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Title: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 19, 2010, 04:42:50 PM
(I searched Costco and nuts, so decided to start a new thread, please move if needed)

Bought some Kirkland Marcona Almonds today....grown in Spain, seasoned and roasted in Sea Salt. Pretty addictive!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Foodgeek on February 19, 2010, 06:15:39 PM
So, how much were they? Is it worth the Costco membership to get a good deal on them?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 19, 2010, 08:26:43 PM
So, how much were they? Is it worth the Costco membership to get a good deal on them?

Oh FRET. I just returned home and fluffy-white dog opened the lid and both dogs seemed to enjoy a few. I guess I better google if they are poisonous to dogs. They didn't eat the whole thing; so don't know if that's a good thing or bad.

I believe they were 7.00 for 16oz wt can. (need to find receipt)

I was wondering what else to do with them, cooking-wise. Have another unopened can. Will report back after I figure the dog thing out.  :-X

Ugh. Looks like they are pretty fatty for dogs and can hurt pancreas. Seem okay so far though. Wonder what made them stop eating them?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 19, 2010, 08:56:31 PM
Dogs seem okay.
Time will tell.

 I think Costco is worth it if you cook at home...maybe not with the 2 of you. I always have someone to hand off half of what I buy to. Also depends on your freezer space for possible bulk purchase, meat in particular. But you are pretty adventurous eaters so it may be plain offerings for you.

You could probably get a day pass to try it. Gas was 2.33 today so that can make it worth it for just that. It was 2.40ish over here in Smyrna...usually it doesn't vary that much. I don't use much gas so it's not much of an issue.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on February 22, 2010, 07:29:15 AM
Those Marcona almonds are one of my faves.

Vintage dated Tuscan evoo is always a great Costco product.  They received the 2009 vintage recently and it'll probably be gone in another month or so.

Most recent find is a case of Mexican cokes at per unit cost of $.79, significantly less than the Mexi groceries near me. 

Great price on real vanilla, about $6.99 for 16 oz, I believe.

Meats and fish are good quality, and good price, if limited selection at times.  They're one of the few places that carry beef tri-tip with any regularity. 

Plastic tubs of organic spring mix and organic baby spinach for $3.99/lb. Always 4 lbs of bananas for $1.39.

Blue Mountain blend coffee beans $9.99/2 lbs.  There are few coffees as good as this for more than twice the price.  Recently they featured 100% kona beans for ~$22/LB.

I find it well worth the membership, even for a two person household.  (as MOT says, if nothing but for the gasoline, but the other stuff is pretty great).  If you buy the Executive Membership for $100/yr you get 2% rebate on all purchases.  I just received a check for $160 for last year.  Oh, and a free Amex card with another 2% rebate.  They are basically paying you to shop there, as long as you are a regular. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Barnum on February 22, 2010, 07:37:04 AM
And even though it's in a different thread, I'll repeat our satisfaction with the small selection of prime steaks (typically strips, t-bones, or ribeyes) usually for 9.99 a pound.  Also really enjoy the dependably good New Zealand Lamb Chops.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 22, 2010, 09:27:51 AM
I have gotten the EVOO, prime steaks (they freeze well), lamb etc. Got some artichokes last week too. btw, the almonds were 7.99 plus tax...dogs are still alive.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Daniel on February 22, 2010, 10:41:29 AM
i have a free costco membership, but the saving alone on diapers and baby wipes would pay for a full-priced membership...

on the food front, i buy the prime steaks, and have purchased some darn good lobster tails.  i also prefer the kirkland brand solid tuna in water over most grocery store brands (and eat tuna salad for lunch probably 2 times a week), so the savings is just a bonus.  their produce is great for when you are cooking for bigger groups, 3lb bag of spinach was great for x-mas dinner creamed spinach.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on February 22, 2010, 10:47:30 AM
I wish they had a Costco closer to the Roswell area.  I hate driving up to the Alpharetta one.  It's not forever out of the way but enough so that I've never purchased a membership.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 22, 2010, 11:11:17 AM
The Cumberland one took a long time to get a location and build out. Seemed like forever. It's always fairly crowded.

I did pick up the Kirkland tuna last week. Spouse made some salad with it already. Also like the 8-packs of chicken breasts individually wrapped, the new blue crab brand....the organic peanut butter leaked into my pantry....no more buying that. Yuck.

Also, for a treat for sick kid, got the sorbets that are each in their natural serving cup. Like the pineapple is literally in a pineapple cup. Reportedly very good. For some odd reason liking the frozen broccoli too, sometimes it's the stalk, last week was florets, they seem to always run out of these.

They were expo-ing blue crab dip...I thought, no one can make a better crab dip than I but will give it a try. Walked over to read the ingredients and sushimi was #2, making it kind of fishy for expensive blue crab.

Last week a lot of people buying coffee, wine...I bought a couple of cheat dishes, the Osso Bucco, and some pulled pork...will report when I heat and eat.

Daughter was also able to get a car loan through them....A- credit rating...but computers don't like combo of Psych degree and waiting tables. : /
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Melomom on February 22, 2010, 03:28:52 PM
Costco sounds so great, I wish there were one close to me.  I heard there might be one going into a space at North DeKalb Mall, but I haven't heard an update recently.  I also have noticed that the old Home Depot space on Sidney Marcus is being built out.  I thought that would be a great location for a warehouse store (and I had heard at one time Sam's club was looking to go there or in the lot next to it), but what is being built there now doesn't look like a big enough space.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoButter on February 22, 2010, 03:36:18 PM
Costco sounds so great, I wish there were one close to me.  I heard there might be one going into a space at North DeKalb Mall, but I haven't heard an update recently.  I also have noticed that the old Home Depot space on Sidney Marcus is being built out.  I thought that would be a great location for a warehouse store (and I had heard at one time Sam's club was looking to go there or in the lot next to it), but what is being built there now doesn't look like a big enough space.

In town really needs a Costco. Sorry to say that the old Home Depot on Sidney Marcus is going to be a huge furniture store called The Dump.  ???  There should be a Costco at the old Sam's Club (most recently a golf store) space on Garson.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Melomom on February 22, 2010, 03:38:24 PM
Yes, I've thought about that space on Garson, it has lots of parking and is convenient for me (which is most important!).  There has been a lot of some kind of sewer or utility construction going on there, I wondered if that was a contributing factor to the golf store's demise.  That might need to be cleared up before anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on February 22, 2010, 04:07:29 PM
i have a free costco membership, but the saving alone on diapers and baby wipes would pay for a full-priced membership...

on the food front, i buy the prime steaks, and have purchased some darn good lobster tails.  i also prefer the kirkland brand solid tuna in water over most grocery store brands (and eat tuna salad for lunch probably 2 times a week), so the savings is just a bonus.  their produce is great for when you are cooking for bigger groups, 3lb bag of spinach was great for x-mas dinner creamed spinach.

