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#1 Katie Meadow

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:28 PM

[Manager's Note:  You can read the earlier posts on this topic in Trader Joe's Products 2002-2011)]

 

 

Finally my local TJ's is stocking Bulleit Rye, and not just Bulleit Bourbon. Same price for either, $19.99. And that's the same price as it is at BevMo, which also just started to carry the Rye.


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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:23 PM

How many TJs Turkish Dried apricots is too much?
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:57 PM

I buy 2 packs at a time of the dried, unsweetened mango. Nice sweet/tart taste. I try to grab the packs with the most dark orange colored pieces, they have the best flavor.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 05:57 PM

Two purchases yesterday that ended up in the trash bin. I had some lovely meat to grill yesterday and today, was craving fries and onion rings, and thought I would give TJ's a shot. Yesterday the hand cut skinny fries with skin were not crispy and surprisingly greasy. Today the beer battered sweet onion rings were onion mush surrounded by salty, heavy, boring batter. I cooked them per the directions - baked in the preheated oven. The national brands from the chain market at least crisp up! Trash day tomorrow so they are on the way to the landfill......

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:12 PM

Two purchases yesterday that ended up in the trash bin. I had some lovely meat to grill yesterday and today, was craving fries and onion rings, and thought I would give TJ's a shot. Yesterday the hand cut skinny fries with skin were not crispy and surprisingly greasy. Today the beer battered sweet onion rings were onion mush surrounded by salty, heavy, boring batter. I cooked them per the directions - baked in the preheated oven. The national brands from the chain market at least crisp up! Trash day tomorrow so they are on the way to the landfill......

Not surprised about the fries....I tried both their frozen sweet potato fries and their frozen garlic fries and was soundly disappointed. So I wasn't even going to give the skinny fries a shot. Bummer about the onion rings though. I'm always on the lookout for those, and had high hopes for TJs. They certainly SOUNDED like they'd be good....

I *can* however, vouch for the TJ version of tater tots. I think they call them Trader Potato Tots. Also frozen. They're MUCH better than the original. They've become a staple in my freezer. Well, at least until they stop carrying them.....
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:23 PM

Two purchases yesterday that ended up in the trash bin. I had some lovely meat to grill yesterday and today, was craving fries and onion rings, and thought I would give TJ's a shot. Yesterday the hand cut skinny fries with skin were not crispy and surprisingly greasy. Today the beer battered sweet onion rings were onion mush surrounded by salty, heavy, boring batter. I cooked them per the directions - baked in the preheated oven. The national brands from the chain market at least crisp up! Trash day tomorrow so they are on the way to the landfill......


If it were me, I'd bring back the empty bags. TJ's stands behind their products, they will refund your money, even though you threw the product away. I'm sure they werent cheap either.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:45 PM


Two purchases yesterday that ended up in the trash bin. I had some lovely meat to grill yesterday and today, was craving fries and onion rings, and thought I would give TJ's a shot. Yesterday the hand cut skinny fries with skin were not crispy and surprisingly greasy. Today the beer battered sweet onion rings were onion mush surrounded by salty, heavy, boring batter. I cooked them per the directions - baked in the preheated oven. The national brands from the chain market at least crisp up! Trash day tomorrow so they are on the way to the landfill......


If it were me, I'd bring back the empty bags. TJ's stands behind their products, they will refund your money, even though you threw the product away. I'm sure they werent cheap either.



I agree. I've taken things back - moldy berries mostly but also a box of frozen stuff that was full of ice and dried up product, and been given an refund without questions.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:34 AM



If it were me, I'd bring back the empty bags. TJ's stands behind their products, they will refund your money, even though you threw the product away. I'm sure they werent cheap either.



I agree. I've taken things back - moldy berries mostly but also a box of frozen stuff that was full of ice and dried up product, and been given an refund without questions.


The manager at our local TJ's told us that they want customers to try new items, and that they recognize that not everyone will like every item, so they offer a no questions asked refund or credit policy. If for any reason you are not happy with a purchase, return it. I have returned empty package wrappers or cans and gotten a refund. Some things, once opened, can't really be transported back to the store.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:47 AM

Another product that I am very late in posting about: Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Stars (cookies). They're simple star shaped shortbread cookies covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with tiny white candy spheres. Imagaine Mother's Iced Circus Animals...except covered with dark chocolate. You can read more about them here (click).
OMG. So good. :wub:
Plus they give you a huge amount of cookies in the package. Too bad it's a seasonal item.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 12:09 PM

TJ's dried monmorency cherries are my favorie thing to put in my oatmeal for breakfast. They are wonderful. They also have a coconut milk in a carton like the "so delicious" but about $1.50 cheaper. My wife is crazy for the black bean dip. Oh, and their toasted sesame oil is very nice.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 12:19 PM

I just noticed TJs now has organic, "grass fed" beef patties (15% fat)... will try them out this week to try to make a Famous Star style burger (now with 99% less plastic polymers)

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:02 PM

TJ's dried monmorency cherries are my favorie thing to put in my oatmeal for breakfast. They are wonderful. They also have a coconut milk in a carton like the "so delicious" but about $1.50 cheaper. My wife is crazy for the black bean dip. Oh, and their toasted sesame oil is very nice.



I like their white bean hummus - I've tried several times to duplicate it and while my efforts are okay, they just don't have that extra piquancy that's in the TJ's.

However I like my homemade pita better!
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:30 PM

The TJ's here has a pretty nice cilantro-jalapeno hummus. I love it!

