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Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

H-E-B seems to be adding a lot more H-E-B/CM-branded products so I think it's time for another one of these threads, I discovered a few new-to-me products (like the meatballs) from the last thread and many more since then.

Onion rolls from the in-house bakery. 6 for $2.25 or $2.50. They just started making these about 3 weeks ago and I hope they're a permanent item (I'm eating one right now with egg/cheese/bacon).

Jars of grilled asparagus, slightly pickled - $2.28/jar (IIRC). Ate a whole jar of these last night and somehow escaped the Asparagus Pee Syndrome this morning. They also have a smaller jar of "Pencil asparagus" for $.50/less but so far untried by me,.

Ready To Heat Tortillas. Lightly wet each side and cook in a hot pan about 45-60 seconds to a side until they puff up. They're the only flour tortillas I use at home anymore. They last forever in the fridge in the provided purple ziplock bag. Much better than the "Tortillaland" brand. Some HEB's carry these in the refrigerated cases, but most are in the bread aisle.

I despise grits. They are a culinary atrocity IMO. They are like a black hole - sucking the flavor out of anything you add to them or dress them with. HEB has almost conquered this phenomenon with their "True Grits - Fully Loaded", but they had to use 1070mg of salt (45% USRDA) to do it. Can't remember the price as I keep redeeming free checkout coupons.

Fully Cooked Carnitas. Break off a piece of this solidified, glutinous mass of shredded/chunked pork and fry in a pan with some chopped jalapeno, onions, spritz of water, and cotija cheese until lightly crispy and roll it up in a Ready to Heat tortilla (above) for a meaty, lardy log of lusciousness.

HEB branded gouda cheese. This is a new addition to their cheese lineup a few weeks ago. $2.48 for an 8oz brick or shredded in bags.

HEB Clam Tomato Cocktail. A Clamato clone. They've had this for a quite a while and I've drank probably 100 64oz bottles at $2.48/pop ($2 less than Clamato). I have a virgin bloody Cesar every other night - Habanero Tabasco + worcestershire + celery powder.

Maybe this was mentioned in another thread, but the HEB Spicy Charro Beans. Get some. $.96(?)/can. Light on the beans and heavy on the soupiness.

"Specialty Series" Carolina BBQ sauce (with the yellow foil top). Ignore all the others. I don't usually like sweetish BBQ sauces, but this one is a winner. $2/bottle.

HEB Premium Bacon, thick or regular in the red packages (not the HCF brand). This is high quality bacon not pumped full of water like the other name brands have taken to doing. Also comes thick sliced peppered. Not cheap.

HEB flavored tortilla chips (nacho, ranch, jalapeno). These were reformulated 6-8 months ago and are much better now - better texture and a tad heavier on the seasoning. (CM Hatch-flavored tortilla chips have also been reformulated to be thicker and less brittle, but now they kinda suck).

That's enough for now :-) I reserve the right to add to this list as the urge strikes. What are some of the other products I may be overlooking? So much food, so little time....<sigh>.

-sw

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  1. Hatch chips have been reformulated? That really stinks. Those were my favorites and the only thing keeping me from buying them all the time was the fact that they come in a really big bag.

    Are the onion rolls you mention the square ones? I tried those a few weeks ago and thought they were a little sweet and crumbly. They don't compare to the CM onion hamburger buns, which I've sadly only ever seen once.

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    1. re: kosheri

      The CM Hatch chips used to be much lighter and puffier, but they broke inside the bags and it was hard to find a whole chip. Now they're thicker and more corny - taste dry and blah. The change happened maybe 4-5 months ago. I only started buying them about 7 months ago so maybe the previous ones I'm referring to were just a temporary thing.

      Yes - the onion rolls are square and slightly sweet and yellow like a potato roll. I didn't find them too crumbly at the Manchaca HEB, but the ones I saw yesterday at Hancock were much more well-done (as in darker - baked longer).

