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Costco food finds - 3rd quarter 2012 [old]

greygarious Jul 3, 2012 07:13 AM

For July-September. Since inventory varies a lot from store to store, please remember to include the location of your Costco.

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    treb Oct 7, 2012 07:20 PM

    Just saw and tasted Kirkland chocolate chips, really good and a great value. 51% cacao.

    1. greygarious Oct 5, 2012 04:47 PM

      New quarter, new thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872301

      1. biondanonima Oct 1, 2012 06:08 PM

        Not exactly a find, but has anyone bought the Cabot 3-year cheddar in the black plastic wrapper recently? This was always my favorite grocery store cheddar - I loved its sharp flavor and crumbly texture. I just bought a block for the first time in probably a year, though, and it has changed drastically. The texture is now similar to a standard Kraft cheddar (i.e. rubbery) and the flavor is quite mild. It's not horrible, but it's nothing like it was. A fluke, or has the product changed?

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        1. re: biondanonima
          treb Oct 2, 2012 05:20 PM

          I purchase the aged , in the black wrapper, regularly. Very sharp, a bit crumbly and not rubbery at all.

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            biondanonima Oct 3, 2012 09:13 AM

            Yeah, that's what I expect from this product but it's definitely not what I got this time. Maybe I'll return it and try again...

            1. re: biondanonima
              coney with everything Oct 4, 2012 05:27 AM

              try the tillamook in the black wrapper if you haven't already

              1. re: coney with everything
                treb Oct 4, 2012 06:22 AM

                IMO, Tillamook is not nearly as sharp or flavorful as Cabot,

          2. re: biondanonima
            splatgirl Oct 3, 2012 09:37 AM

            try the Kerrygold cheddar in the parchment wrapper instead.

            1. re: splatgirl
              mcf Oct 3, 2012 09:58 AM

              Do you mean the Dubliner? We LOVE that, have for years. But it's not a straight cheddar taste. I think we started buying the Cabot cheddar in the white package not long ago, can't recall why, but it also used to be in black wax.

              1. re: mcf
                splatgirl Oct 3, 2012 10:42 AM

                yesyes. It has the texture biondanonima described which is why I suggested it. I buy three bricks at a time. I hadn't considered the "not a straight cheddar" taste, but I guess I agree. Irish vs. American maybe? come to think of it, I have never been a fan of straight cheddar, maybe because it's hard to find a good one.
                There is another aged cheddar in a different package but the same size/shape, right? I recall not liking that one as much, but I don't think I've tried the Cabot. I will next time.
                I've also tried whatever that organic aged cheddar is and was not impressed. The texture is mooshy, not at all like what I think of as aged and not much flavor.

                1. re: mcf
                  biondanonima Oct 3, 2012 07:25 PM

                  Hm, I wonder if the one I like is now in white packaging? I've always bought the black, but this is definitely not the same as what I used to get. I think I will take it back and see if they have the Dubliner or the white package of Cabot...

                  1. re: biondanonima
                    mcf Oct 4, 2012 07:23 AM

                    Dubliner is very cheddar like, but with an almost sweetish, toasted kind of flavor. Didn't Cabot used to come in two black wax block types? I *think* the one we buy now was once one of those. If I had one in the house I'd run down and check...

                    1. re: mcf
                      biondanonima Oct 4, 2012 08:12 AM

                      The Westbury Costco has only ever had one black Cabot type, to my knowledge - I think they also used to carry one in dark green plastic or wax, too, but I haven't seen that one in a while. I'll have to look when we're there next. I just grabbed the black one and didn't look closely at the label to see if anything had changed.

                      1. re: mcf
                        treb Oct 4, 2012 09:46 AM

                        Yes, Cabot also comes in a less aged green block.

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                          mcf Oct 4, 2012 01:48 PM

                          My warehouse had two black ones, one with a green label, that might've been the Private Stock?

                          Edit later: Just found a delicious, crumbly and tangy Cabot cheddar block in my big cheese drawer. No longer wrapped in wax, sadly it's in black plastic and I can't tell you which one it is because DH cut off more than half the wrapper. It's as close to Canadian Black Diamond, the standard IMO, as anything else I've had.

