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Great Avocados at Costco

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poppygirl Aug 21, 2012 09:22 AM

I love avocados and buy them regularly. I always try to have ripe ones on hand. Despite my best efforts, I often find that my avocados are not of great quality. They often feel perfect but upon opening are black and mushy in places. I am not a Costco shopper in general and use my membership for photo finishing purposes mostly. I have, however, discovered that Costco avocados are amazing! For just over $6 you get six avocados and in the 4 months or so of buying them I have yet to find one that wasn't perfect. This may be old news, but it's been revolutionary to me. We've been enjoying the best ever guac all summer.

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    millygirl RE: poppygirl Aug 21, 2012 10:00 AM

    Thanks poppygirl. I must remember to try Costcos.

    I've been experiencing the same problem lately. They look and feel good and when I go to cut them open they are grey and mushy in areas. Very disappointing. I thought it was just me.

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      1sweetpea RE: millygirl Aug 21, 2012 10:07 AM

      It's definitely not just you. I'd all but abandoned avocados, ripe or unripe, when I reluctantly grabbed a bag at Costco a few weeks ago. I figured that maybe 3 out of the 6 would be okay. All 6 were perfect inside, despite one have a big black blemish on the bright green skin when I bought them. I thought for sure that one would be a loser and yet, it was perfect inside after a week of ripening. Is this just a good summer for avocados at Costco? Not sure, but I'll be buying another bag next time I'm there.

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      Herne RE: poppygirl Aug 21, 2012 10:07 AM

      I have always found Costco fruit and veggies first rate. Better than some supermarkets and close to the equivalent of others. The only problem is you usually have to buy more than you ordinarily would--a usual problem with Costco and, along with some other features, at the bottom of their great prices per unit I suspect.

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        1sweetpea RE: Herne Aug 21, 2012 10:57 AM

        I don't agree across the board with fruits and veggies. I am never happy with pears or apples, lemons, limes, winter clementine/mandarin oranges and stone fruits, such as apricots. They look great in the store, but are always lacking when I eat or use them. Those cocktail tomatoes on the vine are excellent, blueberries and pineapple slices are good, shallots and peppers are good, zucchini, salad greens and baby spinach are good, but I'd avoid sliced celery sticks, "baby" cut carrots, green beans and asparagus, unless they've just come in fresh. Same goes for fresh figs. I've had bad luck with bananas from Costco and won't buy them anymore. The grapes typically look good, but the bunches are too huge for me to use before they'd go bad. I'm very wary when inspecting produce at Costco. The lighting makes colour analysis difficult.

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          Dean Tudor RE: 1sweetpea Aug 21, 2012 11:04 AM

          I buy avocados at No Frills. The price jumps around, but generally you can get a bag of five mediums with a small pit for $2.67 or so. They also have singles, which you can pick over, for 99 cents or less, with sales now and then.

          I always try for five or six, very firm, take 5 - 6 days to fully ripen. Never had a mushy or black one. I think the trick is to let them ripen at home, not in the supermarket where they can get banged around.

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            mrsleny RE: Dean Tudor Aug 21, 2012 08:50 PM

            I also buy mine at No Frills but have never found them for $2.67 ... lucky you. I only buy the ones in a mesh bag as every one has always been perfect. With the singles, it's hit and miss.

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              crawfish RE: Dean Tudor Aug 22, 2012 07:30 AM

              No Frills stores vary wildly because they are franchises. Which location do you go to?

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                Dean Tudor RE: crawfish Aug 22, 2012 03:55 PM

                Crawfish, I go to Runnymede and Bloor in BW Village, and Pacific and Dundas in The Junction. They are separately owned but seem to have the same level of produce -- and prices.

                BTW, you did a great writeup on Chowhound Maine board. Good stuff, enticing even...

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                  mrsleny RE: crawfish Aug 23, 2012 04:29 PM

                  I go to the one at Yonge & 16th in Richmond Hill. In general it's quite a good location. The produce is always fresh and there's decent ethnic selection.

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              atomeyes RE: Herne Aug 21, 2012 11:08 AM

              i find their vegetables to typically be slightly above animal grade.
              go figure.

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                millygirl RE: atomeyes Aug 21, 2012 11:43 AM

                LOL

                Where atomeyes? Costco or No Frills??

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                  atomeyes RE: millygirl Aug 21, 2012 08:11 PM

                  i vow to never set foot in a No Frills. I hate feeling like I'm being shamed while I'm buying food.
                  I briefly had a Costco membership. Really not sure why, other than good toilet paper made from recycled fibres and environmentally friendly paper towel.
                  i'd walk by the produce section and something felt really, really wrong. Electric produce, i'd call it. looked too good for the time of the year. abnormal. wasn't interested in how it tasted.

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              peppermint pate RE: poppygirl Aug 22, 2012 07:15 AM

              I had the exact same experience earlier in the summer with a perfect bag of avocados, as well as a box of mangoes, some incredible cherries and also strawberries. The only problem, apart from making sure you can consume the quantity before it spoils, is that the inventory changes week to week so you can't really count on any particular item being there. After devouring a delicious box of mangoes, I decided to hike it back up to Costco for another box as I was making a big dish for a party that required mangoes - a mere 4 days later, there wasn't a mango in sight.

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                poppygirl RE: peppermint pate Aug 22, 2012 05:02 PM

                Peppermint Pate, I was wondering the same thing about the avocados. I've been buying them since May and so far they've been there every time. Since I'm not a Costco shopper, I often go solely for avocados. It still seems odd to me to buy produce at the same place I could buy a TV, but for perfect avocados, I'll do it.

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                  peppermint pate RE: poppygirl Aug 23, 2012 06:53 AM

                  This thread got planted in my brain yesterday and when I realized I was nearly out of contact lenses (the best justification for a Costco membership), I decided a trip was in order - a couple of boxes of lenses, one lovely bag of avocados and 2 bags of Stacy's pita chips later, I was happily on my way...:)

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                    millygirl RE: peppermint pate Aug 23, 2012 06:57 AM

                    Hmmm, tell me more about these Stacy's Pita Chips.....are they that good?

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                      peppermint pate RE: millygirl Aug 23, 2012 07:09 AM

                      YES. Incredibly addictive. They were sampling them one time when I was there and I've never left Costco without a bag since. They're baked, crunchy, well seasoned (I get the plain "naked" kind- think that's the only one they sell). Great for dipping or eating on their own. Go. Go now millygirl...:)

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                        TorontoJo RE: peppermint pate Aug 23, 2012 07:14 AM

                        PP, try the Pretzel Crisps next time... also addictive. Awesome with hummus.

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                          millygirl RE: TorontoJo Aug 23, 2012 07:47 AM

                          Ah yes, the pretzel crisps I've had. Actually devoured would be a better word. They were indeed excellent and I try to avoid now because I can't contain myself with those kinds of things.

                          Thanks!

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                            Danybear RE: millygirl Aug 23, 2012 04:31 PM

                            COSTCO had the same bag of avocados today that No Frills had. There were 5 avocados for $5.99. Not much of a bargain.

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                              Cup cake RE: Danybear Aug 23, 2012 08:40 PM

                              The Costco avocados are very large and quite good. Quacamole for a crowd with the Que Pasa tortilla chips. The No Frills and Loblaws bags of avocados are much smaller.

              2. dannyboy RE: poppygirl Aug 24, 2012 10:27 AM

                I vouch for them just got some a few days ago and they're perfect

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