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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

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Have you tried the triple ginger snaps with cream cheese? Yummy. They are good with any soft, mild cheese.

Jan 26, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I was going to say, why don't you freeze the pitas while they are still fresh? They freeze so easily and defrost quickly. I'm not sure you would even notice they had been frozen if you didn't know already. Bread doesn't do well in the refrigerator, even pita.

Jan 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I got the usual email when the Flyer came out, but that was a few weeks ago.

This was very recently added to the new items list on TJ's website. Sounds very unappealing. Can't wait to hear what people think of it after trying it.

http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/...

"Inspired by our own frozen Organic Superfood Pilaf, our Super Burrito contains the very same triumvirate of “superfoods”: quinoa, kale, and sweet potatoes."

It reminds me of that Reeses commercial: "Hey, you got your sweet potato in my kale!" "You got your kale in my sweet potato." "Two great tastes that taste great together, TJ's Super Burrito!"

Jan 21, 2015
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Whole Foods consistently overcharges

It is probably the other way around. The price changes in the system as it is supposed to, but the employees don't change the price on the shelf to correspond with the correct price. That has been my observation at other stores.

Jan 20, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Same here, and after those taquitos, I may stop eating chicken. . .

Jan 18, 2015
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Jan 18, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

NAY! on the chicken taquitos, frozen.

It was especially disappointing since all of the other frozen Mexican food that I have tried from TJ's has been either good (burritos and tamales) or at least edible (mini tacos and stuffed peppers).

The filling is a pinkish puree that reminded me of that video of pink slime that they supposedly make chicken nuggets out of that went around a few years ago. It was sweetish but not much flavor. Very unappealing.

The shells were very chewy and soggy and hard to cut with a knife, but I microwaved them and I'm sure they wouldn't be that way if I had bothered to put them in the oven, so that doesn't even count towards the nay rating. Anyone who tries them should definitely put them in the oven rather than microwaving them.

If they had been served to me in a restaurant, I definitely would have sent them back.

YAY! for the vegetarian refried beans. $1.09 a can and make a great staple ingredient or even a dip with some salsa poured on top. Healthy, too.

Jan 18, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I don't often buy hamburger or hotdog buns, but the 100% whole wheat ones are good if you are looking for a traditional hamburger bun, i.e., you can ball them up into a dense, doughy wad. I would give the whole wheat ones a YAY! but the quality may vary regionally.

I do not like regular white hamburger and hotdog buns regardless of where they come from, so I haven't tried those at all.

Usually for a sandwich-style burger, I get the square bread (I think it is ciabatta) that comes in a paper sleeve for $0.99 and cut it into four pieces. It is very good.

Jan 18, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Thanks, I was wondering about those new I enjoy the chicken goyza (YAY!) and was wondering about these. I usually put the chicken goyza in a quick soup with a bullion cube and frozen vegetables, but they are also good pan fried and then steamed like potstickers.

For a sauce, I just mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sometimes ginger, or use sriracha.

They were sampling mini chicken cilantro wontons in a miso broth the other day. I don't like miso, but it didn't taste like miso to me, anyway, and I would give those little ones a YAY!, too.

The Thai shrimp and Thai vegetable goyza are Meh for me. It's been a while, so I can't remember the details of why I wasn't thrilled with them, except that the filling in the vegetable ones had a strange bitter flavor that was not appealing to me.

Jan 18, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

They didn't have them at my store Wednesday. I was sad.

Jan 15, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I picked up a 2 lb bag of the Sunkist Moro blood oranges today and ate the soft one first, expecting it to be mealy, but it was so juicy and sweet and deep red, just thicker-skinned than the others. I just checked the receipt and they were $2.49.

I seem to remember that TJ's has had the tart blood oranges before, the ones that are not evenly red-fleshed, like the ones from Morocco that you get in France. Don't know the variety. It is possible they were elsewhere, though, not 100% sure.

Jan 13, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Bagels freeze very well so I just stick any extras right in.

Jan 13, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

It actually says "Gingery Mango Sauce" on the label, just checked. I am just using it because that is what they had at the $0.99 store, so I bought several bottles, and it happens to go well with the patties.

It is really a Jamaican sauce but it has similar flavors to a mango chutney. I think the TryMe Tiger Sauce would be good on the patties and some of the sweeter sriracha sauces would be, too.

If TJ's ever gets the frozen mangoes back in stock, it would be fun to make a mango catsup to use with the masala patties. Having to cut up fresh mangoes to cook down would NOT be fun.

By the way, I had one tonight because it was mentioned here!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I use Indian pickle as a topping when I make sandwiches with them, usually chili or tomato, but it can be salty if you're not used to it.

Picked up some Pick A Peppa mango sauce that is spicy at the dollar store and it's good on those patties, too.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Shrimp are sized by the number per pound. It's not specific to Trader Joe's.

