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What Are You Enjoying From President's Choice Blue Menu (or Organics) Products ?

LotusRapper Mar 14, 2013 08:43 PM

Thought maybe I'd start a new thread (akin the Trader Joe's thread) just for the PC brand.

PC's Blue Menu is ever-expanding and coming out with healthy, interesting and *good-tasting* products. Last week I bought a bag each, of cannelllini beans chips and hemp with flax seed chips ....... super good !

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnl...

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    amelieducroix Mar 15, 2013 09:43 PM

    frozen greek yoghurt smoothie bars! and the peanut sauce.

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    1. re: amelieducroix
      LotusRapper Mar 15, 2013 11:00 PM

      The smoothie bars sound good :-)

      Peanut sauce .... Memories of Thailand ? There's two versions I think, a regular and a hotter one. I really like both but lean towards the regular one.

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      kinnickinnik Mar 16, 2013 09:39 AM

      I pick up the BM Italian Meatballs pretty regularly - with a good marina, it makes for a speedy weeknight dinner of pasta and meatballs. Good flavour and texture (for what it is)
      http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnl...

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        Georgia Strait Mar 18, 2013 03:19 PM

        the individual serving size blue menu meals (frozen) when on sale are a great deal - kind of expensive otherwise. Butter chicken, mac-chse, some other flavours - can't remember right now

        and just like our fav T-Joe - the PC people seem to discontinue the best things way too soon!

        ps - this is not blue menu but still pc - the organic popcorn snack (cheese, already poppped) is addictive --- what else would it be?! I have bought and used as back-up the PC frozen yorkshire puddings.

        the pc breads - there are some blue menu ones - reheated - not bad for thin slider buns etc.

        on a thumbs down note - the PC blue menu creamy salad dressings (recently on sale) are awful - my SO likes creamy dressings - and these are just not worth even the sale price.

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          Philx Mar 18, 2013 07:24 PM

          CHocolate fudge crackle ice cream allowed to soften at room temp for awhile and chicken meat balls often on sale for a quick dinner

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            Georgia Strait Mar 19, 2013 12:25 PM

            oh yes, agree with that ice cream recommendation

            we tried the blue menu VEG lasagne (frozen product at the store - then i microwaved - big chow sin but who cares at 8pm after work)

            i'd not turn it down in a weak moment - could be doctored up - decent texture to the pasta - add more cheese if you want more sodium

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              Georgia Strait Apr 14, 2013 11:24 PM

              further to previous post/s - and maybe this might help the Freybe bacon poster (re closing) - we are happy with certain aspects (wish it was happy pigs spca and all) of the pc less salt bacon - sorry, i don't have the sku here - it's 50 percent less salt bacon - tastes ideally salty to us - so if the doctor orders ...

              here is the freybe post about no more bacon source for one of this board's posters
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8979...

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              1. re: Georgia Strait
                LotusRapper May 30, 2013 06:36 PM

                GS - is it the turkey or the chicken ?

                http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/...

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                  Georgia Strait Jun 22, 2013 11:05 PM

                  hi LR - sorry for delay in reply - I will look at the SKU next time at store - it is a pork bacon product i believe - it is not specifically blue menu - it is simply Pres Choice - low (or half) salt

                  is that what you're asking?

                  1. re: Georgia Strait
                    LotusRapper Jun 22, 2013 11:29 PM

                    Yeah thanks GS, I was just wondering what the meat of that bacon is. I eat all meats so it doesn't matter.

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                melliebean May 30, 2013 04:14 PM

                Sparkling Fruit Juice Beverages. Fun flavours, and I like the smaller can size. The fruit punch flavour makes me want animal crackers and PB&J sandwiches.

                1. LotusRapper May 30, 2013 05:05 PM

                  Got a box of Blue Menu "Vegetarian Breaded Chicken Strips" (soy), 900g box of at least 36 pieces (each about two thumbs combined-size), for around $9 IIRC. Kiddo loves it. Last week he and his two playdate friends had 'em for dinner ..... never suspected for a second they weren't real chicken fingers :-D

                  Here it is in case anyone's interested:

                  http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/...

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                    rlinnington Jun 19, 2013 07:29 PM

                    I was loving the Blue Menu lower-fat cheeses, BUT the idiots have discontinued them now as of June 2013. I'm really annoyed; I mean, thanks for Canada's great (NOT) dairy laws, it's not as though you can simply buy another competing lower-fat cheese, they were the only game in town as far as I ever found out for lower-fat cheeses. I am truly annoyed at the Blue Menu line. The Blue Menu Dill Pickles are soggy and have a too strong cinnamon taste, why didn't they discontinue those? Blech.

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                      rlinnington Jun 26, 2013 04:01 PM

                      Update: the Blue Menu lower-fat cheeses are being brought back as members of the No Name line (as per info on PC facebook page). The reincarnation of the lower-fat mozarella as a yellow label no name product has now happened already.

                      1. re: rlinnington
                        LotusRapper Jun 26, 2013 07:57 PM

                        Is it cheaper as NNB than before as BM ?

