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Mar 17, 2012 07:47 PM

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

I saw packages of Meal Mart spare ribs at Costco the other day. I am not a fan of much of anything from Meal Mart but I was wondering if anyone has tries them. I believe that they were Kosher for Passover.

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  1. They are surprisingly good. There is some gristle on them, but they are soft and flavorful, with a barbecue taste.

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    1. re: hanistor

      I agree. I've had them a number of time and they were very tasty, and the meat was tender and tasted freshly made.
      One thing, though, be aware that they're sold by weight, so check the package size. They're spare ribs, so there are bones in there. Like alll spare ribs - not just Meal Mart, always - you want to be sure that you'll have enough meat, depending on how many people you're serving, and whether it's the appetizer of the main course.
      I find the same thing when I order spare ribs fron the Chinese restaurant. Even when I get them from the butcher I buy a lot so that there will be enough.

      1. re: helou

        They also had a lamb breast for Passover. I bought one. Anybody tried that?

        1. re: sharonfl

          I have used the Meal Mart ribs for our son. Sometimes they are meaty and sometimes not. For me, it is a quick food that I heat on the stove and it is something that he enjoys

          The ribs come with plenty of liquid to recook, a slab of hard fat, which you throw out but it is pretty good for the son. It is an excellent mom I am hungry!

          Lamb breast at Cosco? I use Nanuet, NY as you can tell by my zip code.
          I will call them in the morning to see if they have any.
          I have already purchased my roasts and chicken for Passover but I could always add more.

    2. They are good but the 65 grams of fat deters me from buying them again.

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        1. re: DeisCane

          I honestly do not think that it is that high

          If you purchase a salami, yes the fat grams would be accurate
          ribs that have been cooked and there is very little or any fat on the ribs
          also when you open the package, you remove the hard slab of cold fat

            1. re: queenscook

              on the ribs, one large package for one, it all depends what ribs are inside.

              1. re: laura10952

                The point of my question was ounce amount; saying one rib really means very little. (And I actually don't have any idea what you mean when you say "one large package for one.")

            2. re: DeisCane

              I haven't used the product yet, but I wonder if they are counting the fat in the broth. I think a previous post on this thread said there was fat on top which of course would be discarded. Short ribs aren't diet food, but probably not that high.

              1. re: sharonfl

                I agree. They have to put all the fat content in as if you'll be eating the every last bit of the fat. Even when I make ribs at home I cut off a lot of the fat, and cut away whatever's solidified once it's cold.

          1. Has anyone determined what the shelf life in the refrigerator is for the Meal Mart products (ribs, stuffed cabbage, turkey breast, etc.) at Costco? They come refrigerated, but what do they taste like if you freeze them and defrost them?

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            1. re: Arinoam

              I have frozen the stuffed cabbage with no problem but I let it defrost before I cook it. Turkey breast not a hit in my house so I never bought it again. As for the ribs, never get a chance to freeze them, as soon as anyone sees them, that's what they want to eat!

              1. re: Arinoam

                The frozen stuffed cabbage is great. Can't testify to the other items as I've never bought them. Why do the spare ribs seem to be attracting people? Buy raw spare ribs, cover with BBQ sauce, cover the pan and bake at 400 til they're falling off the bone. Then uncover for a while to get the crispy edges. YUM. And way cheaper.

                1. re: DebbyT

                  No need to freeze Meal Mart ribs they have an expiration date on the side.

                  Why do we use the ribs when we can make it ourselves?
                  Quick food for a hungry som
                  You do not see the fat, so it is easier to eat!
                  I love making fresh off the bone and do make it
                  when they are really hungry it is much cheaper than kosher take out

                  1. re: DebbyT

                    "Convenience" foods are appropriately named.

                    1. re: DebbyT

                      Why do we buy the cooked spare ribs? Because some of us don't have easy access to a kosher butcher, and even if we do the price would probably be higher than buying a package at Costco.

                  2. They were selling brisket and pot roast as well as turkey breast ready made - all kosher for passover. I bought one of each to taste and see if any of them are good. I really don't want to do much cooking for pesach so I am looking for ready made options. Considering what is being charged to go away for pesach , even if I buy mostly ready made and take out I am way ahead of the game.

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                    1. re: MartyB

                      So far the turkey was excellent, the pot roast not bad. Tonight it is the brisket. I wanted to buy the spare ribs but the calorie content scared me away. My wife really liked the chopped liver, but that is too easy to make (even for me) that I will be making it myself for pesach. I didn't buy the chicken soup since that too is one of the items that I plan on making myself. I don't usually like to patchke in the kitchen but the economics of scale is too compelling. I make a HUGE pot of chicken soup which will last me the entire yom tov.

                      1. re: MartyB

                        Had the brisket Friday night, quite good. This will definitely be one or two nights of mains for me on pesach together with the turkey. Looks like pesach will be easier for me this year - Thank you Costco (and Meal Mart)!

                    2. Had both the ribs and brisket. Ribs were fine, tasty, fatty and succulent. Brisket was pretty bad.

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                      1. re: wallstbnkr

                        when they first started carrying the meal part packaged meal thingies, we had a chicken with mushrooms thing

                        it was maybe the worst packaged food ive ever had

                        the friend i tried them with commented that they tasted like what he imagined crocs would taste

                        BUT, my parents love the stuffed cabbage (i havent had it- bc im not a stuffed cabbage person) so im hopeful about the spare ribs i just bought for the second days

                        1. re: shoelace

                          I use the stuffed cabbage but add my own sauce and cook it for a really long time. It really makes it better.

                          1. re: pitagirl

                            im not a stuffed cabbage person, in general, i like my veggies crunchy

                          2. re: shoelace

                            Hmm.. we just bought the turkey stuffed with quinoa in mushroom gravy today. The brand was Mon Cuisine, but I see from the back of the package that it's Meal Mart. They also had a chicken stuffed with wild rice. I hope it's not as bad as what you had!

                          3. re: wallstbnkr

                            Just the opposite for us. Brisket has been great. Ribs were disgusting.

                            We also like the stuffed cabbage. The Passover variety isn't as good as the normal, the meat mixture is kind of mushy. The normal stuff is good. Not like my mother used to make, but that's no longer an option and my wife doesn't have any interest in making them.