Jan 12, 2015
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Why does Trader Joe's pasta taste sweet? [moved from General Chowhounding board]

Yes, but Rienzi only had the problem for six months because they IDENTIFIED and CORRECTED the problem. They SOLVED THE MYSTERY. Other pasta makers apparently have NOT. Or they just DON'T CARE.

Jan 06, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

That is correct, the mushroom soup has been seasonal. I think most people use it only as an ingredient in casseroles.

This year my TJ's ran out of many of the Christmas items (from cider to cookies) well before Christmas, at least a week sooner than last year.

Jan 06, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Recipes that ask for Green and Red Chilies: What kind of chilies are they talking about!?

Thai chilies are bird's eye chilies, thin and about as long as your little finger. The color changes as they ripen.

You can substitute other peppers if you can't find them at an Asian market or large grocery store, but none of the ones you list are as hot. Can you find some scotch bonnet or habaneros at a grocery store for the extra heat? Of course the taste will be different with other peppers.

I use whole jalapenos as a vegetable rather than as a spice along with the Thai curry paste sometimes.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Harris Teeter carries Hansen's. If yours doesn't, they would probably order it for you.

Jan 05, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Is that barbecue sauce new? I don't think I've ever seen it. It's on my list now! How could it NOT be good?

Jan 04, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I had the porcini lasagna again today for the third time. I agree that the pasta is mushy, but I think the mushroom flavor is good. It did need some black pepper.

I really dislike mushy pasta, except for some unknown reason, in lasagna. This lasagna doesn't have a lot of texture overall, and I think that may be the main reason some people don't like it. I wonder if the people who don't like it also don't like cream of mushroom soup.

The sauce is simply a bechamel, so it is not acidic like a tomato sauce. I served it with a mixed salad with a tart vinaigrette. It needs something like that to balance the flavor. Have a crisp salad also balances out the soft texture of the lasagna.

Mushroom sauce (mushrooms [agaricus bisporus], porcini mushrooms [boletus edulis], water, sunflower oil, corn starch, onion parsley, salt, garlic). Bechamel sauce (partially skimmed milk, water, soft wheat flour, butter, corn starch, sugar, salt, nutmeg). Lasagna noodles (soft wheat flour, pasteurized liquid whole egg, durum wheat semolina, water). Garnish (cheese blend [milk, salt, microbial rennet]).

Jan 04, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Why does Trader Joe's pasta taste sweet? [moved from General Chowhounding board]

I have researched this on the internet and supposedly Rienzi pasta had the same problem and the company determined that it was some "foreign wheat" grown near the wheat they use for their pasta.

The whole wheat pasta from Trader Joe's is much better than other brands of whole wheat and even partial whole wheat pasta that I have tried and has never had that problem.

Supposedly this is what Rienzi posted on their Facebook page, but I don't see the original post now:

"Rienzi Foods:
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We are aware of this issue and it has since been taken care of, however, it is our understanding that there is still a small amount of product in the market containing the cinnamon taste, but they will be flushed out in the very near future. The issue started last year, went away on its own and then resurfaced late last summer and early fall. After looking every which way for the cause of the cinnamon taste, we finally found the reason 6 months ago. The cause was a foreign wheat (NOT harmful) that was growing between the wheat we use to make our product. Please be advised that this cinnamon taste you get is in NO way harmful to your health. With that said, we understand it alters the taste of the product in a negative way. Like I mentioned earlier, the issue has been addressed, but unfortunately, there is still some product that got out to the market before we were able to find the cause. With that said, the amount of product that is currently in the market that might have this taste is very small and we expect in the near future will be non-existent. I hope this explanation addresses your concerns. Thank you."

Jan 03, 2015
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's Frozen Lobster Tails

Sometimes they have pairs of large lobster tails on a tray and they usually have bags of langoustino tails, which look something like shrimp.

The pairs of large lobster tails are probably not common American (Maine) lobster or they would be labeled as such. They look more like the very similar common European lobster tails to me, but I'm certainly not an expert.

Dec 31, 2014
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Some of the items at Aldi are the same exact thing as at TJ's, just different packaging and a lower price.

Dec 30, 2014
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Bought one today. I have really enjoyed them with some added peppers, olives, and onions.

Dec 30, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Definitely not discontinued, bought some today.

Dec 30, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

They have been missing from my store for quite some time, too, probably several months. I miss them because they were so tasty. They were the most flavorful of all the burritos. I can't imagine that they are seasonal. My guess is they didn't sell well and were discontinued but I haven't asked because it is such a big deal for them to go look it up in the computer and they have come back with incorrect information before.

Dec 30, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

It's seasonal.

Dec 30, 2014
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Has anyone seen frozen mango chunks lately? I usually eat some every day, but it's been out of stock for weeks now. They spread out the frozen pineapple tidbits in a thin layer to fill in the mango space. At least the frozen figs have been available.

Dec 30, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

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Dec 24, 2014
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