Martha Stewart Items at Costco

May 1st, 2008 · 4 Comments

My friend Sara recently sent me a link to Martha Stewart’s website where you can see all of the Kirkland Signature Martha Stewart products that are available at Costco. I know I’ve written little blurbs about the various items that I’ve tried so far, but I figured Martha deserved her own post. I mean, it is Martha Stewart and what woman that likes to cook and be crafty, doesn’t like her? Besides she is the only woman that could come out of prison looking like she’d been at the spa for a few months. Incredible. But back to her new product line at Costco.

Kirkland Signature Martha Stewart HamI’ve mentioned the ham before but I’ll recap now. I really did feel that it was a little steep in price at $3.99 per pound for what you got. It was just a ham. It tasted about the same as the Kirkland Signature ham that we ended up buying for a good deal less at just $2.19 per pound. However, Martha’s hams come in a cute little cloth bag and are smoked over applewood chips. But when I tasted it at the demo station, it was not really infused with much of the applewood taste but tasted about like any ham – a nice smoky flavor. It is possible that my palate is not that finely tuned or it could be that her ham just is not worth the extra money…even if you do get the cute little cloth bag.

Kirkland Signature Martha Stewart Mushroom SoupI’ve also mentioned the soups before in a couple of different posts, one about the mushroom soup in particular since I bought it. I purchased the mushroom soup in March to give it a try since a couple of people had asked me if I had tried it and I figured it was my Addicted duty to try it. It was okay. And by that I mean, if you don’t make soup, then this might be a good buy for you. Otherwise, you can certainly make a better mushroom soup (it’s really quite easy to make it). It was a little bland for both my husband and myself. I like a little more identifiable mushroom pieces in my soup, and this was totally pureed smooth. I do think you could probably dress it up a bit by adding some herbs or garlic while heating it up. But then that brings me to the price issue. It’s $9.99 for 10 servings (and not very generous ones) and for that price you would probably be better off buying the mushrooms and cream to make your own soup.

Kirkland Signature Martha Stewart Tomato SoupI was really sad about the Martha Stewart tomato soup. It’s a soup flavor that I really like because it so perfectly reminds me of being a kid and having tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich…still a combo that I love. Unfortunately, Martha’s version didn’t really stand up to the good, old Campbell’s Soup variety (shocking, huh?). In truth, I only had it at a demo station, so perhaps it would go over better if I had had a whole bowl of it. In any case, it had a taste a bit more like pasta sauce and the consistency was kind of thick like that too. I did feel like it would be great on some pasta if I added a little extra garlic along with some basil and oregano while heating it up. But I’m not sure I like it as a soup.

I haven’t tried the minestrone soup; I really don’t like this type of soup at all so I probably wouldn’t be a good judge of its taste. Unfortunately, I think all of the soups are gone from the Costco stores until Fall. However, there are more entrees, appetizers, and baking products from Kirkland Signature and Martha Stewart supposedly on their way. I know I’ve kind of ripped apart all of Martha’s products so far, but I am actually looking forward to the other things they dream up. I’m especially interested in the appetizers and baking items because I think that those are really Martha’s strong suit so I’m expecting something really fabulous. I just hope they have reasonable prices.

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  1. 1 Kimberly // 2008.07.11 at 7:20 am

    I don’t think I’ve talked to anyone (or read anyone’s blog either) that actually liked her soups. And the ham being so much more expensive was just silly. The reason most people go to Costco is for the savings and to put a ham that was so much more right next to the Kirkland Signature ham, well, there was just no way it could have worked. Everyone knows that the KS items are excellent and of very high quality and there’s no way anyone would want to pay more just because her ham came in a cute little bag.

  2. 2 mike // 2008.07.11 at 1:24 am

    Ditto on the Martha soup. The mushroom was so bland i returned it. I could never understand the appeal of Martha. As a Costco employee I’m embarrased we carried her boring overpriced food. I’m sure it was a mistake and they wont be back. They should throw her back in jail for that stuff(now i’m just kidding).

  3. 3 mamacita // 2008.05.01 at 5:24 pm

    I tried the Cream of Mushroom soup and had pretty much the same reaction. I was also appalled at how much they wanted for her ham. Maybe they shouldn’t have put it in the same case as the KS ham? So, anyway, just like you I have been disappointed in her products so far, and yet I look forward to seeing more.

    It seems like her stuff at KMart was the same way: a little overpriced and a little too dinky in the quality department. I wonder if she just requires a higher profit margin than her partners are normally accustomed to.

  4. 4 STELL // 2008.05.01 at 11:48 am

    When did martha team up with costco? I thought she had the market on K-Mart?

    To be quite honest, there will never be a day I am paying 10 bucks for soup, and pureed mushroom soup at that! I am not one to sit down to a bowl of mushroom soup anyway, but use the Campbells variety in many recipes. It is interesting that so many folks do not realize how easy it is to make a big pot of soup for less than $10. Your house smells all yummy for the day and homemade soup is just so delcious and geared toward one’s taste.

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