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Grocery Outlet September, 2012

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Butter stock-up time at Oakland:

$1.49/8 oz. Anchor butter from New Zealand. High butterfat (82+ percent) has a fairly neutral flavor, so good for baking. Both salted and unsalted available (lots of it).

$3.49/lb. Clover organic unsalted butter.

Also:

99 cents Pacific Naturals low-sodium organic roasted red pepper and tomato soup (1 qt. tetrapaks), they also had the black bean, which I assume was the same price

$2.99/96 oz. Organic Valley fat-free milk is back.

$1.99 Lots of So Delicious coconut milk (refrigerated half gallons) and Naked coconut water (shelf-stable quarts).

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  1. No Clover butter at Oakland today, but still plenty of Anchor. I bought a few for the freezer for future baking.

    The Pacific Naturals roasted red pepper and tomato soup, which is the one tetrapak soup I've tried that I like, rang up at $1.49. I don't know what it retails for under the brand name, but at Trader Joe's (under TJ's label, but it's the Pacific product), it's $2.99.

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    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

      Took one of the packages of Anchor unsalted butter out of the freezer the other day for cookie dough (sablés, which, like shortbread, are chiefly buttery). It is in excellent condition, as Ruth notes below; manufacture date may be many months past, but it has not suffered in storage.

    2. Rohnert Park yesterday:

      Ziploc Twist n Loc quart containers with screw-on lids, 3pack, $2.99 - the lids are the easiest for my mom to use and they're leak-proof. Happy to find just this size, had found them as part of a combo pack of sizes and shapes at Costco and this is the one we use more often. BPA-free.
      http://www.amazon.com/Ziploc-Twist-Me...

      LIndt 85% Excellence bars, $1.99
      Walkers mini shortbread rounds, 4.4 oz, $1.99 (Dec 2012 dating
      )Biscoff cookies, 4 oz, 8 stay fresh packs, 99¢ (Sept 3, 2012 dating)

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Are you sure about the price on the Walker's shortbread? I bought some at Oakland GO and I just double-checked the receipt to confirm my memory they were 99 cents. Excellent with a dab of Bodega Goat Cheese Natilla!

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Yep, my receipt say $1.99.

      2. South San Francisco, yesterday:

        Clover organic butter, salted or unsalted, $3.49
        Bischoff, individually wrapped, 10pks for $1.29
        Lomo Español, cured pork loin, 3.5 oz, $1.99
        Pride of Szeged, Paprika, 5 oz tin, $1.99, also same brand of Steak rub and cinnamon in similar tins
        Assorted CloudStar dog treats, $1.99/bag

        Wine:
        Ravenswood, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Merlot, 2006, $6.99, reported to be quite good
        Ogier, Côtes du Rhône, Heritages Rosé, 2010, $7.00, have not opened yet
        EOS, Paso Robles Zinfandel Port, 375ml, $5.99

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        1. re: pamf

          The CdR Heritages Rosé is superb at the price.
          The Zin port, not so much: sweet and insipid.
          There's a red and a white from Montesor. The white -- Graganega -- from Fruili and the Red -- Corvino-- from the Veneto. Both quite good at, I believe, $6. Black and white labels. The white is Bianco del Nago and the red is Nero del Nago.

        2. that Anchor butter has an expiry date of next week. Do you really stock up on old butter?

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          1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

            1) It wasn't "next week" when I bought it
            2) It's going in the freezer
            3) It's a "best by" date not an "expiry" date and regardless of what it is, such dates are meaningless (google "meaning of expiration dates for food" if you don't believe me)

            From one of many articles: "According to the USDA, expiration dates are not a safety date....the amount of time an item stays safe to eat largely depends on how it is stored, not how long it's been produced for."

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I'll buy all of that for something in, say, a can or a package of dried pasta. But, Butter? I'm not saying it's going to kill you or even that there's a safety issue here, but I like my butter fresh, not a year and a half old.

              I love the GO, but not for old butter or old sausages or old bacon or old anything that wants to be reasonably fresh. Some cheeses are a great deal (the Italian ricotta salata and grana padano on the shelf right now for about half the going price, for example). Wines deals can be spectacular if you're a bit savvy. I've bought Italian pasta there that I'd have to pay 4 times as much for somewhere else. But, let's face it, that New Zealand butter was old when it got here and by the time it hit the Grocery Outlet it was, what? --over a year old?.

              But, that's just me. Probably wrong; won't be the first time. Enjoy your stash of frozen butter. But for me, some things are not worth saving two bucks on.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Speaking of wine deals:

                Recommended (Berkeley GO):

                Beaver Creek Zin 2008, Dry Creek Valley. If your taste runs to big (14.7% alcohol) California reds, this zin is not to be missed at $6. Worth putting a few down if you're so inclined because it's still young.

                Cliff Creek (guess we're up the creek at GO today) 2005 Southern Oregon Syrah. This is an incredible buy at $4. Buy all you can fit in your cellar and your pocketbook allows.

                I like the Bianco del Nago from Friuli. A serious white from Graganega grapes, something not likely to be seen grown anywhere else. A treat at $5 (or maybe $6, I forget). You couldn't buy anything close for twice that price.

                Finally there's a cote du rhone rose'. A bit on the pricey side for GO @ $7 but well worth it.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  After reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road, I stopped being so concerned about expiry dates. Fiction, I know but after the apocalyse they were happy to find any edible packaged food!

                  1. re: chocolatetartguy

                    Very clever. I would never have thought of looking for culinary advice in the pages of post-apocalyptic genre fiction. Could be the newest foodie trend. Forget the farmer's markets and vendors who specialize in fresh, local foods. Think of the pleasures one can derive from a can of ten year old beans that was neglected in someone's basement hidey-hole without even risking an open fire that could attract marauding cannibals.

                    1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

                      fyi, I buy almost all my produce at farmers markets and all my fresh meat at Cafe Rouge or Magnani: none of which have expiration dates branded on them. I was referring mainly to dry goods. There are are some good recipes in dystopian fiction particularly for bbqing that odd bit of meat. I imagine that ten year old beans might still be edible.

              2. The Oakland GO had quite a lot of Straus whole-milk European-style yogurt a few days ago, expiration date in early October.

                1. In Oakland, picked up a liter of California Olive Ranch EVOO, $7.99. I haven't tried it yet.

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                  1. re: ML8000

                    I tried it in salad dressing for arugula and in that very forgiving application it was a good buy.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      Not to beat too much on the expiry date drum, but that stuff is TWO YEARS OLD!.

                      You can buy a half liter at TJs for 5.99. It's current crop. It's good. Two year old olive oil is the opposite of good Seriously, how important is it to save a couple of bucks on a half liter of olive oil?

                      If you're a costco member (I'm not, but I'm told) you can buy COR olive oil @ two liters for $14. Do yourself a favor and pass on any olive oil older than last fall.

                    2. Oakland, 9/29:

                      $2.79 -- Magnum Chocolate Almond ice cream bars (3-pak)
                      $1.49 -- Sharffen Berger milk chocolate sea salt almond bars

                      They still have the Anchor butter -- salted only. Now past the expiry date. But I opened one just yesterday and it was in excellent condition. Maybe if you point out the expiry date they'll knock the price down some more. Holiday baking coming up!