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Jun 17, 2011 08:53 AM

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Mine definitely would be premade sushi...I couldn't finish matter how much I tried.

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  1. Big tub of fresh mozz balls in herbs and olive oil. Tasteless and awful.

    Big tub of spinach artichoke dip. Way too oniony, not even worth eating.

    3 pack of costco bacon. AWFUL. I took it back.

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    1. re: rockandroller1

      We love that spinach and artichoke dip. Disappears in a day in my house.

      1. re: ferret

        I heat the spin/art dip and it is really good!

        1. re: ferret

          I really love spin/art dip and have eaten it all over, but something was just really unpleasant about theirs for me. Ah well, to each his own I guess.

          1. re: rockandroller1

            at my costco they sell two different spin/ art is very good , the other NOT

        2. re: rockandroller1

          Those mozz balls are clearly a case of YMMV. We like them a lot. I like to melt a few on a plate, then scrape the puddles onto some nice toasted bread. Instant white pizza.

          1. re: rockandroller1

            I haven't tried the spinach artichoke, but didn't like the spinach dip with water chestnut at all.

            1. re: rockandroller1

              I agree that the mozz balls in herbs and oil are not very good (and I actually bought them a second time recently when my daughter asked for them), the texture was hard and unpleasant. HOWEVER, I found that putting a few of them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds made them nice and soft and they tasted much better. I see that someone else here suggested melting them.

              1. re: rockandroller1

                I like the Spinach Artichoke Jalapeno one ....

                1. re: hawkeyeui93

                  Us too. Especially when warmed ....

                2. re: rockandroller1

                  I've been fine with the Costco bacon. Usually buy the reduced sodiu.

                  1. re: rockandroller1

                    As much as I would bleed little red c's if I were cut, I has the sane experience with the same items and kurkkand chocolate almands - they had a rose or floral after taste so I took them back.

                    1. re: rockandroller1

                      I'm so with you on the bacon, 3.5 years later. It is completely tasteless.

                    2. Got some Phillips branded frozen barramundi fillets that tasted very fishy

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                      1. re: redfish62

                        Yes, the same experience - ugh. A friend of mine tried them as well with the same reaction.

                        1. re: Rene

                          I threw the bag away after one taste. I like Phillips crab cakes, though, mostly crab, not carbs.
                          We love the spinach/artichoke dip heated, it's VERY garlicy. Had those mozzarella balls once and threw them away, we couldn't stomach them. Their fresh mozzarella is very rubbery, too.

                        2. re: redfish62

                          That's too bad, redfish. Recently I bought frozen Tilapia, and I've decided never to buy it again. It just tastes too 'muddy' to me. I've read a variety of comments about Tilapia - frozen, fresh, etc., but it's not worth it to me to keep trying. I'm sticking to frozen Cod and Sole from Costco. I'd love to buy Halibut, but it's a bit pricey for me. :)

                        3. The artichoke and cheese chicken burgers. The texture was more spongy than meaty, salty and it just plain didn't taste good. And I can eat some junk food!

                          1. I just took a chance on the orzo salad from the refrigerated case near the salsa, bruschetta, hummus, etc. It contained orzo, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, feta cheese, and herbs, in a red wine vinaigrette. Sounds awesome, right? I'd totally order that at a restaurant as a side order (or even a main course) with a description like that. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste very good. Extremely salty and overly pungent, and I usually LOVE vinegary pasta salads. It was $7 for a pretty big container, so I'm going to eat it all, little by little.

                            From the same case, the plain hummus that isn't Sabra brand was really bland and boring. The only Sabra flavors Costco carries around here are pine nuts or roasted garlic, which aren't my favorites. I decided I'm better off just buying smaller containers of the flavors I like (including plain) when Publix puts them on sale.

                            I didn't love the huge bag of croutons either, but I eventually made it through those. I think they were bruschetta croutons from FreshGourmet, but I could be wrong. Definitely came in a white bag. They were too hard and dry, very inferior to Pepperidge Farm and Texas Toast croutons.

                            I absolutely love the fresh mozzarella balls in herbs and oil, though!

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                            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                              I looked at that orzo salad last week, Voodoo Lou, and although me & orzo are pretty tight, the container looked too soupy. Sad to hear it wasn't tasty but not entirely surprised.

                              And a side note, I bet you could chickpea the shizzle out of what you've been buying, by making your own hummus. Tailored to your tastes and so much cheaper. Please do consider it. :)

                              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                Same here! Should've known when a neighbor gave it to me after she said she didn't like it. It was extremely oily and goopy.

                                I'm also going to add the lobster salad that is premade. Had it two weeks ago and gave it away . So, so salty. Such a shame--it wasn't cheap.

                                1. re: gloriousfood

                                  I ended up returning the horrible orzo salad yesterday, along with a really bad container of pre-sliced mango that we usually love. I feel guilty returning perishable food that will immediately be thrown away, but both were extremely disappointing and not cheap. In the past, I forced myself to eat the entire containers of crappy mango-peach salsa and bland, gluey hummus, but from now on, I'll take advantage of Costco's liberal return policies when food is just BAD.

                                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                    I don't go out of my way to return things to Costco or to TJs for that matter either. But it's not just (good) customer service, it's good business. They use that information to deal with their suppliers resulting, hopefully, in more satisfied customers, increased sales, and increased profit. So don't hesitate.

                                    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                      no need to feel bad....if you dont return it they dont know that a problem exsist. Thats why they have Quality Control.

                                    2. re: gloriousfood

                                      I agree on the lobster salad but i just put it in a colander and wash off the bad "stuff". I then re-make the salad to my liking.

                                    3. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                      The freshgourmet ones are fantastically greasy. MUCH MUCH better than pepperidge farm. which suck.
                                      the freshgourmet ones have flavors, and garlic oil!

                                      Also, I throw them in with dressing. I EXPECT them to stand up to the dressing. HATE soggy bread.


                                      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                        We bought the roadshow "BABA" brand hummus, spicy pepper (had to buy 3), and just today, had to go to another CostCo for refills. Just delicious. Wish they'd carry the Baba brand regularly.

                                        1. re: pine time

                                          I hate when that happen, they have a kiosk and you think the item will be in the self next time so you only buy one. Only on your next trip that was a test that didn't get the numbers they wanted so they do not carry the item you like

                                      2. Just went thru a package of cremini mushrooms. Used them before the sell-by date but they'd already started to go slimy and had a fishy smell. Will stick to buying them bulk at the grocery.

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                                        1. re: azveggieguy

                                          How were they packaged? If in plastic film, transfer them into a paper bag (so the moisture doesn't condense & make the 'shrooms slimy & mushy), then store in your veggie bin. I also buy in bulk (from a local mushroom farm) & they'll last a couple weeks some times.