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Gardein went kosher!

CloggieGirl Nov 17, 2013 05:10 PM

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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    PotatoPuff Dec 3, 2013 12:00 PM

    Got multigrain tenders from Fairway- they were amazing! Most of the varieties did not yet have hashgaha.

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      shoelace Dec 3, 2013 08:11 AM

      for anyone interested, im told gardein is on sale this week at fairway

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        queenscook Dec 3, 2013 09:41 AM

        Which Fairway? UWS did not have them when I checked a couple of weeks ago.

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          shoelace Dec 3, 2013 03:32 PM

          ive seen them at pelham recently, and in queens over the summer- which doesnt mean thay havent had them in queens recently, but that im not big frozen section person in the fall

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        sharonfl Nov 20, 2013 01:33 PM

        Super Target has a pretty extensive selection of the Gardein products. Trader Joe's has the chicken nuggets, a stuffed "turkey" product, and I suspect the mandarin chicken product they carry is also Gardein because it is made in Canada, but the package doesn't have the hechsher yet.

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          CloggieGirl Nov 27, 2013 02:35 PM

          I tried the stuffed turkey. The gravy needed some pepping up but it certainly beats the other fake turkeys (heckshered and otherwise) that I've had. That's not the highest bar to surpass but I would gladly buy more.

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          SoCal Mother Nov 19, 2013 07:24 PM

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

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            avitrek Nov 19, 2013 07:39 PM

            What steak are you getting for $6?

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              queenscook Nov 19, 2013 08:08 PM

              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.

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                avitrek Nov 19, 2013 08:29 PM

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

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                  queenscook Nov 19, 2013 09:32 PM

                  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.

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                    avitrek Nov 20, 2013 05:22 AM

                    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.

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                      koshergourmetmart Nov 20, 2013 06:27 AM

                      why are we talking about meat while discussing gardein?

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                        queenscook Nov 20, 2013 10:14 AM

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

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                  SoCal Mother Nov 19, 2013 09:16 PM

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

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                  CloggieGirl Nov 20, 2013 02:48 PM

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

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                    SoCal Mother Nov 27, 2013 08:52 PM

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

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                  CloggieGirl Nov 19, 2013 05:07 PM

                  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. azcohen Nov 18, 2013 12:05 PM

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

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                      koshergourmetmart Nov 19, 2013 09:14 AM

                      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

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                        cheesecake17 Nov 19, 2013 10:45 AM

                        Thanks for clarifying

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                      maga Nov 18, 2013 11:24 AM

                      This is amazing news!!

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                        cheesecake17 Nov 17, 2013 05:16 PM

                        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
                          kosherfoodie1226 Nov 18, 2013 04:53 PM

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

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                            cheesecake17 Nov 18, 2013 05:48 PM

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

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                              queenscook Nov 18, 2013 07:09 PM

                              Does the TJ's brand have hashgacha?

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                                koshergourmetmart Nov 18, 2013 08:10 PM

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

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                                  masteraleph Nov 18, 2013 08:38 PM

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

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                                    cheesecake17 Nov 19, 2013 08:34 AM

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

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                                  CloggieGirl Nov 19, 2013 02:46 PM

                                  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. :-)

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                                    shaytmg Nov 27, 2013 06:58 AM

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

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