                          1. re: mcf
                            biondanonima Oct 5, 2012 08:19 AM

                            Hm. I checked the label on mine - it says 3-year aged, the same as what I have always bought, but it is DEFINITELY not the same cheese. I'll have to persuade DH to stop at Costco while we're out and about this weekend so that I can investigate!

                            1. re: biondanonima
                              mcf Oct 5, 2012 09:30 AM

                              Husband says he thinks it's 3 yr aged that he bought. Sure wish it were still in wax; we've stopped using plastic as much as possible for food contact/storage.

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                                biondanonima Oct 5, 2012 11:15 AM

                                Yes - I wonder if when they switched to plastic, they changed the product as well? I think the last time I bought it it was still in wax...

                                1. re: biondanonima
                                  mcf Oct 5, 2012 11:21 AM

                                  Our cheese is unchanged, though you may have gotten a bad batch, or badly stored batch.

                            2. re: mcf
                              treb Oct 5, 2012 01:30 PM

                              Depending on where you live, some local regulations require it be packaged in wax, while in other areas it's wrapped in plastic, still the same product.. The black wrap is the private stock and the green is less aged. Bad DH,.... Bad DH....

                              1. re: treb
                                mcf Oct 5, 2012 02:12 PM

                                Well, it's got nothing to do with regs here, where cheese is sold in wax all the time. I'm guessing Bonbel isn't banned anywhere, either. Do they put that in plastic now?

                                What did DH do wrong? He was halfway done with the cheese; I just wish he'd tossed all the plastic, I hate it on my food.

                          2. re: mcf
                            greygarious Oct 5, 2012 04:40 PM

                            I am out of it just now, but as I recall once reading on a Dubliner label, it is a combination of cheddar, swiss, and parmesan.

                            1. re: greygarious
                              mcf Oct 5, 2012 05:39 PM

                              You must be thinking of some other cheese. The wrapper only mentions that it's made from the milk of grass fed cows, and describes it as "a distinctive taste with a natural hint of sweetness." Ingredients are just milk and enzymes, basically. I'm guessing that the distinctive flavors come from what the cows are grazing on, and then from whatever enzyme starter they use.

                              1. re: mcf
                                Leepa Oct 5, 2012 09:01 PM

                                From their website:

                                "Kerrygold Dubliner

                                It has a distinctive rounded flavour and a natural hint of sweetness. Aged for 12 months, it has elements of mature cheddar, sweet nutty tones of a Swiss and the piquant bite of aged Parmesan."

                                1. re: Leepa
                                  mcf Oct 6, 2012 08:20 AM

                                  Ah, not on the label, though, but thanks for the info.

                  2. Dax Oct 1, 2012 08:38 AM

                    I picked up some of the almond bark Saturday around noon. It made it through a small gathering of football fans (at home) but it probably won't last through the week. So good dark chocolate and the almonds.

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                    1. re: Dax
                      givemecarbs Oct 4, 2012 03:48 AM

                      I almost bought that almond bark. Maybe next time. At the Montgomeryville Pa store the pumpkin spice quick bread mix has appeared and I finally tried it. Very good. It is krusteaz. I made the snack cake but the box claims you can use it to make pancakes. Since you end up with several individual pouches, maybe I'll try pumpkin pancakes this weekend.

                      1. re: givemecarbs
                        Dax Oct 4, 2012 07:59 AM

                        My almond bark is rapidly disappearing.

                        I always find Krusteaz brand mixes at Aldi for very cheap.

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                      givemecarbs Oct 1, 2012 03:25 AM

                      I have purchased the meatloaf and mashed potato entree in the refrigerated section with the bucket of chicken soup and the monster chicken pot pie twice now. This is at the montgomeryville pa store and I had to restrain myself from buying this a third time. Very yummy and perfect for the fall weather here in the northeast.
                      Since this is a zero effort dish, toss it in the oven for an hour, the first time I served the meatloaf and mashed with some leftover gravy from the dual chuck roasts I cooked up from Costco, and some organic carrots also from Costco. The second time I browned up some mushrooms from Costco to put on top of the meatloaf.
                      This is my favorite way to cook during the week, easy main dish means I have the energy to add some extras. Anyone else love the dual pack of chuck roasts? Usually I freeze one and make pot roast twice but this time I said screw it and just made them both up. Boy that gravy was rich.