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                          rlinnington Jun 26, 2013 09:35 PM

                          Don't know yet haven't had occasion to go to the store yet and get the prices on the no name versions, sorry.

                    2. LotusRapper Sep 15, 2013 02:24 PM

                      Been enjoying these pork smokies:

                      http://mobile.presidentschoice.ca/LCL...&

                      1. g
                        Georgia Strait Sep 25, 2013 02:09 PM

                        I have tried a couple of products lately cuz - in the midst of fruit season - have not had time to make own jam - so - bought two

                        (in addition to summerland sweets "seconds" - LR you know about that place i assume? (up at the factory in Summerland - labels crooked, etc - slightly cheaper for a lot of sugar - not sure about the controversial sweeteners or if any local contents these days - you'd have to read labels - and that applies to the two items below, too.)

                        BLACK menu (the foodie ads) - the sour cherry jam - pretty good for store jam - could be used on toast, scones, desserts like cheesecake or ice cream - i'd buy it again. Approx 6 dollars for a jar.

                        BLUE menu "twice the fruit" - "berries of the woods" (odd name?) berry jam - same as shown on side of the big freight trucks!

                        --- according to the labelling, it has half the calories (of what?) - and yes, it tastes good. As you would expect, it is a looser jam with a tart note - and is not as dense as a hi sugar product. The berry jam tastes quite a bit like currants - so i'd use it also for some sort of glaze on meat or in a "navarin of lamb" recipe - 1980's recipe from the famous books Silver Palate in NYC

                        black jam 50 cal vs blue jam 25 cal according to their own labels - i'd get blue jam again.

                        BTW - i have seen recent adverts for the black spaghetti from PC "Black" label - thought it would be perfect for our kids' hallowe'en with something like red cherry tomatoes for a pleasantly horrifying supper (i'd even add green grapes maybe?) - but can't find it in our PC store here in BC. Hear that PC people? - same story last year - the store i go to said that the shipments end up in SK or something and we don't get them in BC (except for aforementioned cherry jam above) - well darn, cuz i really wanted to try some of them.

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                          Georgia Strait Feb 2, 2014 03:25 PM

                          Blue Menu chicken meat balls -- yes, I did stand there and compare the regular PC (*angus / italian / sirloin) with the Blue Menu Italian (beef or pork i presume) vs my final choice - blue menu chicken

                          well, I don't think I'd be racing all over town to buy them - but they are not bad for far less sodium and fat than the usual variety.

                          I added them to some very quickly made tomato with white bean and vegetable (incl chard, kale etc) soup to make it enjoyable for the meat-n-taters crowd in our home.

                          (I should clarify that essentially the chicken meat balls became the "added sodium" to my soup - I used my own frozen tomatos and very low sodium veg stock)

                          gosh, maybe I am inspired to MAKE from scratch some turkey meatballs (I think our little supermarket has ground chicken, too) Afterall, I often make "chili" with ground turkey (in place of ground beef)

                          has anyone else found anything new in blue menu? (those who admit to handy, fast, canned, etc ; ).

                          1. g
                            Georgia Strait Apr 11, 2014 08:58 AM

                            i was in a Super Valu store the other day and I notice that the Blue Menu (less salt) canned diced tomatoes, canned mixed beans (not bean salad), and canned black beans are all on sale at a great price - can't recall the exact price - however maybe if you're near a Superstore / Extra / SV - these handy pantry items might be worth stocking up on - assuming the sale is across their various banners (store names) out west here.

                            I like the aforementioned Blue Menu canned items - handy and - the bonus - less salt. Amazing how much salt is added to conventional canned goods.

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                            1. re: Georgia Strait
                              LotusRapper Apr 11, 2014 11:57 PM

                              As far as I've looked and know, only PC's BM offers a reduced-sodium ketchup, which we buy. It tastes as same as their reg ketchup, or Heinz's, as far as I can tell. But cheap compared to non-PC brands too.

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                                RandalOulton Apr 12, 2014 10:05 AM

                                Lotus, when you write, "only PC's BM offers a reduced-sodium ketchup," did you mean in addition to the Heinz one, which is here?

                                http://www.practicallyedible.com/low-...

                                1. re: RandalOulton
                                  LotusRapper Apr 12, 2014 03:58 PM

                                  I didn't know Heinz makes one, as I mentioned above. Thx for the tip.

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                                    Scoffier Apr 13, 2014 01:02 AM

                                    Interestingly, Heinz's version is lower in sodium but higher in sugar. Also, PC also lists a second blue menu "ketchup type sauce" sweetened with stevia extract but this may be of limited availability or discontinued.

                                    http://www.heinzitup.com/OurProducts

                                    http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/products/productlisting/pc_blue_menu_low_in_sodium_ketchup_style_sauceprod1180015.html

                                    http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/...

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                              Bloomerl Apr 12, 2014 10:41 AM

                              I've enjoyed so many PC Blue products when I'm in Canada. Too bad I can't get them in the U.S. Thank goodness I do have TJ!

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