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Katie Meadow

Trader Joe's Products (2012–2015)

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thanks for the TJ's tip on the Mushroom Ravioli. Some how I missed it. Pretty tasty for a 4 minute meal!. Its on my Not Cooking Tonight list.

Their scallops 'a la parisienne' is also good for the same reason. used to make this all the time. Its ingenious where the sauce is wrapped around the scallops then frozen as balls: is you use 1/2 package (they are loose in the pack) you still get the right ratio of sauce, more or less.

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They have a new spice called "South African Smoke". It comes with a grinder at the top.

It's just paprika (smoked, I believe) flakes, sea salt, garlic and basil but I only taste the smokiness. I've been adding it to everything from omlettes to rice to chicken. Grind a little for just a little smokiness, grind a lot for a stronger flavor. I've been finding that a little goes a long way.

Has anyone else tried it?


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shame TJ's went to those throw away grinders. In the past they sold their 'combo' spices in a jar, and you put them in your own (reusable) grinder ie their whole pepper blend (pink, green, black white).

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shame TJ's went to those throw away grinders. In the past they sold their 'combo' spices in a jar, and you put them in your own (reusable) grinder ie their whole pepper blend (pink, green, black white).

interesting, I've actually appreciated the TJ grinders--which are not throw-away, you can refill them with whatever you choose. I have a row of dedicated grinders for salts, peppers, and other large spices, thanks to TJ's salts and peppers sold in inexpensive grinders. But I agree with your point, it is too bad that they don't also sell the spices in bulk.



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In local news today a recall of some TJs products.


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In local news today a recall of some TJs products.

Here is the link to the TJ site regarding the recalled products - an issue with contamination at the supplier of the diced onions that went into various products.

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shame TJ's went to those throw away grinders. In the past they sold their 'combo' spices in a jar, and you put them in your own (reusable) grinder ie their whole pepper blend (pink, green, black white).

interesting, I've actually appreciated the TJ grinders--which are not throw-away, you can refill them with whatever you choose. I have a row of dedicated grinders for salts, peppers, and other large spices, thanks to TJ's salts and peppers sold in inexpensive grinders. But I agree with your point, it is too bad that they don't also sell the spices in bulk.

I'm with you, Linda. I love those things, and have repurposed every one of them since I discovered that you can easily screw off the grinder top and refill. The price point on the filled grinder is stupid low, considering how much utility you can get from the grinder once the original spice is exhausted. Just another thing I love about TJs.


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didnt know the tops camke off. ... but Id like the pepper blend bulk back as I have plenty of grinders.

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Trader Joe's Soy Sauce: Yesterday I purchased a bottle of TJ's reduced sodium soy sauce, a product we've been using for years. This time there was a new label, and the ingredients indicated the sauce contained vinegar! What's the deal with vinegar in soy sauce? Never heard od such a thing.


 ... Shel


 

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Trader Joe's Soy Sauce: Yesterday I purchased a bottle of TJ's reduced sodium soy sauce, a product we've been using for years. This time there was a new label, and the ingredients indicated the sauce contained vinegar! What's the deal with vinegar in soy sauce? Never heard od such a thing.

Oh, now this really honks me off ! TJs old label soy sauce was my absolute favorite. I liked its flavor way more than the other mainstream (read, gringo-ized) options. I had noticed the label change, and thought "hmmmmm, I sure hope they don't change the sauce itself", but went ahead and bought it anyway. I guess I've only used it in things where the soy sauce flavor wasn't forward so far, because I didn't really notice a difference. Just went and checked the label, yep, it has vinegar, had a taste and, yep, it isn't as good. Last bottle of TJs soy sauce for me......

Damn.


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Well, Toots picked up a package of Trader Joe's English Muffins for a weekend guest. The guests are gone, but the muffins linger. They had a very interesting, and satisfying, sourdough flavor, but the texture and bread-like consistancy left much to be desired. I'm not sure that the good flavor aspects outweigh the other, poorer qualities, to warrant another purchase. However, my taste buds are strongly urging that I buy another package.

What are your thoughts on TJ's Englsh Muffins?


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As an experiment, I just finished one of their ww cinnamon and raisin muffins. No nooks and crannies to speak of, and I miss those. I sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar, as the cinnamon flavor wasn't coming through. Good wheaty flavor, but these are not as good as Bay's. (I'm a Bay's fan.)

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I wanted something crispy to pack for lunch along with just cottage cheese and cherry tomatoes as I would be in the heat working - picked up the Rosemary Raisin Crisps and really enjoyed them. They were even better when I got home and spread some excellent local Mushroom Liverwurst on them.

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Those Rosemary Raisin Crisps are very nice with the spreadable goat cheese mentioned upthread. I try to keep some on hand for impromptu guests but it's a struggle not to snarf them up myself!

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I like the freeze dried tropical fruits for snacks.


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I havent gotten there cookies in a while, but got a 'bin' of Pecan Cookies. they were delicious and fully baked, unlike any Ive ever had from the Big Box places.

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Trader Joe's Eggplant Garlic Spread ... YUMMY! Even Toots loves it.

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A recent TJ's find has been the Stone Ground White Grits. They're not something I see very often around here in the Northeast except as an over-priced specialty item. And they're good! Lots of flavor and texture. Great to have in the pantry.



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As of yesterday Rochester, NY has a new TJs....can't wait to take my list and make an expedition to the east side of town. It's very near the flagship Wegmans store....the one everyone takes their visitors to. Never thought we'd get a TJ because Wegmans has such a strong presense. Expect to love them both.

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Just got the fearless flyer yesterday and it has all things pumpkin you can imagine and more. Also saw the phyllo dough listed. And a very intriguing slicing Brie which is a genius rectangle of Brie.

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Try the pumpkin pancake and waffle mix, if you haven't yet.


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Made a TJ's run yesterday. Went a little crazy as I hadn't been in a while. Picked up Chili Spiced Mango, Pita Chips with Cinnamon and Sugar (aka Crack), everything pretzel thins (my favorite with hummus), cheese and chile tamales, Butter chicken, Garlic Naan, Pork potstickers, Phyllo dough, Pistachios, green pea crisps and pumpkin granola. Plus the pumpkin pancake and waffle mix.

And the Biscoff like cookie spread (which I haven't tried yet).

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