The Trader Joe's Product Discussion Thread (S/D)

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I think basically anything I don't make from scratch seems too salty to me.

tehresa, Saturday, 19 May 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Southwest Style Salad"

^ this is good

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 22 May 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

choc covered PB-filled pretzels are simply not that good :(

a parker full of poseys (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 01:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was disappointed in those chocolate salt & sugar almonds :/

sarahell, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 01:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

If they were the same salted almonds Donna Rouge had in his pantry this one time (I think they had a yellow label?) then you are sooooorely mistaken.

a parker full of poseys (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 01:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

ROSEMARY PECANS AND MOTHERFUCKING CRANBERRIES

The Reverend, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 05:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY

The Reverend, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 05:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

LEMON TART
LEMON TART
LEMON TART

sarahell, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

ROSEMARY PECANS AND MOTHERFUCKING CRANBERRIES

would eat.

tried the chicken mole (from the freezer section). it was good, but a little goes a long way. the sauce is very thick and complex.

get wolves (get bent), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll chime in again for the Chicken Gorgonzola (frozen section). Large enough for three servings.

nickn, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Those thai lime & chili cashews reappeared after having been sold out. I bought two packages.

mh, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

seafood rangoon appetizer, whatever happened to you?

sarahell, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

has anyone has the spoorloos filled choc bar? Too much sweet not enough yum imo

a parker full of poseys (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 23:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

it wasn't as bad as being buried alive in a coffin by a weird, doughy nemesis though?

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp - i have. it was ok. definitely could've been more yum imo

sarahell, Thursday, 24 May 2012 02:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

their lentil wrap is just okay but i would drink a gallon of the accompanying spicy tahini sauce.

mario bataille (get bent), Sunday, 3 June 2012 21:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

and i've said it before, but the pumpernickel pretzel sticks are awesome -- they're crying out for a nice sharp fondue or at least a "pub cheese."

modest mouskouri (get bent), Monday, 4 June 2012 03:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

the trader joe's pub cheese is gross. it's just cheez whiz.

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 June 2012 03:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

most pub cheese is gross. but it has a perverse appeal for me.

modest mouskouri (get bent), Monday, 4 June 2012 03:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

wtf is pub cheese? i've seen it, and it just looks like cheez whiz in a tub

sarahell, Monday, 4 June 2012 04:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's what it is

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 June 2012 04:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes, but why do they call it "pub cheese" - is it for aspirational "yuppies" that like british things and see themselves as above eating cheez whiz in a tub?

sarahell, Monday, 4 June 2012 08:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like it. But I'm also a cheese whiz fan.

Jeff, Monday, 4 June 2012 10:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I tried to like port wine cheese and I just cannot.

The four-cheese jumbo raviolis they have w the fresh pasta are prob like top 10 TJ's products btw

Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 4 June 2012 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Their cheese tortellini (from the dry pasta aisle, not the refrigerated kind) is not great. Some of the ones that are more tightly folded don't absorb enough water and the cheese inside stays dry and grainy.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 4 June 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know if I could ever trust shelf-stable dry tortellini

Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 4 June 2012 17:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also those chocolate croissants were flaky in the wrong kind of way, and also pretty bland.

Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 4 June 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jesse OTM. That shelf-stable tortellini is just not good. I don't know if all shelf-stable tortellini is like that or if it's specific to TJs. I do really like the spinach and cheese tortellini in the refrigerated section.

carl agatha, Monday, 4 June 2012 18:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really? All I tasted was pasta and no filling :(

Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 4 June 2012 18:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've had shelf-stable tortellini from other grocery stores that were just fine. Not amazing, but very decent for convenient tortellini when you need them.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 4 June 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

"need"

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 4 June 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Haha also, I'm not sure how inconvenient cheese tortellini that you keep in the freezer is (I buy the stuff from the refrigerator section and freeze it).

carl agatha, Monday, 4 June 2012 20:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

It didn't occur to me to do that.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 4 June 2012 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Given your proclivity for freezing things, that kind of shocks me! But I'm glad you found out now, when you're young and have many years of freezing tortellini ahead of you.

carl agatha, Monday, 4 June 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Right now I have a zip lock bag of milk in my freezer. Why because I don't keep milk around very much anymore and sometimes I need some for cooking.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 4 June 2012 21:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah that sounds about right.

carl agatha, Monday, 4 June 2012 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

It didn't occur to me to do that

Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 02:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

That is so good though bcz I always drink non-dairy milk and hate cooking things that call for regular milk bcz I buy a quart, use half a cup, and the rest just goes bad

Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 02:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah that's pretty frigging brilliant. I have little bags of half a can of coconut milk in the freezer, but it never occurred to me to do with animal leche.

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 02:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Big fan of the portabella mushroom and the spinach and cheese and artichoke and cheese ravioli. Need to try the four cheese.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Their pulled pork is pretty good too, but Costco has one like twice the size for not much more money.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 02:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I freeze milk every time I buy it for a recipe and don't use it all, but usually I don't get a chance to use it again before it becomes horribly freezer burned.

tehresa, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 11:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's why I put mine in a bag and removed all the air.

Je55e, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do you guys use some sort of specialty milk that isn't sold at convenience stores?

game of crones (La Lechera), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Does convenience store milk not expire?

carl agatha, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 14:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

be advised, trader joes fruit floes are the exact same thing as whole foods 365 frozen fruit bars and are about half the cost, also the lime ones are amazing

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 14:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lime ones were too intense for me. Chili mango is still my fav, followed by carribian then coconut.

Jeff, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 14:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

LL - Cooking for me is dependent on convenience. If I am making muffins from a box mix and I have to go to the store across the street to buy milk for them, I'm going to just buy a muffin at the store.

Je55e, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I looked for chili mango the other night but they didn't have them :( they were sampling triple ginger lemon ice cream and it is amaazzzzing but the sample bite is about all the ice cream I can handle so I will never buy it.

tehresa, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink


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