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

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do you have to microwave that?

He grew in Pussyville. Population: him. (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

s: that white cheddar w/ the carmalized onions in it (<---- my favorite shit ever)

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

s: mango mochi

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

classic:
vege medley w/balsamic butter dressing
vege medley w/potato wedges
^both great tossed with spag and oil
vegan choc chip cookies
almond caramel clusters
chocolate ice cream (some of the best ice cream and it's CHEAP)
hashbrowns
frozen vege lasagna

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

i wish trader joe's was not so crowded so i could go more often and buy cheap delicious things.

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

their fresh fruit is shit - every time we get stuff from there it goes rotten in a couple of days

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

no one's mentioned the dark chocolate ginger pieces...they're...delightful

dbro, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh i had a party and put out the dark chocolate covered almonds rolled in dark cocoa and ppl were like omg nommmmm

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

lacey cookies A++++++ not sure if they're TJ brand though

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, produce is generally hit or miss. I like buying their big bags o' mixed chard or "southern greens." I love cooking greens and cleaning/cutting them is such a pain, especially in my tiny-ass kitchen.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

As far as crowds -- best time to go is 10AM or earlier on a weekend (well, excluding going on a weekday during work hours, which you probably can't do). Another good time -- dinner hours, Friday evening.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

their fresh fruit is shit - every time we get stuff from there it goes rotten in a couple of days

the way they treat their apples makes me want to cry. you can paw through a whole shelf of apples and find none that aren't bruised

i always feel sorry for the people who are holding the signs that shepherd the line. at first i thought it was a pretty good lazy job, then i realised that it's queueing, ALL DAY LONG, never getting anywhere. when you're at the bank and there's a massive line, you always rely on that schadenfreude of other people piling up behind you and having to wait longer. but if you're the trader joe linesman ... always at the end of the line.

they also call it 'twelve items or fewer' which is nice

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

I always find the cashiers super nice -- do they pay unusually well or something?

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

their bagged greens do seem to last really well - we get the baby spinach a lot, it's a big bag and stays fresh for close to two weeks.

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

dinner hours?? no way. that is also known as 'after work' when everyone in the world goes!

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

omfg

can u do me a kindness (jergins), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

dinner hours?? no way. that is also known as 'after work' when everyone in the world goes!

But Friday night it seems to work, like maybe 7:30 or later.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

good:

bread
peanut butter (also almond butter)
three cheese frozen pizza
sole filets
sharp cheddar (cheap!)
chocolate-covered edamame
tomato soup (okay, not as good as Amy's)

always disappointing:

anything salsa-related
produce

i stay away from the frozen dinners and pre-marinated crap too, and the overpriced meats.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

they have nicely prized frozen meats.
i prefer whole foods' frozen fishes.

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

can u do me a kindness (jergins), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

"good:

bread"

But not good, the plain-old "Whole Wheat Bread" (the one with very small slices) -- cardboardy. Same with the bread that comes in imitation Alvarado Street Bakery packaging.

It's funny how TJ will have like five different brands of the same product that are all TJ's and all knockoffs of other brands, and then they compete against each other.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

iatee, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

i always feel sorry for the people who are holding the signs that shepherd the line. at first i thought it was a pretty good lazy job, then i realised that it's queueing, ALL DAY LONG, never getting anywhere. when you're at the bank and there's a massive line, you always rely on that schadenfreude of other people piling up behind you and having to wait longer. but if you're the trader joe linesman ... always at the end of the line.

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― deveraux billings (schlump), Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:02 PM Bookmark

I have never seen this

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

I like the "New Zealand Grass Fed Organic Cheddar" -- very cheap! (not as yummy as Cabot, but, you know, in this economy...)

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

i have never bought any of the cheese/fresh meats because the line wraps around the store and makes it impossible to get to anything in that case

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

I have never seen this

do you live in somewhere with a breezy, unencumbered open plan trader joe's? like one in arizona where they test out new products?

i think there is a bit on the website dedicated to regional variations, if anyone is keen for more idiosyncratic tj innovation

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

I like the "New Zealand Grass Fed Organic Cheddar" -- very cheap!

