This Week at Costco – January 12, 2014

January 18th, 2014 · 11 Comments

I just realized that this post is almost all Kirkland Signature items, which is kind of good because that means that this is the same stuff that you could find in your Costco no matter what country it is located in.  I do buy quite a bit of KS stuff, even though it is only something like 20% of the products at Costco.  But the items are almost always top notch, so it is hard to resist them.  And since they are such a good value for the quality of the products, why would you want to not buy them?  We recently bought Dave a pair of KS jeans that are really nice, but it did leave me wondering why they don’t make jeans for women.  Is this just because they think women are more snooty about where we are willing to buy clothing?  I’m hoping that sometime soon they start selling ladies jeans though (hint, hint Costco!).

Kirkland Signature Natural Peanut Butter

Kirkland Signature Natural Peanut Butter

Kirkland Signature Creamy Natural Peanut Butter –  I’ve never had the chance to try the KS natural peanut butter before, so when I saw it on a recent trip, I decided to pick it up.  I think the only other peanut butter choice was Skippy crunchy anyway, which I don’t like.  I’m a creamy peanut butter fan since it won’t tear up your bread when you make a sandwich.  The Kirkland Signature peanut butter is all natural and preservative free; there’s nothing on the ingredients list that you won’t recognize.  There are only two ingredients actually:  dry roasted Valencia peanuts and sea salt.  Ys, really, that is the whole list of ingredients.  The Valencia peanuts are from the southwest US and have a natural sweetness that makes them perfect for peanut butter.  So all of that is great.  But as with all natural nut butters, the oil separates out and sits on top of the peanut butter waiting for you to stir it in.  And maybe it is just me but it is really hard to stir all of that oil in without making a huge mess.  When I first opened my peanut butter there was so much oil sitting on top of the peanut part it was difficult to do anything without it sloshing over the side of the container.  So, I carefully stirred it in but it was very hard to incorporate and I ended up having an oily mess all over the side of the container and my cabinet.  Granted because of my rheumatoid arthritis my hand strength isn’t great but this seemed like more than just that kind of thing.  In any case, after perhaps 15 minutes of careful stirring and incorporating I had made pretty good progress.  After you stir it up you need to refrigerate it to let the oils solidify a bit.  So, after I did that it was less messy to stir and deal with.  The oils don’t really solidify in the fridge, at least not to the point where it is hard to spread the peanut butter or anything, just enough to make it not a total soupy mess.  It maintains a very creamy texture and a nice fresh, peanuty taste.  It really has a great flavour, I think.  I was impressed by how spreadable and creamy it was.  I was glad that it firmed up in the fridge though because at first it seemed really liquidy and just wanted to kind of slide off of my bread.  But after a little quality time in the fridge, it was lovely and easily spread on my bread and didn’t tear it or cause me to smoosh it.  I like that in a peanut butter.  I kind of wish that you could just buy one container of it at a time, instead of it being a two pack, since each one is 40 ounces.  It seems like a lot of peanut butter, but I guess since it is good for a bit over six months, we should be able to get through it by then.  Of course, it would be even better if Costco UK sold grape jelly; my preferred jelly for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I had to order it from Amazon instead.  But the good news is that I’m finally able to have a proper peanut butter and jelly sandwich.   2, 1.13 kg jars for £8.49 (US: $13.87).  Item #: 0632352.

