This Week at Costco – March 8, 2009

March 17th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Okay, this should really be titled ‘Last Week at Costco’ since it is so late now.  I lost my receipt; actually I washed it into oblivion in my jeans.  So, I had to wait until I went to Costco again so that I could get all of the prices for things I wanted to mention.  Better late than never, right?  Don’t forget that the latest Costco Coupon book is now in effect.

La Croix Sparkling Water

La Croix Sparkling Water

La Croix Sparkling Water – I decided I would try this since it is quite a bit less expensive than the Pellegrino sparkling water that we sometimes get.  The case at Costco is made up of 4, 6 packs (that’s 24 cans): 2 are pure water, 1 is lemon flavored, and 1 is lime flavored.  Despite the flavoring the water has no calories and no sodium but does have a nice little fizz.  The most questionable flavor is definitely the lime; my husband wouldn’t even think of trying it because he thinks it smells like Pledge.  And I’ll have to agree, it’s definitely not something I want to drink by itself; with some juice though enough of the flavor is masked that it isn’t so furniture polishy.  I mostly like it to add to juice to cut down on the sweetness and add a little sparkle to it.  I don’t drink soda, so this is as close as it gets for me.  The lemon flavor (the one you would think would taste like Pledge) is nice and not as overpowering as the lime.  And of course the pure, tastes just like regular fizzy water.  I’ll most likely buy it again because it is a nice change to have some flavors, plus it’s like 1/2 the price of the Pellegrino.  24, 12 ounce cans for $6.99.

Chicken of the Sea Albacore Tuna

Chicken of the Sea Albacore Tuna

Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore in Water – I normally buy the Kirkland Signature brand of tuna, but we thought we would try this instead this week.  It has more cans, so Dave can take some to work and we’ll still have some at home.  I noticed that sometime in the last week, since I bought my 6 ounce cans, they switched to 7 ounce cans.  I thought manufacturers were switching to smaller packages, not bigger.  I guess the cans are bigger but I think there are only 8 or 9 cans now, so overall you’re getting fewer ounces of tuna.  In any case, the tuna is the really nice white albacore so it’s got bigger chunks and the tuna is a higher quality than the light tuna which is more shredded and darker in color.  I like the albacore tuna because sometimes I want to do something with it other than put it in tuna salad, like put it straight on salads.  With the light tuna I feel like you really need to mask it a bit with something like mayonnaise but with the albacore it’s more like a real piece of tuna you would cook at home.  Of course, if you were cooking a tuna steak at home you would never cook it until it were completely cooked through like this but you get my point.  This looks like real tuna, the other stuff is more like the weird leftover bits from the less desirable parts of the tuna.  12, 6 ounce cans for $12.99.

Welch's White Grape Cherry Juice

Welch's White Grape Cherry Juice

Welch’s White Grape Cherry Juice – This is a really nice combination of flavors; a little tart with just enough sweet to balance it out.  We really like the white grape juice combos, sometimes they have the white grape peach at Costco too and that is perhaps our favorite.   And now that we’ve had it, we really like the white grape and cherry too.  It’s a heartier flavor, as you might expect, than the white grape peach but really delicious.  It’s got a lot of cherry taste, I think; if you like cherry flavor you will probably like this juice.  This juice is from the 100% juice line of Welch’s which means that there are just the juice concentrates with no extra sugar added; it’s plenty sweet as it is I can’t imagine what it would be like with additional sugar.  It also, amazingly, counts as 2 servings of fruit in an 8 ounce serving.  2, 96 ounce jugs for $7.89.