      1. re: sqwertz

        I started buying those chips a few years ago, and the way you described the previous ones was how they always were--light but broke easily. Dry and blah is no good. Dang it.

        Now that I think of it, it was probably a Sunday when I bought those rolls, so they may not have been baked that day. And they could have been a little darker. That would explain the crumblines. I'll look for darker and fresher ones next time.

    2. CM cream cheese and blueberry cookies, via the bakery. Oh and their English Muffins.

      1. sqwertz - this is a wonderful post, and very helpful. I've noticed that HEB is stepping up their game in the regular stores. Whoever is the mastermind of the geographic and ethnic conditioning of the various stores should be commended.

        One new product just rolled out is the "pepper toppers." At $2.28 each, it is a good flavor to price ratio. I have only tried the Aji Peruvian pepper, but there is a cherry pepper, habanero, jalapeno, and something else that I can't remember.

        Also, it's a good time to stock up on produce - the following items are 98 cents each or per pound:

        Lettuce - romaine, red leaf, and butter.
        Kale
        Red bell peppers
        Hothouse cucumbers - those thin ones that are in the plastic
        Green beans
        Broccoli
        Tomatoes on the vine
        Red grapes.
        Mangoes are 78 cents

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        1. re: rudeboy

          just bought the Aji Peruvian pepper topper yesterday with 50 cent off coupon.

          Can I ask what you think about it and what you've topped so far?

          I was planning on using it with mahi mahi somehow

          1. re: topodrinko

            I used it on a hamburger. It was only borderline spicy, but my tolerance is high. I thought that it had good depth of flavor, but maybe a little acidic. That worked on the hamburger, though. I might try to combine it with mayo and see what happens.

            I will check the ingredients later this evening - I didn't even look, which is unusual for me.

          2. re: rudeboy

            Had to look up the pepper toppers to see what they were:

            http://www.heb.com/sectionpage/primo-...

            I would most likely buy the aji as well. I make a lot of sandwich-type stuff. It's on my next grocery list.

            1. re: sqwertz

              I think I'll try the cherry pepper or habanero next, and then work my way through the list. Update on the way.

              1. re: rudeboy

                Here are the aji, cherry, and habanero products. I'll reply in a bit from my computer.

                 
                1. re: rudeboy

                  These are good products, but one can do better by assembling the ingredients by hand. The general ingredients are the primary pepper, sunflower oil, salt, and sugar. They know what they are doing. The habanero is watered down - the primary component is red bell pepper and carrot, with habanero pepper a distant third. The cherry pepper was just bland. The Aji is the one that I would reccomend; it has a distinct flavor.

                  1. re: rudeboy

                    Hancock HEB was had a sample station set up for these on Tuesday but it was unmanned at 2:00pm. Then again at 6:00pm - unmanned again. So I bought the Habanero anyway. I found it kinda bland, not very fresh tasting. Had I sampled it first I would not have bought it. It's something I make at home anyway - just mango and carefully deveined habaneros with a little rice vinegar and salt.

                    1. re: sqwertz

                      i picked up a jar of the jap/balsamic. taste and spice were pretty good. lots of sugar i guess. texture is kinda odd though. really liquid-y. went well on some creamy blu cheese and crackers but would have preferred larger peppers.

            2. re: rudeboy

              i came in here to post about the pepper toppers! noticed them as part of their "burger bash" promo for june.

              i got the aji and the jalapeno/cilantro. both are quite good, and would make a great addition to sandwiches and other stuff like grilled meat & veg or baked potatoes, etc.

            3. I found their "Creole Gumbo Base" in the frozen foods section of my local HEB. Added 1lb. combination of fresh shelled shrimp and crab along with some okra, rice and chopped green onions to garnish and it was excellent. The roux is correct for me and will serve 3-4 moderate eaters.

              They make two other soup bases I have not tried.

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              1. re: Roguewave1

                That's a good product for a quick gumbo, Roguewave1. I think that it is about six bucks, as is their etoufee base. I haven't tried the creole base.

