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

That's strange. I've been buying the Belgian chocolate pudding off and on for a long time and have never ever found its texture less than smooth.

1 day ago
John Francis in Chains

Pimento Cheese - who knew?

Tell it to Kraft.

Best tasting broth sold in a store?

I like Trader Joe's organic free range chicken broth - not too salty, and it's sold in tetra boxes so there's no metallic aftertaste. It's good enough to heat and eat, not just for cooking. A good price too. TJ's makes other chicken broths too, but they don't taste as good.

Sep 14, 2014
John Francis in General Topics

Pimento Cheese - who knew?

I never thought of pimento cheese as particularly southern, and my mother was from Virginia. When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, we could get Kraft sliced pimento cheese at the food store, essentially American cheese with little bits of red in it. Haven't seen it in a store for decades, though apparently they still make it.

are you a kitchen collector??

I've accumulated a lot of cookware that I don't use any more if I ever did and certainly don't need now, but it seemed a good idea at the time... :-) This isn't really collecting, I guess.

Sep 14, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

Trader Joe's food delivered to your door

Where I live, TJ's doesn't offer that service. If it did, I might use it if I'm sick. But since TJ's is constantly adding and discontinuing products, I'd rather shop there in person - always when buying perishables.

Sep 14, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Plain is fine with me.

Sep 10, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Winooski Vermont news story - Can This Be True?

Boy, what a waste of newsprint. But maybe no real news ever happens in Winooski...

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Pak n Save? That's a New Zealand discount food warehouse chain, according to Wikipedia. Didn't know Trader Joe's had any outlets in New Zealand. Whatever, their products and prices don't compare with discount food warehouses, but with ordinary food stores.

Aug 25, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

4 ounces drained weight, 5 oz total. Harts52 has given the price. The olive oil is good enough that I use it making tuna salad (no mayo), instead of draining it and then adding other olive oil.

Aug 22, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Haven't tried anything new from it yet, but maybe these will be new to some of us:

Yea - Joe's O's compete with Cheerios and win. Simpler ingredients list, otherwise just about identical, lower price. I only wish they didn't come in an outsize box that doesn't fit into my cereal cupboard.

Yea - Uncured Sliced Black Forest Ham for sandwiches.

Yea - Cheddar Rocket Crackers. If you like Pepperidge Farm Goldfish you'll like these.

Aug 18, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

The yellow fin tuna is the best of their canned tunas, and better than the national brands I've tried. Blue and yellow can.

Aug 18, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

Complicated? Surely not. His basic recipes couldn't be more simple. They are also more precise and complete than in most cookbooks; the novice cook isn't left guessing what to do.

Aug 10, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

For his basic cookbook, Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything," which is made to order for novice cooks. And he should watch some TV to learn basic knife skills.

Aug 08, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

I Cannot Believe I Used to Find Mo Rocca Annoying. What Happened?

He definitely annoys me, but then I haven't been watching that particular program.

Should I stop baking with pyrex?

My short answer is no - Pyrex is still good for baking in, it's dishwasher safe and doesn't warp or deform. I've never had a glass baking dish break, and I'm not specially careful. But if you've been having actual problems - not just reading about others' problems - that's different.

Aug 08, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

do you cook with hot tap water?

I never use water right out of the tap - always put it through a filter first (Brita). It's always cold water.

Here's a NY Times article on the topic:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/hea...

The key sentence: "Hot water dissolves contaminants more quickly than cold water, and many pipes in homes contain lead that can leach into water." Obviously this depends on the plumbing in each building. Your hot water may have an off taste while others' doesn't.

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

I'm not exactly avoiding sugar but I often use Splenda instead of the real stuff, because it dissolves quickly in cold liquids. Real sugar for baking etc.

Aug 03, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

"Yeah" is actually closer to "Yea," which is how this series of threads began: Yeas and Nays, meaning Yesses and Nos. I like Yea better because all I want to do is OK something, not cheer for it. But Ttrockwood isn't bothering with all that; he's rating three different products in two sentences.

Aug 01, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Do you like or dislike the new format ?

Pointless. The format has been just fine for a long time. Every change slows users down for a while, i.e. makes it harder instead of easier. What's with this fussing around? Who's asking for it? Not I.

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

Never had that problem with the Chicken Sweet Apple Sausages and have been getting them off and on for several years. Maybe the packing is inconsistent, though how you'd tell this in the store I don't know.

Jul 26, 2014
John Francis in Chains

arguing here?

Who, me? None, never in my life, and I've been online since joining CompuServe in 1985.

Jul 19, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk

arguing here?

I don't consider it, I just do it. :-)

Banned

Anyone who'd banned can simply register again under a different handle. That's happened in some forums I've belonged to; don't know about here.

Jul 18, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk
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Do you wait for a thread to be locked before reading?

I think you must be alone in that. Certainly I'm not with you! If I don't read a thread, I don't read it, period.

Jul 18, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk

Why boil brats?

Bratwurst is for broiling or roasting - that's what "braten" means in German. I don't think I've ever had a boiled bratwurst, and it seems wrong somehow - you want to get that Maillard effect from direct heat.

Jul 14, 2014
John Francis in Home Cooking

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

"I think that is fairly typical of many chicken "sausage" type products."

At TJ's, only of the chicken and turkey hot dogs. The other chicken sausages I've tried, a half dozen varieties or so, are firm in the package and firm after 10 minutes of broiling in the toaster oven.

Jul 09, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

Yes, I like them. From the freezer to the toaster oven for a few minutes and you've a nice appetizer or side dish.

Jul 05, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

No such thread here, and it really doesn't belong. Home Cooking is the Chowhound board for recipes, whatever ingredients they call for.

Jul 03, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

Yea - Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. It's iced coffee season and this is the quickest and easiest way to make it. (I've tried a couple of cold brew methods and the results were too weak.) "100% Arabica coffee beans." The label says to refrigerate when opened, so iced coffee shouldn't melt too much ice, and to dilute by 2-1 water to concentrate. That's OK by me, but those who like their coffee stronger can add less water. Whether I'd like it hot, I don't know.

Yea - bananas. A commodity, same as you find in every other food store (Chiquita), still only 19ยข each. A real bargain even for TJ.

Jul 02, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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