This Week at Costco – October 19 2008

October 25th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Cusisinart Set of 3 Baking SheetsCuisinart Set of 3 Non-Stick Baking Sheets –  Yet another item from Costco to make my holiday baking go smoother. Or at least make my cookies come off smoother.  We have a nice set of baking sheets that we bought a couple of years ago from Costco (complete with lids), however, they’re not non-stick.  As a result of their stickiness, we go through a lot of parchment paper and aluminum foil during the year; no to mention how painful it can be to clean anything that spills onto it during cooking.  So, I’m looking forward to not having to use so much paper or foil while cooking on these.  The other nice thing is that the set contains 2 of the larger, 17″ size pans, as well as a smaller 13″ size sheet pan too.  The little size is just right when I’m baking some fish or chicken breasts for just the two of us.  And it’s way more manageable to clean.  I haven’t used these yet but Cuisinart generally makes well-made products and I trust that these will be no different.  The box says that they are heavy aluminum for even heating, non-stick interior and exterior, dishwasher safe, and have thick rolled edges to prevent warping; I’m hoping that’s all true.  $19.99.

Kirkland Signature Salted Sweeet Cream ButterKirkland Signature Salted Sweet Cream Butter, Grade AA – Just in time for the holidays I ran out of butter, of course.  I like buying my butter at Costco because you buy 4 pounds all at once and can put it in your freezer and only get out what you want but you don’t have to constantly wonder if you’ve got enough left if you decide that you want to make a pie or something yummy with lots of butter.   The other reason I like the KS butter, and this is kind of a silly thing, is that the sticks are actually able to fit in the little butter area in my fridge without sliding around and becoming a projectile if I open the fridge door too quickly (this could be due to bad fridge design).  It is a small thing but if it saves even one toe…  Each stick still has 8 tablespoons or 1/2 a cup of butter but the sticks are bigger around so they don’t have to be as long; thus a more compact size of just 3.25 inches in length.  The other good thing is that the KS butter is Grade AA, which is the best grade; meaning it has a delicate, sweet flavor, with a fine, highly pleasing aroma; is made from high-quality fresh, sweet cream; and has a smooth, creamy texture with good “spreadability” according to the USDA.  4 boxes of 4, 4 ounce sticks (4 pounds total in 16 sticks) for $7.99.

Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese WedgesLaughing Cow Spreadable Cheese Wedges – I’ve never bought these before but my mom gets them sometimes for a nice lunch with crackers and veggies or as a light snack.  So, I figured I’d give them a try.  The ones you get at Costco are the Original Swiss flavor and also ‘light’, so they have 50% less fat.  Each cute little wedge is 3/4 of an ounce (21 grams) with just 35 calories.  And that isn’t bad for something that is actual cheese and is nicely spreadable too.  Basically, this cheese is made with a combination of cheeses (Swiss, cheddar, and semi-soft cheeses) that they add a little cream and whey to for the extra spreadably smooth texture.  After having these for lunch a few times, I’ve decided that I really like them.  They are easy to open (just pull the red tab); the cheese really is super spreadable for crackers even when you’ve just pulled it from the fridge; there’s no wondering how many calories of cheese I’m eating since they are definitely for the portion-control challenged; and lastly, if you have one of these wedges with some Wheat Thins and a few carrots you’re actually pretty full (or at least I am).   4 boxes of 8 wedges (32 wedges total) for $7.99.

Two-Bite Cinnamon RollsTwo-Bite Cinnamon Rolls – I was having a major sweet tooth when we were at Costco and caved to the container of cute little baby cinnamon rolls.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for the small baked goods.  Not only are they cute but they’re not bad tasting either.  I’m not positive that I’d buy them again because they were a little on the dry side and I don’t often have a need for this many little cinnamon rolls but they did have a nice yummy cinnamon flavor and just the right amount of glazing for me (which is to say, not a whole heck of a lot).  They do taste very nicely if popped in the microwave for a few seconds to just heat them up a little bit and bring out even more of the delicious cinnamony taste.  Sadly, all that flavor comes at a price.  Even though these are small and cute, just around 2″ in diameter, they pack a caloric punch of 105 calories each!  Yikes!  So, you don’t want to sit around popping these in your mouth unless you’ve just finished running a marathon.  They are cute though.  32 for $6.99.

Nabisco Wheat Thins CrackersNabisco Wheat Thins Crackers – I’m sure we’ve all had these crackers before, and you either know by now if you like them or not.  So, I’m not going to try to persuade anyone that they should try these because of the wheaty good taste.  However, they do make for a nice lunch with that Laughing Cow cheese I just talked about, they are pretty healthy, certainly way healthier than other crackers or something like chips, plus, they are quite filling.  I work at home, so lunch is often made up of leftovers or whatever I can find in the pantry that doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to prepare, thus the cracker and cheese combo. Of course, this method of lunch prep also made me discover that the Wheat Thins are really tasty with a little hummus too; they make a very sturdy dipping item.  And did I mention that they are healthy?  One serving (16 crackers or 31 grams) has 150 calories, just 6 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 5 grams of whole grain, and will definitely fill you up.  2, 20 ounce bags for $4.69 ($6.69 – $2.00 coupon).

Coupons Used:Costco Coupon Book - October 9 - 26, 2008

  • Clorox 2; 82 loads: $13.75 – $3.00 = $10.75
  • Aveeno Hand Lotion; 2, 18 ounce bottles: $13.99 – $4.00 = $9.99.
  • Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats; 2, 35 ounce bags : $7.99 – $2.50 = $5.49.
  • M&M Mars Variety Pack Candy Bars; 30 count: $11.99 – $4.00 = $7.99.
  • Nabisco Wheat Thins; 2, 20 ounce bags: $6.69 – $2.00 = $4.69.
  • Total Saved: $15.50.

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5 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Barb // 2010.11.07 at 8:34 am

    I would like to know if you can buy the Two Bites Cinnamon rolls at the Costco in Laguna Hills. We love them and spend winters there so want to be able to buy the if we can.

  2. 2 Colleen // 2009.12.15 at 6:53 am

    The non stick pans, store them stacked, it won’t hurt them unless you’re sliding them against one another constantly. If you really want to be careful, stick a sheet of parchment between them!
    As for the sticking, buy a silpat mat, they’re fantastic. I’m a professional baker and these are by far my favorite kitchen invention! They not only prevent anything (even caramels, peanut brittles, the stickiest of fudge) to them, but they reduce the risk of burning, and on cookies they cause that lovely chewy golden edge that everyone loves so much.
    Happy baking!

  3. 3 Clue // 2008.11.02 at 5:56 am

    I bought the Cuisinart baking sheets too. When I got them home and read the enclosed info sheet, I learned that they don’t want you to store them stacked or nested. Apparently they can scratch and remove the non-stick coating.

    I’m still trying to figure out how to store three good-sized, fairly heavy baking sheets that can’t touch each other or be touched by any other pans in my cabinet. Maybe some sheets of padded shelf liner between them would work. It’s a pain in the neck to have to always do that, but I’m out of other ideas in my limited-space kitchen.

  4. 4 kitty // 2008.10.26 at 12:22 am

    You should try the Ling Ling potstickers. Its nice.

  5. 5 Tanya // 2008.10.25 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for the tip on the butter…I never thought of freezing it!

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