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Gardein went kosher!

Maybe I'm late to this party, but I only found this out recently. I was browsing my options in the frozen section last week and saw something unusual. Was that hashgacha? On Gardein? Yup.

According to their website: All gardein frozen retail products made after July 1, 2013 are certified kosher (by BC Kosher – a division of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC Canada) with the exception of our chick’n sliders, beefless sliders, breakfast sandwiches, and Holiday Turk’y Roast.

I took some 7-grain crispy tenders home and they were delicious. The outside got properly crispy and had flavor of its own. The protein was firm and even did well on a plata for shabbat lunch. We'll be trying out their mandarin chick'n tomorrow night for dinner.

Since it sometimes takes companies a while to get through old packaging without the hashgacha, I wrote to them to find out the relationship between production dates and the "best by" dates stamped onto the bottom crimp of each bag. In my local whole foods, only two products have the new packaging but why limit myself if I don't have to? I'll report when I hear back.

Edited to add that it looks like all of the products are not only kosher but also pareve.

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  1. Wow! Looking forward to trying the mandarin chikn

    I think the 7grain tenders are the same as what trader joes is selling. Those appeared in TJs mid summer

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      Are these available in supermarkets in NY/NJ area or only in Trader Joes. I haven't seen them.

      1. re: kosherfoodie1226

        They're trader joes private label. Yellowish/mustard colored bag.

          1. re: queenscook

            go to coupons.com to get a $1.00 coupon for gardein

            1. re: queenscook

              Yes. Cost is $2.99 (at least on the UWS).

              1. re: queenscook

                Yes. It's a BC on top of a K inside a rectangle. Printed underneath the rectangle is "not pas yisrael"

            2. re: kosherfoodie1226

              I get mine at whole foods and fresh direct carries a few of them. I had the mandarin chick'n one last night and didn't want to share. :-)

              1. re: kosherfoodie1226

                I have found these at Shop Rite and Target in the NJ area. They are pretty good.

            3. This is amazing news!!

              1. Great, I was wondering what that symbol was and if it was good.

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                1. re: azcohen

                  it is Rabbinical Council of British Columbia

                  Rabbi Avraham Feigelstak
                  604-731-1803 401-1037 W Broadway
                  Vancouver, B.C. V6H 1E3

                  crc chicago says it is a good hasgacha

                2. Here's the response I received from Gardein about kosher items in old packaging :

                  Thank you for your email and interest in our gardein products. All of our frozen products have a 1 year shelf life permitting they are stored appropriately. Thus anything that is made after July 1st, 2013 (or expire after July 1st, 2014) would be considered kosher aside from the 4 products listed on our website. I hope this answers your question.

                  1. Bought a mandarin chicken tonight but it was $6! It had better be good at the price of steak.

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                      1. re: avitrek

                        Are you saying that's high or low?

                        There's plenty of types of steak available in the $6.00 range here in Queens. Seasons' current circular has a number of varieties for in the $5.00--$8.00 per pound range, so unless you are eating the entire pound, $6.00 is probably about right for a serving. In fact, the Gardein stuff is really far more expensive, since the $6.00 is for a package that probably weighs 8 oz. or so. Therefore, the per pound price would be closer to $12.

                        1. re: queenscook

                          Wow. Fresh direct(easiest to check online right now) has steaks for $14-$15/lb with the steaks being ~.9 lb.

                          1. re: avitrek

                            Competition here in Queens has brought prices down over the past few years (with the addition of Aron's and Season's), but even before that, I don't think steak was ever in the $15 range. I don't buy steak, but remember that brisket was about the most expensive meat I ever bought, and even that was "only" in the $10/lb. range. I occasionally paid more for bison, when that was easily available. Now I try to buy only grass-fed beef, since I haven't seen any bison around, so that can cost a bit more, but Season's often has good specials even on the grass-fed beef, where the brisket is only $5.00/lb or so.

                            1. re: queenscook

                              Brisket in general is a cheap cut of meat on a per pound basis. It's expensive because you're buying multiple pounds at a time. But I've always remembered brisket being cheaper per pound than steaks. And for the record, brisket is currently $14/lb at Fresh direct.

                              1. re: avitrek

                                why are we talking about meat while discussing gardein?

                                1. re: avitrek

                                  Also, with Fresh Direct, you are paying for convenience. (A lot, if you ask me!)

                          2. re: avitrek

                            The Gardein is around a half pound. I can probably get a serving of steak for that price.

                          3. re: SoCal Mother

                            Where are you getting a package for $6? Even Whole Foods charges less. Also, is that steak for two people for $6?

                            1. re: CloggieGirl

                              Krogers. But I found some at 3.69 tonight in Target.