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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2013 [OLD]

I thought I would start this one with our new find. Olio Nuovo, new crop olive oil from California's Nov. 2012 harvest. We liked it even more than the Tuscan. Great grassy flavor and creamy mouth feel but with less bite in the finish than the Tuscan. It's also only $7.99 a liter.

This was at the Seattle store.

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  1. If only I could find peanut oil! I'll have to look again when I go this week.

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    1. re: rasputina

      I saw it last week in MA and NH.

      1. re: treb

        Sure enough there is peanut oil at the Waltham MA Costco, but only in truly industrial quantities, One unit (packed in a cardboard carton) is several times the size of, say, one of the jugs of Canola oil.

        1. re: PinchOfSalt

          Peanut oil is commonly used for deep frying so they provide it in fryer quantities.

    2. At the Shoreline store they have the plastic packed boneless short ribs that used to be carried only at the Business Center or available by business delivery. The price on these is great though you do need to remove membrane and slice them yourself. But at $4.49 a pound [I've seen them for $3.99, too.] it's worth it.

      Strange that all the meat is cheaper at Shoreline than it is at Seattle.

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      1. re: knowspicker

        You are getting a bargain even in Seattle compared with what those boneless short ribs are going for at the Waltham MA Costco. I was there today. Yes, they were sliced - but the price was $6.49/lb if memory serves.

      2. A product called, Blaze Glaze. It was being demonstrated as a drizzle on top of shards of parm cheese so it caught my attention.

        So far I've used this rich balsamic glaze on stir fry, steamed bok choy, as a dip for spring rolls and on grilled pineapple.

        The 12.9 fl. oz. bottle ran me $6.95.

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        1. re: HillJ

          That's a fantastic price for a good balsamic glaze! Thanks for the tip.

          1. re: HillJ

            Where in the store did you find the Blaze Glaze? I've looked for it, but it isn't anywhere near the big bottles of Kirkland balsamic vinegar, at least not in my Orlando Costco.

            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

              They had it in Westbury, NY last week, near the olives, pickles and such, I believe. It was a very small stack, though - easy to miss.

              1. re: biondanonima

                I went last night, and not only did they not have Blaze, they told me they had never heard of it and were kind of rude about it. Maybe it's a regional product?

                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                  Sorry, I'm just seeing your question from the other day. I learned too that Blaze Glaze hasn't been on the Costco shelf. At the time I sampled it and bought a bottle it didn't occur to me that Costco wouldn't carry it. Maybe it didn't test well. I love the stuff. Making your own balsamic glaze from scratch takes a boat load of vinegar.

                  I'd visit the company site to find a location near you that sells it. The stuff has been enhancing my food and grilled foods for some time. http://www.modenafinefoods.com/blaze/

                  1. re: HillJ

                    TJs sells a balsamic glaze that is excellent on fresh mozzarella and all manners of fruit and vanilla ice cream. It is very reasonably priced, too.

                    1. re: ohmyyum

                      We're not getting our first TJ's until winter at earliest, but it can't open soon enough.

                      1. re: ohmyyum

                        I think I noticed the TJ's version on my last trip...very quickly didn't stop to read the label of ingredients.

                        When I sampled the Blaze Glaze at Costco the demonstrator was offering it drizzled over shards of aged parm. I liked it immediately..although the cheese was so so.
                        I've since bought the glaze at Wegman's for .50 more.

                        Excellent product.

                        Have you tried the TJ's brand ohmyyum?

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Yes, I have. In fact, I just drizzled it over some grilled peaches-- delicious!

                          Ingredients: concentrated grape must, balsamic vinegar of Modena- aceto di Modena IGP 20% (wine vinegar, concentrated grape must, coloring: caramel), modified starch.

                          Nothing in that ingredient list raises any alarms for me. The texture is thick and syrupy; the flavor is tangy and quite sweet. I've never tried the blaze glaze but I enjoy this product enough that I haven't really looked, either.

                          I don't remember how much it is at TJs but I think it was in the $3 range for an 8.5oz bottle. Certainly less expensive than the brands I've seen at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Harris Teeter.

                      2. re: HillJ

                        This stuff was on the shelf around 2 years ago, then discontinued, then brought back as I've bought some within the past 6 months, and it is on its way out. It appears to be a seasonal item.

                        1. re: LuckyCharm

                          I could swear I saw this on the shelf at the Brick, NJ Costco a couple weeks ago. However I am old and my mind is going so please call first.