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                      1. re: givemecarbs
                        treb Oct 1, 2012 03:47 AM

                        The roasts are a good value, I find them to be a better quality cut than the super markets. In addition to pot roast, I cube some up for chili.

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                          givemecarbs Oct 4, 2012 03:50 AM

                          One of my favorite things about them as that they are large! Might make some beef vegetable soup with barley out of one of them soon.

                      2. biondanonima Sep 29, 2012 06:55 PM

                        Tried the new Kirkland brand frozen pizzas - $12.59 for a pack of four pepperoni pizzas in Edison, NJ. They're very similar to DiGiorno, with a crust that rises in the oven. They're ok, but I prefer a thinner crust. They're also REALLY greasy, but that's probably because of the generous pepperoni topping. I'm sure my husband's kids will like them, but I wouldn't buy them again for myself.

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                          givemecarbs Sep 18, 2012 01:55 PM

                          Been eyeing the chocolate chunk cheesecake in the refrigerated desserts tub in the bakery section of my montgomeryville pa store. Finally gave in last night. It is huge and delicious. So glad I have a chest freezer.

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                            Cameraman Sep 15, 2012 07:49 PM

                            I just discovered Jack's Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa in West Nashville and I'm eating it on freaking everything.

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                              coney with everything Sep 17, 2012 05:07 AM

                              That Jack's Salsa is the best!

                            2. coney with everything Sep 10, 2012 05:01 AM

                              I think the Kirkland caramel almond toffee ice cream was mentioned in the previous Costco finds thread, but I finally bought it this weekend.

                              Two words: AWE SOME

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                              1. re: coney with everything
                                treb Sep 10, 2012 06:28 AM

                                Their ice cream is amazing.

                                1. re: treb
                                  Shrinkrap Sep 30, 2012 10:05 AM

                                  I believe it is Haagan Daz.

                                2. re: coney with everything
                                  chompy Sep 10, 2012 04:55 PM

                                  Their ice cream *is* amazing, and that flavor combo sounds like it would be downright dangerous for me.

                                  1. re: chompy
                                    randyjl Sep 10, 2012 05:02 PM

                                    Darn it, I would love them to make a chocolate ice cream as great as their vanilla. AND put one of each in the pack!

                                    1. re: randyjl
                                      Chowrin Sep 10, 2012 05:31 PM

                                      they couldn't do it (nilla likes cream a lot better than chocolate, which just dilutes). now a good coffee ice cream... that might do the trick... (it's strong enough to take the cream, and with a good coffee (brazil) will resemble chocolate)

                                  2. re: coney with everything
                                    Rilke Sep 10, 2012 05:50 PM

                                    I have never seen this at my store. :-( Is it right next to the vanilla in yours?

                                    1. re: Rilke
                                      Chowrin Sep 10, 2012 06:43 PM

                                      yes. waterfront pittsburgh location.

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                                    ChandraNH Sep 4, 2012 05:32 PM

                                    the Kansas City location has the better than bouillon back. I've been looking for it since last fall. They have the 16 oz organic lower sodium chicken version, for 6.79, which is about the same price as the non-organic, small size at the grocery store.

                                    so I purchased three, since it doesn't seem to be a regular item.

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                                    1. re: ChandraNH
                                      biondanonima Sep 5, 2012 12:39 PM

                                      I see this regularly (both chicken and beef flavor) at my Costcos on Long Island/Queens - it is a GREAT deal.

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                                      rasputina Sep 3, 2012 05:44 PM

                                      Maybe they had this before and never noticed? Carrington Farms extra virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil, 54oz for 15 dollars. That is an incredible deal. I've been using Nutiva but was almost out and happened to see this at Costco. Haven't tried it yet.

                                      Oh this was the Austin, TX Costco on William Cannon Dr.

