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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

s: mango mochi

The Reverend, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:52 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

dbro, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:34 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

just1n3, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:38 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

omfg

can u do me a kindness (jergins), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:06 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

can u do me a kindness (jergins), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:11 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

iatee, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:12 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:54 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

as per diddy's twitter (The Reverend), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:41 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

NYSE:JAH (get bent), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:16 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

^different from English muffins?

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

Not that I can tell.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:43 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

That's the Welsh influence.

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

I think it was only $2.99? When you factor in milk and butter and time, I think that's even cheaper than Kraft M&C.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 03:47 (2 months ago) Permalink

any time i hit up tj's (which isn't super often cuz it's not that near by) i end up buying some of that mac n cheese and some of that $3 chicken fried rice, in theory just to have on hand in the freezer when i don't feel like taking the time to cook but that mac n cheese is always gone in like 48 hours

balls, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 03:57 (2 months ago) Permalink

I didn't dig the chicken fried rice the one time I bought it, but a friend suggested replacing their "1 tbsp of oil" with way more ghee or something.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 03:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

it helps that the chinese food options in this town are fucking pitiful and overpriced

balls, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 04:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

"One minor problem: the slick, oily residue on the outside of these things. It’s meant to resemble butter coating, but it doesn’t, and it’s not really necessary. It makes the snack a little lardaceous and overwhelming after a while."

And then he ranks it number 1.

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:47 (2 months ago) Permalink

Anyway the blister peanuts clobber all these snacks

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:49 (2 months ago) Permalink

wtf, the everything crackers and the mini cheese sandwiches are AWESOME!!!

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

Love those little cheese sandwich crackers. We get them ostensibly for Ivy and I end up eating more of them than she does.

carl agatha, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

and they're organic, that means healthy

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:28 (2 months ago) Permalink

those south african chips are not very good. the ghost pepper ones are fine.

sarahell, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 21:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

the south african chips seem good at first but the appeal wears thin v quickly

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 23:35 (2 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, like a quarter of the way through the bag. They have a kind of odd texture, too, a little liked baked Lay's or something.

Capitalism Is A Death Cult And Science Is A Whore (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:10 (2 months ago) Permalink

thumbs up!

polyphonic, Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:43 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'm interested. What percentage of the filling is kale? Is it frozen?

Capitalism Is A Death Cult And Science Is A Whore (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 19 November 2015 05:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

I got it from the refrigerated section. It's like 50/50 quinoa and kale, with chunks of sweet potato. Good flavor. The tortilla is spicy.

polyphonic, Thursday, 19 November 2015 05:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

pour one out for the now-discontinued biltong jerky, damn i loved that

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:57 (2 months ago) Permalink

I did not like the South African potato chips but boy am I a big fan of the turkey and stuffing potato chips.

carl agatha, Thursday, 19 November 2015 16:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

moi aussi!!!

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 19 November 2015 17:35 (2 months ago) Permalink

xp those turkey chips are the closest this country has come to my beloved nz's chicken-flavoured chips

just1n3, Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

I tried one of those super burritos & they're pretty good! I wasnt sure at first but def would eat again

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:26 (2 months ago) Permalink

Lamb vindaloo is surprisingly good

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:08 (2 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

which of these is the most trader joesiest thing:

chocolate raspberry tamales

butternut squash gyoza

OR

gingerbread dog treats

musically, Monday, 14 December 2015 19:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

have you all tried the partially popped popcorn? best new snack 2015

maura, Monday, 14 December 2015 19:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

omg something lol happened yesterday with a TJs product

i was at a potluck and saw a little bowl full of the gummy tummy penguins. a guy i know took one and bit it in half and the smell was so pungent we could all smell it like 3-4 ft away. he was like "what IS this, it tastes like bitter orange peel" and he said something about a bitter orange from Italy, I forget what they're called. then when i told him that they were gummies from TJs he said "maybe you're right" and I was like dood I know I'm right, I have eaten entire bags of these candies gimme some cred and another woman joined our convo and was like yeah she's right those are gummy penguins from TJs

lol

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Monday, 14 December 2015 19:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

Ha I am rarely inspired to buy based on delicious free sample, but I did pick up TWO packages of chocolate raspberry tamales the other day

Hadrian VIII, Monday, 14 December 2015 19:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

Why did I try the Inca Corn? Because now I am addicted to the Inca Corn.

prickly festive towers (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 14 December 2015 20:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

i would not recommend the butternut squash gyoza, it's exactly the sum of its parts

intheblanks, Monday, 14 December 2015 23:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

took a flyer on the packaged grass-fed sirloin. well, that was a waste of $11 and I should have known steak in a box was going to taste way more like cold cuts than it did like an actual yummy cold piece of leftover steak

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 01:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

Not the lashings of ginger beer you want!

http://laist.com/2015/12/16/trader_joes_ginger_beer_explosions.php

nickn, Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

nooooo

Not sure who they contracted that to, but I wanted to go buy a case

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:18 (1 month ago) Permalink

I drank all the ones I bought

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

yeah i loved it, an affordable substitute for blenheim's

balls, Saturday, 19 December 2015 20:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

Update on the gummis -- I bought some and there were a few (maybe 2 in the whole bag) that had a very different and distinctly bitter flavor. I think there may have been a mixup at the gummy penguin factory

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Saturday, 19 December 2015 20:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

I just bought these too thinking they were just rich gummies but no they are fn Gushers

cory artangel (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 19 December 2015 22:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

That Super Burrito is..... not that great :-/ it just tastes like I'm eating big spoonfuls of kale and quinoa, it's not like some wonderful flavor combination greater than the sum of it's parts, which is imo sort of how a burrito is supposed to operate.

cory artangel (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

fuck these turds. this shit tastes like week-old leftover off-brand box mac. Not good.

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 18 January 2016 15:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I didn't care for them either.

Jeff, Monday, 18 January 2016 15:51 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i am addicted to mini cheese sandwich crackers

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 18 January 2016 16:27 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

After an absence of many month, my favorite minestrone soup was back on the shelf! I actually jumped in the air and gave a little clap.

kate78, Monday, 18 January 2016 17:22 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

xp me too!!!! they are so great

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 18 January 2016 19:43 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

They are as wonderful as those gloppy cheezy rays are horrifying.

carl agatha, Monday, 18 January 2016 19:53 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

the mac & cheese bites are wonderful.

sarahell, Monday, 18 January 2016 19:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink


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