              2. Has anyone on the east coast found the tomatoes in glass jars?

                1. Whoops! Posted on the wrong thread. Seattle Costco, 1 kg fresh asparagus $2.99 ($3.99 with a $1 instant rebate, no limit).

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                  1. re: Jeri L

                    I got this too, at the Lone Tree, CO store. Very good thick asparagus too, and lasted over a week.

                  2. Ford Farm Wensleydale with apricot and vanilla. Wonderful sweet creamy dessert cheese with real flecks of vanilla bean. $9.89/lb at my Coscto in NC.

                     
                    1. Went to a Costco for the first time ever while home visiting my brother.. and saw a double-pack of what seems to be a Biscoff rip-off ("Cookinotti"). Since I've not been able to find Biscoff in Canada at all, finding something similar to it was wonderful.. especially at that price! This was in Winnipeg, MB.

                      1. Don't try the banana foster pudding....highly addict-able, especially with extra banana's!

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                        1. re: liza219

                          Where would I find this substance? (So I know what section to avoid, you understand...)

                          1. re: Jeri L

                            You only live once! You can find the banana foster pudding near the cheesecakes, chocolate tuxedo mousse and ordered b-day cakes. It weighs about 4 lbs, rich, super-creamy, full of banana flavor...and I'll keep you guessing on the calorie count...but every time I just stand by that case in the bakery "someone" says in my ear....just go for it! My FIL loves it.

                          2. re: liza219

                            You are so right! I warned all my friends not to buy it, it is dangerous, and that if some snuck it's way into their cart, I'd happily relieve them of ownership. ;)

                          3. I bought a 2 lb. 3 oz. jar of Whole Fire Roasted Red Peppers at the Glen Mills, PA store for $3.95. I figured, for that price, how wrong could I go. They're really wonderful! Whole peppers, firm, delicious -- almost as good as the ones I roast myself but without the fuss and well-priced.

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                            1. re: CindyJ

                              What area did you find the peppers in? I searched in my store for them but couldn't find them.

                              1. re: juliejulez

                                They're generally in the area where the pickles, olives etc are located. They're an excellent buy.

                                1. re: treb

                                  I'll have to look more closely next time in that area... I was looking closely in the tomato section :) That's a crazy good price, considering my normal grocery store sells a tiny jar (that has 2 peppers in it) for $4.

                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                    I have bought them at the Seattle store but they are not often in stock around here.

                              2. re: CindyJ

                                We like those along with the artichokes for salads, both in the same size container. It always seems about $10 for both jars combined.

                                1. re: Dax

                                  I'll be on the lookout for the artichokes on my next trip. Are they in the same area as the peppers?

                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                    Same isle and pretty close to the peppers at mine in Alabama.

                                2. re: CindyJ

                                  that is a very good price, i will look for them. bottled red peppers don't seem to keep well, use them up quick.

                                  1. re: divadmas

                                    I dried some out once in a slow oven and they were great snacks.

                                3. Beef tongues, 2 to a pack, at the Redwood City, CA Costco. Also tripe and oxtails (for all I know they've always carried them but I've never looked in that section before). And some surprisingly good spiced turkey jerky from Krave.

                                  They still haven't brought back the paneer or the packaged bahn mi, darn it.

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                                  1. re: tardigrade

                                    Do u remember how much? Just so I can be even more jealous. I'd love it if they had it in N.Y.

                                    1. re: tardigrade

                                      I've seen those items at a Costco Business Center, great prices as well.

                                    2. Kirkland Signature tomato paste. really, really good. Low-acid too.

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                                      1. re: Chowrin

                                        Chowrin, is the tomato paste in a tube or a can? Looking to replace the tomato paste in the tube that Trader Joe's used to carry, but apparently recently discontinued.

                                        1. re: littleflower

                                          I just purchased a box of tomato paste at the Costco in Waltham, MA. The tomato paste is in cans.

                                          1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                            Oh okay, thanks...yeah, I prefer the convenience of having tomato paste in a tube but may consider this if it is a quality product.

                                            1. re: littleflower

                                              Agree with Chowrin, the paste is really good.

                                            2. re: PinchOfSalt

                                              Not about Costco tomato paste specifically... but you can freeze tomato paste. I lay out a piece of plastic wrap, blop on the remainder of a 3oz can, and then roll it into a sausage-like roll about the diameter of a quarter. Twist the ends and throw it in a ziploc bag in the freezer. If you cut a piece about 3/4" long, that's about 1 T.