                                      1. monavano Aug 27, 2012 01:40 PM

                                        Multi grain One Buns are delicious. It's like a less fragile pita with more flavor and texture. I'm loving eating egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches on them. Good stuff.

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                                        1. re: monavano
                                          AntarcticWidow Sep 16, 2012 10:27 AM

                                          A couple of months ago, I bought the Kirkland brand multigrain rounds (their version of Oroweat sandwich thins) to eat with the Morningstar black bean chipotle burgers. Tossed the bread up on the refrigerator and lost sight of them. I just found them again this morning - no sign of mold. I don't know whether to be afraid or not.

                                          1. re: AntarcticWidow
                                            treb Sep 17, 2012 04:58 AM

                                            I keep bread in the frig/freezer and lasts for a long time. If there's no mold, it should be fine.

                                            1. re: treb
                                              mcf Sep 17, 2012 08:18 AM

                                              AW said ON, not IN!

                                              I'd be afraid!

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                                          sedimental Aug 21, 2012 08:46 PM

                                          I bought the Kirkland brand pork sirloin tip roasts (they come in a 4 pack). Really terrific if you brine them for 2 days in the fridge, then slow roast at 325 for 1.5 hours (or until done).

                                          Wow. Very impressed...."like butta"

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                                            givemecarbs Aug 20, 2012 11:31 PM

                                            I know it is rushing the season but I scored a pumpkin pie for the usual six bucks at the Montgomeryville Pa location.

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                                            1. re: givemecarbs
                                              angelsmom Aug 22, 2012 01:37 PM

                                              Not if you like it!

                                              1. re: givemecarbs
                                                rasputina Aug 23, 2012 09:17 AM

                                                I was really surprised to see pumpkin pies so early this year when I was at the Austin Costco last week.

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                                                Dave_in_PA Aug 19, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                HAS THE PESTO SAUCE CHANGED?

                                                I've been buying Kirkland pesto for years... always repacked it into smaller containers and froze them becuase the sauce would turn black. Like real pesto.

                                                I got a jar in July, forgot to repack, and it's not changing color as i use it at all. It also tastes a little tart... like the unrefrigerated stuff in the supermarket.

                                                I think they changed their formula . not in a good way.

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                                                1. re: Dave_in_PA
                                                  coney with everything Aug 30, 2012 06:00 AM

                                                  the old stuff was made by Cibo...do you see that name on your package?

                                                  The Cibo was a smoking deal, Costco size container at the same price the little tiny deli tub cost at Whole Foods.

                                                  1. re: coney with everything
                                                    mcf Sep 10, 2012 07:05 AM

                                                    The package and the taste are identical to Cibo, but it's now Kirkland brand.

                                                  2. re: Dave_in_PA
                                                    eastbayjay Mar 29, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                    Yes - they definitely changed it and it is so disappointing! It's definitely not the Cibo sauce that was so amazing. We have been eating that pesto regularly for over 10 years and this new version is just awful. I heard that Whole Foods still carries Cibo. It will cost much more but that doesn't matter since the Costco one is inedible.

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                                                    treb Aug 10, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                    Just picked up some champagne grapes, awesome little gems of flavor.

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                                                      bte576 Aug 9, 2012 06:05 AM

                                                      Our Costco (Pewaukee, WI) had Federalist Zin marked down to $11.97 when I was there last week with a "discontinued " note on the sign.

                                                      I've bought this same wine at an area wine shop for around $20. After given a little time to open up, this is a yummy big Zin and IMHO a really great value if you can get for under $12.

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                                                      1. re: bte576
                                                        Fowler Aug 9, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                        That sounds like a good deal, bte576. Which appellation is the Zinfandel from? That is the same Costco location that we shop at. If you like Manchego cheese, they have one that is very good for the price.

                                                        1. re: Fowler
                                                          bte576 Aug 9, 2012 12:35 PM

                                                          Dry Creek Valley
                                                          (Thief Wine Shorewood originally turned me on to this wine...)

                                                          Thanks for the Manchego tip.

                                                          They did have Sartori Sarvecchio BTW last week too. I don't know how regularly it is stocked, but I know the last time I was looking for it all I saw was BellaVitano.