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips

Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips – Sure, the name is kind of hilarious but the chips are really good too.  We’re not a big potato chip family but we do like things like pita chips or tortilla chips.  These are some of our favorite chips because they are great with just about any kind of dip or spread, plus they’re great with nothing on them at all.  If you’re serving them with something like dip or a spread though, they are just awesome because they are thick so you don’t have that worry that they will constantly be breaking off from the weight of the dip.  And, as far as chips go, they’re not a total health hazard.  They are baked, not fried, with no trans fats or cholesterol, however, an ounce of them still has 130 calories but only 45 of them are from fat.  I find them to be way more filling than potato chips, Dorito’s, or things like that, so I’m certainly not eating as many as I would if they were just regular potato chips.  Unfortunately, they’re not as wallet friendly as potato chips.  It never seems fair that the healthier choices are always twice as much as the junk food, huh?  28 ounces for $5.69.

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  1. 1 Kimberly // 2009.03.18 at 12:51 pm

    There’s a really nice chart on the NRDC (Natural Resourced Defense Council) regarding eating canned tuna safely. It lists how frequently you can eat a can of tuna based on your weight, for both albacore and chunk light tuna. Mercury poses the most serious health threat to children and women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, but obviously isn’t great for anyone.

    Another good informational site regarding mercury in fish and shellfish can be found in this article What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish on the FDA website.

    If you’re still looking for more information, you can check out the Environmental Defense Fund’s Seafood Selector.

  2. 2 Rickie M. // 2009.03.18 at 12:48 pm

    Kimberly, I used just used the tapenade and it tasted pretty good. I thought about mayo but I thought it had enough oil already. Your mileage may vary, however!

  3. 3 Justin // 2009.03.18 at 12:37 pm

    Women of child bearing age should stay away from the white albacore tuna as noted above. Also, chicken of the sea tuna has been rated with higher rates of mercury than other brands. Count the prior as fact and the latter as speculation as I don’t have time to find the link right now to the article.

  4. 4 Kimberly // 2009.03.18 at 7:47 am

    Rickie, when you mixed it with the olive tapenade, do you mix in mayo or anything else or just the tapenade? Because I can see where that would be a good combination & a nice change from regular tuna salad.

  5. 5 Rickie M // 2009.03.17 at 10:49 pm

    Well, I didn’t mean to say that Chicken of the Sea was horrible, just not as good as Kirkland. I opened a can of the COTS tuna today and mixed it with the olive tapenade you mentioned in an earlier post – I thought it tasted pretty good. But on its own, I’d take Kirkland tuna any day.

  6. 6 jdh // 2009.03.17 at 2:50 pm

    Kirkland Solid White Tuna is the only brand I’ve found that doesn’t have soy vegetable broth added.

  7. 7 Kimberly // 2009.03.17 at 1:48 pm

    Oh yeah, I guess I should have known that they were from different fish.

  8. 8 FlatGreg // 2009.03.17 at 1:20 pm

    Regarding the tuna, solid white albacore and chunk light tuna come from different fish, not different parts of the same fish. Chunk light comes from a smaller variety of tuna, albacore is from a much bigger fish. I agree that albacore is good on salads, and that light is best with some mayo mixed in. BUT, being a larger fish with a longer lifespan, albacore has a higher mercury content than light. I used to only eat albacore, now I eat both just depending on what I’m having it in.

  9. 9 Melanie // 2009.03.17 at 11:33 am

    The pita chips are great with the Sabra hummous! I put that in my kids lunch sometimes along with the Costco blackberries.

  10. 10 Kimberly // 2009.03.17 at 9:02 am

    Oh man, that’s sad to hear since I’ve got 12 cans of it now. The Kirkland Signature tuna is really excellent and does have a nice taste. I guess we’ll be having a lot of tuna salad sandwiches for lunch so we can get rid of it too.

  11. 11 Rickie M // 2009.03.17 at 8:57 am

    I was disappointed in the Chicken of the Sea tuna. Normally I buy Kirkland but, like you, since it had more cans I tried it out. The Chicken of the Sea has a lot more water and is not as firm or solid as Kirkland and I don’t think it tastes as good, either. I’m trying to work my way through these cans so I can hurry up and go back to the Kirkland ones!

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