That stuff's good -- it's a little earthy-tasting, though. I usually just get the Wisconsin sharp white cheddar.

You know what's pretty good, and new I think (at least in my neck of the woods)? The edamame hummus.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

should be its own thread/poll, but i have come to the conclusion that all other houmouses are bullshit. i have been burned too many times. original is BEST, though red pepper is sometimes acceptable.

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

Do you specifically mean Trader Joe's original or are you just against flavored hummuses in general?

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

The cioppino is the absolute most refined, delicious, and clutch frozen dinner I have ever had. Throw it on some spaghetti and you have an even bigger meal.

― throwbookatface (skygreenleopard)

One of my all-time faves too. I put it on rice at first but it's even better on pasta. And you can cook the seafood/sauce in a pan - no microwave necessary.

Also the Chicken Gorgonzola in the frozen section is classic. Make a sandwich with their cibatta.

nickn, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

A lot of their frozen stuff works in the toaster oven if you can wait around for a little while.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

their veggie meatballs are awesome. also, their wheat tortillas are shit for everything EXCEPT making enchiladas, we discovered today, in which case they are the best tortillas you can possibly buy.

akm, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

Do the frozen stuff (entrees & such) on the stovetop with a little oil, maybe a little water--set it on medium-low and stir.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 06:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

best:
chocolate covered pretzels
chocolate mint hot chocolate
chocolate covered fruit
lacey cookies
brie - good price compared to Whole Foods
some of the frozen appetizers - mushroom turnovers I remember being pretty yummy, though I haven't had them in awhile
greek style yogurt
decent prices on fancy brand hard liquor
big jugs of juice
spiced apple cider

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

they have nicely prized frozen meats.
i prefer whole foods' frozen fishes.

agreed - Whole Foods has frozen soft-shell crab. They spent almost a year building a Whole Foods down my block, and I resented it a lot. Then I saw the frozen soft-shell crab. Best sandwich I've ever had was a soft-shell crab prepared burger like. Sorry to derail TJ thread with WF talk.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

as per diddy's twitter (The Reverend), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

i don't really buy stuff from the freezer aisle much, but the frozen naan is classic! dud: i bought some frozen egg rolls recently and they came out kinda mushy and greasy. but classic: frozen puff pastry. and their pizzas aren't half bad, esp. the roasted vegetable one.

i'm stoked that they have the winter loaf fruit and nut bread right now! it's super-delicious, esp. the bits of candied orange peel.

one of my other favorite things is the nitrate-free pastrami, which has a very beefy/briny flavor.

if i buy pre-sliced sandwich bread at all, i buy the milton's whole grain bread or the new repackaged TJ's version of it (it's cheaper).

the cheese selection is somewhat meh, but i'm all about that cotswold cheddar. and i've been keeping little hunks of their grana padano around to grate on pasta, etc.

they used to have these triple-shot cans of iced espresso at a very good price. i'm deeply dismayed that they've stopped carrying them.

NYSE:JAH (get bent), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

so many things i've had from TJs were good or great the first time, horrible the second. the veggie chorizo, for instance. i hardly buy anything but staples there these days, the occasional lazy can of veggie chili... my wife loves their frozen pizzas. i find them pretty disgusting. they got rid of a lot of my favorite stuff in the past year or so.

quinoa bread - yum. not good for toast, though, just making sandwiches. everything bagels are okay. i'm really straining to think of anything exciting... um, chili-lime pistachios.

the balsamic veggie medley - blarrgh. canned soups - blarrgh.

WEREWOLF CONGRESS (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

when has something called a "veggie medley" EVER been good?