Agree on the wipes, but look at the price per diaper..they're actually more expensive at Costco!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 22, 2010, 07:15:55 PM
Glad we cooked an extra artichoke, one was very good, the other brown. Have the same problem with avocados there too. Osso Bucco pretty good for a quick work night meal.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on February 22, 2010, 07:20:12 PM
The bag of avocados i got from costco had not a single good one. I would have returned it if i had kept the packaging..
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on February 23, 2010, 10:36:38 AM
Cut flower bunches are a good deal and decent quality if you know what to look for.  The liquor store next to the Perimeter location has better prices on some items than some of the larger liquor stores in town.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Barnum on February 25, 2010, 05:10:04 AM
And I enjoy the dry roasted California almonds seasoned w/ sea salt.  There is always one of these 2.5 lb containers at work for my "healthy" snack.  Think they run 9-10 dollars?  I really like that they are incredibly lightly salted/seasoned.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: RdBchAndy on February 26, 2010, 10:55:27 AM
Costco's organic peanut butter (Kirkland Brand) is absolutely the best peanut butter I have ever had, by a longshot.

If you're wondering if a Costco membership pays for itself, give it a try. Costco guarantees everything including their memberships.  If it's not working out, you can get a full refund on the membership fee at anytime during the year.   
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 26, 2010, 11:29:39 AM
I have that PB also. But don't store it upside down unless you put it in a baggie or something. The oil leaks out. Also found a Tellicherry peppercorn-filled throwaway grinder. Works pretty well.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: RdBchAndy on February 27, 2010, 10:02:35 AM
The bag of avocados i got from costco had not a single good one. I would have returned it if i had kept the packaging..

They will take absolutely anything back for absolutely any reason (with a few restrictions on electronics).  Packaging or not, they will take them back.  No receipt necessary as they have your shopping history in the computer. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: RdBchAndy on February 27, 2010, 10:04:15 AM
I have that PB also. But don't store it upside down unless you put it in a baggie or something. The oil leaks out. Also found a Tellicherry peppercorn-filled throwaway grinder. Works pretty well.
The trick to the oil separated peanut butters is to to stir them very well (I use one beater on a hand blender), then refrigerate.   Refrigerating them will stabilize the oils, and it will have the texture of regular peanut butter with no more oil separation.  And it's so much better than the ones with the stabilizing chemicals. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Foodgeek on February 27, 2010, 11:02:42 AM
I have that PB also. But don't store it upside down unless you put it in a baggie or something. The oil leaks out.

Is there a particular reason why someone would need to store it upside down?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on February 27, 2010, 11:19:11 AM
I have that PB also. But don't store it upside down unless you put it in a baggie or something. The oil leaks out.

Is there a particular reason why someone would need to store it upside down?

So you don't have to stir. Flipping the jar makes the oil distribute slowly.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on February 27, 2010, 12:16:39 PM
The bag of avocados i got from costco had not a single good one. I would have returned it if i had kept the packaging..

They will take absolutely anything back for absolutely any reason (with a few restrictions on electronics).  Packaging or not, they will take them back.  No receipt necessary as they have your shopping history in the computer. 

True..i guess i should have brought 10 halves of avocados back:) oh well...I love costco still!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MoT on March 08, 2010, 11:56:46 AM
Tried the artichokes again. This time, tried to figure out where in the box I would probably lift out a 4-pack of non-bruised ones! It worked! Boy were people buying tons of shrimp. Not even sure where they came from...meaning the shrimp.

Got that big bowl of fresh-sliced fruit from the fridge. Cheat food I know, but we ate most of it.

That pulled pork...ehhh. Don't think I have found any of their pre-cooked packaged meats to be that great.

Need to check on their tire prices next.   :P

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on March 08, 2010, 12:25:44 PM
Tire prices are excellent.

Giant garlic stuffed green olives from Napa Valley Olive company (or something like that) are really good.  They have an asterisk by them now, so that means they are going away soon.   :(
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: AndyBoy on May 01, 2010, 06:31:15 PM
I did a search and comments came up about Costco but it didn't have its own thread that I saw. We joined today after being members of Sam's Club for several years. We mainly walked the aisles today and only bought a few items but my first impression is it is way better than Sam's. Many of the same items but some very different and better looking things IMO, such as buffalo mozz, better selection of wines and they have a bakery and many of the breads were still warm. We are planning on cleaning up our freezer and pantry tomorrow so we can stock up.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Barnum on May 02, 2010, 05:15:41 PM
We appreciate the meat!  Look for blue styrofoam, which is the prime meat at our costco.  The New Zealand Lamb is also usually a winner.  If you like to do ribs, it's nice that they are usually without the membrane.


Lots of discussion here:

http://285foodies.com/forum/index.php?topic=930.0
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on May 02, 2010, 06:19:24 PM
Found a pretty tasty cheap cheese. It's an Israeli sheeps milk. It's medium soft, a tiny bit sheepy, and quite tasty. Give it a try!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Hazelnut on May 05, 2010, 12:00:53 PM
I wish they had a Costco closer to the Roswell area.  I hate driving up to the Alpharetta one.  It's not forever out of the way but enough so that I've never purchased a membership.

There is a Costco close to Roswell north of Perimeter Mall at the Abernathy exit.  I go there all the time!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 05, 2010, 12:45:28 PM
There is a Costco close to Roswell north of Perimeter Mall at the Abernathy exit.  I go there all the time!
 

I would call that Costco close to Sandy Springs, not close to Roswell...  I know where they all are, the problem with getting on 400 is that I live about 10 minutes (actual drive time, not counting traffic) away from 400.  On a weekday afternoon, add some local surface street traffic and 400 south traffic - you can see my hesitation.  From downtown Roswell where I live, the north Alpharetta location is actually closer but I never drive over there so it would always be a special trip just to go to Costco.  Certainly doable, just not convenient.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Barnum on May 28, 2010, 04:13:26 PM
This afternoon at the Cumberland Costco, picked up (among other things) prime sirloin at $5.99 a pound (absolutely the cheapest I've seen prime here) and a pack of baby back ribs (3 racks) for $23... guess what's going on the BGE this weekend...
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on June 08, 2010, 02:58:32 PM
Costco now has Copper River Salmon, skin-on for $14.99/lb.  I think it was around $10/lb last summer, but it's still well worth it.

Another item I've been buying  the last few months is the pack of 6 heads of Artisan lettuce (tango, oakleaf & gem) for <$4.  BHFM sells 4 heads of the same for >$4 and YDFM has two heads for over $3.  It's a little gritty and definitely needs to be washed, but it keeps much longer than spring mix in the hot weather.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 08, 2010, 03:22:24 PM
Has it already been a year since last time? wow....can't believe it.
i will get some for my daughter to try...figure i'd start her with the good stuff...although with her appetite, it's going to get expensive:)

What costco did you see it at?