                                              For a Costco-sized can of tomato paste: repeat 100x... :)

                                              1. re: truman

                                                Thank you so much for this tip! I've been pre measuring tablespoons, letting them freeze, then putting them in a Ziploc bag. The bag alone does not guard against freezer burn and it's a bit more hassle than your method. It never crossed my mind that I could cut it.
                                                Chowhound on!

                                                1. re: blackpippi

                                                  Unfortunately, this technique works with cookie dough too... you can always have freshly-baked cookies, for better or for worse!

                                                2. re: truman

                                                  and the best way to empty the can? Turn upside down onto your piece of plastic or wax paper, open the bottom and use the bottom end of the can to push out the paste.

                                                  1. re: gourmanda

                                                    Exactly. This is a great tip!

                                                    I just cut open both ends, slide one end cap off and use the other cap to push the contents into my pan/pot. It scrapes the insides clean while your doing it so there is little waste.

                                            3. Just tried Julie's Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bars, smooth mouth feel, great strawberry flavor, on sale at Costco and wicked addicting!

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                                              1. re: cstr

                                                sadly, my local costco stopped carrying those wonderful Julie's Frozen Yogurt Bars within a couple of months.
                                                still look for them everytime i'm in the store

                                                1. re: cstr

                                                  just saw them on sale at Whole Foods today 4/17

                                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                                    At what price? Costco, So CA, has a 12 pack for less than a buck a piece.

                                                    1. re: cstr

                                                      Saw them on sale with an instant rebate today, about 50 cents a bar.

                                                2. Westbury, NY had a large glass jar of Castelvetrano olives for a reasonable price (I think it was around $4/lb, $6 something for the jar) this week, so I took a chance. Unfortunately, they're not nearly as good as the ones I can get at the Fairway olive bar - sitting in brine doesn't do them any favors. I ate a handful and got maybe one or two that were still firm - the rest were mushy. I think they're going back.

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                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                    I've only seen the refrigerated Castelvetranos in tubs. They're very good.

                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                      I've had them recently, they were pretty good considering they went through the mechanical pitting process.

                                                      1. re: cstr

                                                        The ones we have in our Costco have pits. They're whole olives in brine.

                                                        1. re: ferret

                                                          I don't think we have these - I've looked for olives in the refrigerated section and never found them. The ones I mentioned are pitted and jarred. I'll have to look again in the refrigerated section.

                                                    2. Gedney one gallon whole dills - $4.20.. Nine boneless pork chops - 1 1/2 inch thick - $15. Maple Grove Mn.

                                                      1. New to us - brand name and price are escaping me, but chickpea-spinach patties (in the fridge case near spinach dip and hummus), two packs of six each. 60-90 sec in the microwave and voila, a non-fried felafel patty. This was in Concordville, PA.

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                                                        1. re: truman

                                                          I discovered these recently as well. I love them as a sandwich on Martin's potato rolls, and used them as a faux chicken parm with marinara on the bottom of a baking dish, the patties on top with a slice of mozz and served with pasta and extra marinara on the side.... kids LOVED it! Great alternative for meatless Monday.

                                                          1. re: centralpadiner

                                                            what a great idea, thanks for sharing! I usually throw them on/into pita bread and top with hummus.

                                                        2. found some blueberry biscuits in the frozen section just in time for berry season. Robinhood Meetinghouse I think. You get two big trays of frozen biscuit squares all ready to bake. Delicious and convenient. I need to run back to my montgomeryville pa store and grab more!

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                                                          1. re: givemecarbs

                                                            Has anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area seen these at their local Costco? I'd love to give these a try!

                                                            1. re: doublehelping

                                                              Our Costco does not sell them anymore. They are sold through our local Whole Foods, although in a smaller package and larger price.

                                                          2. Found Red Mill Gluten Free AP Flour at the South SF, Airport, Costco. $6.99 for 5lbs.

                                                            1. This past weekend at the Delaware store, I spotted a new hummus -- Hannah brand "restaurant style" rosemary & sea salt hommus. It is EXCELLENT, my new favorite store bought hummus. Great texture, lots of dried rosemary, paprika across the top. Comes in a round, flat 2 lb tub.

