I was kind of surprised by something that happened when we were shopping this weekend: our Costco did not have one of the things that had a coupon; the Corazonas tortilla chips. This was a first for me. It wasn’t even one of the coupons that says the item is not available at all locations. I didn’t see them when I was at Costco earlier this week either, so I guess that they just are not going to carry them at my location.
Kirkland Signature Ground Sirloin Patties – Just in time for the upcoming holiday weekend, I thought I’d write about these great burgers. Sure they look kind of thin and unassuming all stacked up, but they have such a great taste you quickly get over the fact that they aren’t an inch thick. Plus, they are very handy since it is suggested that you cook them frozen. So, you can take them out of the freezer and put them right on the grill and they are done in what seems like no time but is around 15 minutes I think. Plus, they really do have that nice real meat taste (not like the thin hamburgers you get some places). They are made using ground sirloin and loin of beef, so I think that is probably the big difference; higher quality meat, gives you a higher quality patty. Each patty is 1/3 of a pound but I think they also have 1/2 pound patties too. Since there are 18 of them in the package at Costco, they really are a great buy if you’re looking to buy some burgers for a large cookout or picnic. 6 pounds (18 patties) for $13.79.
King Crab Legs – It was our anniversary on Monday, so Dave decided to get some crab legs and make us a nice dinner at home. Since our Costco seems to have the seafood roadshow every weekend (not so much of a roadshow at that point, I think) it’s really easy to pick up things like the crab legs, mussels, or shrimp. While we don’t really like the cooked and flavored shrimp that they have, everything else seems to be really good quality and definitely less pricey than at the grocery stores. We ended up getting 5 legs, which weighed 2.54 pounds. The crab legs were so good! And they had a decent amount of meat too; not like when you get them and go through all the work to get past the shell and spines and find barely anything inside. And Dave used a great method to reheat them: wrap no more than 3 legs in two layers of wet paper towels and then wrap a layer of plastic wrap around them, put the bundle in the microwave for 3 minutes. They were perfectly warmed up without drying out the meat or making it rubbery. Dave was nice enough to pre cut the shells with scissors and that helped quite a bit. 2.54 pounds (5 big legs) for $27.91, $10.99 per pound.
Oroweat Whole Wheat Bread – I was in the mood for a healthier bread choice this weekend, so I decided to get some whole wheat. Of all of the whole wheat or whole grain breads at our Costco (4 different kinds) the Oroweat had the least calories but still had similar nutritional stats. It’s a little dry, as most whole wheat breads tend to be but it does have a nice flavor probably due to the molasses. The slices are nice and big too, so you can make a decent sandwich. I like whole wheat bread for things like toast or sandwiches with some variety of lunch meat, but never with peanut butter and jelly. The only thing that is kind of bad is that you don’t get very many slices per loaf; just 18. Of course, the whole wheat bread does pack a lot of healthiness into each slice with a decent amouth of protein and fiber, but low in fat. 2 loaves (36 slices) for $4.89.
Ceres Mango Nectar – I will just start out by saying, this is no Langers nectar. And because of that I was disappointed. I figured if Costco had switched suppliers it must mean that this was going to be better, but I’m not so impressed. It’s kind of thin, like juice not nectar. And there’s something about the taste that I’m not enjoying; it’s more the aftertaste I think. Plus, it doesn’t seem as mango-y as I would like. I can see by the ingredients list that it doesn’t have other juices in it, just mango puree and filtered water plus some things like pectin and absorbic acid. I am disappointed, there’s no other way to put it. I’m hoping that since our Costco sill carries the Langers Orange Juice, perhaps they will bring back the Mango Nectar from them too. I will definitely be leaving a comment about this. I’m even considering taking it back because I’m not sure I can drink all of it and I doubt Dave will either. Thankfully there was a coupon. 2, 96 ounce bottles for $5.99 ($8.49 regularly – $2.50 coupon).
Le Plaisir Brie with Garlic and Herbs – There was only so long I could go without trying out a new cheese from Costco. This looked so creamy and delicious sitting there, that I had to pick it up. Now you might think that the garlic could easily overpower the taste of the brie, but it really didn’t; it was more just a hint of garlic taste. I was actually really impressed with the garlic level because sometimes garlic cheese can be way over the top, so much so that you feel like you’re eating garlic and not cheese. And perhaps it is the mix of herbs (they don’t specify what herbs but parsley is definitely the one that I taste) that balances out the garlic and just serves to enhance the brie. In any case, it was a nice mix of flavors without anything being too strong or assertive. And of course, since it is brie, it was creamy and perfectly spreadable. We had it with a fresh bauguette and it was delicious. Of course, it would be nice with crackers too or a piece of fruit, like a pear or apple. Unfortunately, it’s not one of the cheaper cheeses at Costco at $8.99 per pound. 0.96 pound for $8.63; $8.99 per pound.