Sometimes it is amazing, even to me, how much of a bargain Costco can offer you on everyday things like laundry detergent. It’s kind of shocking really. But good for all of us, since we shop there and can benefit from the better prices.
Persil Small & Mighty Laundry Detergent – This was a really good buy at Costco because it was way, way cheaper than buying it at my local Tesco Express or Sainsbury’s Local. I’ve tried a couple of different laundry detergents since we’ve been in London and definitely like the Persil the best. Though, I do really like the lovely fragrance that you get from the Persil Naturals, however, they don’t sell that at Costco. When I bought this at Tesco, the same brand and type of Persil, it was £4.00 for a 20 load bottle (that’s 730 milliliters). And when I checked at Sainsbury’s this week, it was also around £4.00 for the same size bottle. At Costco you get a 2-pack of bottles each containing 1470 milliliters for 42 loads, so that’s a total of 84 loads (2940 milliliters) in the twin pack. And you get all of that for the low price of £9.99. If I had bought a comparable amount at Tesco or Sainsbury’s it would be £16.80; that’s a difference of £6.81! [That would be a difference of $10.06 in US currency.] That is amazing to me! I can almost buy another entire 2-pack at Costco for that amount of difference. So, that is clearly my impressive buy for the week. 2, 1470 mL bottles / 42 loads for a total of 2940 mL and 84 loads for £9.99 (US: 103.47 ounces for $14.76). Item #: 0095870.
Eames Fontana Cubetti di Pancetta – This is a great way to buy pancetta because it is already cubed and ready to cook with. Plus, the package at Costco actually has four separately sealed portions of 125 grams each (total of 500 grams per package), so you can cook a little bit of it and now that the rest is not getting funky in your fridge. We had some last night with spaghetti, nothing fancy just pan fried with garlic and diced red chiles. It was really good. Since it is essentially the Italian form of bacon you get have the wonderful smoky, pork flavor and all the fat makes a nice little ‘sauce’ to toss with the spaghetti. There’s a recipe on the package for Spaghetti alla Carbonara that I’m going to try next week when I’ve got some cream and eggs. And going a non-pasta route, I think it would be a nice addition to scrambled eggs with a little cheese. It would probably also be a nice addition to roasted vegetable or bean soup. I’ve also had pancetta on skewers with a grillable cheese, like halloumi, and that is also pretty delicious. 500 grams for £3.99 (US: 17.64 ounces for $5.89). Item #: 0099070.
Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water – Normally I buy the Pellegrino (which they also have here in the UK) because it’s considerably cheaper than the other brands in the US. However, here there doesn’t seem to be as big a difference, but there was a coupon for £2.00 off on the Perrier too, so that made it a very reasonable price. We don’t usually buy fizzy water, however, we had bought some Ribena so we needed something to mix with it. The other nice thing about the Perrier is that you get decent sized one liter bottles that are made of plastic so they are light weight and fit nicely in the fridge. The sparkling mineral water also is awesome for making fruit drinks of any kind from nectar for things like mango and peach, or fresh squeezed juice from lemons, limes, and grapefruits. Sadly, they don’t seem to have any mango nectar here, at least not at Costco, which is my favorite. But I am starting to warm to the Ribena, which gives you lots and lots of vitamin C. 12, 1 liter bottles for £5.95 (£7.95 – £2.00 off) (US: $8.79). Item #: 0108489.
Fresh Mango Slices – I used to buy these quite a bit back in the US too. Mangoes aren’t all that fun to skin and slice up, so I definitely prefer to buy them already prepared, even though I know it is more expensive. It’s one of the things that I will pay for the pleasure of not doing myself, like mowing my lawn. Since they don’t have the mango nectar here I was thinking I’d try making my own little mango beverage with the sparkling water. I ended up chopping up the fruit in my food processor (don’t have a blender here, so the food processor does some weird things now) until it was basically like a puree, to which I added some sparkling mineral water and had a close approximation of what I used to make with the nectar. Of course, you could just eat the mango slices too. They are excellent for a dessert or snack when teamed with coconut rice. I’ve never done it because I’m not a big ice cream eater, but I’ll bet they would be equally delicious with vanilla ice cream. Mangoes are probably my favorite fruit though, so I will try teaming them with just about anything. Have I mentioned how good they are with grilled salmon? 600 grams for £3.99 (US: 21.16 ounces for $5.89). Item #: 0067229.
Kirkland Signature Supreme Indulgent Cookies – And, because we can rarely make it out of Costco without picking some unhealthy up, this week we bought the bakery’s cookie variety pack. We’re big fans of the cookies from the Costco bakery. We love the chocolate shortbread and the regular chocolate chip cookies too. And now I find that I really love the white chocolate chip cookies, as well. The variety consists of: white chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal & raisin cookies, chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips, and chocolate chip cookies. You get five of each type for a total of 20 cookies. Dave really hates oatmeal & raisin so I ended up eating those. While I’m not usually a huge fan of those, the Costco ones were actually pretty good. I think it was because they had a nice amount of cinnamon and the raisins were plump and soft. All of the other cookies were delicious and soft. What can I say, Costco bakery makes a nice cookie. Costco’s going to have to add something new to the bakery line up because I think we’ve tried everything there now. Why don’t they make big cinnamon rolls? 20 cookies for £4.99 (US: $7.37). Item #: 0093952.