                Basically, it is a decision of time vs convenience. On a weekday night, it's convenient not to have to monitor a roux. I do find myself chopping up some sort of trinity and taking a lot of time trying to get the right dish and shelling the seafood, so having the base taken care of already is very helpful.

                Right near the etoufee base are "Boudreaux's" crawfish. The best that China has to offer. Chinese crawfish have gotten better, and Boudreaux's is okay and has a lot of crawfish fat. I guess Boudreaux did a Marco Polo. I just made that up, and I'm pleased.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Sorry, but I have to give a BIG thumbs down on Ming Xiùyīng Boaudreax's tail meat. Small, flavorless pieces of waterlogged foam. I just ran across a package still in my freezer from over a year ago. There used to be much better brands out there, but HEB seems to have gotten rid of most of the decent ones at my usual haunts.

                  1. re: sqwertz

                    i GREW UP MAKING ETOUFEE THE RIGHT WAY. bOILING CRAWFISH FOR FIVE MINUTES, AND THEN PEELING T HE PARBOILED TAILS AND RESERVING T shit I got stuck in allcaps,, sorry, I am not retypying. Anyhow, I was taught to finish the the crawfish in the final preparation, and reserve all the crawfish fat to make a proper etoufee and not end up with overdone crawfish. Sqwertz, is there a better product for ready-made crawfish tails?

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      I saw a different brand at HEB Hancock the other day, it *looked* better, but still from China. It's not something I normally buy. Call it heresy <gasp>, but I'd rather just use the langostino tail meat from Trader Joes or Costco rather than the Chinese crayfish. It's also cheaper than domestic crayfish tail meat (CM carries the latter, but I think it's $30/lb)

                      1. re: sqwertz

                        forgot that you were a "crayfish" person, swqrtzq!

                        1. re: rudeboy

                          Ask any astacologist what they call them and they'll tell you!

                          -sw

                      2. re: rudeboy

                        it's been ages, but i'm sure that you can still get it. At Quality seafood you could buy a bag of cooked frozen crawfish tails with lots of fat in them. I've done that and added them to gumbo. I'd like to think its not from China, but who knows.
                        No clue as to price.

                2. I like the packaged pulled pork in the meat dept. (gluten free whatever) unsauced. I then get the HEB Carolina BBQ sauce, cheap generic hamburger buns and some "cafe on the run" spicy cole slaw. I like to call it COLD SLAW. But it makes for a quick, easy meal.
                  Oh and lightly toast the buns.

                  1. Is anybody else a fan of the "Mezzetta Chile Peppers? I've seen them referred to as yellow peppers elsewhere but they have a nice tang, a little heat and definitely stimulate the taste buds. I start most every meal with them.

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                    1. re: crippstom

                      Haven't heard of those. Are they in a cold section, or next to the pickles?

                      1. re: rudeboy

                        I haven't tried those, but I was hooked on Mezzetta banana peppers for a while. They're with the pickles. Tall skinny jars with a red lid.

                        1. re: rudeboy

                          Yes they are next to the pickles.

                        2. re: crippstom

                          I buy a LOT of the Mezzetta products (I'm a big fan of anything pickled). But my regular HEB has really scaled down their selection. I can't find the Garlic and Dill Pepperoncini any more - just their regular version. I used to go through a jar of those every 2 weeks.

                          I think you're referring to the conical shaped peppers about 1.5" long?

                          -sw

                        3. The fresh made tortilla chips you bag yourself are my favorite new HEB treat.

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                          1. re: missmitzi

                            Whaaa?? Which HEB is selling fresh made tortilla chips? I need to get to know that product.

                            1. re: jwynne2000

                              I'm curious too about which stores are selling bag-your-own (maybe Hancock or Rundberg/Lamar?). I've seen them already bagged in the bakery section at the Allandale HEB but haven't tried them yet. I've been on a Xochitl sea salt kick for a few weeks.

