We made the very big mistake of going to Costco on Sunday this week. What were we thinking? There was more traffic on the roads which makes the drive a bit more annoying. However, it was the traffic in the store that was crazy. There were so many people in the store that it was hard to really browse even. And then of course the check out lines were long, very very long. And worst of all, they don’t have donuts on Sunday. So, we won’t be making that mistake again.
Otway Pork Thai Basil, Chili, & Coriander Sausages – I like a sausage that is all dressed up with lots of flavours and spices, I just can’t help myself. And these definitely caught my eye since I like Thai food too and these have a really delicious sounding mix of Thai flavours. They were every bit as good as they sounded like they would be too. There are 10 sausages in here, so in our case, we decided to freeze half of them because I figured it was safer than trying to eat them all before they got a little suspect in the fridge. They grilled up beautifully in our oven using the broiler setting. The casing got lovely and crisp, while the inside remained perfectly moist. They would have been fantastic on buns for sure and maybe we’ll try that with the next bunch. However, with the first half of the package we decided that they would be tasty with pasta. Turns out, they were perfect with pasta and a mix of other Thai ingredients like lemon grass and chillies as well as mushrooms and onions. Yum! The sausages are really flavoursome and have just the right amount of spiciness to make them tasty without scorching your mouth and deadening it to all other tastes. I was surprised that the flavour of the coriander and basil both came through quite well too since they are lighter flavours I had thought they might be overpowered by all of the other stuff in the pasta, as well as the pork. Each of the sausages are really quite good sized (clearly, I guess they are each 1/10 of a kilo or 100 grams), and one or two is definitely enough for a meal depending on what you serve them with. When we served five of them with pasta, we had quite a lot of leftovers. But they were really great the next day for lunch too. I think I noticed a feta flavoured sausage from the same company when we were at Costco, so I’ll certainly have to try those as well since these turned out to be so delicious. 1 kilogram, 10 sausages, for A$10.99 (UK: £7.51 , US: $11.27). Item #: 1411.
Rodeo Joe’s Waffle Cut Fries – I think at this point we have tried the whole Rodeo Joe’s lineup, though the rest of it we tried in the UK. I felt like we really needed to give these a try too, especially since there was a coupon (this was in the coupons from last month) that made them super cheap really. I love waffle cut fries because they can get crunchy on the outside but still have a nice fluffy inside. And the waffle cut means that there’s a more surface area for crunchiness too, which is my favourite part of any french fry. These fries can be cooked in the oven or in a fryer, but we always use an oven since we don’t have a fryer. And even better, you cook them right from frozen, so no planning ahead needed even. In the oven, it takes around 20 to 25 minutes to cook them to the point that the outside is nicely crunchy (but not burnt). The fries are really good and have a nice bit of seasoning too, so they’re not just a plain, bland potato taste. They of course have salt on them, but they also have spices like paprika, pepper, chili, garlic, onion, sage, and even cumin. As you can guess from that, they do have a nice taste to them. The only thing that is a negative for me is the amount of oiliness they have after cooking. I guess I should have drained them on some kitchen roll after I cooked them, but I’m not really used to needing to do that when I cook fries in the oven. There was a lot of oil left on the cookie sheet after we took them off and they definitely left our hands with a greasy feeling too. We haven’t made these beyond the first time, however, I think we could just drain them for a bit to avoid some of that greasiness. I mean, they are fries, so clearly they are not anyone’s idea of healthy but I didn’t expect them to be so oily. I also think it is a little stupid that on the package’s nutrition information they have a serving size listed as one waffle fry. Really? A single waffle fry is a serving? Who is the person that really believes that or eats just one? That’s preposterous. Luckily, they also have the more reasonable 100 gram serving too. The Rodeo Joe’s jalapeno poppers are still my favourite but I’d buy these again. 600 grams for A$2.29 ($5.29 – $3.00 coupon) (UK: £1.57 , US: $2.35). Item #: 90754.