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on June 08, 2010, 05:37:45 PM
I bought it at Gwinnett last week - I'm guessing they all have it by now.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 08, 2010, 07:54:30 PM
cumberland didn't tonight.
apparently sandy springs had it last week, but it's gone already...
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jonnymack on June 14, 2010, 08:46:33 AM
Cumberland had the copper river salmon on Sunday, and it was AWESOME!  Another item they had was a brand of bufala mozzarella, 3 bulbs for $11-12.  Well worth it.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 14, 2010, 08:52:00 AM
Cumberland had the copper river salmon on Sunday, and it was AWESOME!  Another item they had was a brand of bufala mozzarella, 3 bulbs for $11-12.  Well worth it.
Well, that sucks! I called saturday and they didn't have it, so i went to Perimeter, which DID have it. I'll stop in cumberland tonight and maybe get another fillet.

The one i got was Sockeye...friend of mother in law said the one she got a few weeks ago at Perimeter was King Copper river....possible?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on June 14, 2010, 10:09:31 AM
The one I bought at Gwinnett a week ago specified Copper River.  I asked this past weekend when they had none, was told they blew thru the first order in a few days and were supposed to be getting sockeye in later on in the weekend.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: rwcohen on July 10, 2010, 11:33:35 AM
Rainier cherries are back at Costco. 3lb for $8.99. Boy, are they good.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on July 12, 2010, 08:55:43 AM
I've been getting the sockeye salmon almost weekly, they usually don't have a whole lot of it, but the price is down to $8.99/lb!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on July 12, 2010, 08:59:25 AM
Rainier cherries also at publix for $3.50/lb. Just $0.50 more than costco
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on July 12, 2010, 09:20:43 AM
I've been getting the sockeye salmon almost weekly, they usually don't have a whole lot of it, but the price is down to $8.99/lb!
What do y'all do with 1+ to 3 lbs of Salmon?  I'd get the sockeye (and other fish) more frequently from Costco but with just 2 adults in our house that is a LOT of fish.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on July 12, 2010, 09:23:38 AM
Cut into portion sizes, vac pack if possible, and freeze
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on July 12, 2010, 09:50:58 AM
I've been getting the sockeye salmon almost weekly, they usually don't have a whole lot of it, but the price is down to $8.99/lb!
What do y'all do with 1+ to 3 lbs of Salmon?  I'd get the sockeye (and other fish) more frequently from Costco but with just 2 adults in our house that is a LOT of fish.

I've been able to find packages of < 1.5 lbs which is no problem for 2 people.  I cook it all at once, we eat it hot the first time, whatever is leftover goes into salads or sandwiches the next day.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: rebelliousrose on July 13, 2010, 09:39:16 AM
Is the salmon fresh, or frozen?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on July 13, 2010, 09:49:00 AM
fresh
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on July 13, 2010, 10:45:58 AM
And 1 or 2 full sides to a package.  As bettylouski stated, if you are there at the right time and dig a little bit, smallish packages can be found.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jonnymack on August 02, 2010, 09:17:36 AM
Fresh wild caught Sockeye this past weekend.  Freaking awesome.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on August 02, 2010, 10:05:29 AM
When I looked last Wednesday the Sockeye and Farm Raised were the exact same price.  I thought that kind of odd.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on August 02, 2010, 03:25:45 PM
When I looked last Wednesday the Sockeye and Farm Raised were the exact same price.  I thought that kind of odd.

It's so they could smack the crap out of the people who were ignorant enough to buy the farm raised salmon. Legally speaking of course.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: rwcohen on October 27, 2010, 07:36:05 PM
Costco Brookhaven will open tomorrow. Tonight was a preview night. Nothing for sale, just looking and eating. All kinds of samples. It was like going there on a Saturday but with much more. The line at the smoked salmon table was way too long all night. Lotsa lotsa Costco brass there and all the vendor reps. The store is 20,000 sq. ft. bigger than perimeter branch.

What I did notice, was some higher lines in the clothing dept. North Face down jackets for $149.
Prime beef in the $13 to $14 per lb.
Some of the foods that I normally buy, like the bottles of herring and the whitefish spread were $9.99, I could swear that they were cheaper in Dunwoody.
Jalapeno poppers were back.
No gas station yet.
Bigger electronics department with many more bigger more expensive screens, 80 Inch for $20,000. Many more dvd players.
$61,000 sapphire and diamond necklace, probably waiting for Clark Howard.
Kirkland brand wine and beer.
Probably bigger freezer department.
No coffee roasting done on site.
No liquor store, damn GA laws.
Its designed like the Gwinnett store, not the Dunwoody store.

I'll go back in a couple of weeks when the lookers ease up.



thankyouverymuch............
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: waynehoobler on October 28, 2010, 07:01:56 PM
Costco Brookhaven will open tomorrow. Tonight was a preview night. Nothing for sale, just looking and eating. All kinds of samples. It was like going there on a Saturday but with much more. The line at the smoked salmon table was way too long all night. Lotsa lotsa Costco brass there and all the vendor reps. The store is 20,000 sq. ft. bigger than perimeter branch.

thankyouverymuch............

did you notice if they serve gelato (like Alpharetta Costco)?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: rwcohen on November 07, 2010, 05:08:28 PM
Quote

did you notice if they serve gelato (like Alpharetta Costco)?

Yes they do. Three flavors. I think it was a buck and a half for a cone and 5 bucks for a pint.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: waynehoobler on November 07, 2010, 08:34:04 PM

Yes they do. Three flavors. I think it was a buck and a half for a cone and 5 bucks for a pint.

Thanks. Indeed, I made it over there Saturday around 1pm.  Didn't get any of it, but I'm sure I will eventually.  The parking lot seemed fairly full, but the store was not too crowded and the checkout lines were not that long.  I give it a thumbs up and may make it my regular Costco thang.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: waynehoobler on December 04, 2010, 07:05:24 PM
Somewhere there was a thread on where to find the good gyro bread.  Costco Brookhaven has bags of 20 of the Kostos (something like that) brand bread for 4.39, which is an excellent price.  The pull apart 'sweet bread' (actually more like a pull-apart challah) is good too.  It's baked in house, comes in a foil pan sealed in plastic.

I like this costco.  No matter how crowded is the lot, the lines aren't that long and it seems to move pretty fast.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on December 04, 2010, 07:55:46 PM
I asked about that pita, thanks Wayne. I'll check my cumberand costco for it.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 04, 2010, 08:25:43 PM
Somewhere there was a thread on where to find the good gyro bread.  Costco Brookhaven has bags of 20 of the Kostos (something like that) brand bread for 4.39, which is an excellent price.  The pull apart 'sweet bread' (actually more like a pull-apart challah) is good too.  It's baked in house, comes in a foil pan sealed in plastic.