NYSE:JAH (get bent), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

they had this half-round of sourdough bread, might've been whole wheat sourdough that was awesome.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

when has something called a "veggie medley" EVER been good?

maybe if it was fried veggie medley, it'd be good. However, most things called "veggie medley" tend not to be fried.

what happened? I'm confused. (sarahel), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

veggie medleys/mixed vegetable mixes are never good, this is true

pretty good -
moroccan salted olives
greek yogurt
baby beets
ginger cookies, the small ones that come in a round plastic container
some of the frozen enchiladas (chicken chile verde)
relatively inexpensive walnuts, almonds, also almond butter

football consultant, oakland raiders (daria-g), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 11:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

yes:
veggie meatballs (addicted to these)
garlic hummus dip
coffee

no:
produce (obviously)
"soy nuggets"

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 11:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm still into soy nuggets, though my girlfriend has gradually lost interest in them.

Other likes, with caveats:

margarita pizza (though it's no substitute for the great goat cheese pizza, which has since been discontinued)

frozen mildly spiced vegetable burritos (though I stopped buying them after I realized how calorie-laden they are)

fresh mild salsa (though it tends to get overly acidic after a couple of days)

I guess I have no complaints about the frozen seafood I've bought there.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 12:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

My gf also just walked into the room and said, "Did you mention BRITISH MUFFINS?" I said no because I don't give a shit about them, but for posterity, I should mention that she eats the cinnamon raisin variety pretty much every day.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 12:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

^different from English muffins?

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not that I can tell.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wait, I take that back: I guess they don't have Thomas-style nooks and crannies.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

That's the Welsh influence.

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

It is p much cheap tween-targeted bath/beauty product granola

Homo schaduwkabinet (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:16 (5 months ago) Permalink

lololol

gross

i have been making granola from stuff i bought at tjs. but their granola tastes like "scented hand cream" - you're right

sweat pea (La Lechera), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:57 (5 months ago) Permalink

ugh gross just thinking about that gives me a stomach ache

maybe it's a facial scrub that they mispackaged as granola by mistake?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:17 (5 months ago) Permalink

All their cereals are really sweet.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:18 (5 months ago) Permalink

ya this is SO sweet and SO fruity but in the worst way, like in a way granola ought not be. Berry granola is fine and vanilla almond granola is fine but mango passion granola, this granola is NOT FINE

Homo schaduwkabinet (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:49 (5 months ago) Permalink

i fux with the multigrain o's.

the haxan 5 (get bent), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:57 (5 months ago) Permalink

tj's knock off frosted mini wheats are >> the original

le goon (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:01 (5 months ago) Permalink

I like the mango passion granola, but in a guilty pleasure kind of way.

nickn, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:10 (5 months ago) Permalink

tj plain old shredded wheat is...not the best. those shits are chewy as hell

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 23:00 (5 months ago) Permalink

I've not chewed shit. So I can't compare shredded wheats on that criteria

mario chalmers of ilx (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 14 November 2013 05:53 (5 months ago) Permalink

i'm liking both the hummus and the pita chips in the hummus snack pack.

the haxan 5 (get bent), Saturday, 16 November 2013 01:18 (5 months ago) Permalink

garlic hummus is where it's at

ᶓ͠סּᴥ͠סּᶔ ᶓͼ᷆ₓͼ᷇ᶔ (gr8080), Sunday, 17 November 2013 02:59 (5 months ago) Permalink

Why didn't know know how good the candy cane oreos were before this year? omg.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Sunday, 17 November 2013 03:58 (5 months ago) Permalink

s: chocolate hazelnut cookies

brimstead, Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:03 (5 months ago) Permalink

I love the chocolate hazelnut cookies. They remind me of *something* I used to eat growing up in Minnesota in the early 1980s but I can't for the life of me figure out what.

I bought some of the vanilla/cinnamon/lemur black tea - I really enjoy it, plus it is fun to tell my daughter that lemurs are, of course, the most festive mammal of all.

Sara R-C, Sunday, 17 November 2013 05:25 (5 months ago) Permalink

In case you want a turkey tomorrow and are unbelievably behind...I sampled their fully cooked roasted turkey and it was amazing, I didn't know it was possible for turkey to get that tender. It's not cheap though (almost $4/lb).

musically, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 16:18 (4 months ago) Permalink

Bought some black garlic at TJs and am trying to figure out what to do with it.

