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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

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This is Costco Thread for the 3rd Quarter of 2014 for Ontario. Discuss new food related products (food/kitchen supplies/cookbooks/etc).

Please provide the location if you found a new product or an item on clearance as pricing and product selection can vary by store location.
This is the 1st Quarter of 2014 thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929744

This is the 2nd Quarter of 2014 thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9709...
Some general useful info.

Prices ending in 97 cents usually means the item has been marked down

Items with an asterix in the upper right hand corner means that they aren't being re-stocked again (although, sometimes they will introduce new packaging for the same item but it has a different SKU, or it may come back if it is seasonal)

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  1. Saw the Kirkland Branded Truffles for 8.97 today at Etobicoke.
    Also worth noting was the 3$ off for the Balderson 4 year old (a steal at this price) 10.99 for 500 g!
    Picked up a box Aprium (Black Velvet Apricots) as well hmm not as impressed as reported by others in another thread.

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    1. re: elvisahmed

      I think you must have gotten the same harvest as me. Last year I felt the Black Velvet apriums were wonderful and worthy of the premium. This year, they didn't live up to my memory. I found the New Jersey blueberries at Costco far more flavourful and delightful. A steal at $3.89 for nearly 2 lbs.

      Nothing really new or exciting to report this week except I did see an authentic LeCrueset 7 L oval Dutch oven in the orange flame ombré colour for $249. I prefer the Kirkland one for less than half the price but I do know that LC has a brand name cache.

      The Kirkland brand dried blueberries are in new packaging and with a much better ingredient list. The new one is composed of blueberries, sugar, and citric acid. The old one had maltose, glucose fructose, and two types of preservatives. Definitely an improvement with no change in price or size.

      Oh, with the heat rising, some may enjoy the $3.50 off the Haagen Dazs ice cream bars with chopped almonds. Also I think they may have lowered the prices on the 3pints of HD gelato

    2. European smoked salmon is about $15/lb. It is a box of Norwegian Atlantic salmon, processed in Holland, in individual packets.
      Pre-cooked lobster meat was in the same freezer, similar price.
      Kirkland frozen pizza (5 cheese, 4 x 12") has been bumped up to $10.99, still a good deal.
      Fresh boneless leg of lamb (Australian) bumped to $7.00/lb but still one of the nicest available.
      Kefir, 2 litres/$6.00, is irresistible to me.
      Sealtest unsalted butter, at $3.69/lb, is better than I expected. Good price.
      Shopped at London North.

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      1. re: jayt90

        What does you use the Kefir for?

        I just bought a jug, and plan on using it for making ice cream and soda bread as a substitute for buttermilk. Just trying to see what are some other possibilities?

        1. re: asagiri

          I won't be much help, but your ideas are good. Maybe a ranch type dressing, or a substitute for milk on oatmeal porridge, with a pat of butter. I do that to avoid sugar.
          Mostly I just drink a glass with a meal, instead of white wine or tomato juice.

      2. I usually shop at the warden location. I've been on the lookout for the jar of antipasto for over a month now. I think it's $10 . . . Can't remember the brand. Has anyone seen it anywhere else? I also haven't seen the Maille Dijon mustard for a long time, but finally got some at the billy bishop location today.
        I love reading the costco thread . . . Makes me feel like I'm not the only one who might be obsessed with shopping there! :)

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        1. re: chuang

          Pretty sure I saw the Maille Dijon at RH store recently.

          1. re: chuang

            The antipasto usually comes back around Thanksgiving, I think.

            1. re: chuang

              Just in case anyone else is interested, the "Something Special" antipasto (940 g for $9.49) is back at the warden location!

            2. RE: Kirkland Generic and/or Splenda large box
              Haven't posted here before so not sure I'm doing this right. This is the only place that seems to take any sort of message.

              Anyway, haven't been able to find the large box of either Splenda or Kirkland generic packets. Anyone seen them or have new about them. Have tried Mississauga, Burlington and Brampton stores but no luck.

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              1. re: O2ADDICT

                I could be wrong, but I think I read on the FB page it was discontinued. Haven't seen them in Newmarket either.

                1. re: O2ADDICT

                  I haven't seen Splenda but I did see large box of Equal

                  1. re: O2ADDICT

                    It's possible some sweeteners have been replaced by Pure Via Stevia packets.

                    I bought 800g (a box of 800 packets) for $17 plus tax at London North. I returned the box because I didn't like the metallic aftertaste but YMMV. Stevia leaves have the same aftertaste.

                    1. re: jayt90

                      I bought a small package of via stevia before committing to the Costco size. Too metallic for my liking. I wished I had bought the Kirkland splenda. :(

                  2. Nevy
                    I've been looking everywhere for your swoon worthy pecorino. Can you please let me know where you found it. I know it may be too late but I was on vacation.
                    And thanks for your always awesome reports.

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                    1. re: Mila

                      Bought it at Vaughan location on Monday. Excellent!

                      1. re: Mila

                        Picked it up last week from the Billy Bishop location

                        1. re: Mila

                          I've managed to spot this at Etobicoke and Mississauga North. I think the Etobicoke is selling out faster cause I only saw one box left.

                          I'm currently in Shanghai so I'm not sure if either location still have it this week but last week, they did!

                          1. re: Nevy

                            Thanks all. I checked Kingston, Scarborough and Billy (checked twice there). Will go west tomorrow.