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                                                              1. re: Rilke

                                                                The Hannah brand tzatziki sauce is also excellent. I found it at the Seattle store.

                                                                  1. re: knowspicker

                                                                    I second that emotion! It is amazing. The flavors are spot on and the cucumber bits are crunchy and fresh tasting. I am eating it so much I should just strap it to my face like a horse.

                                                                    Also, the aidell's chicken meatballs in the refrigerated section are my new obsession. It is 2 vacu packs and one side is caramelized onion flavor and the other is mango jalapeño. The meatballs are moist and have a great flavor. Not at all dry, just the opposite, in fact.

                                                                  2. re: Rilke

                                                                    I just bought Hannah's Classic Hummus and way prefer it over the Sabra brand.
                                                                    Best part though, it's sold in 16 individual containers (or a two lb. tub) and is the same price as the tub. Normally I don't like so much plastic and waste, but what are you gonna do? This has just become a staple in our house. Happy!

                                                                  3. The almond butter is being sold in glass jars again!
                                                                    (San Diego)

                                                                    1. Finally tried the sushi at the Seattle store. This is made in house with Tamaki Gold rice. I tried the California roll with dungeness crab and the smoked salmon roll. Both were very good. Fresh and quality ingredients. Better than the kaiten sushi California rolls. $9.99 for 2 rolls. I really liked the smoked salmon roll which is made with lox. Looks like the Kirkland wild sockeye lox due to the dark color.

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                                                                      1. re: knowspicker

                                                                        ill look for in house made sushi. the premade stuff is really bad though. check out the poke if you are at hawaii costco.
                                                                        what is with moving everything around?

                                                                      2. I have to say I've been pretty disappointed in some of the cold storage vegetables.

                                                                        The snap peas that were so good a while back have gone sour on me in less than a week. Way sooner than the use by date. Same with the French green beans. It's a lot of vegetables to go through in under a week. Much longer than that and they end up in the trash.

                                                                        Tubs of organic salad greens have a bit of rotting greens which if not removed quickly will turn the whole container to mush in no time.

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                                                                        1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                          I always check the sell by dates to ensure I get the youngest bags. I've never had problems with the sugar snap peas. Remember you can always take your items back for a no questions asked return.

                                                                          1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                            i've had that problem with the organic salad greens EVERY time.
                                                                            i just stick with TJ's for them now.

                                                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                                                              costco produce is not great but the price is right. i have had the salad mix start to go after just a few days and others last over 2 weeks. you have to carefully look it over before buying.
                                                                              i have been getting the huge bag of non organic spinach. save some for salads, most gets steamed down to a fraction of its previous volume to be used with peanut sauce and steamed chicken breast.
                                                                              one thing i miss at costco tj has is large amount of basil for good price.

                                                                              1. re: divadmas

                                                                                I saute down that complete bag of spinach along with finely chopped onions or scallions. I mix about a dozen eggs with a pound of feta with a lot of ground pepper. I combine everything and put into a 9x12 pan with a coating of olive oil. I bake at 375 for 1 to 1.5 hours. I cut into breakfast size squares and freeze what I don't eat. It's like spinach pie without the phyllo dough. It heats up nicely in a pan for a convenient meal.

                                                                                1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                                  That sounds really good. I'm on weight watchers and bet I could modify with reduced fat feta (or goat) and some 'eggbeater' type stuff. Do you add any spices?

                                                                                  1. re: debbypo

                                                                                    I've done this, with egg white instead of whole eggs. 1/2 cottage cheese and 1/2 real cheese (feta, goat, mozzarella)

                                                                                2. re: divadmas

                                                                                  If you're lucky enough to have a Costco Business Center near you, they have 1 pound bags of basil for about $5.00.

                                                                                  1. re: treb

                                                                                    thanks, theres one about hour away. next time ill check it out. anything else good?

                                                                            2. I just bought Ciao Bella sorbet in individual cups - a 12 pack with 4 each of coconut, blood orange and mango sorbets. These were the huge hit of a recent afternoon party. Delicious sorbet in portion controlled packages!

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                                                                              1. re: milklady

                                                                                What! Can't wait to look for these on my next trip.

                                                                                1. re: milklady

                                                                                  Which Costco?
                                                                                  Definitely did not see this

                                                                                  1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                    Richmond, CA
                                                                                    They were with the popsicles and ice cream bars.

