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

Wonder if they would do it with beer.

Jeff, Friday, 3 April 2015 19:28 (3 months ago) Permalink

I would feel too guilty if I decided I didn't want what they opened for me. I do enjoy it when other people ask though, more samples for me.

BTW the danish kringle is back...in pecan form! Pecans >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> almonds so it's an excellent choice.

musically, Tuesday, 7 April 2015 16:39 (2 months ago) Permalink

I sampled that kringle. It was unbelivable. Also, too large and too much money.

gybe horses (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 16:49 (2 months ago) Permalink

i dont understand what it is...?

is it cake? it's so flat

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 20:28 (2 months ago) Permalink

What? It's coffeecake.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 20:30 (2 months ago) Permalink

It's made of dough with butter layers rolled into it, idk kind of between a pie crust and a croissant? And there's some kind of filling.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 20:33 (2 months ago) Permalink

mmm

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 20:46 (2 months ago) Permalink

^^ otm

gybe horses (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 21:22 (2 months ago) Permalink

yeah it's basically soft croissant dough with filling and icing, it's so good yall

musically, Tuesday, 7 April 2015 22:36 (2 months ago) Permalink

i may need this in my life

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 April 2015 00:48 (2 months ago) Permalink

the almond kringle is literally one of the best things on earth. pecans are good too but i hope tj's isn't bowing to bourgie pressure by getting rid of the almonds (people who don't normally give a shit about the environment are sanctimoniously tearing heads off left and right when it comes to almonds' effect on the water supply).

Textured Vegetable Personalities (get bent), Wednesday, 8 April 2015 08:19 (2 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

"dinner hack" i tried tonight to great success: combining the frozen mahi-mahi w/ the frozen channa masala. i made a spice rub for the fish w/ some salt, pepper, grated ginger, garlic, and dried orange peel, and yr basic curry ingredients, then broiled the fish in a low-temp oven until it was cooked through but still flaky and tender. i had the chick peas heating on a burner with some extra butter and ginger while the mahi-mahi was going, and at the end i just turned off all heat sources and mixed in the shredded fish. really good, comforting and aromatic and not too heavy and thick enough on its own that you don't need naan or rice.

T-Boz Scaggs (get bent), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

tj's has decent prices for the non-salmon non-tuna frozen fish. i've been taking advantage of that a lot more lately. i understand their sustainability practices have improved, or at least i will let myself believe that until someone taps me on the shoulder and tells me i'm a monster.

T-Boz Scaggs (get bent), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

(psst—monster!)

Hadrian VIII, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

Anyone remember the heady days of boil-in-bag thai-curry tuna?

Hadrian VIII, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

my blood-mercury level is probably 2.5 thanks to that deliciousness

Hadrian VIII, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

I miss that stuff.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

I wonder if there's a version (or even the same product) in the non-TJ world.

nickn, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

that stuff was godhead

-entry-level umami (mild bleu cheese vibes) (get bent), Wednesday, 27 May 2015 19:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

I still look for it every time I go to TJs, because there is a small sliver of hope left alive somewhere my heart.

Modern French Music from Failure to Boulez (askance johnson), Wednesday, 27 May 2015 19:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

There's gotta be a relatively simple way to put it together...does TJ's sell those green and red curries by the jar?

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 27 May 2015 20:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

i just learned that their roasted seaweed snacks are hella gross

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 28 May 2015 19:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

i tried adding their thai green curry to some tuna and it was disgusting.

-entry-level umami (mild bleu cheese vibes) (get bent), Friday, 29 May 2015 06:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

The curry sauce is good over tilapia or other fish filets, though.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 29 May 2015 12:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

Y'all are crazy those curry tuna packets were barftastic.

Jeff, Friday, 29 May 2015 12:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

no way bro they were the best

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 29 May 2015 13:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins=goood.

JuliaA, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Trader Joe's Sambal Matah Indonesian Salsa: very good

polyphonic, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Avocado salsa: very good

nb: Jeff hated it. I ate the entire tub.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:29 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i never go to TJs, but if i did i need stuff where you don't have to turn on the oven (microwave OK)

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Tasted like watered down guacamole.

Jeff, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:07 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

morbs: the canned tuna is really good, the frozen indian food is really good, the cheeses in the dairy case are okay. you can do well.

music begins where words leave off (get bent), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The Indian food in the packets is good, too.

kate78, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:18 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

thanks.

i actually did turn the oven on twice recently... for samosas.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the frozen pasta single meals are not bad either. froz mac & cheese p good too

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:23 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

quiches and tamales

mad maxwell's wasteland death suite (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 22:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

TJ's frozen falafel is very bad and tastes like horrible chicken nuggets

mad maxwell's wasteland death suite (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 22:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

all the salsas i have had from TJ have ranged from awful to mediocre

let he who has not approved of the ronaldinho bottle opener cast the (sarahell), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:29 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the double roasted one is probably the best of the lot, but yeah.

music begins where words leave off (get bent), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 01:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I like the salsa autentica bc its like your standard Mexican restaurant free table salsa but the spice level can vary pretty widely from jar to jar.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 01:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the sriracha bbq sauce would be amazing if it had about a third less sugar, but that's my complaint about most commercial bbq sauces. it wouldn't be too hard to make my own, though. it's tomato paste, sriracha, vinegar, sugar, and garlic, basically.

music begins where words leave off (get bent), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 02:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

opened a package of those steamed lentils today and they freakin' rule. made KILLER tacos, but they're already lightly seasoned so perfect for salads too or whatever

Tom Waits for no one (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

turns out Partially Popped Popcorn is quite good. Not at all difficult to munch on.

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:44 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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