|UGLY FISH WITH TEXTURE OF LOBSTER: This week, Costco surprised members with trays of fresh, wild Monkfish fillets caught in the United States ($9.99 a pound). When cooked, monkfish's meaty white flesh has the texture of lobster.|
Editor's note: A 12-ounce box of Ronzoni's Super Greens -- a thin spaghetti made with five greens -- was reduced to $1.99 from the normal price of $2.49 at ShopRite, not $1.59, as I reported earlier. I've also added a link on how to find clearance items at Costco.
In fact, you have to toast Costco for providing high-quality organic and conventional ingredients for families who prepare most of their meals at home.
Other Costco products that could make the list of hits are available in packages that are too large for singles and couples, and that even small families struggle to use before they spoil.
They include 10-pound bags of organic carrots or conventional sweet potates, 5.5- to 6-pound trays of apples and pears, 4-pound containers of grapes and 3-pound bags of peeled California garlic.
Costco's prices fluctuate, but members receive instant coupons in the mail that lower already low prices for many items.
And the no-fee Costco Anywhere Visa Card from Citi offers cash rebates on purchases in the warehouse,
and at gas stations, restaurants and other stores so you get your yearly membership fee back two or three times over.
|A BIG MISS AT COSTCO: The wildly popular Kirkland Signature Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken for $4.99 flies off the shelves, but the 3-pound birds are raised on harmful human antibiotics and contain added salt and sugar. See: Better for your dog then you|
|INCOMPARABLE: A 2-pound package of greenhouse-grown Campari Tomatoes was $3.99 on Tuesday.|
|FROM ALASKA: The taste and color of Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Smoke Sockeye Salmon puts smoked farmed salmons to shame, and at $16.99 for two half-pound pouches of sliced sockeye, you won't find a lower price at any other store.|
|NOW CAGE FREE: Cartons of Kirkland Signature Cage-Free Egg Whites freeze beautifully (six 16-ounce cartons were $8.99 or about $1.50 each).|
FROM VIETNAM: A 10.7-ounce container of Ground Saigon Cinnamon was $2.59 this week.
21 SEASONINGS: We'd have a hard time preparing meals at home, if we didn't have Kirkland Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning -- 21 spices or other ingredients from around the world.
|ORANGE PEEL, CUMIN AND MORE: A 14.5-ounce container of Organic No-Salt Seasoning was $7.99 last week.|
NO ADDED SUGAR: Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce is one of the few Classico sauces without added sugar. Three 32-ounce jars were $7.99 at Costco or about $2.50 a jar. Costco also carries Victoria Marinara, another sauce without added sugar.
DRESS FOR LESS: Kirkland Signature spread-collar and button-down shirts are 100% cotton for only $17.99 each, above and below.
DETAILS: Costco Wholesale, 2 Teterboro Landing Drive, Teterboro; 201-596-7001. Open 7 days, call for hours. Closed Memorial Day. Costco gas station is open to non-members.
SWEET ON TRADER JOE'S? Both 28-ounce cans of Trader Joe's Marinara Sauce and Tuscano Marinara Sauce are marked low fat, but the can on the right contains added sugar ($1.99 each).
NEW HOT DOG: Trader Joe's has added a new uncured beef hot dog, this one made with organic, grass-fed beef. Both are antibiotic and hormone free. For $5.99, you get 12 ounces of organic hot dogs or 16 ounces of the regular hot dogs.
|SMALLER THAN PARAMUS: The older Trader Joe's in Westwood (20 Irvington St.) is even smaller than the cramped Paramus store (404 Route 17 north).|
MODEST BUT FILLING DINNERS: Meals To Go are complete dinners with fish, beef, pork or chicken, plus pasta and vegetables or salad.
SWEET SURPRISE: This salsa may be the only one from Whole Foods with added sugar, and I found it a little too sweet.
ORGANIC WINE: A Rossello from Italy was $7.99. Whole Foods gives you a 10% discount on every 6 bottles of wine you purchase.