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Why is Trader Joe's Sushi so off-putting?

Is it just me, or does anyone really like Trader Joe's sushi? I am in the Boston area, fyi. Its like the rice is like compressed or something. It is not even as good as the cheap sushi I occasionallly buy at the local Market Basket.

Maybe its just because it has to be pre-prepared and shipped, versus at least assembled by hand at the grocery counter..

Maybe this is a regional thing - does anyone get really good maki/rolls at their TJ's?

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  1. It's not just you. Their sushi really is bottom of the barrel.

    1. Pre-packing at a central commissary is the antithesis of sushi. The better question is why are you even contemplating the purchase? It's not like there's a superior version of pre-packaged sushi with a sell-by date a week into the future that you're missing out on.

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      1. re: ferret

        Not really contemplating it, just more surprised they even bother to put it on the shelves.. I guess somebody must buy it..

        1. re: grant.cook

          It's like Starbucks baked goods, also trucked in from another state. "Someone" is buying the stale scones and banana bread slices too.

      2. I once looked at TJ's sushi and put it right back to the shelf.
        They looked horrible. No sushi from TJ and Costco.

        1. 'Maybe its just because it has to be pre-prepared and shipped, versus at least assembled by hand at the grocery counter'

          That pretty well sums it up

          1. Nope it's terrible here too (NC). I don't understand why anyone would buy sushi from trader joe's. Besides the weird compressed rice, TJ's sushi also features gray avocado and suspect "fish product" and always looks like the package has been dropped numerous times. Any/all of my local grocery stores employ sushi chefs, and any/all have offerings that are so much better in quality and not much more expensive. In fact, the sushi at whole foods is quite good! I love trader Joe's for lots of things but never ever sushi.