                                                        2. re: bte576
                                                          Bobfrmia Aug 21, 2012 07:26 PM

                                                          As an FYI for those who don't know, anything at Costco ending with .97 in the price is being discontinued. They can be marked down very low.

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                                                          treb Aug 7, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                          Just saw meyer lemons, looked great.

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                                                            learningtocook Aug 6, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                            The Costcos in the bay area are carrying small twin tubs of what they're calling Africa red peppers. These are small red peppers stuffed with feta and mizithra cheeses and marinated in oil. They are absolutely divine!
                                                            I found them in the refrigerated section where they stock the hummus and stuff.The brand name is mani, if it helps!

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                                                            1. re: learningtocook
                                                              Rilke Aug 6, 2012 06:00 PM

                                                              Oh my, this sounds right up my alley, but I am on the other side of the country :-(

                                                            2. knowspicker Jul 30, 2012 05:47 PM

                                                              Hannah Tzatziki sauce at the Seattle Costco. This was surprisingly good. Not as good as home made but good flavor and fresh tasting. Better than some I've had in restaurants.

                                                              Teva hummus from Costco Business delivery [or Lynnwood Business Warehouse] This was really good. It seemed to have more tahini than most of the store bought hummus. 5 lb tub but great for an event. Another Lynnwood Biz item is Ithaki Feta cheese a good cows milk feta.

                                                              Mangoes at the Seattle Warehouse are excellent right now.

                                                              New to Seattle - Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil. Best price around though you do have to buy a large tub. Less than half the price of buying the same brand at grocery stores in the area.

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                                                              1. re: knowspicker
                                                                rasputina Aug 7, 2012 12:35 PM

                                                                ooo thanks, I'll have to check for the coconut oil! Nutiva is what I usually buy elsewhere anyway.

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                                                                Jeri L Jul 28, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                Finally tried the Gourmet Selections Spanish Omelettes (refrigerated, next to the quiche at Costco #1 Seattle). Pretty good. Ingredient list is simple--eggs, potatoes, onions, oil and seasonings. Heated in the microwave per instructions and thought it needed a little more time to be as warm as I'd like it, but otherwise can't fault it.

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                                                                  awm922 Jul 22, 2012 03:24 AM

                                                                  Picked up the Amylu Chicken Burgers with carmelized onions, red bell peppers and gouda cheese. I don't usually get this type of item, but they're gluten free, low in fat, low sodium, no artificial ingredients, minimally processed and low in calories. They are fully cooked, but I threw them on the grill at high for a couple of minutes just to brown them a bit. They tasted great, nice bite to them. Like eating a sausage patty without all the grease. The chicken must be coarse ground vs. fine ground like beef burgers. They come 10 to a container. They are 1/4 lb patties packed 2 to a cryovac package. I found them in the refrigerated meat section with things like the chicken sausage. I think we paid 8.99 for the package. I will definitely buy them again.....if they're not gone already. You Costco people know what I mean. "See it/Buy it"
                                                                  These were in the West Springfield, MA store.

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                                                                  1. re: awm922
                                                                    biondanonima Jul 23, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                                    We bought these too, in Westbury NY. They're pretty good - I really like Amylu products in general. Now if only they would bring back the Amylu breakfast sausages!

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                                                                      cheesemaestro Jul 25, 2012 03:30 PM

                                                                      I saw these yesterday (Harrisburg, PA) and was going to buy them, but we already had more food in our cart than we could put in our freezer. I'll be on the lookout for them on our next trip to Costco. The packaging (two patties per cryovac) is a definite plus. I wish that more items at Costco were packaged this way.

                                                                      1. re: awm922
                                                                        meatn3 Jul 25, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                                        Thanks for mentioning them!

                                                                        I found them in Raleigh, NC on Monday. Very tasty! Much, much better than the turkey burgers I tried in the past.

                                                                        1. re: awm922
                                                                          Dax Jul 26, 2012 07:42 AM

                                                                          Good to know. Once we finish the chipotle black bean burgers we might buy them. How much were they are your MA costco?

