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Apr 27, 2013 06:40 AM

What to Buy at Costco?

Hello --

A friend is going to include me (a non-Costco member) on his shopping trip there. It's going to be a quick one, so I won't have time to wander around. I'm hoping some Chowhounders can tell me what food stuffs I should make a beeline for. I've heard they have very good smoked salmon. Anything else?


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  1. mozzarella di bufala, their wine selection is well priced and interesting, their produce are fresh, cheap for the quantity but come in large quantity

    1. I really like their jarred pesto, it's just their Kirkland brand.

      Another vote for the produce too, if you think you can work your way through it. I had some great asparagus from there recently, and I always buy their organic fuji apples. I eat one apple a day and I can still make it through the flat without them going remotely bad, I just keep them in the fridge. The asparagus was a little harder for 2 of us to get through but we made it in just over a week :)

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        1. re: juliejulez

          Love the pesto as well.

          I also like the Kirkland Olive Oil.

        2. Don't forget to look at non-food items, HD TV's, note pads, cameras, jewerly, sunglasses, some great value there.

          1. Buy a gift card, then you can go in without having membership and can check it out at your own pace.

            1. Anything in the bakery is great. Pies are huge, so you need a group to finish them. The produce may be large amounts, but works out cheaper than Safeway even if we can't eat it all.
              Any of their prepared food is very good: rotisserie chicken, shrimp salads, chicken salad, and other meals.

              The Kirkland brand Vodka (Grey Goose), Bourbon(Woodford Reserve), and Tequila( Patron) are excellent and low priced.

              Costco is probably the only chain that sells prime meat. All of their meat is excellent.

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              1. re: Janet

                Costco bourbon comes in a bottle that is similar to Woodford Reserve and when I first saw it, I was pretty excited. But it is most definitely not Woodford Reserve. One taste will tell you that. Haven't done side-by-side tastings on the tequila (which I think is fine for a margarita) or the vodka (I think Grey Goose is all marketing and no taste), but Kirkland has done a brilliant job of making their customers think, at least when it comes to their spirits, they're getting something that they're not.

                1. re: JoanN

                  Oh, that bourbon is really harsh... and I love 90% of the Kirkland products I've tried.

                  1. re: toasters

                    I found it an easy sipper. A bit light on flavor but not bad for a Beam whiskey at $20/liter 7 yrs old and 103 proof

                  2. re: JoanN

                    Yeah, the Kirkland vodka bottles look similar to Grey Goose bottles. We bought some for infused vodkas and found it to be fine for grain vodka and very well priced at about $14 for a 1.75L (I think)?

                  3. re: Janet

                    And Kirkland Tequila is also not Patron!

                    Kirkland Tequila is produced by Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, S.A. De C.V. which is absolutely not Patron who has their own distillery. (which does produce a few other tequilas but not Kirkland)


                    1. re: Janet

                      "Costco is probably the only chain that sells prime meat. All of their meat is excellent."

                      Maybe all of their prime meat is good, but I've found that when it comes to meat other than prime, it's variable. Some is VERY good (loin lamb chops, boneless short ribs, whole tenderloin) and some not so great (strip steaks, boneless rib steaks)