I like this costco.  No matter how crowded is the lot, the lines aren't that long and it seems to move pretty fast.

Try this thread..  I did a bunch of hunting for the place in Birmingham that makes very good pita bread.  The name was Joujou's

http://285foodies.com/forum/index.php?topic=1492.msg9417#msg9417 (http://285foodies.com/forum/index.php?topic=1492.msg9417#msg9417)

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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: AndyBoy on December 05, 2010, 12:37:44 PM
I just got back from the Brookhaven Costco and that location is still not very busy compared to Dunwoody, very easy to get in and out quickly. They had 106 oz cans of tomatoes packed in San Marzano. I guess they could have been grown someplace else but they were only about $3.50 a can. I am going to make a big batch of marinara sauce and freeze some of it for later.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on December 05, 2010, 01:48:13 PM
The Nina tomatoes? they aren't San Marzano DOP, but they ARE very good.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: AndyBoy on December 05, 2010, 04:45:08 PM
They are Nina and I doubted they were actually San Marzano but good to know.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: AndyBoy on January 19, 2011, 11:47:06 AM
Last time I was in Costco I got this bag of Sahale snacks, Valdosta pecans with cranberries, pepper and orange zest. They just about knocked my socks off. They are really, really good.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on June 07, 2011, 11:11:18 AM
we have a Costco account coming into being,
I have no vested interested in this but once you have the membership I recommend getting a Costco American Express.  No annual fee on top of your Costco membership.  Three percent cash back on gasoline purchases, 3% on Restaurant purchases, and 2% on Travel purchases.  Only downside is that you only get that cash back in February (and if you get too much cash back you get a check to take to Costco for them to give you another check to take to your bank), where my Visa cash back card I can get cash back one a month if I desire.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 07, 2011, 11:26:14 AM
we have a Costco account coming into being,
I have no vested interested in this but once you have the membership I recommend getting a Costco American Express.  No annual fee on top of your Costco membership.  Three percent cash back on gasoline purchases, 3% on Restaurant purchases, and 2% on Travel purchases.  Only downside is that you only get that cash back in February (and if you get too much cash back you get a check to take to Costco for them to give you another check to take to your bank), where my Visa cash back card I can get cash back one a month if I desire.

Sounds good, it is still a 50 mile round trip to my closest Costco....   :P

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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 07, 2011, 11:29:22 AM
When I looked last Wednesday the Sockeye and Farm Raised were the exact same price.  I thought that kind of odd.

It's so they could smack the crap out of the people who were ignorant enough to buy the farm raised salmon. Legally speaking of course.   

Oh no!   I fell in with the ignorant crowd...  ;)


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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 07, 2011, 11:51:07 AM
we have a Costco account coming into being,
I have no vested interested in this but once you have the membership I recommend getting a Costco American Express.  No annual fee on top of your Costco membership.  Three percent cash back on gasoline purchases, 3% on Restaurant purchases, and 2% on Travel purchases.  Only downside is that you only get that cash back in February (and if you get too much cash back you get a check to take to Costco for them to give you another check to take to your bank), where my Visa cash back card I can get cash back one a month if I desire.

Tru dat!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on June 07, 2011, 12:57:27 PM
we have a Costco account coming into being,
I have no vested interested in this but once you have the membership I recommend getting a Costco American Express.  No annual fee on top of your Costco membership.  Three percent cash back on gasoline purchases, 3% on Restaurant purchases, and 2% on Travel purchases.  Only downside is that you only get that cash back in February (and if you get too much cash back you get a check to take to Costco for them to give you another check to take to your bank), where my Visa cash back card I can get cash back one a month if I desire.

Sounds good, it is still a 50 mile round trip to my closest Costco....   :P

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I can only blame the delay on CodePoet.  She used to work right around the corner/across the street from a Costco (and one that has a liquor store attached as well).  Now that she's in midtown you convince her to get a Costco membership.  8-0
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 07, 2011, 09:26:37 PM
When I looked last Wednesday the Sockeye and Farm Raised were the exact same price.  I thought that kind of odd.

It's so they could smack the crap out of the people who were ignorant enough to buy the farm raised salmon. Legally speaking of course.   

Oh no!   I fell in with the ignorant crowd...  ;)


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Ha!  :D Well, you're only ignorant if you choose the farm over the wild at the same price.  With that said, if farmed salmon is the only choice, I'll choose the chicken.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on June 07, 2011, 11:26:05 PM
I know that we all mean well but choosing the chicken, which can presumeably suffer a lot more than the fish during its lifetime, might have problematic issues as well. Just saying. It is all a matter of balance, afterall, no?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Foodgeek on June 08, 2011, 06:07:46 AM
I know that we all mean well but choosing the chicken, which can presumably suffer a lot more than the fish during its lifetime, might have problematic issues as well. Just saying. It is all a matter of balance, afterall, no?

I agree. Wild salmon is wonderful when it's in season, but I will sometimes eat farmed salmon, especially if it's the sort that's farmed off the shore of Scotland, purportedly. Good texture and color, and they probably lived a better life than I do. Chickens don't live in good conditions, generally, although I must admit that I eat my share of chicken, regardless of where it was (purportedly) raised.

And then there's the whole issue of Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, and it gets to the point where we're thinking so much about our food and the health/morality/environmental aspects of it that it takes a lot of the enjoyment out of eating.

Sometimes I just really want to eat without worrying about all of the ramifications of what I put in my mouth. Is that so wrong?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on June 08, 2011, 08:14:43 AM
I know that we all mean well but choosing the chicken, which can presumably suffer a lot more than the fish during its lifetime, might have problematic issues as well. Just saying. It is all a matter of balance, afterall, no?

I agree. Wild salmon is wonderful when it's in season, but I will sometimes eat farmed salmon, especially if it's the sort that's farmed off the shore of Scotland, purportedly. Good texture and color, and they probably lived a better life than I do. Chickens don't live in good conditions, generally, although I must admit that I eat my share of chicken, regardless of where it was (purportedly) raised.

And then there's the whole issue of Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, and it gets to the point where we're thinking so much about our food and the health/morality/environmental aspects of it that it takes a lot of the enjoyment out of eating.

Sometimes I just really want to eat without worrying about all of the ramifications of what I put in my mouth. Is that so wrong?
I thought the Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 fatty acid issue was with tilapia. (though I don't remember ever seeing tilapia at Costco - feeble attempt to stay on topic)  I'm pretty sure even farm raised salmon is higher in Omega-3 than Omega-6.  Tilapia, not so.  And wild salmon doesn't have to be in season to be good, IMHO.  Canned wild salmon can still make a decent meal.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 08, 2011, 09:15:26 AM
tilapia is def. at costo. I've bought it mayn times...OH NOES SHOOT ME!!!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 08, 2011, 11:53:14 AM
I know that we all mean well but choosing the chicken, which can presumably suffer a lot more than the fish during its lifetime, might have problematic issues as well. Just saying. It is all a matter of balance, afterall, no?

