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Oct 2, 2012 05:47 PM

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

We were thinking of trying out Costco for the first time. Can you suggest particular items that are really excellent? I've heard some people talk about seafood and beef. Any paricular types? Any prepared products or bakery items we shouldn't miss? We have a huge basement with shelving for dry items and an additional freezer. We're ready to buy for the winter. Any suggestions for any great products would be appreciated. Thank you!

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  1. We stock up on tinned tomatoes, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Also bulk detergent and tooth paste. These, however, are mostly due to cost and not necessarily taste as they carry brands we already like.

    1. Oh Boy!
      1) strip steaks.
      2) Hamburger beef
      3) Stew Beef
      4) Whole chickens (fresh)

      1) 4star fresh loaves of bread (their garlic bread is a treat).
      Lotta other stuff we love, but a lot are skippable.
      Buttermilk Naan!

      Basmati Rice

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      1. re: Chowrin

        That roasted garlic bread in the 2-pack is straight from the devil. I could eat a whole loaf in one sitting (with a whole stick of butter).

      2. I really like the green tea. Next time I go I'm planning on buying a six pack of chicken broth and one of beef broth as well. I'm a fan of their dual pack of chuck roasts. Frozen shrimp would be nice, and crabcakes too.
        The other day I saw a large bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and they always have big bags of walnuts and pecans.

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        1. re: givemecarbs

          How does the quality compare to Trader Joe's?

          1. re: DaisyM

            As good or better across the board. They have extremely high turnover on most items so freshness is rarely a concern and their return policy is excellent if something fails to meet your expectations.

            1. re: DaisyM

              I shop at both places, it works really well for me as long as I watch my budget. Costco seems to be mostly for large families or people with stand alone freezers or friends to split with, while tjs is fantastic for one or two person households.
              For example a costco vat of salsa would never get used up so I love buying a couple different kinds of salsa at tjs. I prefer the produce at Costco but every once in awhile tjs scores a crit with thomcord grapes or blood oranges in small packages.

              1. re: givemecarbs

                two people here, routinely finish off costco salsa.

                1. re: Chowrin

                  Which one? The "fresh" one in the cold section or the packaged kind with preservatives? I just bought the "fresh" on this weekend for the firs time but cannot recall the brand name.

                  1. re: Dax

                    the one that's on the shelf, not refridgerated.

            2. re: givemecarbs

              What kind of green tea is it? I don't remember seeing green tea at Costco. Are we talking loose leaf, tea bags or matcha ?

              1. re: rasputina

                It is matcha blend tea bags, kirkland brand. You get a hundred bags for around fifteen dollars or so. I have seen this tea in the coffee aisle, the healthy beverages section with the coconut water and such, and sometimes even with the canned soda. It comes in a distinctive large green box.

                1. re: givemecarbs

                  Mr. Pine is a tea snob, and he loves the Kirkland brand green tea at Costco.

                  I go for the ultra-big bags of Stacy's Naked Pita chips--they're thicker than the grocery stores ones and just sooooo delicious.

                  1. re: pine time

                    those green tea bags are a must-buy for me. LOVE them.

                    and my sis adores the Stacy's Chips, but *only* from Costco because she figured out that theirs are darker, more well-done batches than the ones sold in smaller bags at other retailers. she's right - we did a comparison :)

                    1. re: pine time

                      I love the giant bags of Stacey's Pita Chips. They do seem better than the smaller bags sold in supermarkets.

                      1. re: Disneyfreak

                        Funny thing about Stacey's Pita Chips. We had a bag from Costco and a bag from B.J.'s and when we were done with the bag from Costco, we noticed that the chips from B.J.'s were i/2 the thickness!. I called the folks at Stacey's and sure enough, they make the single thickness for B.J.'s and the double for Costco (and I thought it was a manufacturing error)

                        1. re: jnk

                          Believe me, I've eaten many a bag of CostCo vs. grocery Stacey's for...research, and the double-thick CostCo ones win by a mile.

              2. If you use canned tune, the Kirkland albacore is consistently very very good

                Tillamook cheese blocks are a fantastic buy

                I buy beef and pork there, but not chicken (prefer Millers Amish which Costco doesn't carry, at least not here).

                Right now, they have the Christmas stuff--the European cookie assortment is good but we tend to gobble it up.

                The pumpkin pie is both tasty and cheap.

                1. Mixed nuts, pistachios (but beware of the flavored ones), milk, yogurt, coffee, canned tomatoes, broth, dish detergent, laundry detergent, salmon, pork ribs, chicken parts, tortilla chips, salsa, pastas (in fridge section), Venus razor blades, berries, beer, and butter. These are our staples. Check the coupons for some really good deals.