Happy Halloween! I’m actually out of town this week, so I haven’t been able to post the new Costco US coupon book. Based on previous years, I’m guessing the new coupon book started on Thursday, October 29, and will run until just before Thanksgiving (my bet is November 22). You can check out the latest coupons through the Costco.com website and I’ll be adding my take on the coupons next week. I’m also not going to be able to post until Tuesday about the new Costco UK coupon book that is starting on Monday, October 2. However, you can check out the new UK offers online through the Costco.co.uk website. Obviously, I should be more careful when making my travel plans to account for the Costco coupon schedule.
I’ve got a couple of reviews today from my frequent US guest poster, Rick Vanover. He normally writes for IT topics, but seems to have almost as much passion for Costco as I do. The two reviews today are a surefire way to get a delicious weekend breakfast with a little help from Costco. I’m really envious after reading the KS Center Cut Thick Sliced Bacon review. We can’t get that bacon here at our UK warehouse; they call it “streaky bacon” here. I have to get my streaky bacon in little packages from Ocado (the shame of it). So maybe these reviews will inspire you to head to Costco and whip up a big breakfast tomorrow!
KS Center Cut Thick Sliced Bacon – Let’s talk about bacon. WHO DOESN’T LOVE BACON!!!! Seriously, good bacon is a big deal in my household. We use bacon for all sorts of situations: breakfast, salads, pizza toppings, sandwiches, and more. What I’ve noticed over the years is that you have to have good bacon. One of my all-time favorite store-bought bacons is the Kirkland Signature thick-sliced, center cut European bacon (Denmark). It is offered in 2 separate 1.5 pound packages for $9.99 in warehouses in my market.
This bacon is where it is at! No doubt. So here’s a few tips on how to use this bacon, as it may seem like a copious amount of premium pork at once.
I bake the bacon in the oven on a cookie sheet, and I use and entire 1.5 pound package at once to do that. Additionally, I use my convection oven so it cooks evenly and fast. There are two distinct advantages to cooking bacon this way: the first is that there is no mess and splatter on the stove and I’m not needing to constantly turn over the bacon. The second advantage is that the bacon will cook totally flat and straight. You can also use a broiler pan if you really like your bacon crispy as the drippings will fall through to the bottom. Save that bacon grease by the way, it’s a great add to general cooking.
Now you may wonder, what are you going to do with this much cooked bacon? I use the bacon after I’ve cooked it but any leftover strips (which usually there are a bunch) I put in a long resalable leftover container (for example, the Snapware food keeper set!) and then reheat it in the microwave the day I need it. If the bacon is too long you can snip it in half with kitchen shears or a knife (besides these are large pieces of bacon) and put it in a smaller container if needed. Having good bacon at the ready is a must in my household, and I highly recommend this bacon.
Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix – One of the things that may seem like TOO much to buy at Costco are some of the baking goods. While I’ve not purchased flour, sugar, or rice at my warehouse, I do fancy the Krusteaz Buttermilk pancake mix. This 160 ounce bag (10 lbs/ 4.53 kg) lasts a long time, but isn’t too big that you need a forklift to put it in your cart. The pancake mix is priced at $6.39 in my warehouse and is generally available year-round.
Now, I don’t know about you; but my kids love pancakes. Additionally, the mix can be made to prepare waffles. If pancakes are being made, only water is needed but additional common household ingredients (oil and optionally an egg) are needed for waffles. But do you know what else you can use this pancake mix for? French toast! That’s right, I feel that I make the best French toast at home and one of the secrets to it all comes from almost every ingredient sourced from Costco. If you want to use this pancake mix for the best French toast, here’s a quick recipe:
Some frozen Costco bakery croissants, sliced into broad slices like bread. I put them in the freezer because they can very easily be sliced wide if they are rock solid. They’ll quickly defrost also. You can use regular bread if you want to be plain and boring.
- Milk (say 1 cup)
- Vanilla (say 2 tablespoons – yes that’s a lot but it’s a great deal at Costco)
- 3 eggs beaten
- ¼ cup of the pancake mix
This makes an amazing batter as the richness of the eggs coupled with the texture of the pancake mix make a very delicious breakfast. The croissant touch is the part that will make your guests quite happy!
Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup – I’m re-posting one of my old reviews too, because it goes perfectly with the Costco breakfast theme today. This review is from 2012, but I know that they still have the same maple syrup available in the US and the UK for sure, and I would guess you can find it in Canada and Australia as well. I’m less sure about the other Costco locations around the world. I think the only change I’ve noticed is the bottle looks a bit different now.
I’m not a maple syrup expert but this seems pretty good to me. It is 100% pure maple syrup, nothing added in or just maple flavoured. It’s also from Canada, which seems like the home of all things maple. Even though it is from Canada, they use the US system of grading:Grade A medium amber. The smell is really nice, with a subtle scent and the taste matches with a not too sweet taste, it’s just the perfect amount of sweetness for me. And of course, it has the expected maple taste that you want from good, quality maple syrup. We had some on pancakes and it was awesome! So much better than imitation stuff or other syrups. I think I like that it isn’t too sweet. It enhances flavours instead of just overpowers them and I’m pretty sure this is because it has a lighter flavor and less sweetness than other syrups. Plus, there are a ton of ways that you can use maple syrup, other than just on pancakes, waffles and French toast. Really, any place you want a little touch of sweetness, it could definitely help with that. I also like that the KS syrup isn’t so watery that you think it’s just a little bit of maple and a whole lot of water (I know you’ve had this type of lousy maple syrup). I don’t know if this is something that is different about the way they refine the syrup or what. In any case, it isn’t as thick as other syrups (of the imitation variety) but not so watery that it won’t actually cling to your food either. And sure, it’s high in calories but you console yourself with the fact that it is a great source of manganese and zinc. The one negative to someone with a tiny fridge, like me, is that you have to refrigerate the syrup after you open it. But it’s worth the fridge space. The good news is that they have re-designed the bottle since the last time I purchased it and now it is shorter, so at least it fits in my little baby fridge better now. 946 ml for £8.99 (US: $13.97). Item #: 0386374.