I agree. Wild salmon is wonderful when it's in season, but I will sometimes eat farmed salmon, especially if it's the sort that's farmed off the shore of Scotland, purportedly. Good texture and color, and they probably lived a better life than I do. Chickens don't live in good conditions, generally, although I must admit that I eat my share of chicken, regardless of where it was (purportedly) raised.

And then there's the whole issue of Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, and it gets to the point where we're thinking so much about our food and the health/morality/environmental aspects of it that it takes a lot of the enjoyment out of eating.

Sometimes I just really want to eat without worrying about all of the ramifications of what I put in my mouth. Is that so wrong?
I thought the Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 fatty acid issue was with tilapia. (though I don't remember ever seeing tilapia at Costco - feeble attempt to stay on topic)  I'm pretty sure even farm raised salmon is higher in Omega-3 than Omega-6.  Tilapia, not so.  And wild salmon doesn't have to be in season to be good, IMHO.  Canned wild salmon can still make a decent meal.

There was a-plenty of Tilapia at the Duluth Costco... 

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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 09, 2011, 11:04:12 AM
I was at Costco and saw live mussels and clams wrapped air tight in plastic wrap.  Live shellfish need to breathe to stay alive which is why they are sold in mesh bags.  Why would Costco do this?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on June 09, 2011, 11:44:27 AM
Not sure about the mussles and clams, but FIL reports that they are no longer carrying the copper river salmon. Short season, or is that normal?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 09, 2011, 12:27:51 PM
It'll be back i believe the fish ebbs and flows...and as soon as they get it it lasts a couple days.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 09, 2011, 12:36:14 PM
Like JM said, it comes and goes, not an endless supply.  I just bought some today in Alpharetta. ...But it is a short season.  Some years it lasts longer than others.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on June 10, 2011, 05:06:53 AM
I was at Costco and saw live mussels and clams wrapped air tight in plastic wrap.  Live shellfish need to breathe to stay alive which is why they are sold in mesh bags.  Why would Costco do this?

We've bought mussels at Costco in mesh bags.  I don't recall an airtight plastic wrapper.  You sure the plastic wrapper didn't have holes in it?  However they may have been wrapped when we bought them, they were good enough that we'd buy them again.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on June 10, 2011, 06:11:34 AM
Not sure about the mussles and clams, but FIL reports that they are no longer carrying the copper river salmon. Short season, or is that normal?
There were about six fillets in the case at the perimeter Costco around 6:30 last night.  Some of the sides were even less than a lb.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 10, 2011, 06:19:44 AM
I was at Costco and saw live mussels and clams wrapped air tight in plastic wrap.  Live shellfish need to breathe to stay alive which is why they are sold in mesh bags.  Why would Costco do this?

We've bought mussels at Costco in mesh bags.  I don't recall an airtight plastic wrapper.  You sure the plastic wrapper didn't have holes in it?  However they may have been wrapped when we bought them, they were good enough that we'd buy them again.

I kind of thought the plastic was perforated. Either way as Lorenzo, when i bought them they were great.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: KoPP on June 10, 2011, 06:29:40 AM
I'm checking Kroger this AM to see if they have any.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 10, 2011, 08:09:20 AM
I was at Costco and saw live mussels and clams wrapped air tight in plastic wrap.  Live shellfish need to breathe to stay alive which is why they are sold in mesh bags.  Why would Costco do this?

We've bought mussels at Costco in mesh bags.  I don't recall an airtight plastic wrapper.  You sure the plastic wrapper didn't have holes in it?  However they may have been wrapped when we bought them, they were good enough that we'd buy them again.

I kind of thought the plastic was perforated. Either way as Lorenzo, when i bought them they were great.

Positive there was no perforation. I picked them up to see if that was the case.  Wrapped tight as a drum.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 10, 2011, 08:14:08 AM
I was at Costco and saw live mussels and clams wrapped air tight in plastic wrap.  Live shellfish need to breathe to stay alive which is why they are sold in mesh bags.  Why would Costco do this?

We've bought mussels at Costco in mesh bags.  I don't recall an airtight plastic wrapper.  You sure the plastic wrapper didn't have holes in it?  However they may have been wrapped when we bought them, they were good enough that we'd buy them again.

I kind of thought the plastic was perforated. Either way as Lorenzo, when i bought them they were great.

Positive there was no perforation. I picked them up to see if that was the case.  Wrapped tight as a drum.

You should have bought them all and eaten them, to save them!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on June 10, 2011, 08:55:09 AM
You should have bought them all and eaten them, to save them!


SAVE THE MUSSELS!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on June 10, 2011, 09:19:10 AM
Not sure about the mussles and clams, but FIL reports that they are no longer carrying the copper river salmon. Short season, or is that normal?
There were about six fillets in the case at the perimeter Costco around 6:30 last night.  Some of the sides were even less than a lb.

Hrmmm, I work right near that Costco and I'll be up that way tomorrow. Costco has a kind of a one-day pass for free, don't they?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 10, 2011, 09:22:48 AM
Not sure about the mussles and clams, but FIL reports that they are no longer carrying the copper river salmon. Short season, or is that normal?
There were about six fillets in the case at the perimeter Costco around 6:30 last night.  Some of the sides were even less than a lb.

Hrmmm, I work right near that Costco and I'll be up that way tomorrow. Costco has a kind of a one-day pass for free, don't they?

No they do not...   I only got my pass if I agreed to only buy salmon and I could bring my printed authorization showing that we had a Costco card coming.   You could give 'em a call, you might be able to get in there with a bit of sweet talk..   ;)

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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Minerva on June 10, 2011, 09:30:11 AM
What are they charging for membership these days? There are only two of us and buying in bulk doesn't work for us, but I remember liking their meats. Getting a deal on salmon might be worth joining?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 10, 2011, 09:44:24 AM
$50/yr
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on June 10, 2011, 09:47:24 AM
What are they charging for membership these days? There are only two of us and buying in bulk doesn't work for us, but I remember liking their meats. Getting a deal on salmon might be worth joining?

I think the regular membership is $50 and executive $100.  As totm or someone mentioned earlier, if you get the executive membership with the 2% rebate on everything, plus the free Amex card with varying rebates you will more than make up your $100 very quickly.  We originally joined when they opened in the 90's when I was shopping/cooking for elderly relatives, but now that it's just the two of us I find plenty to buy there in small enough portions just for us (and our friends that we entertain).  Gas is way cheaper (except at Perimeter, for some odd reason), more and more organic stuff, plus great meat and fish.  Yes, I'm a cheerleader. . . :D
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on June 10, 2011, 09:52:04 AM
Member since 1987.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on June 10, 2011, 10:07:57 AM
Too bad about the gas at Perimeter, I might have considered joining but I am never ever near other Costcos.