                              1. re: kosheri

                                I've seen the bagged fresh at the Oltorf location.

                              2. re: jwynne2000

                                Sorry I went on vacation. The location I shop at is the 1431 and Parmer store. They are thick but still crispy. Perfect for eating guac, pico or queso.

                                1. re: missmitzi

                                  they just started carrying them in the bakery at parmer/mcneil, but i haven't seen them made.

                                  also carried at the lakeline plus location.

                            2. The in-house roasted turkey and roast beef in the deli are a big hit with us, and yards better than any of the Boars Head or HCF plastic-wrapped loaves of meat.

                              This is at the HEB at Parmer & McNeil, btw.

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                              1. re: jwynne2000

                                Yes! The herbes de provence turkey is great, but I've only seen it at CM. Boar's Head = blech.

                                I'm liking this thread. Good idea, Sqwertz!

                                1. re: kosheri

                                  We have to herbes de provence turkey at the big, but not to fancy store in Atascocita.

                                2. re: jwynne2000

                                  Are you talking about the bone-in roast turkey that's sold alongside the roast chicken? That turkey is something good. I think that it is about nine dollars, but it is two meals if one does meat and three.

                                  1. re: rudeboy

                                    Ah, I assumed the deli meat for sandwiches. That's the herbes de provence turkey I meant. I've never thought to try to the roast turkey by the rotisserie chickens.

                                    1. re: kosheri

                                      There's also a non nitrates turkey roast that HEB will slice in the deli. That is a quality product.

                                    2. re: rudeboy

                                      Rudeboy - no, this is at the deli counter and is ordered and sliced just like the boars head stuff.

                                      Their signage says Roasted In House, and made with only sea salt, pepper, and seasonings. Makes for a fine sandwich.

                                      1. re: jwynne2000

                                        A lot of HEB's are adding the fresh-roasted meats to their deli cases. I can't say I've tried any, but their roast beef, especially, looks to be cooked perfectly med-rare. No need to slice it for me - just give me the whole chunk, a napkin, and a few toothpicks.

                                  2. Whataburger mustard, ketchup, and spicy ketchup. I've only had the mustard, a nice kick to it and beats the stuff in the yellow plastic container.

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                                    1. re: James Cristinian

                                      They've been pushing those pretty hard and It doesn't appear that they're selling as well as they hoped. Nor the Whataburger fries (imported from Spain, of all places).

                                      1. re: sqwertz

                                        yeah, i don't get the whataburger branded stuff. is the fast food stuff really that good, to create a new line of condiments?

                                        1. re: dinaofdoom

                                          Try the mustard. I have a Whataburger around the corner, so see no need for the fries, and don't really care about the ketchups, but the mustard is now our go to yellow mustard.

                                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                                            Whataburger did have a kult ketchup following before HEB jumped on it. Mustard and fries? Hrm - maybe not so much. (I currently have three of the four Whataburger branded products).

                                            What HEB really needs to do is get with their guys at Haliburton and have them to make some REAL Green Sauce - like the kind you get at El Regio, El Pollo Rico, and the like.

                                            "That Green Sauce" (and That Red Sauce) isn't worth $3/jar. That was SUCH THE TEASE! A bunch of us thought it was THAT other GREEN SAUCE when they first advertised it. Booooooo!

                                            -sw

                                      2. A few go-tos that immediately pop into my head:

                                        Central:

                                        Butter tortillas
                                        Very very blueberry muffins
                                        Pain au raisin
                                        Cookies (ugh, too many to mention)
                                        Gummi sour octopi (not CM branded or anything... just in the bulk section, but felt like I should mention them, as I am a major addict)

                                        HEB:

                                        That Green Sauce®

                                        1. Check your ads for this weekend's Father's Day, some of the ones in Houston have some great steak/lobster deals.

                                          http://heb.inserts2online.com/custome...

                                          1. sqwertz,

                                            Thanks for starting this thread!! Are the ready to heat tortillas at CM?