                                                                                2. The Astoria, NY Costco has started carrying a new coffee roast - it's Kirkland brand, in a brown bag, and I think it's Rwandan or something like that. Anyway, it's not nearly as good as the Guatemalan they used to have in a blue bag, but it's not bad - better than Starbucks, anyway.

                                                                                  1. Kirkland smoked pulled pork. this is pit smoked with real hickory wood. 32 oz. for about $12. Ingredients are: pork, water, salt, sodium nitrate, spice extract. Nothing unpronounceable or suspicious. Fully cooked, no sugary sauce. If you want sauce, add it yourself. Just microwave or boil the plastic bag on the stovetop. It's a lovely smoky taste. I eat it just warmed up. I can also foresee using it in lentil or split pea soups, or with potato hash. Another excellent Kirkland product.

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                                                                                    1. re: elise h

                                                                                      Is this in the meat/cheese section? It sounds great and I'll be looking for it tomorrow.

                                                                                      1. re: knowspicker

                                                                                        no. in my costco, it is with the refrigerated prepared foods. It is next to the pulled pork/meat from Jack Daniels. This is a different location from the costco prepared salads, sandwiches and sushi near the raw meat. Here's a link to a description and photo of the package:
                                                                                        http://thisweekfordinner.com/2010/12/...

                                                                                        Hope you enjoy it!

                                                                                        1. re: elise h

                                                                                          Thanks... I found it and they were even sampling it. Even my wife the non-pork eater liked it. It's much leaner than most of the pulled pork I've had. I think this will make some nice lunches at work.

                                                                                          1. re: knowspicker

                                                                                            I'm so glad you and your wife enjoyed it. It's one of the Kirkland brand's non fanfare, high quality products. I break up the meat into smaller portions and freeze most of it for later use.

                                                                                    2. Has anyone tried the zucchini cakes? Like zucchini latkes, found in the refrigerated section near the sausages and smoked salmon. They're a bit of an older item, but I look at them every time I go in and can never decide to spend the $ to try them...

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                                                                                      1. re: thursday

                                                                                        I'm not a Costco member ... yet. But TJ's just discontinued my favorite lox / smoked salmon.

                                                                                        Can any of you Costco members tell me if they sell good lox or smoked salmon?

                                                                                        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                                          Yes, they have a few brands to choose from.

                                                                                          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                                            The Kirkland smoked salmon is a fantastic product and a fantastic value.

                                                                                            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                                              One of costco's business plans is to set up shop near Jewish and Asian neighborhoods (networking...). I should hope the lox is good!

                                                                                            2. re: thursday

                                                                                              As I recall the zucchini cakes were pretty good, though not memorable enough that I got them again. Finds at Seattle Costco #1 today...chocolate tapioca pudding in the refrigerated section. Mariner dogs (Cloverdale Meats hot dogs) are back. I was tempted by the mini falafels but didn't buy. They had cherries but they were really ratty looking...I'm kind of surprised they're selling them.

                                                                                              1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                Yum....chocolate tapioca pudding....I hope they have it in N.Y.

                                                                                                1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                  My husband came home with the zucchini cakes. Do you remember if you did anything particular with them, or just heat them up and eat them as is?

                                                                                                  1. re: centralpadiner

                                                                                                    Probably just heated them up, served with sour cream if I had some!

                                                                                              2. I was impressed with the quality of their chocolate sheet cake found in the bakery section. Chocolate cake was really moist and although I am usually not a fan of too much icing on cakes we really enjoyed the icing on the sheet cake as it complemented the cake well.

                                                                                                1. I was at a new-to-me Costco in Waterbury, CT last weekend and found a couple of things I haven't been able to find in the NYC area. First, the 3-pack of Kerrygold butter, which is a steal - however, I found the butter to be extremely salty (and I like salt). I haven't ever felt this way about Kerrygold I've purchased in single blocks from a regular grocery store - has anyone else had this experience? Could just be an off batch.

                                                                                                  Anyway, we also bought a package of torta rolls. Our local Costco carries these as well, but if I recall correctly, they come in Costco packaging and look as though they were made in the Costco bakery. The ones I bought in CT are from the La Brea bakery, and although they look the same, I'm not sure they are the same. They're tasty enough, but a tiny bit sweeter than I would prefer.

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                                                                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                    Where exactly in the store did you find the butter? The Costco's in Massachusetts seem to only have their generic butter which is in the dairy section. In SF, the fancy butter was kept I think by the fancy cheeses. Am I missing something? I've looked and looked for fancy butter. Thanks.