SWM seeks intrinsically and gravely disordered action (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 1 December 2013 08:27 (4 months ago) Permalink

no more pumpkin waffles :(

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 1 December 2013 08:49 (4 months ago) Permalink

the yellowfin tuna packed in oil is delicious and i haven't died of radiation poisoning yet.

lime pickle (get bent), Monday, 2 December 2013 22:59 (4 months ago) Permalink

Their crazy OTT seasonal dark chocolate bark (with, like, everything) basically tasted like nothing.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 December 2013 23:00 (4 months ago) Permalink

good/easy meal: the shelf stable punjab eggplant and the microwavable brown rice.

lime pickle (get bent), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 22:39 (4 months ago) Permalink

i bought a carton of the miso ginger broth and I think it may be my new vegetarian broth of choice.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 23:12 (4 months ago) Permalink

My 11 year old loves the organic probiotic yogurt smoothies. I have become very fond of the chianti salami

Sara R-C, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 23:28 (4 months ago) Permalink

i bought a carton of the miso ginger broth and I think it may be my new vegetarian broth of choice.

I just had this for fun last night! It's p damn good

KMFAO (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 5 December 2013 00:22 (4 months ago) Permalink

i've been steaming my vegetables in it.

lime pickle (get bent), Thursday, 5 December 2013 00:37 (4 months ago) Permalink

frozen Pad See Ew: finished product has noodles the texture of congealed mucus.

Avoid.

A New Bey Has Come (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 15 December 2013 00:51 (4 months ago) Permalink

yeah, they're not so good at thai food.

comics on fire (get bent), Sunday, 15 December 2013 00:51 (4 months ago) Permalink

Pad See Ew

A New Bey Has Come (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 15 December 2013 00:53 (4 months ago) Permalink

All of their tortillas fall apart when I try to use them for tacos, and the flour tortillas have an odd naan-like taste.

Immediate Follower (NA), Sunday, 15 December 2013 01:21 (4 months ago) Permalink

I like their handmade tortillas, but they can be ridiculously thick around the edges and have that naan taste, too.

alan watts, he made me hot (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 15 December 2013 01:23 (4 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

the chile-onion flour tortillas are pretty good!

also digging:

-dried green beans (they have these stocked next to the potato chips, popcorn, etc.)
-no-sugar-added dark chocolate with almonds
-the greens+ energy bars
-the prepared boneless/skiness roasted chicken strips, because shut up, that's why

Quincy, M.F. (get bent), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:33 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

i'm still mourning the loss of my beloved green curry tuna, but tj's sai tung green curry & red gaba rice is pretty good, at least as good as what you'd get at the vegan thai joints around here.

the pursuit of ha'pennies (get bent), Monday, 7 April 2014 04:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I could murder a box of green curry tuna but before they dropped it I was starting to notice the sweetness and not as much...something. Dunno. So hungry right now.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Monday, 7 April 2014 13:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I have decided the Lamb Vindaloo frozen dinner is my guilty pleasure

have a nice blood/orange bitters cocktail (mh), Monday, 7 April 2014 13:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

After a six month absence, Soyrizo is BACK.

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 8 April 2014 03:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Oh lord spicy chicken sausages

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 04:07 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

soyrizo mmmm

the pursuit of ha'pennies (get bent), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 04:43 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

omg soyrizo

have a nice blood/orange bitters cocktail (mh), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 04:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

soyrizo makes for the best breakfast burritos

the pursuit of ha'pennies (get bent), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 04:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

these months without soyrizo were tough

Belgian Flanders Albums Chart (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 06:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I wish they'd just put the soyrizo in a plastic bag, though. I get red stuff everywhere.

Belgian Flanders Albums Chart (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 06:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

That sucks. And like the guy who wrote that, I too still miss the roasted flaxseed peanut butter.

Assholes on Boats: A Billy Zane Retrospective (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 06:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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