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Jan 25, 2011 05:47 AM

Care to share your Costco grocery list?


I'm curious to know what groceries people buy at Costco. I'm only feeding a family of two so I don't normally try new things at Costco as my storage space is quite limited. Is there anything at Costco that is a must-try?

My usual Costco shopping list includes:

- beef tenderloin
- mixed greens salad in a box
- strawberries
- pineapple
- Piroline chocolate-hazelnut cookies
- Kawartha Ice Cream - Moose Tracks
- Japanese green tea
- whole black pepper
- sweet potato fries

I'd love to know what you buy!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. coffee - the green bag Kirkland brand
    all bran buds - cheaper than anywhere else
    hummus - we easily go through 2 containers/week
    mixed salad greens
    sometimes the Kirkland Kettle chips, but i try to resist
    Ghiradelli brownie mix
    mixed nuts
    I always check the cheese case, usually there is at least one good deal
    parmigiano reggiano - I usually split a big block with my mother
    love their chicken pot pie when we have family over

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    1. re: cheesymama

      Campari tomatoes (the only decent ones in my area available in the winter)
      Berries -- the blackberries are usually the best deal
      Haricot Vert
      Spring mix or Romaine hearts
      Mushrooms - button and baby portabellas
      Lamb chops
      Rotisserie chicken (often)
      Marconi almonds
      Cream puffs (our store still has them, but in a smaller package
      Aidells chicken meatballs
      Lobster or crab dip
      Fresh salmon
      Smoked salmon
      Their chocolate layer cake (not the sheet cake)
      Brownie Bites
      Sometimes the Kettle chips
      Cheese: Brie, Comte, and fresh Parmesan
      Large size Pom Juice (refrigerated section)
      Their lentil thingee - somewhere between a soup and a stew - V.good
      Quiches and stuffed grape leaves in the refrigerated section. Grape leaves are particularly good if they have them
      Texmati brown rice
      Manitou dried mushroom blend
      Vanilla extract
      Frozen shrimp wonton soup with noodles

      For the Dogs
      Kirkland Weight Control dog food
      Kingdom Pets Chicken Jerky
      Pig Ears ( but haven't seen them lately)

    2. Boneless Chicken Thighs
      Jarlsberg Cheese
      Liberty Yogurt (regular or greek, depending on that week's price and preference)
      Turkey Pepperoni Sticks
      Frozen Broccoli florets

      1. butter
        Blue Hill Bay pickled herring
        sea salt
        boneless pork chops
        boneless leg of lamb
        frozen shrimp
        mixed nuts
        assorted crackers (can't recall the brand off the top of my head)
        cream puffs
        rotisserie chicken (most all their other prepared foods have been disappointments)

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        1. re: JungMann

          You don't like the chicken salad, noodle soup, or pot pie they make from their rotisserie chickenS?

          Shopping for one, plus dogs:
          Kirkland Chicken & Rice kibble
          Kirkland canned tuna
          store-baked 2-pack breads: roasted garlic loaf or multigrain
          store-made chicken salad
          store-made chicken pot pie
          vitamins and supplements
          cheap wine for cooking
          potatoes and onions (only in winter when it's cool enough to store for at least a month)
          Kirkland-Sunsweet prunes
          Dubliner, Paneer, and Grana Padano cheeses
          Ling-Ling frozen peking ravioli (chicken&veg)
          Frozen berries

          1. re: greygarious

            I haven't tried their chicken salad or pot pie. I thought their noodle soup was bland (which was surprising since the rotisserie is so salty). Are the chicken salad and pot pies any better?

            1. re: JungMann

              Of the three, I'd rank the soup last. Needs more onion and the noodles and carrots are too soft. The saltiness of the chicken comes through in the pot pie but not in the chicken salad. Still, the pot pie filling is delicious. I have to freeze slices because it's so large. I have never had the chicken caesar salad.

              1. re: greygarious

                Just got the soup last night, I've had it before so I know what to do. Added onion, garlic, some white meat from the rotisserie chicken I also bought, and a little bit of the organic frozen corn I also buy from Costco. The soup was for a sick family member who loves to have gallons of soup when he is sick. I know fussing with food that is supposed to be heat and eat might be losing some of the point, but I can't resist playing with my food anyway. Used the rest of the rotisserie chicken to toss in the leftover chicken tikki masala that I also got from Costco. Anyone try the prepared chili that has been appearing next to the soup?

                1. re: greygarious

                  That pot pie is terrific and HUGE! Definitely have to freeze partS of it.

                  We've been feeding the Nature's Domain dog food for about a year I'm guessing. You might be impressed with the ingredients.


                  1. re: c oliver

                    Isn't that a lot of potato and low protein for a dog? I buy Wellness Core grain free for my cats that's 50% protein or thereabouts. Subbing spuds for grains is kind of weasel wording.

                    1. re: mcf

                      I gather that's about standard protein for dog food. In addition to potatoes there's

                      "Salmon meal, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, potato protein, potato fiber, natural flavor, flaxseed, ocean fish meal, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid."

                      Our vet likes it and the dogs are healthy and not overweight.

                      1. re: mcf

                        go to the Wellness web site, they've had a voluntary recall of their pet food, specifically cat food.

                        1. re: Atochabsh

                          Thanks, fortunately it doesn't apply to what I'm feeding my cats, which is dry Wellness Core grain free.

                  2. re: JungMann

                    I think their chicken salad is way too salty

                    1. re: Tari

                      That's funny b/c I thought their chicken salad was extremely bland and boring!

                2. re: JungMann

                  I recall seeing the cream puffs maybe two years ago but they have been discontinued at our local Costco. My mother in law use to request them for her birthday.

                3. Pork ribs
                  Boneless pork chops
                  Multigrain crackers, the gluten free ones with sesame seeds
                  Cheese -- parm, old cheddar, jalapeno jack
                  Tzatziki -- delicious and so much easier than making it myself
                  Frozen edamame
                  Hellman's mayo
                  Frozen sea scallops

                  1. 6 pound bag of whey protein powder
                    Bottle of Vitamin D3
                    Bottle of fish oil capsules

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                    1. re: redfish62

                      redfish62, is that it? You pay a membership fee for those items?