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                                            1. re: Poochinator

                                              Not at CM. They're too busy pressing and pushing their bakery tortillas.

                                              1. re: sqwertz

                                                Sqwertz, thanks for the info. I am definitely going to give them a try!

                                              1. re: slowcoooked

                                                Yes yes yes. I love this stuff and keep some around at all times. It's good on everything!

                                                1. re: MyySharona

                                                  I consider it too expensive for me to buy without having tried it first (it's like $4.50(?) for an 11oz bottle). Do they serve it at the restaurant? Maybe I'll just slip in there and take a few swigs (no waiting!).

                                                  -sw

                                                  1. re: sqwertz

                                                    oh yeah, I bet you could easily do that. get some water or something. it's out on the tables in sqwertz bottles.

                                              2. Oh, how could I forget the Buffalo Blue Cheese Puffs! (eating some right now). The Deep Dish Pizza and Intense Cheese flavors are pretty good, too (don't care fo the hijole flavor). Just wish they came in crunchy versions rather than puffed. They are Buy One Get One Free this week with in store coupon ($1/bag) - oerfect time to try them if you haven't already.

                                                1. Coming next is Whataburger honey butter and premium pork sausage.

                                                  http://www.chron.com/news/houston-tex...

                                                  I had to edit the link.

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                                                  1. re: James Cristinian

                                                    I've seen a few home-grown photos of the honey butter on the Net already so that may already be in some stores.

                                                  2. Today at the HEB on 2244 & 71 they had an imitation big green egg only it was black. $499.00

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                                                    1. re: crippstom

                                                      Does it look similar to the quality of the real green egg? That's a great price.

                                                      1. re: rudeboy

                                                        It's been a while since I've seen a green egg. It was the size of the big one and heavy duty. Not sure if it was ceramic but most likely. Same design with 2 side tables connected.
                                                        Yeah that's almost 1/2 price.

                                                    2. So do you like Cream of Wheat Sqwertz?

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                                                      1. re: slowcoooked

                                                        Ew, no. I can't eat stuff with texture like that. Pudding, jello, oatmeal, bananas, even durian. I get a physical gag reflex. If I can't chew it, I can't eat it! And not because I don't like the taste - I will choke down durian occasionally.

                                                        Why do you ask?

                                                        1. re: sqwertz

                                                          Ah, yeah, pardon the random question - I was curious based on your grits comments.

                                                      2. Do y'all get prime HEB strips for 7.97 up there? We get them semi-regularly down in Houston. Check your ads at some of the newer stores as not all stores have this deal down here.

                                                        http://heb.inserts2online.com/custome...

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                                                        1. re: James Cristinian

                                                          good god thats a fantastic price. I've seen them for 9.97 here and I thought that was already very good.

                                                          1. re: lixlix

                                                            Holy mackerel, during the deepest depth of the recession a few years back, they were giving away prime strips and ribeyes at 5.97 due to low restaurant demand. The first thing I do on Wednesday is check the ad for the loss leaders, 5.97 lb. lobsters during Father's Day. Ate a bit more than a few, some wrapped in fresh HEB tortillas. Hey Austin hounds, if you're ever in evil Houston hit the HEB at Bunker Hill on I-10 west heading out of town. There's some great deals, lots of fresh cooked freebies, and a wine station or three.

                                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                                              Thats a great tip. I like that it is close also to the Chinatown on Bellaire. Going to have to hit up Houston again soon, perhaps as early as this 4th of July.

                                                          2. re: James Cristinian

                                                            James - what I've noticed is that beyond an announced sale, deals will just show up unannounced. I tend to shop daily, since HEB is 2 min away, and there may just be three or four. The best deals are the sirloin Prime - sometimes under $5 per.

                                                            I think that the individual stores wind up with an excess, and it is up to the butcher to decide what to do on a certain day. I find that early mornings are the best times to look. However, everything has been ticking up in price lately, and I've seen fewer bargains.