I have to say that the lack of the one day pass and the whole idea of paying for the priviledge to shop somewhere irritates me. Why not just "allow" me to shop there and pay a 5%-10% premium or something? Grrr.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on June 10, 2011, 10:21:26 AM
Too bad about the gas at Perimeter, I might have considered joining but I am never ever near other Costcos.

I have to say that the lack of the one day pass and the whole idea of paying for the priviledge to shop somewhere irritates me. Why not just "allow" me to shop there and pay a 5%-10% premium or something? Grrr.

I think i eat more than $50 of samples over the course of a year :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on June 10, 2011, 10:27:56 AM
I think i eat more than $50 of samples over the course of a year :)

I know that I do! ;D
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on June 10, 2011, 10:33:07 AM
I'm sure it is worth it for some people. BJ's lets you shop on a one day pass and pay a higher price - guess I like that business plan better. Although the stuff there is not so terrific - unless you want a bunch of frozen puff pastry apps for a big party or something like that.

@Lorenzo - just curious - 24 years X $50= $1200 in fees (it was probably cheaper back in the day??). As a long-term member, do you think you have saved even more than that over the years? Free samples aside.  ;)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on June 10, 2011, 11:53:47 AM
@Lorenzo - just curious - 24 years X $50= $1200 in fees (it was probably cheaper back in the day??). As a long-term member, do you think you have saved even more than that over the years? Free samples aside.  ;)

I have no idea whether it's saved me more money than I've spent in fees. Low prices are important, and I'm sure I saved money by shopping there, but in some instances I just find Costco to be convenient. When I need large quantities of things for a party or a project (like buying meat to make 15 lbs. of sausage or supplies for gallons of chili for a cookoff), it's easy to visit Costco, and the quality is good.  When I first joined, I was young and single and shared a house with a couple of roommates, and I basically used my membership to buy in bulk for parties.  :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on June 10, 2011, 01:08:34 PM
I regularly question whether our Costco membership is worth it for an adult couple with no children living at home.  The only things I buy somewhat regularly are; flowers, Kirkland beer, Bacardi @ the liquor store next to the perimeter store, Kirkland estate olive oil, other olive oil.  I'll buy a few other things but don't buy much in bulk.

Wasn't me that mentioned executive membership, just the Amex card.  Got me to cancel my Delta Skymiles Amex due to the fee and limited rewards.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: rwcohen on June 10, 2011, 01:37:30 PM
@Lorenzo - just curious - 24 years X $50= $1200 in fees (it was probably cheaper back in the day??). As a long-term member, do you think you have saved even more than that over the years? Free samples aside.  ;)

I have no idea whether it's saved me more money than I've spent in fees. Low prices are important, and I'm sure I saved money by shopping there, but in some instances I just find Costco to be convenient. When I need large quantities of things for a party or a project (like buying meat to make 15 lbs. of sausage or supplies for gallons of chili for a cookoff), it's easy to visit Costco, and the quality is good.  When I first joined, I was young and single and shared a house with a couple of roommates, and I basically used my membership to buy in bulk for parties.  :)

I too have been a member since they came to Atlanta in Duluth. I probably save all those fees last year when I bought hearing aids there. Priced in other places, I probably saved $2000. Not bad for a pair of hearing aids that are Bluetooth enabled. Now, I buy little food, but more clothes and booze and toiletries. I do think I have about a 2 year supply of shaving cream.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on June 10, 2011, 08:39:57 PM
Cumberland Costco was out of Copper River (ha--I almost typed Cooper River) salmon, but the guy said they expected to get more in tomorrow.  So we bought some from Kroger.  Still $7.99/lb with Kroger card.
Popped it under the broiler with a light brushing of butter and a bit of salt and pepper, served with lemon.  That simple.

See Cooper River salmon here (http://www.wokay.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Cooper-River-Bridge.jpg).
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Chocoholic on June 13, 2011, 01:50:20 PM
I don't know if anyone has mentioned buying Kirkland brand maple syrup on this thread, but since that stuff is about the same price as gold at most places, I am convinced I save the amount of a basic membership just by buying that during the course of a year.  And we eat a fair amount of pancakes, waffles, etc.

Other great deals that I regularly buy: blueberries, organic mixed greens, cheeses.

But all these pale in comparison to the steaks...oh the steaks...OMG.  Even if they weren't a great bargain (I think they are), the quality surpasses everyone else's, IMHO.  Granted, I don't have a trusted butcher in this area, so I can't compare to that, but I will never buy steaks at the big box supermarkets again.

Thanks for the heads up on the Copper River salmon.  I will be looking for that this week.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Barnum on July 02, 2011, 09:58:45 AM

Caught some Wild Sockeye (3+ lbs) at Cumberland Costco this morning for $7.99 per lb.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Au4pqSK8wa8/Tg8xWcRnb0I/AAAAAAAACbo/BYjXLQ51AVA/s800/costco_salmon_july_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 02, 2011, 02:21:24 PM

Caught some Wild Sockeye (3+ lbs) at Cumberland Costco this morning for $7.99 per lb.

That's about the price for Sockeye in the market in Seattle, line caught, not farm raised, up to $9.99lb.  The price for the Copper River King (Chinook) was ~ $17.99 to $19.99lb. But this is a tourist market, I have no idea what the wholesale price is on that salmon sold to local restaurants. 


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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on October 15, 2011, 11:03:54 AM
Right now, Costco has the larger cans (almost 2 lb) size of San Marzano tomatoes, 3 pack for $4.69.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on October 15, 2011, 12:16:01 PM
wow. Are they DOP san marzano or just labelled that they're from San Marzano?

which Costco did you see them at
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Daniel on October 15, 2011, 04:22:30 PM
someone told me they saw them at the Cumberland Costco, no mention of DOP, but at that price i would assume no?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on October 15, 2011, 05:07:32 PM
Not DOP, but still a good price.  I picked these up in Duluth.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on October 15, 2011, 08:42:46 PM
I also would assume that , but i might try to make a run tomorrow for them to check it out
Title: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on October 28, 2011, 04:35:48 PM
Run, do not walk to Costco to get a 1 lb package of chanterelles for $9.99.  Can't wait to have some tomorrow.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: biskuit on October 28, 2011, 06:01:57 PM
Oooh, my wife is at Costco right now, just asked her to pick up some chanterelles if they have them. Thanks!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on October 28, 2011, 06:46:15 PM
wow...which costco? are the in the refrigerated section?
Title: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on October 28, 2011, 08:45:05 PM
I got them in Duluth.  In the refrigerated produce room.


Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on October 29, 2011, 10:28:23 AM
Run, do not walk to Costco to get a 1 lb package of chanterelles for $9.99.  Can't wait to have some tomorrow.

