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MartyB Jun 17, 2011 08:49 AM

I just bought sushi from Costco. Avocado Supreme Roll and Rainbow Vegetable roll. 16 large pieces for $7.99 Looks beautiful. How long does sushi last? I usually eat mine that day and sometimes push it for the next. This one has a date on it of 6/23/11 could that be right?

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    ferret Jun 17, 2011 09:03 AM

    That's got all kinds of wrong written on it. Sushi is not meant to last. What you're buying is some kind of rice roll concoction. I'd venture to say that it won't be any less edible on 6/23 than it is today.

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      craigcep Jun 17, 2011 09:26 AM

      Is there fish in it? Or just avocado and veggies?

      1. Achshav Jun 17, 2011 09:46 AM

        Which Costco???

        If it is just veggies then it should be OK (except the Avocado will probably turn brown?)

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          queenscook Jun 17, 2011 10:50 AM

          The rice won't hold up well either. Sushi rice will dry out within a day, or certainly two.

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            ferret Jun 17, 2011 11:20 AM

            You're basing this on a fresh sushi preparation, this is not a product made in-store for same-day consumption. It's made somewhere else, is intended for use at a later date and has a designated shelf life. It looks like maki, but it's not.

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            MartyB Jun 17, 2011 12:46 PM

            Lawrence. No real fish in these. This is no issue for me since I don't eat (or eat reluctantly) ones with raw fish. I usually buy California, Avocado or vegetable rolls.

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              shoelace Jun 17, 2011 02:10 PM

              where in the store was it? where was it from? who was the hashgacha

              can you post a pic of the package

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                bagelman01 Jun 17, 2011 02:43 PM

                Marty>>>
                My wife and youngest daughter buy this from Costco all the tome. It typically has a 5 day refrigerator shelf life.
                In fact most of it is processed in California and then shipped here to the east coast. The vinegar in the sticky rice helps extend the shelf life and stabilizes the product.

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                  queenscook Jun 17, 2011 04:20 PM

                  Why anyone would buy sushi made 3000 miles away instead of fresh is beyond me. Forget 3000 miles . . . even 10 miles! I can't imagine it tastes the same as freshly made, and there's certainly no dearth of fresh sushi available in NY. If one lived in a place where there was no fresh sushi available, perhaps, but here?

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                    jeffrosenbaum Jun 17, 2011 04:32 PM

                    With all due respect you forget that to many cost is more important (or atleast as important) as taste. I would prefer an item that tastes better and needs no processing. I am not trying to attack others who view the issue differently.

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                      shoelace Jun 17, 2011 04:50 PM

                      cost is certainly important to me, but 7.99 for what seems like 2 vegetable rolls, according to the description, isnt so much cheaper than we get it

                      the lunch specials at most of the local places (like annies) are like 10 bucks for 2-3 rolls, depending on if you get veggie or fish, and they come with soup

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                        MartyB Jun 18, 2011 07:28 PM

                        This isn't really an issue of cost. If I want sushi it means that I must trek on over to one of the stores to make the purchase. It would be real convenient to have sushi that has a usable shelf life so if I am in the mood of a few pieces of sushi it is as close as my frig.

                        Unfortunately the one that I bought on Friday didn't make it past shabbos lunch. I will try again and state to my family that no one touches it until a few days go by to see if the shelf life is valid.

                        I love The Chozen’s sushi and noticed that their rolls were cheaper than Gourmet Glatt or Brachs so I figured that on my way home from work I would pick up a roll. Problem was that it took more than 20 minutes to get it, same for Wok Tov so my only options are the prepared ones from the various supermarkets. I don’t expect the Costco ones to taste anywhere near the freshly prepared ones but it would be real cool to be able to buy a few packages on Sunday to keep in the frig for the times you want a few pieces of sushi but don’t want to make a special trip just to pick it up and then have to eat it before it dries up.

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                    SoCal Mother Jun 18, 2011 11:14 PM

                    So why don't they sell it in California?

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                      bagelman01 Jun 19, 2011 05:14 AM

                      All Costco locations get to choose theri own merchandise assortment except for some advertised items (in theor magazine and on the website) and those nationally contracted such as Bounty or Brita (I had a contract with Costco in the 1990s). It may be that in areas with a large Asian population (and as California is Pacific rim) it does not make sense to carry sushi>>>too much local competition at low prices. Here in Connecticut, the Costco sushi is leff than half the price of supermarket sushi. Costco has to compete with mass market trief pricing, this item just happens to be kosher, it is not carried just to sell to the kosher consumer.
                      The package is of the size that my 14 year old will typically get 3 days lunches out of it and it remains fresh

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                seikoloco Jun 17, 2011 04:47 PM

                Is this available in other Costcos? I have not seen this, but then again, was not aware of it. Anyone else seen this? Or is it only in Lawrence???