Costco Greek Salad – I love the Costco salads in the deli area. They don’t skimp on the ingredients and they are always fresh looking too, which isn’t always the case with the prepared salads at supermarkets. Our favorite one is probably this Greek salad. It is packed full of delicious things like Kalamata olives and feta cheese chunks, red onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I’m always really impressed with the big chunks of cucumbers and feta cheese, as well as the good amount of olives included, which is all part of the reason why I like to buy salads at Costco but wouldn’t really do it anyplace else. All of that makes it a perfect salad to us, plus it is really quite filling. Which probably isn’t that shocking since it is huge. We like it by itself for dinner or lunch because it really is like a meal in itself because of all the cheese probably. They have this same type of salad in the US and the UK, but I think their’s has hard boiled egg slices too, and they pair it with raspberry dressing (or at least they used to do that). We always hated the raspberry dressing because it is just too sweet and doesn’t really seem to work well with the ingredients and flavours in the salad at all. So we just skipped their dressing and used Italian dressing or spritzed it with lemon juice. Luckily, here in Australia, they have a Greek dressing that they use instead and that works so much better. Since I’m such a big cheese person, I have to say that the feta in the salad was really great. It had a beautiful texture, someplace between firm and creamy. And while it still has that familiar feta cheese tang, it doesn’t have that overly salty problem that a lot of less than terrific feta cheese has sometimes. This salad also makes a nice accompaniment to the beyond delicious Costco rotisserie chickens too. And together they makes a perfect, no frills and no work, meal after you spend a few hours shopping at Costco on the weekend. Because let’s face it, after you fight your way around the crowds at Costco on the weekend, you really don’t want to cook. Or is that just me? 1 kilogram salad for A$10.99 (UK: £7.51 , US: $11.27). Item #: 11075.
Costco Rotisserie Chicken – Just like in the US, the Costco rotisserie chicken rocks! There is nothing better than sitting down to lunch with one of these after putting in some shopping time at Costco. The chickens here are good sized, they seem to be about the same size as those in the US and UK, so somewhere right around three pounds. These chickens are so juicy and delicious. Dave and I just absolutely love them. We get one pretty much every time we go to Costco, and I know my mom does that as well. You can eat them just as they are and they are wonderful. However, you can also use them to make your own chicken salad, or add some to pasta, or make a killer sandwich, or throw some in with a salad. I’ll be honest and admit that ours rarely makes it to leftover status. But if yours does, they do nicely tell you how to handle reheating it with either the microwave or oven. I want to know how they manage to keep them so juicy? I’ve had rotisserie chickens from other places that were nowhere near as juicy, some of them were flat out dry and had no flavour at all. From my own cooking of things like turkey or whole chickens, I would guess that these chickens are brined to make sure that they are super moist. But whatever it is, I’m glad that they know the special secret to making them. And really, where else can you get such a great deal on an entire chicken of a good size? I’ve never been to any other supermarket where they can come anywhere near Costco prices for a rotisserie chicken, not to mention the supermarket chickens usually taste lousy and are small in size. That’s a bad combination. Everyone I know is a big fan of the Costco rotisserie chickens. The only bad thing is that occasionally you will get one that is overly salty and that really takes away from it, obviously. Of the two that we’ve had in Australia, one of them was quite salty but we were still able to eat it, we just had to drink a lot of water with it. I think the price of the Australian rotisserie chicken will be quite shocking to everyone in the US and UK, I know it was to us because they are considerably more pricey than any of the other Costco locations we’ve been too. I can’t believe that I somehow forgot to take a picture of the chicken! In any case it is just like the chickens in the US and the UK, and is packaged the same way too. 1.4 kilograms for A$8.99 (UK: £6.15; US: $9.23). Item #: 11080. The UK rotisserie chicken is £3.99 and the US rotisserie chicken is $4.99.