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Trader Joe's Spanakopita

meateater Mar 23, 2012 11:39 AM

Trader Joe's 12pk Spanakopita only has a KD on the box but the company informed me that it is certified by Rabbi Yisroel Kelemer.
I called him and it was confirmed.
Not sure why the Company doesn't use his symbol on the box.

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    Prettypoodle Mar 23, 2012 01:35 PM

    Do you know if it tastes good or not?

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    1. re: Prettypoodle
      DeisCane Mar 23, 2012 01:42 PM

      It is good.

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      ferret Mar 23, 2012 01:49 PM

      Hard to beat Costco's Spanakopita on price or quality.

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        laura10952 Mar 25, 2012 12:50 PM

        Costco's is Kosher?

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          shoelace Mar 25, 2012 01:01 PM

          costco carries one that is kosher b ut its not the housebrand

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            laura10952 Mar 25, 2012 01:53 PM

            thank you

          2. re: laura10952
            ferret Mar 25, 2012 04:23 PM

            The Costco one is tablet-K certified.

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          ganeden Mar 25, 2012 03:06 PM

          I've asked people about Rabbi Kelemer, since I had never heard of him and I live in LA, and nobody I asked knew anything about him.

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            queenscook Mar 25, 2012 04:16 PM

            The Rav I ask kashrut questions of does not recommend this hashgacha.

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              meateater Mar 26, 2012 04:13 PM

              we should really refrain from making comments that an unnamed rabbi for undisclosed reasons disapproves of a certifier.

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                queenscook Mar 26, 2012 05:09 PM

                No one is stopping you from eating it. (For what it's worth, the OU doesn't recommend it either.)

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            PotatoPuff Mar 26, 2012 07:12 AM

            If your rabbi says no on the spanakopita, TJ's also has a great Spinach Pie by the Fillo Factory (it's O-U). It's amazing!

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            1. re: PotatoPuff
              queenscook Mar 26, 2012 01:35 PM

              Does it have feta cheese? I can't stand the stuff!

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                ferret Mar 26, 2012 01:44 PM

                Indeed it does. If there's no feta, it ain't spanakopita.

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                  queenscook Mar 26, 2012 01:53 PM

                  As you can see, I'm no expert on spanakopita . . . probably because I generally avoid Greek food, since it often has feta cheese.

              2. re: PotatoPuff
                helou Mar 26, 2012 04:09 PM

                BJ's has a number of great looking items by Fillo Factory - all OU! It's so tempting to buy them, but it would be insanity in my present pre-Pesach psychosis.

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                  laura10952 Mar 26, 2012 04:24 PM

                  Feta from Israel is delicious!
                  It does NOT stay on the shelf, since it is creamy and not salty
                  Last year, Cosco had passover feta from Israel and it did not taste the same and was salty

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                    ganeden Mar 26, 2012 04:33 PM

                    The Pastures of Eden brand (Tnuva) from Trader Joe (I believe it's still around) is OU-P year-around.

                  2. re: helou
                    shoelace Mar 27, 2012 09:19 PM

                    the bjs quiches were very eh, i wouldnt buy them again, they were really underseasoned

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