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Nov 30, 2013 05:25 PM

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday among loved ones and good eats. The holiday spirit is alive and the season promises to be one of happiness, joy, celebration and love. The aisles of Trader Joe's will be bustling with shoppers seeking out old favorites, and new, unique and tasty delights.

What items have you tried recently, would you rate these items with a Yay/Meh or Nay?

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  1. The shelf-stable box of mushroom soup is very good. It's vegetarian, very flavorful, with chunks of mushroom and a nice rich color. The only criticism is it is perhaps just a little on the salty side. I added only a little milk and mostly water to it.

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    1. re: RussTheRaccoon

      Yes, I like it too but find it too salty as well. It is definitely too salty to have on its own but added to other things in a casserole (with NO other salt added) it does fine I think.

      1. re: wrldtrvl

        They were still out of it today. : (

    2. A week or two ago I found Danish Feta cubes in brine. Oh salty treat Yum! They might have been there before , but I"m so happy I've made the container last 2 weeks!

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      1. re: autumm

        I love to use these in my work salad... they are cut just the right size and I like the basket i comes in, makes much less of a mess. It'd also be good if you are making a salad in pot luck and don't want to hog someone else's kitchen...


        1. re: Dommy

          Agree that the Danish feta is very good, but it will never replace the Greek Feta in brine that's always in my's delish and has a ridiculously long shelf life before the expiration date.

          1. re: josephnl

            I feel the same way! But for convinced sake, I'm glad they have the danish. :)


            1. re: josephnl

              I agree, love that Greek Feta and it lasts forever if you don't eat it before then. My last tub I think I had for at least 2 months.

        2. YAY: Chocolate lava cakes (frozen item). 45 seconds in the microwave, top w/ a scoop of ice cream = pure deliciousness.

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          1. re: HeyImBack

            Oooh!! My grandsons will love these!

            1. re: Harts52

              When you use the TJ chocolate lava cakes, save the plastic cups they come in as they are perfect for freezing individual portions of mashed potatoes.

          2. Yay! - TJ's organic sweetened condensed milk. If you like your coffee with sugar and cream, try this instead. A spoonful (small or large, to your taste) transforms your daily Joe into a mellow Vietnamese treat.

            Yay! - TJ's Baingan Bharta eggplant curry. Nicely-seasoned: spicy, but not too much, with a smoky undertone. Excellent over rice or as a dip, with chips.

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              1. re: ALITIN

                I third that - it's a staple in my house!

              2. re: pugsam

                Yesterday, our TJ's had no Baingan Bharta! And a crewman told us that it's been discontinued!!! Anyone else finding that?

                So, instead, we got the Channa Masala........Haven't tried it yet.........

                1. re: pugsam

                  I really like the Channa Masala. I'm not a frozen meal person... but this is really good!


                  1. re: pugsam

                    I find the Chana Masala particularly good with raita or even just plain Greek yogurt on top.

                    1. re: aching

                      Thanks for the tip. I like the Channa Masala okay, but always thought it needed something.

                    2. re: pugsam

                      Oh no! I love the eggplant. I hope the employee was wrong or maybe just your store isn't going to stock it because it wasn't selling. I have found they are frequently wrong about what has happened to an item that is out of stock.

                      Those shelf-stable boxed Indian meals are made by Tasty Bite so if TJ's no longer is going to carry it, you can find it in grocery stores or order from Amazon. Sometimes Amazon will put Tasty Bite on sale or you can use Subscribe & Save.

                    3. re: pugsam

                      yep, the Baingan Bharta is quite delish! love it!

                      1. re: Val

                        It's been out at our store. Does yours still have it?

                        1. re: pugsam

                          pugsam, pretty sure we do have it...I've been avoiding TJ's the past few days to be honest...just cannot stand the insanity in there before Christmas but will check tomorrow since I need to get over there.

                          1. re: pugsam

                            pugsam, you're right...NO baingan bharta at our store in Naples...I've been twice since Christmas. yikes...well, maybe it will show up again. Their organic green tea (bags) were MIA for a while but are back now...but have noticed their organic frozen spinach is still missing after a few months now. argh!

                      2. The frozen petit fours were a Yay at our house; they're faintly almond-y with a little raspberry jam inside, and they made a great pre-Thanksgiving dessert for the visiting family!

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                        1. re: JulesNoctambule

                          Someone was on the TJs holiday thread asking for an opinion on these. I forget who....