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

the falafel chips with the Meditteranean Hummus

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:07 (1 month ago) Permalink

so good

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:07 (1 month ago) Permalink

the black bean quinoa chips with the garlic hummus imo

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:08 (1 month ago) Permalink

their pita chips are p good but it's hard to screw up pita chips so maybe that's not a good rec

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

oh shit

their plaintain chips are SO good

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

talkin bout chips y'all

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

the black bean quinoa chips with the garlic hummus imo

― ╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:08 AM (10 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I always feel guilty when I buy the smaller hummus tubs because I feel like they lack the value of the larger tub hummus flavors. but this sounds good, and I may have made up that bit about larger tub value.

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

the tomato and basil hummus is bascially marinara, however

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

The edamame dip is godlike. The bags of frozen boneless chicken breasts for $7 are a good deal and I use them a lot (there are also bags of thighs if you prefer).

I don't normally use TJ's own brand of diced tomatoes bc they have too many stems in them--I usu pay more for the Sclafani or San Marzano ones at a regular store (when I can find them).

The smoked trout is p good? And the price on a package of garlicky, salty Boursin cheese is about HALF what grocery stores charge, so I always get Boursin at TJ's.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

be warned the garlic hummus will leave your breath reeking of garlic more than almost any other garlic food i can recall

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

Also their beef jerky is my favorite outside of getting locally made stuff from some small northern town.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

yeah the jerky is good
perfect for road trippin
i like the edamame rice crackers too -- they're super salty

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

the pizza dough is *fine*; it's inexpensive and versatile which keeps me coming back but it just has ZERO flavor, and I am somewhat of a pizza diva so I need nice things.

Gay Fire Beautiful Dong (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

Fuck I remember having a strong opinion abt the alfredo sauce but don't remember if it was good or bad

Gay Fire Beautiful Dong (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

Iirc the Alfredo sauce is decent

just1n3, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

jerky is good but my is it expensive!
and I have really great local hummus that I like
but these chip potions sound great

Gay Fire Beautiful Dong (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

but these chip options sound great

Gay Fire Beautiful Dong (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

oh shit, chip potions

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

chi poptions

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:04 (1 month ago) Permalink

I still rep for the spinach and kale bites. I tried making them from scratch and ended up making about the same amount and spending about the same on ingredients and they tasted about the same, so laziness won out, and I still buy the TJ's frozen ones.

I like using the TJ's chili as a base and adding extras.

Their smoked salmon is a good value, and I also like the lemon tart and the parmesan rolls

I can't get with any of their tortilla chips.

sarahell, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

I bought the 'stone ground yellow corn tortilla chips' this week instead of the 'organic yellow corn rounds', and I am very pleased with this substitution.

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:07 (1 month ago) Permalink

I think they enjoy how mediocre they are, i.e. a good dip chip imo

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

you guys are making me want to go to tj's after work today. think i need some of that chili.

mattresslessness, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

xp Perhaps, but I am not a fan of salted or chipotle-spiced cardboard even if dipped in the most delicious salsa or hummus

sarahell, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

"spicy chicken sausage" with some sort of korean seasoning - revolting, easily the worst sausage i have eaten (rather, tried to eat) in years

i thought it was fine, but it made my bf violently ill. :-(

replacements gustafsson (get bent), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

chipinions

mattresslessness, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

I need to get some cinnamon toscano cheese after work today.

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

think i need some libby's turd chip cookies :(

mattresslessness, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

and milk

mattresslessness, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

I am so overwhelmed w/ their tortilla chip options, really.

I never know what to get

Gay Fire Beautiful Dong (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

dude srsly try these

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

Okay guys I have some SUPER solid TJs updates.

I made the cornbread (w/o a doubt the most delicious cornbread of my life, box or otherwise) as well as this recipe for kale & crispy pork belly and LET ME TELL YOU this is a thing to behold

www.traderjoes.com/recipes/recipe.asp?rid=269

just use LS Better than Boullion bcz it's tastier and cheaper but I mean this whole meal musta cost me like $6 or $8 and it's 3 meals really

Gay Fire Beautiful Dong (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 17 September 2014 02:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

woah. definitely doing this.

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 17 September 2014 02:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

have you ever eaten cornbread from a Kenny Rogers' Roasters?

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 17 September 2014 02:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

oh shit stevie that sounds awesome

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 September 2014 03:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

big fan of the frozen turkey bolognese sauce, but a caveat for the fennel haters that it does taste somewhat fennel-ish.

syro gyra (get bent), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

anyway it's a good thing to eat standalone as a meal if you're watching your carbs.

syro gyra (get bent), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:50 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

is it Trader Joe's corporate policy for all their stores to rearrange their shelves/products every 6 months or so, or is that just the one I shop at? They've been doing it for years, you can't tell me they haven't found the optimum shelf arrangement yet.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

My guess is that TJ's has an inventory that invites impulse buys of items you didn't intend to get when you came in the door. If they force you to hunt for your usual items, you'll be exposed to more temptation to toss something new into your basket. My local TJ's doesn't rearrange nearly that often, though.

Aimless, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah that's what I thought too it's just weird, literally no other grocery store I go to does this. And I literally by the same exact two-dozen things every time I go there so it's just irritating that every few months I have to re-learn where everything is.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

by = buy

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

every time you walk out of TJ's without a toblerone, you have won

GhostTunes on my Pono (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

or have you?

GhostTunes on my Pono (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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