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Feb 9, 2014 01:34 PM

Your Top 5 Trader Joe's Products? - 2014

Products come and go and our taste buds change. What are the top 5 TJ products you can't live without? Here's mine...

1. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
2. Tomato Basil Marinara
3. Jarred Crushed Garlic
4. California Estate Olive Oil
5. Salsa Verde

Honorable Mentions of Non-Food Items:
1. Vitamin E Oil
2. Coconut Body Butter
3. "Greenie" Dog Treats

What are your favorites?

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    1. re: TXMandy

      Thank you for starting an updated version of this thread - I have already tried a couple of the recommendations out and can't wait to try more! Could you provide a link on the 2013 version to this new one? I think some people from the old version may not be aware that a new one has begun. TIA!!

    2. 1. Cretan Olive Oil
      2. Mushroom Turnovers
      3. Canned Corn
      4. Crème fraîche
      5. Buffalo Mozzarella

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      1. re: linguafood

        I have got to try the mushroom turnovers with all the great feedback! Also have to agree about the canned corn, it is the only one we buy now.

      2. 1: Salsa Autentica. My favorite storebought salsa (around here in New England, anyway), and a steal for the price.
        2: Almond Croissants. I can't believe I never even considered these until reading about them on CH.
        3: Kouign Amann
        4: Cheddar cheese - the specifics vary, but at any given time there's at least one fantastic cheddar at a better price than I can get elsewhere
        5: Frozen haricots verts - I don't know what it is about Trader Joe's, but some of their frozen vegetables are so much better than I can get elsewhere, which is a godsend in a climate with such a short growing season.

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        1. re: okaycheckitout

          the Kouign Amann is ridiculous. It is my friend's favorite too. I have two pumpkin croissants stashed in my freezer and am going to grab more almond and chocolate croissants soon. So all the rise and bake stuff. Haven't tried the plain croissants but I will get around to it.
          Puff pastry, pie crust, wide egg noodles and the decaf peppermint tea that is seasonal.

          1. re: okaycheckitout

            I should have added the salsa autentica to the verde! I always pick up both and love it.

          2. 1. Kimchee fried rice (frozen)
            2. Spanish olive oil
            3. Coconut cream (lotions)
            4. Pounder plus, dark chocolate
            5. Dark Chocolate peanut butter cups


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            1. re: mcel215

              I enjoyed the kimchee fried rice, but my husband found it to spicy. More for me I guess ;-)

              1. re: mcel215

                I had heard the kimchee fried rice had been discontinued but the cashier said it was being "reformulated" and would be back soon.

                1. re: AmyH

                  I know Amy, it's been off the shelf for awhile now.... sigh!


                  1. re: mcel215

                    Hopefully they'll bring it back soon. It was so good on the side with the frozen kalbi beef shortribs and I'm sure it would have been wonderful with the spicy korean chicken sausages.

                    1. re: AmyH


                      Are the spicy Korean chicken sausages frozen? Thanks.

                      And I totally agree, hopefully they will restock the the rice soon. :)


                      1. re: mcel215

                        They are in the refrigerated section with the other sausages, near the bacon and hot dogs.

                        1. re: mcel215

                          As fldhkybnva said, they're in the refrigerated meat section along the top with the other varieties of chicken sausages.

                2. The Delices de Bourgogne cheese--TO DIE FOR!!!
                  frozen Haricots verts
                  Chocolate thumbprint cookies
                  European style yogurt
                  frozen Alaskan salmon (with skin :))

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                  1. re: foodslut

                    Just wondering if you have any tips for cooking the frozen Alaskan Salmon.

                    1. re: Hickory

                      Trade Joe's has a tub of mango salsa...perhaps pa fry the salmon until the skin is nice and crisp and eat it with mangao salsa?

                    2. re: foodslut

                      I too love the delices de bourgogne cheese...super delicious with a bit of sweet quince jam on nice crusty baguette. In fact, i had that last night.