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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Being that the citric acid is a natural preservative it's more likely the other way around with it providing a longer shelf life and the sugar being added to counterbalance the tartness.

1 day ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Couldn't agree more on the sugar, but why do you have an aversion to Citric Acid? It's naturally occurring (was originally crystallized from lemon juice) and is a far better alternative to all of the other preservatives it stands in for.

I'm pleased rather than dismayed when I see it on an ingredient list being that it's alkalizing, boosts mineral absorption, and fights free radicals.

It's serves the same purpose in dry foods that lemon juice does in wet ones and adds some of the tart/tangyness in 21 Seasoning Salute and other salt free seasoning blends.

1 day ago
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

South African Smoke is officially done for the season. Get it while you can!

Wesbury, NY is already cleaned out but Queens still had a dozen plus on the shelf after we bought 5! ;)

Jul 29, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Yep, potatoes. TJ's Pesto Alla Genovese:

basil, sunflower oil, potatoes, oilive oil, grana padano cheese (pasteurized cow's milk, salt, rennet (animal), egg proteins), pecorino romano cheese (pasteurized sheep's milk, salt, rennet (animal)), cashews, salt, pine nuts, lactic acid, garlic. made on equipment shared with other tree nuts.

Jul 27, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

In absentia here in NY for a few weeks and didn't see the shelf tag either which can be a bad omen. (didn't have time to check at the computer though)

Jul 24, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

Anyone seen the Salted Caramel Gelato in the last couple of weeks?

Jul 23, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Just saw it tonight in the store and they have indeed just renamed the same item. Said "Almond Danish Pastry" here as well.

Yet another YAY - Girasoli Ricotta & Lemon Zest ravioli

I only wish it came in a larger size. Best store bought ravioli I've had yet.

Tossed it in olive oil with a generous handful of greens until wilted , topped with few twists of the lemon pepper grinder, sprinkled sea salt, chopped campari tomatoes, grated parmesan, and some chopped toasted nuts.

All done in 8 or so minutes it took to boil some water and cook the ravioli and the brightness of the lemon still came right through and it enjoyed it so much I'll be playing with lemon zest and juice in other pasta dishes for months to come.

I've heard good reports of the mushroom already, anyone tried the goat cheese and sun dried tomato ravioli in the same line?

Jul 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Not really a "fake fig newton" as they're bigger and date rather than fig filled, but the bars sold in saran at all the health food stores and delis in the Bay Area are way better than any real or fake newton I've ever had:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2007/02/my...

Jul 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Ah, well in that case you'll do much better with a pre-heated baking stone, steel, or good sheet on the lowest rack of your oven.

Jul 22, 2015
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Please Shut Up and Give Green Pea Guacamole a Try

Seriously? Have you tried toasted nuts or seeds on or in Guac before? It's a revelation.

Jul 22, 2015
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Please Shut Up and Give Green Pea Guacamole a Try

Whatever you may think of Clark this is worth trying because the recipe itself is from ABC Cocina's Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Ian Coogan, the byline is irrelevant.

Jul 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

When things aren't sufficiently browned at the end of a recommended baking time I highly recommend just putting it under the broiler for one to three minutes rather than lengthening the baking time overall.

Just like using as using a salamander in a professional kitchen this gives a nice top crisp without the toughening and drying of a longer full bake.

Just make sure to keep a close eye! This is the secret to gorgeously browning or even lightly charred when desired with tender juicy interiors but it can be less than a 120 second difference between perfect and burnt.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Ours always said "Almond Ring Danish" like the photo but it's been a whileso they may have changed the name.

Glad you were finally able to give it a try! Especially nice after a few minutes in the toaster oven or under the broiler.

Jul 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Oooh, was eyeing this on our last visit and now I'm definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for the report Russ! Bet it will go nicely tossed with a handful of wilted arugula or fresh basil leaves..

Jul 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Does it look like this littleflower?

Jul 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

I immediately assumed that's what they were when I saw them and passed as I'm not a fan of Fig Newtons. I might have given them a shot if I'd thought they were something entirely new. Sorry you did and were disappointed Russ.

At least you saved others from making the same mistake and those who are excited about Fig Newtons being at TJ's for only 2 bucks can add them to their lists.

Jul 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

YAY - 5 Cheese Greek Spiral

Baked it for 25 minutes at 375 as suggested on a lined baking sheet then 3 more minutes directly under the broiler to brown. Cooked this way it was flaky and crisp on the outside while all but the outer ring was tender and very moist on the inside.

Not likely to be a regular purchase but we quite enjoyed it and found it to be plenty salty. Had some chablis mustard out to eat with it and never even bothered taking off the lid.

Jul 21, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Sounds like these 100 calorie packs.