Cumberland Costco does not have them  :(
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Melomom on October 29, 2011, 11:40:04 AM
If you get chanterelles I have seen two interesting recipes using them recently, both from Hugh Atcheson.  One was in the AJC a few weeks ago, smothered pork chops with chanterelles, one in the Atlanta Intown paper for chanterelles on toast.  Here's the pork chop recipe, sadly minus the yummy picture that was in the paper:

http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-restaurants-food/chef-hugh-acheson-takes-1198134.html
Title: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on October 29, 2011, 05:32:45 PM
If you get chanterelles I have seen two interesting recipes using them recently, both from Hugh Atcheson.  One was in the AJC a few weeks ago, smothered pork chops with chanterelles, one in the Atlanta Intown paper for chanterelles on toast.  Here's the pork chop recipe, sadly minus the yummy picture that was in the paper:

http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-restaurants-food/chef-hugh-acheson-takes-1198134.html

Both of those recipes (along with a delicious sounding chanterelle soup) are also in his new book, which I highly recommend!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: biskuit on October 29, 2011, 08:13:40 PM
Got some at the Brookhaven Costco. Breakfast today was chanterelles cooked in bay leaf butter and benton's bacon fat over a soft yolk fried egg. Crazy good.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HaagenDazs on October 30, 2011, 10:06:30 PM
Alpharetta location had them yesterday.  They looked soggy and broken... perhaps I've been spoiled by picking them in my own front yard but I had to pass them up, even at $10/lb.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on October 31, 2011, 04:02:05 PM
Grrr.  Perimeter Costco was out of the chanterelles.  But there was a space on the shelves for them, so I guess I'll check back.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: tansu on November 18, 2011, 10:33:08 AM
"Run, do not walk to Costco to get a 1 lb package of chanterelles for $9.99"
Another shipment today - Duluth.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on November 19, 2011, 07:14:48 AM
"Run, do not walk to Costco to get a 1 lb package of chanterelles for $9.99"
Another shipment today - Duluth.

Yes, HUGE boxes of them, very fresh looking.  The ones I bought last time lasted 2+ weeks in my fridge, so they're obviously much fresher than what you find at the markets.  Also organic turkeys for $2.69/lb.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on December 07, 2011, 07:44:17 AM
This is getting ridiculous.  Chanterelles, $6.99/lb.   I can't stop adding them to everything!

On another note, Costco.com now sells the Sous Vide Supreme for $349/S&H included.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on December 07, 2011, 01:54:10 PM
This is getting ridiculous.  Chanterelles, $6.99/lb.   I can't stop adding them to everything!

On another note, Costco.com now sells the Sous Vide Supreme for $349/S&H included.

Thats the sous vide supreme demi, which is a little smaller than the normal one i believe.

edit: and it comes with the vacuum sealer! Pretty darn good deal.

edit2: apparently the sous vide supreme demi is $299 from SVS without the vac packer for those who have one already
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on July 12, 2012, 07:26:37 AM
Canadian Sockeye @ $8.99/lb.

You do not have to have a Costco membership to purchase from the attached liquor store at the Perimeter location if you pay with cash or a debit card.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on October 25, 2012, 12:53:31 PM
The meniton of Costco in the microwave thread reminded me - went to Costco with our in-laws a couple of weeks ago to stack up on snacks for the whole kindergarten class for two weeks. It was great for that purpose!

We also bought a bunch of things for oursevles. The best were some prime sirloin steaks that I think were around $9 a pound. Totally worth it.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on January 11, 2013, 04:53:32 PM
The 2012 vintage Tuscan evoo has arrived. . . still an amazingly great deal at $11.99.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 11, 2013, 06:47:16 PM
The 2012 vintage Tuscan evoo has arrived. . . still an amazingly great deal at $11.99.

Thanks, it is on our list..

 Jason >>>>  have you blessed this batch, I count on you to let us know if it is a go or a NO go...

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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on January 14, 2013, 12:55:19 PM
The 2012 vintage Tuscan evoo has arrived. . . still an amazingly great deal at $11.99.

Thanks, it is on our list..

 Jason >>>>  have you blessed this batch, I count on you to let us know if it is a go or a NO go...

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Hah! I don't know. Sure hope so, i bought 11 last week :)
still have a couple 2011 bottles left, so it might be a month or 2 before i taste teh 2012. I've never been disappointed though
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on January 14, 2013, 02:05:15 PM
What does the label on this vintage Tuscan oil look like?  I bought some Italian EVOO at Costco that was about that price, but it doesn't have a year on the label.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on January 14, 2013, 03:10:59 PM
(http://files.freerangegourmet.com/Graphics/olivoil2.gif)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on January 15, 2013, 08:02:18 AM
Hmm. That's not what I bought.  I didn't see that one.  The bottle I bought just says "Extra Virgin," "First Cold Press" (is that redundant), and "Italian" olives (not necessarily Tuscan).
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on January 15, 2013, 10:33:01 AM
Hmm. That's not what I bought.  I didn't see that one.  The bottle I bought just says "Extra Virgin," "First Cold Press" (is that redundant), and "Italian" olives (not necessarily Tuscan).


Yup, that's the standard year round. I don't like that one.
This one is in rectangular glass bottles. I saw it in Kennesaw and Cumberland now.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on January 15, 2013, 11:35:04 AM
Costco also has a "standard" Spanish EVOO.  That's the one I usually buy.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: totm on January 15, 2013, 12:17:02 PM
Hmm. That's not what I bought.  I didn't see that one.  The bottle I bought just says "Extra Virgin," "First Cold Press" (is that redundant), and "Italian" olives (not necessarily Tuscan).


Yup, that's the standard year round. I don't like that one.
This one is in rectangular glass bottles. I saw it in Kennesaw and Cumberland now.
Perimeter as well.  They also have a balsamic vinegar in the same rectangular bottle.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on January 16, 2013, 02:14:12 PM
Hmm. That's not what I bought.  I didn't see that one.  The bottle I bought just says "Extra Virgin," "First Cold Press" (is that redundant), and "Italian" olives (not necessarily Tuscan).


Yup, that's the standard year round. I don't like that one.
This one is in rectangular glass bottles. I saw it in Kennesaw and Cumberland now.
Perimeter as well.  They also have a balsamic vinegar in the same rectangular bottle.

Yup, that's good vinegar..and is available all the time.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: waynehoobler on February 04, 2013, 12:14:38 PM
Made hamburgers, which I usually grind myself (kind of a disgusting hassle), and instead tried Costco's styrofoam pack 'ground beef'.  Normally, I don't buy 'ground beef', since it can contain all kinds of body parts, but I figured that it would be safe here.