                                                            Looks like they overcooked the hell out of that poor steak in the Ad, though.......

                                                            1. re: rudeboy

                                                              Prime sirloin is one fine piece of meat. I'm about to fry up some wild Alaskan cod in a beer batter that they sell for 6.97, previously frozen but delicious. It's my go to store bought fish. I bought and froze two strips, and will buy more steak for the weekend, along with some cod for the grill.

                                                              1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                Thanks for the heads up on the cod. When you buy it at HEB, is it previously frozen, but thawed in the meat case? I went to a gumbo party a few months ago, and the woman who made it used shrimp, crab, and cod. I thought "that's weird." But it was excellent.

                                                                1. re: rudeboy

                                                                  It's thawed in the meat case, but is also available in whole frozen filets with a caveat. I went this morning to get some to fry today, and asked for some frozen to grill this weekend. The guy behind the counter said they put it out all at once and they don't keep any in back, which I know isn't true. Allyson, the excellent seafood market manager, Houston Bunker Hill I-10, always gets me frozen filets which I prefer, because I know it hasn't been sitting out for more than a day. Anyway, seafood guy made a very quick trip to the freezer, produced an empty box and shrugged his shoulders. Maybe I'll rat him out to Allyson this weekend when I get the cod for the grill.

                                                            2. re: James Cristinian

                                                              Sometimes they'll have unadvertised sales on Prime1 strips and ribeyes at HEB's with fresh meat displays, but they're usually $9-$10 is about as low as they get. The prepackged single steaks of Prime1 practically never go on sale (they're individually labelled with prices)

                                                            3. Domingo's double fried "gourmet" pork rinds are the best I've ever had ..... available at CM north lamar, not sure about other HEB's. We use them as low carb snacks and great ground up "breading".

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                                                              1. re: slowcoooked

                                                                those are super good and not like any other commercial pork rinds you can buy in stores.

                                                                they have them at world market, which is where i've bought them in the past.

                                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                  Uniquely they uniformly lack that hard as a jaw breaking rock structure from where-ever it derives that every other pork rind product has that I've ever tried. These things literally just melt in your mouth and taste so fresh. and are seemingly less salty than the average bagged rind, but I've never actually checked the numbers.

                                                                  1. re: slowcoooked

                                                                    yes, it's almost like the rind is cleaned differently or something, it's so white and doesn't have some of that stuff that turns super hard to chew. and they did taste less salty, but not in a bad way.

                                                              2. Not an HEB/CM product, but I just picked up some cashew juice from the Allandale HEB. I'm not a big juice drinker, so for all I know, it's not that special, but I hadn't ever seen it before. I think it might be new for the World Cup since it's from Brazil.

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                                                                1. re: kosheri

                                                                  I just saw that for the first time at HEB South First Street (the worst HEB in Austin). I was tempted. It was one of three different juices from the same manufacturer. How was it?

                                                                  1. re: sqwertz

                                                                    The South 1st is not so bad if you've ever been to the one on 183 near Manor.

                                                                    1. re: sqwertz

                                                                      It's kind of good. I'm glad I tried it. It's hard to describe. Maybe a little like green mango? But there's a weird smell and aftertaste that's definitely tropical and something else, but I'm not sure what. Yeah, there were at least two other kinds, maybe more at Allandale. Guava and passionfruit for sure, maybe also papaya.

                                                                  2. I just picked up the HEB primo picks newsletter where they now have HEB prime 1 brisket steak burger. It's prime ground sirloin and brisket mixed. Sounds good. They also have bacon cheddar cheese buns baked fresh in the store. Good timing since I just bought a new grill.

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                                                                    1. re: crippstom

                                                                      they had those brisket steak burgers around father's day. too bad they only sell the pre-made patties, as i would have liked to buy a few pounds not already formed.

                                                                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                        dina I tried those brisket burgers, and they were delicious.