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                  ettilou Jun 18, 2011 07:40 PM

                  I bought this a month or so back, and the avacdo didn't turn (that) brown, and it looked the same after a few days. However, it is solely my opinion, but the taste was horrible ! It has a parever cream cheese added to the rolls and my kids thought it was horrible...again, only my opinion. If it was a regualr veggie roll it would definately be worht it.

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                    IssacGlatstein Jun 21, 2011 08:18 AM

                    The Costco near my house has a huge Kosher section. I go there all the time!

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                      MartyB Jun 21, 2011 07:07 PM

                      Went to Costco tonight and they had only two packages left, one was Avocado roll and the other California roll. Since my favorite is California roll I will be able to comment - also the sushi had the same 6/23/11 date that the one that I bought last Friday had so when I eat the sushi tomorrow we are definitely not talking about a freshly prepared one.

                      I hate Costco, I went there for a container of milk and walked out spending $140. Wouldn't happen at Brachs or Gourmet Glatt, but then again they don't carry 1.5Tb USB 3.0 backup drives on sale either :)

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                        MartyB Jun 22, 2011 03:48 PM

                        I had the Costco (Sushi Plus) California roll tonight. Not bad at all. This is a definite keeper for me. The only problem is what I call the Costco problem. I am getting poor saving money. If I buy the sushi I will wind up eating more sushi so any cost savings goes out the window. As an example. I want watermelon for sabbos I can go to Gourmet Glatt or Brachs and buy 1/4 of a watermelon or pay less per pound by buying a whole melon by Costco. Bottom line, Costco is cheaper in a price per pound but when the smoke clears I would up paying more for watermelon by buying the Costco one. Will I finish it - yes, but I really didn't need a whole. Same here, I will buy more sushi, pay more in the long run for sushi for the week - but I do so like sushi and hate to constantly run out to the store to pick up a roll that must be eaten in a day. Sigh!

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                          queenscook Jun 22, 2011 06:11 PM

                          People like you are Costco's target customers, and how they keep their prices low. They know very well that most people will not go in for just one thing, and they bet on the fact that you will walk out having spent $100 or so when you planned to only buy $8 sushi (or whatever).

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                            MartyB Jun 23, 2011 04:19 AM

                            I have to work on it. Sometimes it is not the money itself but the principle that drives me to Costco or wherever. I have this aversion to being ripped off, I just can't help it. If I walk into say Gourmet Glatt and want to buy say milk (not cholev yisroel) and they want to charge me $2.99 for a half a gallon and Costco charges $2.79 for a full gallon I feel that a price gouge is at play rather than a simple case of volume purchase. So out of principle I will go to Costco - I can't help it.

                            Our economic system is one based on supply and demand. Price gets checked on precisely activities such as what I am doing. Charge too much and I will go elsewhere if not prices will spiral out of control. Just like going to vote, everyone must do their part. One can say “Hey my one vote doesn’t count so why bother” or “I can afford the inflated price so why bother to go out of my way to save *myself* a few dollars”. There are plenty of people out there who have it hard, are on fixed incomes and I feel that I have to do my part by reacting to vendors who are forever testing the waters to see just how far they can get away with raising prices.

                            Mind you, I really like Gourmet Glatt, it is my primary store where I do my shopping. They have improved immensely, have many sales but if they try to throw a bad pitch, I wont swing and will go elsewhere.

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                          mrotmd Jun 22, 2011 06:43 PM

                          I do have a problem with Sushi made a week before. The common denominator in Sushi is the Vinegar rice. One problem with sushi is that some cuts of fish are inherently expensive, hence the high cost of those pieces. For a foodie on budget, get fresh sushi with less expensive ingredients. Save costco for gigantic boxes of soap. Kosher sushi is ot that complicated. Stay away from shelfish, mollusk and other water animals that are treif. It still leaves plenty of choices. It is a forum for foodies, not for Halachic discussions. For the "kosher light" crowd, a sushi place and order only fish is fine. My sushi chef knows what to stay away of. I do go to Costco for other stuff

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