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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


                  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.

                      2. I found these cookies a couple of Christmas' ago, but didn't see them this past Christmas. Now they are back: Carr's Ginger Lemon Cremes! I bought three boxes, and one of them will go into the freezer for future times of drought.

                        1. Baba Foods - Southern California and Arizona. Hummus and various other Mediterranean products. I really like their Chipotle hummus. Caveat: most of their products are only available when they do a road show ( http://babafoods.com/where-to-buy-hum... ). I've seen a few of the hummus varieties in the display cases, usually only the plain and the fresh cilantro & jalapeno.

                          They do a lot of San Diego farmers markets, but at a Costco road show their products show up at a ridiculously reduced rate (or more accurately, much larger quantities at their usual rate).

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                          1. re: RB Hound

                            I find Baba's prices are no great bargain, Costco's other Hummus products are similar in flavor and texture and cost much less. I make my own taboulee so, I tend to be a tough critic.

                            1. re: cstr

                              I wasn't too enamored with their taboulee either - it seemed to be better a few years ago when I picked some at a farmers market. By "ridiculously reduced rate", I was comparing their prices at Costco to their prices at farmers markets; not to their prices in other places.

                              I've not seen anybody else with something like the "Chipotle" hummus (which probably is authentic as a Mexican pizza, but I digress), and I really like their black bean hummus as well.

                          2. This is an anit-food find, but I haven't been able to find my favorite cheese at an Austin costco in a few months. It was that white cheese with little flakes of truffles in it, soooo good!

                            In a search for a new cheese I picked up Yancey's Champagne Cheddar. It's pretty gross in my opinion. :-( Any ideas on how to use it?

                            1. I found a slab of sushi-grade smoked salmon at the New Rochelle, NY store last week (in the kosher section, although that was probably only because it was certified kosher, stores without a kosher section would have it with the baked salmon pieces). Price was $17.99/lb, I believe. I did not purchase it because it was short dated and my son's is still away at college and he'd enjoy it but I may buy it later in the month when he gets home. If anyone has tried this, please let me know how it is. The packages were assorted weights but seemed to be a little over a half pound.

                              1. Winchester, VA
                                I saw being demonstrated yesterday an Italian chocolate gelato. It was sensational tasting.
                                However, the list of ingredients were long. My resolution is not to eat a packaged food with over 15 ingredients (or some specifically named ingredients.) Consequently there are a lot of good-tasting foods I miss out eating.

                                1. I don't know how long this has been at Costco because I usually don't get potatoes at Costco (too much bulk), but I decided to buy a bag of River Gold's Gourmet Medley Potatoes. A 5lb. bag of colorful little taters.
                                  I oven roasted a bunch with evoo, s&p and made smashed potatoes with gorgonzola (a tub from Costco).
                                  These potatoes are GREAT!. They popped when I smashed them and had creamy centers with terrific potato flavor.
                                  My supermarket taters are old and anemic in comparison!

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                                  1. re: monavano

                                    monavano, I like those too. I'm thrilled by Costco's commitment to freshness. Bags of garlic bulbs and onions also keep so much longer than smaller bags from supermarkets. And I haven't had any trouble with their avocados either although I balked at first at buying a bag of five of them. Even their sweet potatoes last a good long time. Only thing I can think of that went bad fast for me was the spring mix once in awhile. And if I had really wanted to go to the hassle, I could have returned that spring mix.

                                    1. re: monavano

                                      I really like the bag of colored potatoes, but the ones we bought last time were a little disappointing. Last year, they were fingerlings, and the blues were actually blue inside. They are round potatoes now and the blue are white inside. Hopefully it will switch back to the fingerlings as the season progresses.

                                      We love to grill them whole (or cut in half if they are large).

                                      1. re: MisterBill2

                                        We had to return the latest bag, because they were so very green! I've never seen so much evidence of solanine, and was afraid there wouldn't be enough left to eat once I started cutting into small potatoes. These were from Florida, if the sourcing is different region to region.

                                    2. Bought for the first time Mimolette aged 12 months, at Costco, Winchester, VA


                                      It stunk really bad when I took off the wrapping. I thought, "oh, no - another cheese past its prime."

                                      Scraped and cut off the rind, and it's oh, oh, oh, soooo delicious. I see on Amazon it is twice the price as Costco, plus another huge cost of shipping and handling.

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                                      1. re: Rella

                                        Just had some, that stuff, with a glass of grape and a worthy crust of bagette is pretty darn good.