                                                                        2. mcf Jul 21, 2012 02:50 PM

                                                                          Just found the "Cibo" pesto in the exact same jar again, but with a Kirkland label on it this time after an extended absence. This was in Melville, NY.

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                                                                          1. re: mcf
                                                                            mcf Aug 28, 2012 06:08 AM

                                                                            I don't know if this is new, but the per lb price on Bel Gioso pre sliced fresh mozzarella logs is way lower than any form of the product I've found anywhere else. Much cheaper than the fabulous buffalo milk mozzarella, so we're alternating. In Melville and Commack, NY.

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                                                                              biondanonima Aug 28, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                                              I just saw those pre-sliced logs in the Westbury store and I was wondering if they were any good. I've never bought the buffalo milk mozzarella either, for fear it would be a waste of money...I guess I've got two new things to try!

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                                                                                mcf Aug 28, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                                                Oh, the buffalo milk one is worth every spendy penny! As far as pre made/packaged mozzarella goes, Bel Gioso is good, but it's hard to go back once you've had that Italian buffalo milk stuff.

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                                                                                  Rilke Aug 28, 2012 12:07 PM

                                                                                  Hey mcf -- is buffalo milk mozzarella *supposed* to be like other mozzarella (in consistency / texture) on the outside, then softer and more ricotta-ish on the inside?

                                                                                  The only buffalo mozzarella I've ever purchased was like this, and I hated it, but I never bothered to find out if I merely got a bad batch.

                                                                                  1. re: Rilke
                                                                                    mcf Aug 28, 2012 12:13 PM

                                                                                    it's got a more delicate, thin skin, and it's softer inside but not grainy like ricotta nor does it taste tangy at all. I find the taste and texture sumptuous, but hey, there's no accounting for tastes!

                                                                                    1. re: mcf
                                                                                      Rilke Aug 28, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                      I'm going to try it again. (And maybe report back :-) )

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                                                                                        mcf Aug 28, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                                                        Please do report back... it's always interesting to see how different folks react to the same foods.

                                                                                    2. re: Rilke
                                                                                      monavano Aug 28, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                                                      If you mean like burrata then no, but I find buffalo to be a bit softer in overall texture.

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                                                                                        biondanonima Aug 28, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                        From Rilke's description, I wonder if what s/he had WAS burrata? Buffalo mozzarella is definitely softer overall than cow's milk mozzarella, but the comment about a "ricotta-like" inside has me wondering...

                                                                                        1. re: biondanonima
                                                                                          Rilke Aug 28, 2012 02:48 PM

                                                                                          Quite possible, as I wasn't really paying attention and this was years ago; I just remember it began with "b" and assumed it was buffalo mozz.

                                                                                    3. re: mcf
                                                                                      biondanonima Sep 16, 2012 09:32 AM

                                                                                      Just broke into my newly purchased container of the buffalo mozzarella from Costco - I really wish I didn't know how good this stuff is. I fear my regular Costco bill has just increased...

                                                                                      1. re: biondanonima
                                                                                        mcf Sep 17, 2012 08:17 AM

                                                                                        I know, right? It's just amazingly good, anything else pales by comparison. It's great with Campari or Kumato tomatoes and Costco pesto, too. Or just good EVOO.

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                                                                                          Rilke Sep 17, 2012 09:32 AM

                                                                                          Reporting back! Interesting that you mention kumato tomatoes, as that's what I tried buffalo mozzarella with last week. Loved it. I just finished lunch -- tomato and roasted red pepper soup with more buffalo mozz melted into it.

                                                                                          I am not surprised that I didn't like the taste a few years ago, but I sure like it now.

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                                                                                            mcf Sep 17, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                            Aren't kumatoes amazing? Even better than camparis.

                                                                                  2. re: mcf
                                                                                    Fowler Aug 28, 2012 12:18 PM

                                                                                    Just in case anyone should be searching for the cheese it is produced under the name BelGioioso, not Bel Gioso. Many of their varieties rival some of the better cheese I have even tasted from Italy.

                                                                                    1. re: Fowler
                                                                                      mcf Aug 28, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                      Thanks for catching that...