Jul 20, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

MEH - Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Plastic Tub)

Big fan of oatmeal cookies and love chocolate so I thought these would be a slam dunk but they fell just short of my expectations. Despite the crispy moniker these were actually a bit less so than the similarly packaged Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies which we enjoy too much to keep around.

These were excellent after just a minute or two in the toaster oven but since the others don't require that extra effort they'll win out over these every time we're wanting an entire tub of small crispy crunchy cookies that are sure to vanish within a day or three.

Jul 20, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

After all this talk made a batch of the Spinach Tortellini for dinner tonight. Had an inspiration to try adding a generous garnish of toasted chopped nuts and the added taste and texture put it completely over the top. Will take great restraint to not completely overdo this and add it to every single plate of oil tossed pasta from here on.

Jul 19, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I wasn't doubting your report either Scirocco. Only offering a counterpoint so people aren't alarmed that there's been a product line wide reformulation or something. Just used some again tonight on some pasta and happy to say ours is as good as it's ever been.

Having lived in South Africa it doesn't surprise me to hear that some ingredients like the smoked paprika flakes used here may vary from lot to lot. Quality control standards over there are "relaxed" to say the very least. ;)

Will be keeping our fingers crossed in the hopes of not getting a disappointing grinder ourselves.

Jul 19, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

The Brown Tomatoes are Kumatos so you should know a bit about them going in so you're not disappointed.

They are a commercially patented cultivar that was hybridized with two main things in mind. Being ready to eat even without having to wait for them to ripen and being sweeter than a regular tomato.

They're not actually "sweet" mind you, but they do lack the acidity and brightness that most other tomatoes have. This can be both a pro and a con depending on what you're using them for. While you can eat them at any stage from solid brown/green and firm to dark burgundy brown and softer, they do have a slightly different taste at each stage with the last being the (relatively) sweetest.

In my opinion their greatest strength is that they are far less perishable than regular tomatoes and are available when the rest simply suck. When any others are in season I don't even look at them, especially given the price, but they are handy in a pinch off-season when everything else is way below par.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Haven't tried the Lobster but being that lemon is a classic pairing I'm sure you're right. Have also heard the butternut and seasonal pumpkin are sweet so we steered clear of them too.

Another trick is adding a teaspoon of brine from a jar of marinated mushrooms, capers, olives etc.

Additional toss-ins which add brightness I sometimes use are sundried tomatoes, chopped grape or cherry tomatoes, artichoke (jarred or frozen), jarred crushed garlic, marinated mushrooms.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Head to the fridge and you'll find more joy than your disappointments from the freezer and shelf. Our recent favorite is the spinach tortellini. Almost all of the refrigerated ravioli and tortellini we've tried have been great and considering it takes only seconds to whip up a sauce or open a jar there isn't even any time savings to be had over the considerably more expensive frozen options. The frozen Gnocchi was decent but we've never repurchased given the more affordable and superior chilled options.

Favorite TJ's sauces are the Organic Tomato Basil Marinara and the Organic Vodka. Be sure to get the organic though as those are a totally different manufacturer (different label, jar size, and much thicker) than the non-organics.

Or just:

- Toss in California Estate EVOO, salt, something herbaceous like a cube of Dorot frozen garlic and/or basil
- Microplane some fresh parm
- Sprinkle of a TJ's seasoning (SA Smoke, Lemon Pepper, 21SS) - Touch of pucker (lemon, capers, olives, TJ's Green Olive Tapenade)

Done in less than than the 3 minutes it took to cook the fresh pasta.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

We go through too many of these grinders to count and have found them to be extremely consistent. Salt content is the same it's always been (70 mg of sodium per 1/4 tsp) and we've never seen any decline in smokiness between batches.

Jul 18, 2015
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Because these aren't packed in oil like the canned these are dramatically improved when they are served traditionally by steaming for a few minutes first. Even if you don't care for them warm, you should steam them then re-chill or let cool to room temperature and they'll still retain the added softness and moisture that the steaming imparts.

Once you've had them steamed you'll never turn back!

Jul 18, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

Well, you'll be happy to hear that I spotted the South African Inspired Biltong back on the new items display last night here in NYC!

Jul 17, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

It does have a bit of bite. Not even quite "Medium" by normal standards but I know you've got an especially sensitive palate when it comes to any heat at all littleflower. ;)

For everyone else though, I will add hearty +1. The Chimichurri rice is a permanent freezer staple for us. Throwing a bag of the Hodgepodge in a skillet with this makes for a great 5 min. healthy meal when we want something faster than even take-out can even be delivered.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Given a few negative comments about it being on the dry side I'd be far more inclined to cook the recommended time then hit it for just an extra minute or two under the broiler for extra browning/crisping while preserving the interior.

Jul 11, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]