Fresh Turkey Breast Roast

Fresh Turkey Breast Roast

Fresh Turkey Breast Roast – Our oven here in London isn’t what you would call big, so the thought of cooking a whole turkey in there is implausible.  But luckily, Costco has these very nice turkey breast roasts.  It is basically a giant boneless turkey breast trussed up like a roast.  This makes it so easy to cook it and keep it in our (also small) fridge.  I decided to get one for our New Year’s dinner and I was really glad I did after we ate it.  First, because it is already in the little net you don’t have to do anything to get it ready to cook except but some oil and salt and pepper on it; we also cooked ours on onion and cinnamon sticks for a bit of added flavour.   Our turkey breast was just at 2.3 kg (that’s just over 5 pounds) and it took about 90 minutes to roast it to perfection at 175 C/350 F.  It turned out beautifully, just like a cookbook picture and was juicy and delicious.  We always use one of those nice thermometers with the alert when it reaches the temperature you have set; 74C/165 F for our turkey breast.  I was impressed with how moist it was after we were finished roasting it.  And it tasted so delicious!  It made an excellent dinner.  Obviously, it being this size, we didn’t eat it all in one meal.  We sliced it for sandwiches and it was equally delicious that way too.  Since there’s no bone, it was very easy to slide for sandwiches and that meant we could cut nice thick slices too.  Yum!  I think that they only have these at holiday time, unfortunately, but I’m certainly hoping that they have them still on our next trip to Costco.  If I had known how great it would be I would have bought an extra one for the freezer.  For us, this is the perfect way to have turkey since it is compact enough to fit in our fridge, freezer, and oven.  Plus, it is so easy and quick to cook, it is just right for a low hassle meal that tastes like something that should have taken much more effort to cook.  If I hadn’t been feeling so lax I would have made some stuffing and a pumpkin pie and then it would have been just like American Thanksgiving, but with just the best breast meat from the turkey.  2.296 kg for £18.35; £7.99/kg (US: $29.98).  Item #: 0002034.

Kirkland Signature Luxury Spa Bath Rug

Kirkland Signature Luxury Spa Bath Rug

Kirkland Signature Luxury Spa Cotton Bath Rug –  I love this!  When we were packing up all of our stuff last year I decided to get rid of our old bathmats since they weren’t looking their best anymore.  Of course, that meant we needed a new one for our new flat and naturally that means we turned to Costco.  Along with excellent Kirkland Signature towels, they also have these lovely fluffy Kirkland Signature bath rugs.  They are made from 100% combed ring-spun cotton and are very thick.  The rug is fully reversible with the same nice cotton on both sides, so no non-slip side. The rug is quite thick which makes it feel very luxurious when you step out of the tub or shower, plus it is very absorbent.  The combed cotton makes it very soft, which just adds to that luxe feel.  I also like that it is really a good size at 24 inches by 36 inches, which is neither too big nor too small.  The size seems perfect for the side of a tub but also works well for a shower.  Of course, if your bathroom is rather small it might just cover most of the available space (that would have been the case in one of our old bathrooms, for instance).  But perhaps the best feature, aside from the feel of it, is that it is fully washer and dryer friendly.  I wanted to test this out before I wrote my review to make sure that it didn’t shrink up or do anything odd once washed.  After washing it and drying it, according to the instructions on the tag, it looks and feels just as great as it did when we first got it.  It didn’t shrink, or if it did it was such an imperceptible amount as to not matter, and it is still just as soft and fluffy.  I think I paid about this much for our last bathmat and truthfully it was nowhere near as plush and absorbent.  Now we have the full compliment of Kirkland Signature bath products with towels and bath rug.  Plus, of course, the shampoo and conditioner, razors, toothbrushes,  and so on.  Yeah, our bathroom is all about Kirkland Signature and Costco now.  £8.99  (US: $14.69). Item #: 0358432.

Kirkland Signature Daily Multi Vitamin

Kirkland Signature Daily Multi Vitamin

Kirkland Signature Daily Multi Vitamin – I have a bit of an anemia problem thanks to some medication I take, so I need some extra help keeping my iron levels within normal ranges.  So, my doctor has me taking a daily vitamin and eating more red meat (yes, he is the best doctor ever to prescribe steak).  I’m fortunate that I can keep my iron levels up by eating more red meat and a number of other dietary changes, but still need the stability of the multivitamin as well.  Since I have to take a vitamin everyday, I have Dave take one too, which means that we need a lot of vitamins.  Vitamins are really not cheap either, even if you buy the inexpensive ones.  This is the first time I’ve bought the Kirkland Signature multivitamins at Costco actually.