                                                                        To get a really good crust without overcooking the burger,
                                                                        I added a capsule of glucomannon to my standard burger seasoning , which I use in place of cornstarch. I first heard about it in the vitamin aisle at Sprouts, to use when making gravies. 1 capsule glucomannon in place of 1 teasp cornstarch or arrow root. But cornstarch or arrow root does the same thing - absorbs liquid and therefore helps the burger form a crust.

                                                                        I bet the meat guy would hold some back for you when they make the next batch of pre-made patties.

                                                                        HEB is very accommodating of special requests. I occasionally order 2 turkey breasts of exact same size to cook on my big green egg. They provide a bunch of turkey ranch sandwiches.

                                                                        1. re: sweet100s

                                                                          great idea sweet100s. We use that glucomannon for low carb gravy along with mootopia. outstanding. zero carbs in that powder.

                                                                          1. re: sweet100s

                                                                            I saw store-made Prime 1 Brisket Burgers today stuffed with some sort of "fajita" filling. They had a strip of green pepper on top of each burger to let you know they were not ordinary burgers. I have no idea which HEB had these as they passed through my hands very quickly during salvage food recovery at the food bank.

                                                                            By "stuffed" I mean sandwiched between two patties, not with ingredients blended in like all the other Prime 1 burger varieties I see.

                                                                            1. re: sqwertz

                                                                              i tried some of those during the burger fest thing, but it was the bleu cheese version. basically, they take two patties and stuff it with cheese and seasonings. when i grilled it, it did separate into two patties with flavored stuff wedged in between, but it was pretty good. had to season it with S&P first, though.

                                                                              1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                Sandwiching the cheese inside would be preferable to mixing it in with the beef. That way you're not burning blue cheese when your sear the burger. Half the blue cheese leaches out into the pan.

                                                                                1. re: sqwertz

                                                                                  the cheese did leach a bit but it wasn't that bad. i think making your own and tamping it it or doing a pocket type shape is preferable but this wasn't too bad.

                                                                                  there are a lot of meat specials for july 4th grilling season.

                                                                                  the lakeline location had house made bacon in the deli counter for 7/lb. it's pretty darn meaty and not too salty so two thumbs up.

                                                                            2. re: sweet100s

                                                                              first, i need to try some glucomannon. been cooking low carb for about 18 months so how did i miss it?

                                                                              second, had no idea HEB would hook a girl up. the brisket/burger mix would be good to play around with.

                                                                              1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                One word of caution about Glucomannon:

                                                                                It is a thickener, and it comes in capsule form because some people use it as a fiber pill I s'pose.

                                                                                However, the way I first heard about it was in the Vitamin aisle, 2 people were talking about how someone choked to death by swallowing the capsules without water.

                                                                                Don't know if that's true or not. And I suppose that's a risk with any fiber or thickener additive.

                                                                                But if you have little ones around who might swallow the capsules without water, you might want to keep the plastic bottle stored high up and out of reach.

                                                                        2. One of my favorite HEB sales is only available Dec 4 - 8-ish each year. It was available in 2010-12, but not in 2013 :-(.

                                                                          This product is...

                                                                          Amazon gift cards discounted 20%.

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                                                                          1. re: sweet100s

                                                                            oh man, i never noticed that before. i usually stock up on the itunes gift cards (usually $5 off $25 etc.).

                                                                          2. I'm not a big soda drinker, but the "Limited Edition" Watermelon Soda is tasty. No HFCS, only $.97 12-pack if you're on the HEB mailing list (otherwise $2.97). It took me *5* visits to finally find a 12-pack in stock, and even then I got the last one.

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                                                                            1. re: sqwertz

                                                                              i don't buy soda usually but i got some of the cane sugar soda and ice cream free with my easter ham, so i brought it into work so our team could make floats. it was pretty good!

                                                                            2. Corn on the cob 8 for a dollar. That's what I'm talkin' about. I just had my 1st one. Sweet and tender. 3 minutes in the microwave; husk silk and all. No need for butter or salt.
                                                                              Can anyone tell me why people shuck their corn at the produce section? It never made sense to me.

