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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2011 [old]

Just some "spring cleaning" here, rebooting the thread. To save your fellow Hounds the trouble of seeking new products in vain at their local Costcos, please include the location of your store when commenting on products.

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  1. In Winchester, VA, they had carrots again, but they were not the usual organic which last a long time for me, even in a package of 10#, they will keep; that is if you keep after them, cooking them every day!

    But, sorrowfully, I did not buy the conventional ones; the color didn't seem bright enough for me (packaged or grown in Bakersfield, CA).

    The red onions that they have here for the last couple of weeks are too small to bother with (grown in Mexico.)

    I bought the Peruvian sweet onions instead for the third week in a row. I'm anxious for a medium-large firm red onion.

    The Clementines that are from Israel were still here today. They will last well for two weeks. They are more delicous to me than Naval California oranges.

    1. the Hawaii Kai (east Oahu/Honolulu) Costco had Columbus Pastrami. As the only other pastrami I have been able to find are Boars Head and Prima Taglia, I was excited to find an alternative. It is presliced, comes in a two pound package, and is about half the price than the other two.

      Maybe if you live in Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles you have better options, but this sure tasted good to me, especially at about $4.50 per pound. BH and PT run about $10/$12 per pound here. Had a nice peppery 'crust' and the inside didn't just taste like salt. Hope they continue to carry it.

      1. In So. CA they are carrying buffalo rib eyes, ground buffalo and buffalo sausage.

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        1. re: cstr

          Rather envious here...

          Question: Costco's website has a "What's new at Costco" section where they list new items. Do they list grocery items like buffalo meat or are we all forever doomed to constantly check for new items via other methods like this subject and running through the store?

          1. re: ediblover

            "Offering thousands of items you won't find in your local Costco" is the subtitle of the Costco.com website. I no longer use the site at all.

            1. re: greygarious

              Don't write it off completely, there's also a tab labeled "In the Warehouse" which lists (once you select the store(s) that interest you) new items in the warehouses, as well as upcoming special events.

              1. re: ferret

                I tried your specific instructions again; I've done it before, but all I get is the 5 lists of nearby locations and no way to click on my specific location. Bummer.

                Yesterday, at our Winchester, VA location, they were demonstrating the creme brule. I had thought the previous week that I wanted to try it and decided to wait. I'm glad I waited; it didn't taste very good to me. Others around me (a couple of people) seemed to like it.

                1. re: Rella

                  First click the In the Warehouse link at the top right of the home page. Then click the middle right box on the page that has appeared. From there you will get to your specific warehouse.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Thanks for your reply. I do understandwhat you are saying to click, and I do get my specific warehouse. But only as a location with numerous others within my vicinity; None are 'clickable."

                    1. re: Rella

                      when you get the list of 5 locations, there should be a little circle/button to the left of each one. click on the little circle next to your location to highlight it, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "continue." that should take you to the list of new products at your store.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Thanks for your persistence. Whew! It was the "scroll down to he bottom of the page and click "continue" that I didn't do; thinking it should just click onto the proper page.

                        Thy name is "Patience."

                        I notice that there is no Food category -- :--) yes, I scrolled down to the bottom of the page LOL.

                      2. re: Rella

                        Yes they are - click the gray circle to the left of the particular location, then go to the bottom of the page and click "continue" - the list of new items by department will come up.

                        1. re: greygarious

                          I had finished to the end, but there were no "Food" items that were new. I'll give a look back in a few days, maybe they'll come up with some new food. Possibly because our store is not known for many items that even warehouses nearer Northern Virginia will have.

                          Thanks agin.

                          1. re: Rella

                            i've only checked the new product listings for my location a few times, but i've never seen a food category either.

            2. re: cstr

              They used to carry various cuts of bison as well as the ground meat, all from a Colorado company called High Plains Bison, at the Johnson county, KS locations. They didn't sell well enough, apparently, though, which was disappointing. So, no more bison in the KS stores. I hope you have better luck. Is it grass fed bison, or does the company finish the animals on the feedlot?

            3. Lindeman's raspberry Lambic at Costco #1 in Seattle. $7.99 a bottle, as I recall.

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                  1. re: Jeri L

                    750? That's as big as a wine bottle. Never saw Lindeman Framboise in that size. Will have to investigate this weekend here in the Great Midwest.

                1. re: Jeri L

                  sadly that lambic is sweetened with a ton of extra sugar.

                2. Yesterday 4-15-11 at Costco I tasted David's cheesecake. I'm assuming it is this cheesecake at

                  http://davidscookies.com/chocolate-ca...

                  It was sinfully delicious and I recall that some time ago I bought the chocolate marble cheesecake and couldn't rest until it was all finished - even though it was in the freezer. Not wanting to do this again, but I can't get it off my mind today.

                  I notice that it is a whopping big price online of $44.95 (I don't know about shipping charges.) I can't recall that it was anywhere's near that price at Costco (Winchester, VA). I'm (sort-a) glad that they will be through demonstrating by the time of my next Costco shopping trip.

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                  1. re: Rella

                    David's was sampling this weekend at my Costco near Philly Even though I have half a mountain berry tart and a good portion of a chocolate truffle cheesecake in my freezer (about 15.00 each) somehow a sampler slipped into my cart. They will still be there tomorrow sampling and I am trying to resist going back for their new crumb cake and raspberry crumb cake (ten dollars each)

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      They'll be around again by the time you've used up the ones in the freezer; not to worry.

                      If you do go, check to see if they do have a list ingredients on the box; surely they do, but the line-up was too long for me to look. I know the list must be a mile long, and there is a mile long list of ingredients I don't eat. Pathetic in this case for something that tastes so fantastic.

                      I'm not asking for you to get any ingredients for me, just give a look-see if there is one. There will have to be, I'm sure.

                      1. re: Rella

                        Hmm. I think I threw out the colorful picture on the top of the sampler box. On the thick and sturdy cardboard box that the cake comes in (I reuse these to organize stuff in my freezer) it says "allergen alert: this product is made in a facility that manufactures products containing one or all of the following ingredients: wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans and milk" I'll do some more searching in a bit rella

                        1. re: givemecarbs

                          Thank you for your information, givemecarbs.

                          And thanks for the information to call the 800- number on their website. I'll do that tomorrow.
                          I'll not ask about calories :-))

                          1. re: Rella

                            Found them! Just had to look on the underside of the box. The box says fragile this side up, but the sampler is frozen so no biggie. There are a lot of ingredients and info on each kind of cake in the sampler.

                        2. re: Rella

                          @Rella, i'll bet you can just call the 800# on their website and ask.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            I called David's this morning. The answering machine said, We are closed for passover until April 27.

                            I guess all those goodies will have to wait.

                            1. re: Rella

                              Any luck yet Rella? Found some scrumptious chocolate dipt strawberries in the refrigerated tub with the cheesecakes. Twelve fat juicy strawberries generously dipped in chocolate for only 9.99. This was at my Montgomeryville PA store.

                              1. re: givemecarbs

                                Ah, yes. I called. It has ingredients that I stay away from.

                                I will not enumerate those ingredients here for fear of controversy :-))

                                1. re: givemecarbs

                                  Costco prepares these in their bakery dept. They're excellent.