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:17 AM

I buy 2 packs at a time of the dried, unsweetened mango. Nice sweet/tart taste. I try to grab the packs with the most dark orange colored pieces, they have the best flavor.


I have a weak (okay, very weak) spot for that unsweetened mango. I can easily eat an entire package in one sitting...

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:05 AM

I recently tried the goat milk brie and liked it a lot. The size is perfect for one or two people or packed in a lunch.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:13 AM


I buy 2 packs at a time of the dried, unsweetened mango. Nice sweet/tart taste. I try to grab the packs with the most dark orange colored pieces, they have the best flavor.


I have a weak (okay, very weak) spot for that unsweetened mango. I can easily eat an entire package in one sitting...



I think their unsweetened mango is blah... i can get better in bulk at the local Mex market... however their chile powder mango I have banished from the house because I will eat in one sitting.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:49 AM

I recently tried the goat milk brie and liked it a lot. The size is perfect for one or two people or packed in a lunch.

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I get the spreadable goat cheese now and then, it's a nice change from cream cheese on a bagel, plus the petite package works for me since DH doesn't like it.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:24 PM

I recently tried the goat milk brie and liked it a lot. The size is perfect for one or two people or packed in a lunch.


Toots likes that a lot, and, we buy it frequently. I find it pretty mild but sometimes that's exactly what I want. The price, as I recall, is pretty good, too.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:24 PM

I thought it was milder than I expected too, Shel_B. Next time I will put it out in the morning to ripen and see if I can get a little more tang. I also wonder how it would be baked in a pastry shell with some berry preserves or Prosciutto.


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:46 PM

We recently tried the "classic" potato chips and were favorably impressed. They're a little thicker than Lay's so they have more potato flavor, but they're still thin and crisp, a style I prefer to kettle-style chips. And you can't beat the price -- $2.00 for a 10-oz. bag. I'm not sure if that's a promotional price, but it's about half the price of Lay's.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

Has anyone tried their Cookie Butter? I thought it was a jar of peanut butter at first. The label said it was made up of ground gingersnap cookies. I thought it looked intriguing, to say the least.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:49 AM

Has anyone tried their Cookie Butter? I thought it was a jar of peanut butter at first. The label said it was made up of ground gingersnap cookies. I thought it looked intriguing, to say the least.


Sounds like the Biscoff spread, which is basically ground up biscoff cookies with oil...revolting.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:42 PM

Has anyone tried their Cookie Butter? I thought it was a jar of peanut butter at first. The label said it was made up of ground gingersnap cookies. I thought it looked intriguing, to say the least.

I bought a jar of the cookie butter last week and thought it was tasty. Quite sweet and more like a cookie-flavored frosting than something I’d want on my breakfast toast. Although smearing some on a slice of toasted, rustic bread, topped with crisp slices of tart apple might be good. I was thinking it might be nice swirled into some kind of bar cookie but haven’t tried it yet. Might just melt away.

Sounds like the Biscoff spread, which is basically ground up biscoff cookies with oil...revolting.


I’ll admit your description doesn’t sound all that appealing but I found the product rather tasty. It was mentioned just upthread by nolnacs and chezcheri, here and here.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:47 PM

I’ll admit your description doesn’t sound all that appealing but I found the product rather tasty. It was mentioned just upthread by nolnacs and chezcheri, here and here.


Hey, to each their own :)

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:57 PM

Biscoff Spread is amazing
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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:55 AM

Best thing at TJ's? The bag lottery. Which Ive just won!
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

Best thing at TJ's? The bag lottery. Which Ive just won!
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Congratulations! I keep bringing my bags back but haven't had any luck on the drawing, yet.


I tried a new flavor of the Cookie Thins...Toasted Coconut. They have Triple Ginger Thins and Meyer Lemon Thins so the Toasted Coconut was new to me.
It reminded me a lot of the flavor in a coconut macaroon. Except quite crisp, of course.
I have a recipe for pineapple cream pie and I'm thinking a Toasted Coconut Thins crust (like a graham cracker crust) would go rather well with it.
The cookie gets a thumbs up from me.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:36 AM

the lottery seems to have changed. I got a bag of stuff no one would ever want.

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#29 Jane Randahl

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:10 PM

I can't imagine anyone hating on TJ. It may be getting so lauded by shoppers that it's becoming passé, but they really do have great stuff.

I think they do put a huge emphasis on the 'healthy' aspect of shopping, and not all of their products are necessarily any better for you. Although this isn't a reason to hate, as most people read labels anyway.

They are also pretty good on price. Yes, you pay a little more for organic and all that jazz, but they are absolutely not inflated prices and you would probably be charged more for organic food at your local grocery chain.

You may have a problem with their selection which is completely understandable. I'm also not sure about the "Trader Jose" beer. Sounds pretty weak.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:00 PM

The last Frequent Flyer (their newsletter) had a few interesting items and the Kung Pao chicken caught my eye because I get a craving every once in a while and have no interest in making it just for myself. There is a restaurant about 20 minutes away that makes a great version in their lunch specials but I hate wasting the soup and egg roll that are not worth it plus the drive factor. They were sampling it today at TJ and I bought. The pack serves four generously. It is a kit you make from frozen. You saute the chicken in a tsp of oil, then add the vegetables, then the sauce and lastly the peanuts. Lots of nice dried chiles. Good flavor. This is the first time I have seen poorly written directions from them. Bad translator? For example they do not tell you clearly to cover after adding the sauce. The pack is $4.99. Not bad for 4 generous servings that just need rice and some more veg or salad to round out.
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