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                                                                              1. re: crippstom

                                                                                I guess they don't want their kitchens full of husks and silk, nor do they want to deal with the refuse. I had that corn tonight, and I have a bag full of organic material for my compost. Even though my bin is 20 ft from the back door, I don't feel like going out there.

                                                                                It was pretty sweet. On the smallish side, but that's fine with me. I like the smaller size ones. Although i did ensconce them in butter and S&P.

                                                                                1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                  >> Even though my bin is 20 ft from the back door, I don't feel like going out there.

                                                                                  :-) !!

                                                                                  Rudeboy, I shall lend you some of my boiled Essence of: Lemon, Mint, Tobacco, Coffee

                                                                                  to dab behind your ears...
                                                                                  to spray in your path...

                                                                                  Guaranteed to repel garden Zombies and wolf spiders hanging around your compost bin.

                                                                                  1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                    Lots of butter and salt and pepper, my go to "preparation." With the husks, I see lots of people shuck most of the husks and leave some, especially Hispanic women.

                                                                                    1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                      I do that for grilling. Leaving a minimal amount of husk, like one or two layer, prevents scorching and drying out. But enough is removed to let the flavor come through.

                                                                                      A good condiment for that is epazote butter. Steep the epazote in the butter or clarified butter with lime juice and salt. You can add chile powder of some sort, but not too much to mask the epazote. Peel back those husks off the grilled corn and drench in the butter. So good.

                                                                                      I grew epazote a couple of times and it grows like nutz, so I don't like paying two dollars for a sprig off of a weed; but since the corn is so cheap.........

                                                                                2. My mother says that the HEB brand of cheese dorritos..taste like the ones from when she was a kid....where the "actual" cheese dorritos do not.. I have no idea what that means...
                                                                                  I like HEB bakery mini cranberry orange scones, english muffin bread,

                                                                                  1. Hill Country Fare microwave popcorn is the most tender popcorn I have ever had - it's practically hullless. Currently eating the 'Movie Theater Butter'.

                                                                                    HEB regular and diet Mango flavored Green Tea.

                                                                                    HEB Bravo Laundry detergent. As good as any major name brand at 30% less.

                                                                                    Central Market frozen wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas imported from Italy.

                                                                                    (To be continued)

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                                                                                    1. re: sqwertz

                                                                                      those pizzas are a great product. every few years they switch up the varieties, too. i can't eat them any more, and miss them.

                                                                                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                        I admit to doctoring them up a bit with a little extra good quality cheese, maybe some salumi, but not much. The crusts are awesome. I'm picky about my crusts.

                                                                                        1. re: sqwertz

                                                                                          yes on both counts! a little bleu and a few baby spinach leaves were my favorite additions.

                                                                                          you really can't beat the price, and when they're on sale, they are worth stocking up on.

                                                                                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                            It's kinda amazing you can by a stone-baked pizza from Italy at HEB for about $6.50 :-) It's not quite Backspace, but it's about 1/10th the price whne you figure in parking and whatnot.

                                                                                            1. re: sqwertz

                                                                                              I assume the pizzas are in the frozen section? I'll have to look the next time I'm there. I usually pass right by all the frozen stuff - always seems to sound great on the cover and I'm disappointed with the product.

                                                                                              1. re: amysuehere

                                                                                                yes, check the pizza section, where the pricer non-tombstone stuff is located. there are 3-4 flavors IIRC.

                                                                                    2. I tried some crabcakes (next to the seafood case) that were better then what I get at most restaurants

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                                                                                      1. re: chrisdds98

                                                                                        The HEB Houston Bunker Hill has a lump crab one supplied by Louisiana Foods and a hatch chile version done at Central Market. Both are quite delicious, the hatch has a spicy kick.

                                                                                      2. I noticed today at the N. Lamar Central Market that figs were on sale for 3.99/lb. I've never seen them that low, so I wanted to share.