Daily Multi Nutritional Info

Daily Multi Nutritional Info

Daily Multi Nutritional Info

Daily Multi Nutritional Info

They have all of the stuff you need unfortunately they also have that rather unpleasant vitaminy smell.  Since the bottle is so large when you take the cap off it is pretty potent.  Plus, the vitamins themselves are big and not coated; not my favourite way to take a vitamin honestly.  But for me they provide 100% of my needed iron, so that’s the important thing.   At least that is what I keep telling myself each night when I choke one down.  I took pictures of the back of the bottle so that you could see what is in the vitamins and how much of the RDA they meet; the pics aren’t the best, but are readable.  I was taking a multivitamin from Boots which was smaller and coated and seemed to work well.  But the ones at Costco are certainly less expensive.  Obviously, we’ll be using up the 500 tablets before I make a decision on whether to stick with the vitamins from Costco or not.  I’m a bit ambivalent at this point solely based on the vitamin’s size, uncoated-ness, and smell.  I’m fairly frugal so the momentary discomfort will probably be something that I will just decide to get over for the cost savings.  A bottle of 180 tablets at Boots is around £7-8.50 (depending on sales etc), which is certainly more than the £12.00 for 500 tablets at Costco; just about double on a per tablet basis.  I do also like that the Costco vitamins come in a a huge 500 tablet bottle because that means I won’t have to worry about buying them again for quite some time.   500 tablets for £11.79 (US: $19.26)  Item #: 0100544.

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  1. 1 Janey // 2014.02.28 at 3:09 am

    Whenever I buy any natural peanut butter, I dispose of 99 percent of that icky oil, and then mix it up. I never realized that you are supposed to eat that oil. Why would anyone do that? It is not necessary.

  2. 2 del // 2014.01.22 at 11:15 am

    I have been using the natural peanut butter for years. Just store the unopened jars upside down in the pantry. When your ready to open one turn it over and start stirring then stick it in the fridge to harden a bit right side up.

    • 3 del // 2014.01.22 at 11:16 am

      You will see all the oil on the bottom in the pantry.

  3. 4 Janie // 2014.01.19 at 4:10 pm

    @Kimberly We store unopened jars in the pantry. When we open them, I just put a freezer bag over the lid just in case and turn it upside down. I’ve never had any oil seep thru either way.

  4. 5 Copeland // 2014.01.19 at 1:43 pm

    I bought the KS peanut butter also, crunchy. The problem is I have somewhat of an allergy to peanuts, but usually a few or a small sandwich is OK. It’s a Catch-22 situation. It actually kicks off my allergies (no Epipen, but it does upset my stomach), but the reason I suppose it’s because it’s so pure. I also have the bath mats and they are, by far, the two best bath mats I have ever bought! The only problem (and usually my only problem at CostCo) is that I haven’t seen them at my Houston area CostCos since I bought my first two. I hate that, because they will eventually wear out with washing. I hope they do bring them back, because if they do, I’ll go ahead and buy an extra set just to make sure I have some!

  5. 6 Candy // 2014.01.19 at 11:03 am

    When I was a kid natural peanut butter was the only kind we could get. It had the oil on top and my mom always kept it upside down. It never seeped out. But it was the easiest way to mix it up.

  6. 7 Janie // 2014.01.19 at 8:45 am

    Re: the KS peanut peanut, We store ours upside down and it is much easier to mix that way.

    • 8 Kimberly // 2014.01.19 at 9:13 am

      @Janie – I thought about doing that but was worried about oil seepage. You’ve never had a problem with the oil coming out of the lid and making a colossal mess in your cabinet?

      • 9 del // 2014.01.22 at 11:19 am

        It won’t because oil will rise to top or bottom of jar.

  7. 10 Eileen // 2014.01.18 at 8:20 pm

    Re the KS peanut butter – I wonder if it would be easier to mix in the oil by transferring the entire contents (pouring off the oil first) into another larger container to do the mixing? You could then stuff the pb back into the original jar or place it into a Tupperware-type fridge container.

    The main reason I don’t buy “natural” pb is because of the hassle with the oil! But I may try the KS natural on your review! Thanks!

    • 11 Kimberly // 2014.01.19 at 9:13 am

      @Eileen – I had thought one of those paint mixers like they have at Home Depot would be perfect for the job. LOL I did think about putting it into a different container and might try that with the next container of it. It’s good but the mixing in of the oil is definitely a pain.

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