                                                                                                    1. re: blackpippi

                                                                                                      In my store it's in the cold case of higher end cheeses, near the wine

                                                                                                      1. re: blackpippi

                                                                                                        The specialty butters are usually in the open coolers with the specialty cheeses, not in the regular dairy section. Easy to miss because they generally carry only one type (sometimes they also have truffle or compound butters) so it gets lost among the cheeses.

                                                                                                        1. re: blackpippi

                                                                                                          In Waterbury it was in a case with hummus, etc., near the cold produce walk-in. I've never seen Kerrygold or any other special butter in any of the other Costcos I frequent, though (Long Island, Westchester County and Queens).

                                                                                                          1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                            In Seattle they have had some really good French butter with sea salt. I'll have to look for it again. It was in the same cheese area as Kerry Gold. Someday I hope they carry Plugra. It's still one of my favorites. I'll have to suggest it.

                                                                                                          2. re: blackpippi

                                                                                                            It's official: I asked for help in the Dedham and Avon MA stores and they do not carry fancy butter. I really thought this would be standard in all Costcos.
                                                                                                            On the plus side, I found that my local supermarket carries a small soft tub of Kerrygold. I only use salted butter for toast on occasion so in the end I got exactly what I want.

                                                                                                            1. re: blackpippi

                                                                                                              Most Costco's that I've been to across country carry Kerrygold butter.

                                                                                                          3. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                            I felt the same about the Kerrygold butter. I used it mainly for sauces and the one time I spread it on the bread it was way too salty.

                                                                                                            1. re: mrsjoujou

                                                                                                              I buy the Kerrygold salted butter both at Costco and TJ and I've never gotten "too salty." (The Costco brand I find too salty, tho.)

                                                                                                          4. I've been all over the Kirkland pickled herring in wine sauce (glass jars in the refrigerated/seafood section, Tigard, OR store). It's about $4.99 a big jar, and very tasty, imo. Oddly, the last time I bought it the chatty cashier mentioned at check out, "I love this stuff, too! You know it's not real, right?" He then went on chattily and since I was in a hurry to leave, I didn't follow up to ask him what he meant by "not real." However, when I got home I checked the jars and "herring" is the first ingredient (followed by the usual suspects, vinegar, peppercorns, etc). Still bewildered by the cashier's comment, but I find it to be a good quality inexpensive pickled herring -- and I do go through phases of enjoying pickled herring and some crusty bread for lunch. :)

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                                                                                                            1. Yea: hazelnut chocolate cookies. seriously. divine.
                                                                                                              Yea: hotdogs
                                                                                                              Yea: 96% ground beef, tastes like hamburger^3
                                                                                                              Yea: Concord Grape Juice (from Washington? certainly not from Arkansas!)

                                                                                                              1. Got a package of Israeli Medjool dates about a week ago. Heavenly! Very fresh and moist. They almost melt in your mouth. This was at the Waltham, MA Costco.

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                                                                                                                1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                                                                  I didn't buy, but saw them in Harrisburg, PA. Very tempting, but such a large container, I was worried I'd never finish them before they started to go bad.... my issue with most Costco produce.

                                                                                                                  1. re: centralpadiner

                                                                                                                    Keep them in a sealed container or zip lock, they'll keep for a long time. Makes for great datenut bread!

                                                                                                                2. The Beefsteak tomatoes are in. Went to Everett MA Costco for the 1st time. Less crowded than Dedham and they sell liquor inside.

                                                                                                                  1. I saw they had Speculoo cookie spread from Italy! The brand was Pignotti and the price was pretty good. $8 for 2 large jars!

                                                                                                                    1. the costco chicken salad is very good, though spendy. the costco pretzel buns were better at demo than when i took them home.

                                                                                                                      1. Hey, has anyone tried the Essential Baking Company Super Seeded Gluten Free bread? (Seen today at Costco #1, Seattle) I don't avoid gluten but was intrigued anyway, not just because it looked good, but because of its shelf stable packaging. We're leaving on vacation soon, so I didn't want to buy any food.

                                                                                                                        1. I went to buy my normal bag of frozen organic wild blueberries at Costco when I saw they had frozen figs! Has anyone tried them? For 1 kg, it was 6.99

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                            Wow hope mine has them. Where do you live?