                                      2. I bought a newly found product yesterday at my Winchester, VA Costco. Organic sprouted dried 3 beans mixed (adzuki, mung & green lentil). Cooking time is minimal compared to other dried beans. They look so interesting. Has anyone tried them yet? I'll be making them tomorrow. I have repackaged and frozen them.

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                                        1. re: Rella

                                          These organic sprouted beans are worth buying again. I served today as an adjunct to homemade hummus, Farmers Market fantastic lettuce, my own garden dill, parsley and green onions on homemade naan. Tomorrow, I'll probably add a little lemon, etc. to make a salad from them with basmati rice.

                                        2. I can't recall the name but bought a round of a triple creme goat "brie" a month or so ago at the Costco in Hoover, AL and finally had it two weeks ago with some stacy's pita chips and it was good. Very rich and creamy as expected.

                                          I really like their tzatziki sauce - large chunks of cucumber and lots of dill. Very refreshing, especially on something like their frozen mahi steaks blackened on the grill.

                                          The non-sabra hummus is also good.

                                          They have some "spicy" bread and butter pickle slices which I assumed would be kind of a take off on Wickles. They are not spicy but super sweet and I have a giant bottle of them now!

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                                          1. re: Dax

                                            Thanks for taking one for the team on those pickles, Dax! I'd been tempted on them myself, but I'm the only one in the house who likes B&B pickles and it would be a lot to get through, even if they were good!

                                            1. re: Jeri L

                                              They're "Famous Dave's" branded and they're not bad. They were sampling them on a recent visit. The only downside is that they take a fairly healthy item (pickle) and sweeten it. Tastes great, but it turns a next-to-no calorie pickle into a lot of calories.

                                              1. re: ferret

                                                They are not bad just far from spicy. For something labeled Famous Dave's Signature Spicy Pickle Chips, I imagined, I don't know, spicy? Wickles are sweet and spicy at the same time. Oh well, I have added some dried sichuan (?) chiles but no spice yet. Maybe I will add some Dave's Insanity next.

                                            2. re: Dax

                                              You can return anything to Costco. Brimg back the pickles and you can get your money back.

                                            3. I recently bought a box of Chicken Burgers with Artichoke and Cheese at Costco. Can't remember the name or brand. I thought they were horrible! Salty, spongey and tasted nothing like chicken. Just awful. DH thought they were OK, so he can take them to work for lunch!
                                              Anyone else try them?

                                              1. I was dismayed a few months ago when Costco, Winchester, VA, discontinued the glass jar of baby artichokes that had no oil; only citric acid added, and possibly salt. They still carry the jarred artichokes with oil, which I do not prefer and will not buy.

                                                We happened to be near a BJ's and had a 60-day pass, and they had a B&J brand which is jarred and no oil. I also found KingArthur bread flour there about $.58 per # (10# sack). I have not seen KA flour at the other Costco warehouses (Manassas and Fairfax) that I frequent for a looong time.

                                                Did I mention that I found a large box of individual roasted seaweed (nori) at Costco, Winchester, VA, and it is so delicious that I bought another large box.

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                                                1. re: Rella

                                                  they were sampling the seaweed at Foster city and it was so good I bought it too!

                                                  1. re: estnet

                                                    no sampling in jacksonville,,,is the nori frozen or cold? Where is it stocked normally?

                                                    1. re: mlshoppy

                                                      It is in a white rectangular box. The box contains a number of small cellophane-like packages of nori sheets, perhaps 10 or so in each package.

                                                      1. re: Rella

                                                        frozen, warm or cold? where is this actually located in your costco?

                                                        1. re: mlshoppy

                                                          It is in an aisle with like products, perhaps quinoa, rice. It is not frozen, cold nor hot; it is room temperature same as rice, quinoa, processed food potatoes, etc. It is in a white box perhaps 2' long. I bought it in Winchester, VA, but have seen it in Frederick, MD.

                                                2. Has anyone in the Boston area seen the spicy chipotle mahi mahi fish strips from Costco.that were mentioned in Home Cooking? I'd like to try them.

                                                  1. Not a new item. but Burrata was back in stock at the Costco in Brookfield, CT on Saturday. I bought 3 containers (since I can never be sure it will be there the next time I am there) and spoke to another member shopping in the aisle and convinced them to buy it too. I figure if they sell enough maybe they will stock it more regularly (or at least I can hope).