal and the price is ridiculously good. They also sometimes have DOP buffalo mozzerella that's quite reasonably priced. I buy the Yancy's horseradish cheese, which makes excellent mac and cheese with a kick.

                                                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                            I'm not a Costco member, but I do love noshing on the cheese selections at my friends' holiday parties. So get out there and buy, buy, buy!

                                                        3. Costco used to carry a rather nice fresh ricotta in a three pack of 12 ounce tubs. I believe it was made in the San Diego area by an Italian American company, but the brand name escapes me. At any rate, I haven't seen it for over a year now. The local coop grocery had it too, at a higher price, and for longer than Costco, but they eventually dropped it too. Anyone remember this product?

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                                                          1. re: amyzan

                                                            I've seen fresh ricotta in the new Costco Business Center in SD.

                                                          2. The San Francisco Bay Area stores currently have La Tur, the original, at $5.69 per tub. Run don't walk and check your local store.

                                                            1. The plain goat cheese log, the hard, sharp Parm wedge and a nice size wedge of Jarlsberg swiss go in my cart every visit. I can't find a competititve price on any of these elsewhere.

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                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                My list is that plus Cabot X sharp aged cheedar. You're also correct, haven't found any other store that can beat Costco's price.

                                                              2. I only wish they gave information on the origin of their house brand cheeses. I typically buy the 2 lb. ultra-cheap block of sharp cheddar. Sometimes it is the sort of soft, not terribly flavorful supermarket grade cheese, and sometimes it is harder, more crumbly and more flavorful type of cheese that I grew up on and really love. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell from the package. When it is the former, it is still good for mac-and-cheese, so it doesn't go to waste. I just wish I could tell so I could stock up on the good stuff.

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                                                                1. re: pgreen

                                                                  that sounds like it's worth a comment card ;-)

                                                                  1. re: pgreen

                                                                    Sometimes, if a Costco associate is in the area, I'll ask. I've been pretty sucessful when asking origins about Kirkland wines.

                                                                  2. If you can get it, the Balderson's 6YO white cheddar is awesome.

                                                                    DT

                                                                    1. For the past month my Costco has had really outstanding Stilton at the honkin' great price of $7.99/lb. At first I figured it was a leftover from a road show, but they restocked with a fresher sell-by.

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                                                                      1. re: azveggieguy

                                                                        Costco really increased both the quality and the quantity of their cheese selection for the holidays this year.

                                                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                          Yes, and this increased the quality and quantity of good cheese platters at the holiday parties I attended this year! The one item that seemed not up to standard was the Istara in the small truckle --- drier and not as much flavor development. Cave aged Mauri Taleggio DOP packed in ~ 0.5 kg portions for $8.29/lb. was a great buy in the washed rind category, oozed over the sides of the wooden box. And the Delice de Bourgogne that I mentioned above was a wonderful accompaniment to Champagne.

                                                                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                            I had a bad experience with a Corsican tomme that clearly hadn't been stored properly, but it was an exception, I'm hoping. The first bad cheese in over two years now.

                                                                        2. I’m reviving this thread to tell everyone that last week I found Dodoni brand Greek feta at Costco and it’s an excellent cheese. I don’t know for how long they’ve carried it; this was the first time I’d noticed it. It’s creamier than many fetas; not as dry and crumbly, and not as salty. But the flavor was just superb. I paid $7.19 for 14 ounces.

                                                                          Coincidentally, feta is cheese of the month right now so I went over to the cheese board to see if there was any mention of this brand and both grayelf and delucacheesemonger say it’s the finest of the Greek fetas. I think I’m now spoiled for lesser fetas and I only hope that Costco continues to carry it.

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