                                                                                                                            1. re: layerlessonion

                                                                                                                              Toronto Ontario Canada. I think I'm going to buy them and create a tart with them.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                Sounds great. I'm a ways away from you but am heading to my Costco now. Keeping my fingers crossed.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                              I didn't see frozen ones at the Lone Tree CO store, but I did see fresh ones, I think a dozen of them. Didn't notice the price but opted not to buy them since I'm cooking for one most of the time and worried I couldn't get through them all before going bad. Bummer because I love figs, and grew up in "fig land" (Central CA).

                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                I too buy for one and when I buy the fresh figs I put the ones I can't eat into the freezer (whole) and use them with frozen/fresh strawberries to make a smoothie.

                                                                                                                            3. Noticed a week ago or so in RWC, SF Peninsula, Snake River Farms Kobe beef patties. I believe they were 2 8oz. patties per pkg, total of 3 pkgs (frozen) for 17.99. I was in a hurry & made a mental note that this might be a "gourmet" product. Anyone tried them?

                                                                                                                              1. Costco, CA
                                                                                                                                Just bought Rainier Cherries - delicious, nearly all gone!
                                                                                                                                Apricots - they were ripe but bitter. Trashing these.
                                                                                                                                Blackberries - very nice and sweet.
                                                                                                                                Tony Romas Boneless Ribs - the bbq smell was incredible - I'm not a meaty person but I tasted a bit and it was very tender. OH LOVED it. Very fatty though (of course, ribs).

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                                                                                                                                1. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                  I tried the Forelle pears from the Seattle store and they were great. Small, cute and very sweet. Texture is much better at room temp than cold from the fridge. But one of my favorite pear varieties now.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: knowspicker

                                                                                                                                    I'll add not to let them get over ripe as they do get mushy when over ripe.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: toopie28

                                                                                                                                    Scored some Rainier Cherries today at Montgomeryville Pa. Amazing.

                                                                                                                                  3. Great CA peaches available the past two weeks, really sweet. Bing cherries are also in stock.

                                                                                                                                    1. Lots of new products at the Westbury, NY store today. I was happy to see Premio fresh chicken sausages again, since they stopped carrying them for a while. A new two-pack of ground turkey, various new vegetables (kale, a couple of new lettuce varieties, heirloom tomatoes, eggplants) and a new dark roast Costa Rican coffee.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                                                                          It was a big bag of "baby kale," pre-washed if I recall correctly.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                              Looking forward to this!!!
                                                                                                                                              They used to have earthbound farm baby kale in a plastic box, but that's no more.
                                                                                                                                              A few weeks ago they had a bag of a kale mix (kale, romaine, spinach) but it was a salad "mix." I'm not Interested in the packets of dressing and nuts.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                                                                                I bought the kale mix "salad" not realizing it had (horrible) dressing included, as well as seeds and nuts. I quite liked the raw stuff but the dressing was vile (soooo sweet) and the rest is still in my fridge. Then I found the baby kale and tried it, but it was so bitter as to be inedible :(
                                                                                                                                                I wish they would sell the mix without the dressing.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: estnet

                                                                                                                                                  Toss the dressing and make your own.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: estnet

                                                                                                                                                    Saw the baby kale, and bought it. Unfortunately, not like I remembered it. Had a strange chemical smell when I ate it raw. Sautéed it with shiitake mushrooms and onions and it was delicious- no weird smell.

                                                                                                                                                    Wegmans has it too, and it's around the same priced. Packed in a plastic box, no funky smell.

                                                                                                                                          1. Kirkland organic crushed tomatoes in packs of four 24oz glass jars.

                                                                                                                                            Organic tomatoes, organic tomato puree, sea salt, citric acid.

                                                                                                                                            100% California tomatoes, 2012 harvest. Delicious.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: techie2

                                                                                                                                              Where do you find these? In the aisle with the canned tomatoes/paste? I didn't see them at my store but I wasn't really looking - will have to keep an eye out next time.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: techie2

                                                                                                                                                I found these at the Shoreline store [near canned tomato paste/sauce]. Great deal. They were out in the Seattle store.

                                                                                                                                              2. The Neapolitan pizza joint near me told be that wine is food... So, the Pendulum Red Blend [Seattle store #1] is a really nice wine and about $4-5 less per bottle than in the grocery store.

                                                                                                                                                The organic strawberries are really good. The Copper River Sockeye is in the stores now and very good.

