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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Ghost pepper grinder not in my store at all today.

about 19 hours ago
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

I got one when they first came out. The peppers were smoked, like chipotle. I will check next time I'm in the store to see if they still have them.

1 day ago
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

I am eating one now and they get a YAY even microwaved. I've had worse Indian food in restaurants.

Jul 18, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

If you take the spinach out of the spinach salad and don't use the dressing, what do you use besides the container? ; )

Jul 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

If you like the raspberry sorbet, try the blueberry-pomegranate sorbet, too! I enjoy it with the frozen wild blueberries sprinkled on it.

Jul 15, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

It's richer and denser than most ice creams. That's why it's so good.

INGREDIENTS: Cream, Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Coffee, Espresso Beans, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Coffee Extract, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum.

Jul 13, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Try making an ice cream sandwich with it using the Bistro Biscuits! It's my favorite, too.

Jul 07, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

House brands shutting down name brands?

Sometimes there is no difference but sometimes there is.

I know from first-hand experience that different brands and grades of peanut butter can be made in the same facility. There are different grades of peanuts, different ingredients in the peanut butter, and different degrees of processing. A very inexpensive peanut butter may have some peanut skins mixed in plus added ingredients. The same exact peanut butter may be sold under different labels.

This doesn't just happen with food and there are companies that do nothing but private-label manufacturing.

Jul 07, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in General Topics

House brands shutting down name brands?

Garelick Farms is owned by Dean Foods. They operate in three dozen states and Europe. They also have other brands such as Tru Moo, Alta Dena, Barber's, Berkeley Farms, Borden, Broughton Foods Company, Brown's Dairy, Country Fresh, Creamland, Dairy Ease, Gandy's, Garelick Farms, Jilbert's Dairy, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, Liberty Dairy, Louis Trauth, Mayfield Dairy, McArthur Dairy, Meadow Brook, Meadow Gold, Model Dairy, Oak Farms, PET Dairy, Price's, Purity, Reiter, Robinson Dairy, Schenkel's, Shenandoah's Pride, Schepps, Swiss Premium, T.G. Lee, Tuscan Dairy Farms, and Land O' Lakes.

So yes, the milk is probably the same as one of the other dairy products brands in the area.

Jul 06, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in General Topics
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What is this item on antipasto platter?

Looks like Triticum dicoccon.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmer

Jul 06, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

I saw the frozen figs today in my store for the first time since they were in the flyer.

Jun 25, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

It does sound salty! Have you checked for a low-salt mustard? Some are loaded with it.

Jun 25, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

I can't recall seeing cherries refrigerated in the grocery stores but if they are ripe I usually refrigerate them when I get them home. Usually, I buy them from fruit carts on the street.

Jun 25, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

They had the shrimp today at my store but they were already half-gone.

Jun 25, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

It is rarely in stock and I have never seen it two weeks in a row. The supply must be very limited.

Jun 23, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

I was looking at the chicken sausages one day and another shopper volunteered that they are slimey so I have never tried them. I often get the impression that shelf life is not what it should be on different TJ's products because of handling and storage.

At my store, they don't even put water in the flower buckets most of the time and there are pieces of food, packaging, and even paper cups and napkins from the sample station in the freezer cases. The milk often goes off before the use by date and it should be good for a week after that.

Jun 20, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

The coffee ice cream is wonderful. Try making an ice cream sandwich with the Bistro Biscuits.

Jun 19, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

The ice cream is made by Double Rainbow and the quality is excellent.

Jun 18, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

No, they only had them for a couple of weeks after they were in the flyer at my store and never again since.

Jun 18, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

If it's basically a pound cake, it should freeze well. Slice it first and then eat it still frozen or toast it with butter. I like pound cake toasted with butter best of all.

Jun 14, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

YAY! for the Tarte aux champignons. 9.45 oz, frozen, flatbread with different kinds of cheese and mushrooms.

Perfect size for lunch with a salad, very tasty, crust thin but slightly chewy.

I can't believe I never tried this before since I usually have a pizza or two from TJ's in the freezer.

Jun 09, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

I picked up a bag of the popcorn this week (read about it here) and thanks for the suggestion about the coconut oil!

Jun 05, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

I think they are talking about the frozen croissants, though.

Jun 05, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2014-June 2014 [old]

Asian markets usually have rice bran oil.

May 27, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

I agree on both the sorbet and the coffee ice cream. The chocolate ice cream and the raspberry and mango sorbets are excellent, as well.

Try the coffee ice cream with the speculoos butter as a topping or make an ice cream sandwich out of it with the bistro cookies (speculoos/similar to Biscoff).

The blueberry/pomegranate sorbet is excellent with frozen blueberries on it.

May 27, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Hmm, this article seems to indicate Green's makes Russ & Daughters' and Dean & Deluca's babkas.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/11/gre...

The one at TJ's is significantly cheaper than what the article says is the wholesale price.

The one at TJ's is also much more chocolatey and has chocolate chips on top but they could have requested it to be made that way.

They are dangerous. I bought another one and it only lasted 2 1/2 days.

May 27, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Oh I do buy a lot of fruit at TJ's but they can definitely mess up oranges. I bought a bag of Valencias today and had to look at six or seven bags before I found one without any moldy or mushy oranges.

May 23, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Is it worth driving 30 miles to get to Trader Joes?

Yes, definitely, without a doubt.

May 19, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

I think you are talking about large or giant white beans. I guess it is a regional difference in terminology.

But what do you call the smaller white beans frequently called butter beans? Baby white limas?

May 19, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Butter beans are smaller than lima beans and don't have that bright green color. They aren't as chewy and they don't take as long to cook. Picky children tend to prefer butter beans over lima beans. Lima beans go in succotash. Butter beans are usually served alone.

May 18, 2014
RussTheRaccoon in Chains