I tell you what: IMO, that's some high quality stuff.  I could tell from looking at it that it was almost all pink, not that much 'white flecks' (fat) in it.  Some might want to see a lot of white, but I find that the burgers shrink ridiculously when the ground meat has a lot of fat.  It didn't have the 'look' of what you'd get if they're throwing a lot of lowgrade trim into the grinder.

How did it cook:  I used a panade, hard to tell if it helps a lot.  Seems like it lead to an easily falling apart, almost meatloaf texture, but they did stay moist even cooked until gray (if I grind myself, I'm fine with 130-140 range, if it's pre-ground meat, I'm apt to take it a bit higher).  The burgers didn't shrink very much at all, and didn't seem overly fatty. 

For the next ones, I may skip the panade and season more on the outside of the patty, but overall I was impressed with the lean-ness.  I had pondered getting their packaged 'organic ground beef' but it actually looked like it had more fat than I like. 

The package has about 5lbs of meat at $2.99/lb, only used about a third of it and it made quite a few burgers.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on February 05, 2013, 04:42:15 PM
Last week I saw that Costco now has a California "new" evoo - $7.99/liter.  Probably have to try it soon.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on February 06, 2013, 10:57:13 AM
Last week I saw that Costco now has a California "new" evoo - $7.99/liter.  Probably have to try it soon.

damnit, and i just bought 12 tuscan.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on February 11, 2013, 08:10:33 AM
Last week I saw that Costco now has a California "new" evoo - $7.99/liter.  Probably have to try it soon.

damnit, and i just bought 12 tuscan.

Found Olio Nuovo this weekend at Cumberland. It's marked with a "*" which means they're not getting anymore after the 3 or 4 cases i saw sold. MAybe just a trial this year.
I bought a bottle. It's a nice, very mild oil. Probably would be great for cooking since it's cheaper than the Tuscan, but i much prefer the assertive peppery tuscan.

If you want a buttery, mild, quite tasty oil, you might enjoy the California Olio Nuovo, but i suggest getting it soon.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Lorenzo on February 11, 2013, 10:45:32 AM
Maybe we should trade, JMo.  The "peppery" Tuscan was not to my taste, as I mentioned in the EVOO thread.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on February 11, 2013, 12:27:46 PM
Maybe we should trade, JMo.  The "peppery" Tuscan was not to my taste, as I mentioned in the EVOO thread.

Happy to, except i swigged from the Olio Nuovo, and i only bought one...and i have 12 Tuscan:)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: tansu on May 26, 2013, 01:26:15 PM
Got copper river salmon today. 5/26/13
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on May 26, 2013, 01:55:03 PM
Yup. Saw it at Cumberland. $15/lb. I'll wait for prices to drop and stock up.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 26, 2013, 02:40:34 PM
Yup. Saw it at Cumberland. $15/lb. I'll wait for prices to drop and stock up.

I wish the season was during colder weather, I'm ready to cold smoke some more, but would rather do it without the blue-ice layer underneath it.

I will do some more though keep me informed about the price please as I am not anywhere near a Costco..


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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Jmolinari on May 26, 2013, 02:48:24 PM
last year i vac packed the whole side and smoked it in winter
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 26, 2013, 07:07:17 PM
last year i vac packed the whole side and smoked it in winter

That is what I'll do.. I want to check with my local fish monger and see if she can get them at a better price..

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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: MadBob on May 27, 2013, 07:44:55 AM
Where is your local Fish Monger? Inquiring minds want to know!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 27, 2013, 08:27:06 AM
Where is your local Fish Monger? Inquiring minds want to know!

I have two.  Both of them women that import/wholesale fish.

I think I have mentioned one of them at least on the salmon/cold smoking threads.

Kathleen's Catch in Johns Creek

Chef's Pantry in Loganville



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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Minerva on May 28, 2013, 07:06:48 AM


Kathleen's Catch in Johns Creek



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Her husband is a veep for Inland Seafood so you know she gets the best product.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on May 28, 2013, 10:40:28 AM
We couldn't resist the CR salmon on Saturday at the Perimeter Costco. I was very disappointed. Admittedly, we did over cook it a bit, but it was not nearly as good as I expected.

The prime meat, however, remains the bomb.
Title: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on May 29, 2013, 10:47:33 PM
Got copper river salmon today. 5/26/13

Got some over the weekend, a little higher than the past at $14.99/lb, but totally worth it for first of the season.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on May 30, 2013, 10:54:46 AM
Glad to hear that you enjoyed it bettylouski. Maybe we just got a less-than-stellar piece.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: tansu on May 30, 2014, 10:09:58 AM
Copper River at Costco 5/30/14 at $15lb.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: secret chef on June 02, 2014, 09:55:47 AM
Copper River at Costco 5/30/14 at $15lb.

On 06/01 AM, they had zero Copper River Sockeye Salmon at the Costco on Windward.  I asked someone in the meat department when they'd be getting more and he said there was no telling.

I called the Costco in Dunwoody & they said they had it.  We drove down there and purchased a couple of pounds.  The Dunwoody store had plenty while I was there.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on June 02, 2014, 11:47:53 AM
Plenty at the Peachtree store yesterday. Had some for dinner last night and I didn't think it was as good as I remembered from past years.

How do you all cook yours?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: secret chef on June 02, 2014, 12:48:28 PM
Plenty at the Peachtree store yesterday. Had some for dinner last night and I didn't think it was as good as I remembered from past years.

How do you all cook yours?

Last night, I used the rub from this recipe: http://copperriversalmon.org/recipes/sweet-smoky-spicy-copper-river-coho-espanola

I grilled it skin side down over hardwood charcoal with a few apple wood chips.

The other recipe we like is Bobby Flay's cedar plank preparation: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cedar-plank-salmon-recipe.html
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: LizR on June 03, 2014, 11:10:11 AM
Thanks, sounds good.

I take back my earlier remark about it not being as good as I remember - maybe I just wasn't very hungry then. I'm eating some leftover for lunch now and it is delicious!

We took off the skin and sauteed it in olive oil and butter.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: tansu on June 03, 2015, 10:06:47 AM
Cooper River now at Costco $15
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bettylouski on July 05, 2015, 08:42:43 PM
Sockeye $10.99 this week.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: tansu on June 06, 2016, 11:26:43 AM
Cooper river again at Costco, but at $17 a pound!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 06, 2016, 02:45:20 PM
Cooper river again at Costco, but at $17 a pound!

Tansu, I do encourage you to buy that reef-net caught salmon from the gal that lives by me..   It is way good..   Sometimes the sides are not as thick as I want but the quality is really good.. 

let me look up her contact info again.   she is Heather Tubbs and a good friend of mine.

See if she has any half boxes in her freezer........   She is a good gal..



http://285foodies.com/forum/markets-specialty-shops-purveyors-farmers/lumi-island-salmon-for-sale-order-soon/msg29265/#msg29265

I have her cell # but it is on the other end of the house .. 



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