So, this was our first visit to a Costco in the UK. There were a lot of things that were similar but there were a bunch of new products that made me long for my giant pantry and freezer back in the US. I’ll just have to pace myself, I guess. We decided that we would buy a few things, even though we are in a temporary flat (which we’re leaving tomorrow) without our usual kitchen items, so it is harder to cook. As a result, we got things that we knew we would be able to make or use by the end of the week or could easily take with us, like cheese and crackers.
Pringle Black Men’s Dress Sock – This is the one item that we actually wanted to get because Dave needed some nice socks to wear with his suits and the majority of his socks are still in transit. And we were really happy that they had a coupon for these even – 25% off 2 packs – but we only bought one pack so we missed out on that that deal. Oh well. In any case, the socks are nice, basic black socks. They are neither too thick nor too thin, which is nice when you’re walking a lot to and from the tube (subway, I’m trying to pick up the lingo). The socks are made of cotton with a bit of lycra to make them a little more comfortable to wear. I don’t know what else is important in a sock, but they seem like nice socks. At Costco you can get a box of 8 pairs of socks, which is great because that is enough to keep you in socks all week long. And if you use the coupon and buy 2 boxes of socks, you’ll have almost enough for a whole month of work days, plus you’ll save 25%. 8 pairs of socks for £9.99; with coupon save £2.49 per pack on 2 or more packs. Item #: 0090512.
Jacob’s Biscuits for Cheese – If you like crackers and cheese, or crackers and something else, this is the box of crackers for you! There are 8 different types of crackers so you get a nice variety to have for just about any occasion. And more importantly they’re all good. So, the 8 types you get are: cheddars, digestives, choice grain, water biscuits, Cornish wafers, cream crackers, high fiber cream crackers, salt & cracked black pepper bakes. Some of these are round and some are squares, so you have a lot of options if you’re trying to come up with different toppings. I loved the cheddar crackers, but the cream crackers are really delicious too. Honestly, they all taste yummy with some cheese on them. I even like the little plastic box that they come in because it is a great way to store your crackers without them getting stale. And you’re going to need the storage since there are approximately 115 crackers in this box. 115 crackers in 8 varities for £3.19 (£4.19 – £1.00 coupon). Item #: 0106525.
Mature Cheddar Cheese Slices – Since we bought all those lovely crackers, we needed something to put on them and this seemed like the perfect accompaniment. I love real cheddar cheese because its got that strong tangy flavor but it isn’t so over the top flavor-wise that it masks the flavor of everything else. Plus, it’s very good for melting, say when you’re making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. In the temporary kitchen we have, there aren’t a big variety of knives, so getting something that was pre-sliced was the best bet for us; no one wanted to lose a finger slicing cheese since we don’t know where the nearest ER is. The slices are nice and thick too, which does make them great for putting on crackers. However, they do break kind of easily which doesn’t really matter to us because of how we were using them. Of course, if we were trying to do something fancy with them, we might have to rethink how we handled these slices so that they didn’t crumble up and look a mess. 1 kilograms sliced cheese for £4.49. Item #: 0101580.
Riverway Foods Grandma Porco’s Italian Style Pork Sausage – Oh these are so delicious! We had them with pasta and they were outstanding. We broiled them and they got a great crunchy outside and were yummy and moist inside. And they’re hot and zingy, like all really great Italian sausages should be. I’ve missed having hot Italian sausage because our Austin Costco only had ‘medium’ spicy sausages. I think these are so good because of how they are made. They use coarsely minced hand trimmed prime cuts of fresh pork which has been seasoned with garlic, Italian herbs like oregano and fennel (I think), as well as red chili flakes, and then all of that is stuffed into a 100% natural casing. The addition of the red chili flakes is certainly how they get the nice kick, and the natural casing is what allows the sausages to brown so beautifully. I always use Italian sausage in my lasagna and I’m thinking this would really be outstanding with all that cheese. Of course, it is also good just mixed with buttered pasta, like we had it. Or, you could make a killer sandwich with these, some melty provolone, and a nice roll. Or, you could remove them from their casings (which is what I do when I make lasagna, obviously) and make some killer meatballs. Honestly, I could think of so many ways to use good Italian sausage but it’s making me really hungry so I need to stop. These aren’t as long as the sausages in the US so they’re a little more manageable and it’s certainly easier to fit them into a zip top bag to store too. 1.2 kilograms (18 sausages) for £4.85. Item #: 0100590.