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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

s: mango mochi

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

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

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

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

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

omfg

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

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

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

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

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

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

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

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:54 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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.

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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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

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

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

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

^different from English muffins?

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

Not that I can tell.

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

That's the Welsh influence.

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

never had em but they cost more than bulls balls

F♯ A♯ (∞), Friday, 10 March 2017 00:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Veg, how did the pies compare to Pleasant House?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what is Pleasant House?

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 00:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pleasant House Bakery!!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 March 2017 01:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.pleasanthousepub.com/

You're here, right?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 March 2017 01:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My bad if not, maybe was thinking of someone else.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 March 2017 01:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

noo I'm all the way over in Sacramento CA, sorry :)

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 02:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Close! If you're ever here you should go to Pleasant House.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 March 2017 02:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

they discontinued the vegetarian orange chicken :-(

gr8080, Friday, 10 March 2017 02:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Made the rustic apple tart tonight, and bought a chocolate spice coconut bar. Will report.

I've noted it before, but I love the paella.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 March 2017 02:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my friend co owns pleasant house

maura, Friday, 10 March 2017 06:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have been there once and the person I ate with ordered a chicken balti pie

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 March 2017 14:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's my go-to.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 March 2017 15:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm at trader joe's right now hi

maura, Friday, 10 March 2017 16:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

maura!!!! what is in your cart??

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 10 March 2017 17:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 17:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Show us your foods!

nickn, Friday, 10 March 2017 18:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Currently I am liking:

Tamales
Gyoza
Pizza dough - a staple (though I slightly prefer my own, it takes too long)
Chicken sausage
Dried pitted Montmorency cherries
Dark chocolate-covered cherries
Pinachio cookies
Caramel cashew cookies
Roasted/salted almonds

Winewise, they have a couple different Primitivos that I have bought and am looking forward to trying.

may all your memes be dank (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 10 March 2017 18:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i have used their pizza dough much but it's so bland no matter what you do to it :-/

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 10 March 2017 19:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this was mostly a fill-up run (i like to go to tj's after therapy because it's soothing and this week i was rewarded with 'a view to a kill' on the stereo when i got there); also i gave up chocolate for lent. i bought a bottle of wine, the fresh mozz cheese sticks, a new york strip, the heat and eat brussels, "handsome cut" french fries, haricots verts, blueberries, honey roasted peanuts, cheese crisps that are all cheese, hash browns (my favorite thing!!!), strawberry preserves, tahini, and chickpeas. also two clutches of red roses, which i combine in my mason jar vase.

maura, Friday, 10 March 2017 21:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i figured out how to make those hash browns so they're exactly like mcdonald's. it is the best

maura, Friday, 10 March 2017 21:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

gosh

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 10 March 2017 21:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

how???

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 10 March 2017 21:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Same here. My toaster oven has a setting for frozen has browns! it makes them 90% perfect

calstars, Friday, 10 March 2017 21:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

salt the oil

maura, Friday, 10 March 2017 21:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Really dig the European style yogurt, esp with the small frozen blueberries mixed in.

JoeStork, Friday, 10 March 2017 21:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

SALT THE OIL

maura, Friday, 10 March 2017 21:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

To each their own I guess

JoeStork, Friday, 10 March 2017 21:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Uh what oil

calstars, Friday, 10 March 2017 22:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

vegetable oil

gr8080, Friday, 10 March 2017 22:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the oil within

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 11 March 2017 00:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh ok now I understand

calstars, Saturday, 11 March 2017 00:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

OH you mean the patty hash browns!! I was thinking the shredded taters and was like "ok i salt the oil but what do i do with all of these potato shreds?????"

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hah yeah the patties!

maura, Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i cook them that way & then chop them up and put them in breakfast burritos

gr8080, Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sassy! I want to do that

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ooh

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

eating JUST mandarin orange chicken w/ rice feels excessive and decadent, what are your favorite add-ins besides broccoli??

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:57 (one week ago) Permalink

scallions

mh 😏, Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:59 (one week ago) Permalink

What if you took that and put it in a burrito

“Yeah. Huh, thanks.” (los blue jeans), Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:20 (one week ago) Permalink

chicken AND rice? get the fuck outta here

musically, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:03 (six days ago) Permalink

I mix either spinach or the "cruciferous crunch" bagged blend into anything I deem vegetable-deficient.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 20 March 2017 19:59 (six days ago) Permalink


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