                                                                                  3. re: mcf
                                                                                    biondanonima Sep 29, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                                                    I bought some Kirkland brand pesto today in Edison, NJ - a 22 oz. plastic jar from the refrigerated section, says something like 100% DOP imported basil on the front - is that the Cibo? If so, I am not impressed - it's made with pecorino instead of parmigiano, so it tastes like sheep, and it's way too salty and oily, with very little basil, nut or garlic flavor.

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                                                                                      mcf Sep 29, 2012 07:24 PM

                                                                                      Is it square shaped plastic, about 7" high? White lid? That was Cibo, now Kirkland. I love pecorino romano...

                                                                                      1. re: mcf
                                                                                        biondanonima Sep 30, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                                                        Yes, that's the stuff. I love pecorino, but not in pesto - I should have checked the label, but it didn't occur to me that it would be made with anything other than parmigiano.

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                                                                                    treb Jul 21, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                                                    Just saw Kirkland Spanish whole saffron threads. $14. per jar.

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                                                                                      biondanonima Jul 21, 2012 02:44 PM

                                                                                      Yes, these were available at the Costco in Astoria this morning, $14 for a 1 gram jar.

                                                                                      1. re: treb
                                                                                        Cathy Sep 17, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                                                        A 14 gram jar is available at Costco.com for $80


                                                                                      2. biondanonima Jul 15, 2012 11:40 AM

                                                                                        The Rego Park, NY store had Black Velvet Apricots today - not sure what possessed me, but I bought the 3lb. pack. They are dark purple and look like fuzzy plums (they're the size of plums too, much larger than most apricots). Anyway, the skin is tart and similar to a peach in texture, but the texture of the flesh is like a cross between an overripe peach and a plum. They are quite juicy but IMO too sweet and a little bland. Not sure what to do with them, as I'm not in love with the flavor - they might be good added to sangria, or perhaps as a sorbet (with plenty of lemon added for tartness). If you like sweet stone fruits, though, I'm sure you'll love them!

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                                                                                          treb Jul 15, 2012 12:27 PM

                                                                                          I saw them, they did look interesting, maybe good for a fruit crisp application.

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                                                                                            biondanonima Jul 15, 2012 05:19 PM

                                                                                            Maybe, although I'm not sure they have the right texture to stand up to baking. A fine dice might be good in a salsa of some kind.

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                                                                                              JerryMe Jul 18, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                              Or try them in a crumble. Or freeze or can to make jam later.

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                                                                                                biondanonima Jul 20, 2012 07:00 PM

                                                                                                We ended up eating a few of them plain (they were much better cold from the fridge than room temperature), but yesterday they were getting a little soft and I had 9 or 10 left, so I decided to take action. I pitted them and whizzed them in the food processor - they liquefied almost instantly and turned a really beautiful pink color from the skins. I strained the puree and found that it was actually quite tart with the skins blended in, so I added a little sugar, some lemon juice and white wine and turned the whole mess into sorbet. It's delicious - highly recommended!

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                                                                                              treb Jul 14, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                              Just saw fresh figs, about a third of the price at regular super markets. BIng Cherries were $2.49 p/lb and they had more Rainier's as well. Also, peaches, from CA, have been excellent.

                                                                                              1. biondanonima Jul 10, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                Premio fresh chicken sausages, purchased at the Costco in Westbury, NY. They taste just like a classic mild bratwurst - totally delicious. My husband, who is totally prejudiced against chicken sausages, LOVED these. A very nice lower fat alternative to regular brats.

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                                                                                                  JerryMe Jul 18, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                                                                  Are those the ones with roasted red pepper? We get the chicken red sausages w/ the pepper and they are AWESOME! Good for a brat on the grill and / or chopped into sauce for spaghetti. They're a staple when I can find them at Costco.

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                                                                                                    biondanonima Jul 19, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                                                    No, these were plain, no red pepper involved. I will have to keep an eye out for the red pepper ones though, as I am a major red pepper fanatic!

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                                                                                                      Rene Aug 24, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                                                                      I think you may be thinking of the Casual Gourmet Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Chicken Sausage. This stuff is great and I've used it from just grilling to stuffed cabbage, omelets and the lasagne recipe in the package. What a find!!!

