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Jun 14, 2013 03:26 PM

Tough Striploin at Costco!

I bought my first striploin from Costco last week.
I was totally disappointed.
Beef was tough center to outside!
Being a pro chef i know my beef.
They say there meat is triple A..,I have doubts.
i returned it for full refund

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  1. Great to know the "pros" shop at Costco!

    No issues with Costco beef for me, though.

    1. How did you prepare it? Not much marbling in that cut for sure.

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      1. re: letsindulge

        meat looked and smelt fine..lots of marbeling.
        Let sit out half hour,seasoned and grilled M R...Tough.
        Are outside say Quater..Not Center supposed to be the same as center on tenderness?

        1. re: welshrarebit

          I have had plenty tender NY strip at Costco. I have had a few tough ones too.

      2. I don't really understand the point of this post? You complain about purchasing tough meat from Costco, and was dissatisfied with their product and so you got a full refund for it. It's not like they sold you bad meat (i.e. rotten), or gave you bad customer service when you went for a refund either.

        1. Costco did the right thing and refunded your money. Why are you complaining?

          Thousands of us have enjoyed good cuts of beef from Costco over the years.

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          1. re: letrell

            Welshrarebit isn't complaining about Costco's excellent customer relations policies. He's complaining about the quality of the meat that he bought. Isn't that exactly what people would want to hear on this board?

            1. re: Yongeman

              Tough beef can be purchased anytime, anywhere at any price point. That is life in the big city! Ok, so the same problem occurred this time at Costco and they did what they could do.

              1. re: Bacchus101

                I don't disagree with that.

                I love Costco for lots of reasons:


                1. re: Bacchus101

                  had the same experience but my top loin was marked as Prime really? Should have known when I packaged remainder to freeze they were all different sizes and shapes/thickness.

            2. We have gotten tough beef frequently when paying for Prime and had no recourse except to complain with no compensation. I am not a pro chef thus I apply my limited knowledge and then take the word of the butcher at reputable shops. As noted Costco did the right thing which is over and beyond what many stores/markets would do. I do understand the disappointment and the inconvenience of ruining a dinner however, Costco did the best they could do, the right thing.