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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

s: mango mochi

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

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

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

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

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

omfg

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

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

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

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

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

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

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

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

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

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

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

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

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

^different from English muffins?

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

Not that I can tell.

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

That's the Welsh influence.

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

no they are super gross

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 13 May 2016 17:55 (four months ago) Permalink

the cooked lentils are such a godsend. in related news i'm incredibly lazy.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Tough Jews, Inc. (map), Friday, 13 May 2016 18:25 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Their falafel wrap sandwich thing was like eating patties of mildly dampened sawdust wrapped in an old shirt stuffed with stuff they found under a cutting board. It was so gross it's poisoned my tongue against my sweet potato tortilla chips. YOU ARE WARNED.

Alan (legendary creature) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 4 June 2016 22:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Microwave cod Provencale w/ rice and ratatouille was basically gruel topped with dry, flavorless whitefish.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Saturday, 4 June 2016 23:39 (three months ago) Permalink

yuk

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 June 2016 00:11 (three months ago) Permalink

The occasional successes i've had with their food always make me forget how terrible and bland their stuff can be.

Alan (legendary creature) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 5 June 2016 00:34 (three months ago) Permalink

My TJ seems to have stopped carrying Fruit Frenzy II fruit bars. Motherfuckers.

Jeff, Sunday, 5 June 2016 00:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Maybe they're working on Fruit Frenzy III

Alan (legendary creature) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 5 June 2016 01:11 (three months ago) Permalink

Just happened to look at this thread and FYI to drinkers of Bundaberg ginger beer and alcohol: highly recommend their Pineapple & Coconut with white rum, as you guys are heading into summer

glandular lansbury (sic), Sunday, 5 June 2016 13:02 (three months ago) Permalink

so...mango

musically, Sunday, 5 June 2016 15:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah I somehow ended up getting five different mango-flavored or -infused products last night.

orifex, Monday, 6 June 2016 17:08 (three months ago) Permalink

mango caramel popcorn is amazing.
mango babka is amazing in the opposite direction.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 6 June 2016 17:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Just happened to look at this thread and FYI to drinkers of Bundaberg ginger beer and alcohol: highly recommend their Pineapple & Coconut with white rum, as you guys are heading into summer

― glandular lansbury (sic), Sunday, June 5, 2016 10:32 AM (2 days ago)

Bundaberg ginger beer seems to be everywhere right now, even stocked at bars, but the pineapple/coconut remains elusive.

kate78, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 17:53 (three months ago) Permalink

why is there mango everything right now?

sarahell, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 17:55 (three months ago) Permalink

according to mango.org mango seasons peaks in june

supply/demand i guess

F♯ A♯ (∞), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 17:59 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

just had the salsa especial and it tasted like some sort of marinara/salsa hybrid that i never knew i craved

i am so hooked

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 9 July 2016 18:18 (two months ago) Permalink

That's exactly why I didn't care for it, it tastes like spaghetti sauce. Maybe it'd be better on tacos or something.

And time for my annual lament: I wish they'd bring back the vegan mochi.

Have you hugged your timeghoul today? (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:11 (two months ago) Permalink

their 'salsa autentica' has become my go-to store bought salsa. tasty, and seems to keep longer than most

skateboard of education (rip van wanko), Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

I have the hot salsa especial on my breakfast tacos. It's great. It's not a good dipping salsa.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink

sounds about right. places that serve marinara-like salsa for dipping are bad

mh, Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:50 (two months ago) Permalink

or in the rare case, events like the time a friend and I ordered nachos and they accidentally brought the cheese stick dipping sauce, which was a chunky marinara

mh, Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:51 (two months ago) Permalink

the corn salsa & double roasted salsa are pretty good

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 9 July 2016 21:30 (two months ago) Permalink

i am down w the cowboy caviar

Hadrian VIII, Sunday, 10 July 2016 14:42 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

much love to the tamales
it actually kind of smelled like a mexican restaurant by the time those babies were done in the microwave

calstars, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:31 (one month ago) Permalink

microwave salmon and orzo dinner - didn't expect good but I thought it might be a reasonable lunch option... nope, absolutely vile.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:36 (one month ago) Permalink

king salmon on a cedar plate is excellent

brimstead, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:37 (one month ago) Permalink

the coconut salted caramel cookies are fine.

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 01:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Cookie butter ice cream is pretty delish but wears out its welcome on the palate rather quickly

chicken lit (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 01:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Yooooooo the tamales in the refrige section, NOT the freezer ones, are so good!!! Both red pork and green chicken--equally tamaletastic.

If authoritarianism is Romania's ironing board, then (in orbit), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 01:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Roger that

calstars, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 02:33 (one month ago) Permalink

oh yes seconding the refrigerator tamales. The price is higher but you get way more tamales so I think the price per tamale is roughly the same? and they're very, very excellent.

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I was surprised at their habanero hot sauce. It's the only item they have right now that's legit hot. (Although back in Spring I bought their ltd. "Triple Threat" 3-pack of Ghost, Trinidad Scorpion, and Carolina Reaper chili flakes, but they were very all smoky and kind of tasted the same as a result.)

naus, Sunday, 4 September 2016 01:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The green tahini (with the two-pronged crown) is pretty good on a sandwich their dry-ass falafel that I keep buying for some reason.

SOMEONE'S got to program the propaganda simulacra (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 4 September 2016 02:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tamale update - I didn't notice any significant difference between fridge / frozen. Still good though

calstars, Sunday, 4 September 2016 11:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I see it was noted in 2010 that TJ's packaged sushi is not just meh, but utterly revolting

pinkhushpuppies (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 01:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i need a chicago popcorn mix intervention

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 01:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Is that just the caramel cheese mix?

Jeff, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 01:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeeeesssss

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 01:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they have something called salmon bacon that i refused to buy on principle, but i really have no principles so i'm sure i'll be back

Bandol soleil for the St. Tropez tan (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 04:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Did I mention that the Bollywood Popcorn is like kinda good at first and then a little too much and then nauseating? Puts it on par with most bagged, flavored popcorn, really.

SOMEONE'S got to program the propaganda simulacra (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 9 September 2016 07:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so I decided to buy the frozen microwavable shrimp tacos...they were surprisingly decent. the texture was a bit strange at times but i'd definitely take it to work w me once in a while. the issue is that since the tacos are already assembled the filling cooks and soaks the bottom of the tortillas so they fall apart. if you can stick something under it and cook it on an incline that would probably fix it.

also...their hot dog buns are not pre-sliced! i didn't even realize that was possible!

musically, Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:33 (one week ago) Permalink

are they amenable to being top sliced (new england style)?

los blue jeans, Friday, 23 September 2016 03:32 (six days ago) Permalink

i think they are designed to be sliced side to side; there's a very distinct division/crease around it that makes you think it's already sliced, i guess you are supposed to slice it along that line?

also they are the densest hot dog buns i've ever had, they are not the light and airy ones you usually get at the grocery store, these are substantial. if someone told me they were sourdough-based i'd believe it.

(this is officially the most i've even discussed hot dog buns)

musically, Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:27 (five days ago) Permalink


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