                                                                                                  2. biondanonima Jul 9, 2012 11:23 AM

                                                                                                    I don't know if this qualifies as a "find," but I sampled Mayorga coffee this weekend (not sure which blend), purchased from Costco in Vermont, and it was excellent - I need to look for it at my local stores.

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                                                                                                      biondanonima Sep 29, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                                                      Found it in Bridgewater, NJ today - but oddly, not in Edison, NJ.

                                                                                                    2. Rilke Jul 5, 2012 05:57 PM

                                                                                                      treb mentioned these in the last quarterly, but the "strawberry cherries" are scrumptious. They make up for the sad lack of Rainiers this year.

                                                                                                      Newark, DE Costco

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                                                                                                        treb Jul 9, 2012 01:29 PM

                                                                                                        Costco had a limited supply of Rainier's today.

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                                                                                                          Rilke Jul 9, 2012 07:15 PM

                                                                                                          Thanks for the heads up. Any more strawberry ones?

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                                                                                                            treb Jul 10, 2012 04:42 AM

                                                                                                            I was looking but, didn't see any. Those were a real treat.

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                                                                                                              Rilke Jul 10, 2012 07:49 PM

                                                                                                              Picked up enough Rainiers today to feed an army. But I actually find I prefer the strawberry cherries now that I've had them. Why did I only grab one tub? :P Hoping they'll make another appearance.

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                                                                                                                Leepa Jul 14, 2012 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                What are these strawberry cherries like? Do they taste similar to strawberries?

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                                                                                                                  Rilke Jul 14, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                  They taste like cherries infused with strawberries. Seriously. Sweet like Rainier but with more flavor, and without that cherry "bite" of Bings.

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                                                                                                            acgold7 Jul 9, 2012 09:42 PM

                                                                                                            Minuscule supply of Rainiers in Woodinville, WA today as well. About 8 cases, each holding two (maybe four?) 3-pound tubs. $9.99 per tub.

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                                                                                                          rasputina Jul 5, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                                                                          I was at the Austin TX Costco today ( the one down south) and noticed they had small containers of saffron. Didn't buy any, as I have plenty already.

                                                                                                          They also still had red velvet cupcakes, didn't buy any as I ate enough last time I bought them LOL.

                                                                                                          Saw an 80" TV too. No I didn't buy it LOL. I was mainly there to buy meat.

                                                                                                          The peaches looked and smelled great though, so I bought a flat of them. I think they need a day or two on the counter before being ready to eat.

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                                                                                                            Jeri L Jul 5, 2012 05:59 PM

                                                                                                            Oh good, I hope the saffron is a nationwide thing. I promised myself I'd buy it the next time they had it.

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                                                                                                              CindyJ Aug 9, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                                                                              Do you happen to know where the saffron comes from?

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                                                                                                                ferret Aug 9, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                Last time I looked it was from Spain (but I don't know if they source from different locations for different stores).

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                                                                                                                  Cathy Aug 9, 2012 03:51 PM


                                                                                                                  If it's the same supplier as Costco.Com, then it is from Spain.

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                                                                                                                    CindyJ Aug 10, 2012 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                    Interesting -- I wasn't aware of the "certified color score" mentioned in the product description. I do remember reading something a while back that said that often, products labeled as saffron, really aren't saffron at all, and one way to determine if what you have is authentic is to soak the threads in water. Real saffron threads will remain deep yellow but the fake stuff will fade in color. I wonder if the certified color score is determined by a similar test.

                                                                                                                    I'm intrigued and I'll definitely look for it on my next trip to Costco. The label on the jar of my most recent purchase of saffron shows the quantity in grains, not grams (1 grain = .06 grams). This seems like a great value.

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                                                                                                                      cstr Aug 10, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                      I've purchased it at Costco, it's from Spain and they're full threads. It's a deal!

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                                                                                                                        Jeri L Sep 15, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                        Saffron is back at Costco #1 in Seattle. It's Spanish, La Mancha Saffron, Kirkland branded. The label has lots of verbage about its quality. $13.79 for the 1 gram (not grain) bottle.

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