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The best frozen, mixed berries in an area grocery chain?

mcel215 Jun 26, 2013 02:42 AM

Hi, I am looking for quality and good pricing.

I use lots of frozen berries in my cereal and for baking.

Right now I buy a 3lb. bag of mixed berries at Market Basket, for 8.99.
The quality is great, just don't know if it's the best buy. The brand is Wyman's.

Thanks.

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    bear RE: mcel215 Jun 26, 2013 03:43 AM

    Have you tried Trader Joe's? I like the quality of their frozen berries in general and the prices are reasonable, although I'm not sure they will beat the MB prices.

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      treb RE: mcel215 Jun 26, 2013 05:14 AM

      Costco has frozen organic mixed berries. Next time I go I'll report back on the bag size and price.

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        Allstonian RE: treb Jun 26, 2013 05:46 AM

        BJ's also has frozen organic berries - I think it's 2.5 or 3 pounds to 10 or 11 dollars. The BJ's mix is strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries - no blueberries, in case that matters to you.

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          KWagle RE: Allstonian Jun 27, 2013 12:12 AM

          Costco's mix is raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Since I want to eat them with cream, I'd prefer something other than blueberries, their skins preclude them thickening the cream. Strawberry pieces would be fine.

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            enhF94 RE: KWagle Jun 27, 2013 04:50 PM

            whoa, can you say a little more about this? In order to thicken the cream, do you just soak berries overnight or mush them up as you eat? This sounds great.

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              KWagle RE: enhF94 Jun 28, 2013 01:09 AM

              Just mix raspberries with heavy cream. The cream will thicken up noticeably. Mashing them up helps. It's not particularly more delicious but it has a nicer mouthfeel when thickened.

              Years ago I asked why this happens on rec.food.cooking, but I've forgotten the answer and can't find the thread by searching.

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          kobuta RE: treb Jun 26, 2013 08:40 AM

          I would second Costco. I haven't tried mixed berries, but I bought a bag of their Wyman's wild bluerberries and I thought they were really good.

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            Science Chick RE: kobuta Jun 26, 2013 08:53 AM

            I agree with Wyman's. Their frozen Maine wild blueberries are hard to beat! Costco has huge bags of them.

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            Melanie Wong RE: treb Jun 27, 2013 12:28 AM

            Costco's Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend is under recall.
            http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbre...

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              bostonfoodz RE: Melanie Wong Jun 27, 2013 04:56 AM

              you need to read the fine print in recalls, as they are state specific. Massachusetts is not included in that-- only 8 states are.

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                owades RE: bostonfoodz Jun 27, 2013 06:12 AM

                The list of eight states tells where confirmed cases of Hepatitis A have been located thus far; it doesn't mean that the contaminated berries are confined to those states. The specific information of lot numbers is what you should pay attention to. Costco stores have surely pulled bad lots from sale, but a bag in your own freezer should be checked.

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            LilBrownBat RE: mcel215 Jun 26, 2013 10:10 AM

            Worth a try: Trader Joe's fancy mixed berries. They've got another mix but I like the fancy one better (I use them mostly for smoothies).

            1. mcel215 RE: mcel215 Jun 27, 2013 03:01 AM

              Thanks.... I'll try Costco and TJ's to compare.

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              1. hotoynoodle RE: mcel215 Jun 27, 2013 05:25 PM

                i don't like frozen strawberries, so buy market basket raspberries and blackberries and mix. they are cheaper than costco.

                1. Pia RE: mcel215 Jun 27, 2013 05:52 PM

                  I like the blend at Target -- can't tell you for sure how much it is, but it's not sweetened and it's good quality. However, it has whole strawberries, which can be a pain because they're so much larger than the other berries.

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                    latertater RE: mcel215 Jun 28, 2013 09:32 AM

                    I know you mentioned mixed berries, but I like the little Maine Wild Blueberries which you can get at Market Basket (it is the store brand).

                    Trader Joe's also has good frozen products.

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                      treb RE: latertater Jun 28, 2013 10:51 AM

                      Costco Kirkland-Rader mixed berries, 4lbs bag for 11.89.

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