                                                                                                                                                1. At the Shoreline, WA store... I found Unsalted mixed nuts with cashews, almonds, pistachios and pecans. I'm glad to find these as I always thought the regular mixed nuts were a bit over salted.

                                                                                                                                                  1. a saw a box of nori, cut into strips and packed about 6 to a plastic wrapper. in my experience these come in a plastic jar with a large desiccant. if you leave them out, even though they are sealed in plastic film, within a day or so they start getting sticky and soft. does anyone know if this boxed nori stands up?

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: divadmas

                                                                                                                                                      If you are talking about the Kirkland nori packages with 6 individually wrapped packages in a cellophane wrapper then each of the 6 packages has a silica pack so they keep quite well. I have even found that is I open one package and don't finish it that I can put the tray/silica pack in a ziplock and have it keep well for another day or three.

                                                                                                                                                    2. A few of the stores in the DMV have frozen Tomahawk chops available--$14.99/lb, pack of 2, running over $70 per pack.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: estnet

                                                                                                                                                          It's a bone-in ribeye steak with the rib attached (and frenched). Looks like a giant lamb chop.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ferret

                                                                                                                                                            I saw these in Norwalk CT as well. The price was a bit high, though, if I recall correctly - at least $4 per pound more than the regular ribeyes from the cold case.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                              Not attempting to justify the price difference, but any instance where there's more human involvement in the processing it's gonna cost more.

                                                                                                                                                      1. I was in the Norwalk, CT store today and they had a 2lb double pack (4lb total) of thick-cut, applewood smoked bacon in the refrigerated section (with the regular Kirkland brand thin-cut bacon). $17.99 or $4.50/lb. I've never seen this in any other Costco - I didn't buy it, because I had just stocked up on Wright's brand bacon, but I hope to see it again.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                          They have it at the Waltham, MA Costco. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                            Forgot to mention: the Norwalk store also had fresh basil in the produce section, which I've never seen at the stores in the NYC area. However, it was $5 for 6oz., which seemed a bit pricey to me, especially since i could see there were a lot of tough/heavy stems included. I can get a bunch at my local grocery store for about $1.50 that probably weighs 3 oz, so really not a steal.

                                                                                                                                                          2. CA Costco.

                                                                                                                                                            WONDERFUL peaches and white nectarines. Costco has great peaches during the summer for about 2 months. A must try.
                                                                                                                                                            Red cherries looked great too - didn't buy them but maybe next time.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Rader Farms Frozen Organic Mango 4lb bag for less than $10 in Port Chester, NY

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: djca

                                                                                                                                                                Saw Kirkland- Rader frozen berry mix, 4lbs bag for 11.89.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Just got strawberry cherries, awesome! Pretty limited supply.

                                                                                                                                                                1. i tried the braided apple strudel along with some cheese and it was ok. but crisped up in toaster oven and sprinkled with powdered sugar it was very good. a little light on the apples. on special for a few more days till end of this coupon cycle.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Copper River ockeye salmon filets, $10.99/lb! Pittsburgh, PA

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rick

                                                                                                                                                                      Saw those they're wild caught and fresh not frozen.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                        They're delicious too! They started out at $13.99/lb, then dropped to $11.99/lb (which is when I bought 7 lbs, which I then cut and froze). Right after I bought the 7 lbs it went down to $10.99/lb! Oh well, the local grocery store is selling it for $19.99/lb.

                                                                                                                                                                        A few weeks ago they had wild King Salmon for $14.99/lb! Bought a nice 3 lb filet of that which I also cut down and froze.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rick

                                                                                                                                                                          Burbank, CA had wild caught fresh copper river sockeye for 9.99 a lb today-

                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Costco in Grand Rapids MI had some amazing kilbeasa sausages a few weeks ago. The vendor was sampling them (not the usual Costco employees), and I am kicking myself for not buying more!

                                                                                                                                                                      I wish I could remember the brand name. As usual, I repackaged them as soon as we got home, and pitched the original packing. :(

                                                                                                                                                                      They were FANTASTIC!

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                                                                                        Reminds me, Costco in nj had jacks kosher sausages
                                                                                                                                                                        Grilled them last night- delicious

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Selling olive oil that's at least seven months old as new sounds pretty sketchy to me. Certainly newer than most of what's sold in the U.S., but a long way from fresh-pressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: emu48

                                                                                                                                                                          Can you elaborate? Did I miss something?