The Trader Joe's Product Discussion Thread (S/D)

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Because I have one in my neighborhood now and because I can't afford to shop much in the foodie shops.

Great stuff I have tried:

The trail mixes (especially "Simply the Best" w/cranberries, cherries, cashews, almonds, pineapple, etc.)
The tamales (cheese > chicken > beef imo)
Seeded Whole Wheat Bread (the one that looks kind of like a knockoff of "The Baker")
European Style Whole Milk Yogurt (plain)
Swiss Dark Chocolate
Gyoza Dumplings (esp. pork)

Good/Decent:
Hofbrau Bock beer
Pollo Asado (the pre-marinated one you cook yourself)
Salmon Roulettes (frozen)
Fajita Burrito
Enchiladas Verdes
Crab Patties
Quesadillas (the non-frozen ones)
Natural peanut butter (hard to fuck this up)
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
French Vanilla Ice Cream

Meh:
Wild salmon
Vegetable Burrito
Some kind of frozen vegetable medley with weird flavored-butter melty clumps
Most of the other jarred pasta sauces

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's a bit disturbing how easily Trader Joe's has lulled me into eating so much frozen food. But I guess law school is partly to blame for that.

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

classic: lb bag of pecans for $6
sourdough bread
hard-to-find red-label california style sourdough bread
focaccia ($2.99)
seasonal spiced apple drink with cloves and things
dud: recalled peanut products
not selling individual avocados
some weird kind of carrots that sound delicious but you get them home and they're just more frozen carrots with weird lumps of ginger infused butter that you eat on their own, just a bowl of carrots whose refined charisma you thought might carry them.

deveraux billings (schlump), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

chili mango slices <3

yur twit (tehresa), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

some weird kind of carrots that sound delicious but you get them home and they're just more frozen carrots with weird lumps of ginger infused butter that you eat on their own, just a bowl of carrots whose refined charisma you thought might carry them.

― deveraux billings (schlump), Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:16 PM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark

Yeah, that! It was gross!

Bonobos in Paneradise (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

classic:

salmon patties
peanut butter filled pretzels
i will second gyoza dumplings and seeded whole wheat
one of the bacons they sell, can't recall details

dud:

andouille sausage (this made me feel fucked up)

i don't have a microwave so large swaths of their frozen stuff is useless to me.

He grew in Pussyville. Population: him. (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:42 (ten 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), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

do you have to microwave that?

He grew in Pussyville. Population: him. (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 03:51 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

s: mango mochi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

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

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

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

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

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

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

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

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

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

Timely revive. Doing some cheese shopping later. What did you end up with?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:04 (four months ago) Permalink

RACLETTE!

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:04 (four months ago) Permalink

I am only here for a couple of days so was just doing my shopping for stuff to take back (everything but the bagel topping, rice crackers, other seasonings) so I only got the raclette to eat now. Although I was with L last night and we met up at Murrays. We got some taleggio, a St Marcellin like cheese made in Vermont and another american cheese called Good Thunder? That said it was supposed to be like reblochon and pont l'eveque but it was not. It was still good though.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:08 (four months ago) Permalink

At Trader Joe's though I feel like there was also a new St Marcellin like cheese that didn't have an AOC but was french.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:11 (four months ago) Permalink

it's JinGLE JANGLE time

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:13 (four months ago) Permalink

Oh, I got some egg nog greek yogurt too.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Although I was with L last night and we met up at Murrays.

lol by "L" do you mean "f."?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:17 (four months ago) Permalink

(Thanks, I'll see what we get over here and compare notes.)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:18 (four months ago) Permalink

L auren.

Yerac, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:22 (four months ago) Permalink

<3

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 18:01 (four months ago) Permalink

the frozen bag of gnocchi w tomoato sauce and mozz is so fucking bad

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:18 (four months ago) Permalink

lol steve that seems like exactly the kind of thing you would KNOW would be bad!

sometimes i think i miss tj's but i honestly can't think of anything they had that was that great

macropuente (map), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:22 (four months ago) Permalink

i did, you're right, i knew it wouldn't be great but i was hoping it'd at least be passable

the gnocchi had zero flavor and was the texture of like.... a cross btwn play doh and bubble tea tapioca??? it was so bizarre

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:32 (four months ago) Permalink

can't think of anything they had that was that great

They have good prices for low- and mid-range wines. They are a good source for nuts and dried fruits. There's some other stuff they're good at. but ime, "great" is either very expensive, or else it's what you can make for yourself at home from good ingredients. that goes for every store, not just tj's.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:33 (four months ago) Permalink

ew xp

macropuente (map), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:41 (four months ago) Permalink

i do miss their nuts -- good and cheap.

macropuente (map), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:43 (four months ago) Permalink

Case in point: tried the black bean and red lentil dried pasta. Both terrible. But I recognize its the concept of legume based pasta that's at fault.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:43 (four months ago) Permalink

I dig the Brussels sprouts on the stalk available of late. Maybe 20% less expensive than the bagged fresh sprouts, but no more time consuming, as those require trimming. Slice halfwise, toss in EVOO salt & pepper in your baking pan, arrange cut down w/o crowding, roast at 425 F for 20 mins. You can toss on some garlic cloves in skin if you want fancy.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:49 (four months ago) Permalink

I kind of like that frozen gnocchi in a bag. But I also fried the shit out of it and put a ton of hot pepper into it.

When I come back to the US one entire suitcase is almost full of trader joes stuff to bring back. I probably posted somewhere upthread on what I bring back but it's just 40% cheaper than anything I could find similar to here. It's comfort. When I was living in NY someone from chile came to visit and she totally bought like 8 pink himalayan salt, 4 green dragon sauce, rice crackers and tons of yogi tea to take back.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:47 (four months ago) Permalink

xpost i saw some purple brussel sprouts in a bag that I wanted to try but figured I didn't have time to make them.

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Also do you toss them in seasoning before baking? I go back and forth between whether it's better to do it before or after. I was making it a weekly habit to roast ~1-2 kilo of brussels for the week to snack on or use as salad toppings, mix in with rice or quinoa, other stuff as a quick meal. I do a lot of balsamic/ garlic but have also recently been doing lemon zest, garlic and nutritional yeast

Yerac, Monday, 10 December 2018 00:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Roasted brussels sprouts don't really need much seasoning besides salt & pepper, I think. I put that on before roasting, with the olive oil. I like the TJ's Traditional French Brie. It's got a nice, slightly funky flavor. It's good with their Multigrain Crackers (the ones with a hint of onion powder).

o. nate, Monday, 10 December 2018 01:52 (four months ago) Permalink

wait so should i try the frozen gnocchi again and fry the shit out of it? bcz i just followed the instructions which basically just reheated them but did not cook them at all

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:45 (four months ago) Permalink

I like my pastas to be really al dente or baked (crisp edges), and on the dryer side, that is the reason I fry the gnocchi to get a crisp on them. Gnocchi is so hit or miss when you buy it because of the texture.

Yerac, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:56 (four months ago) Permalink

But I have bought the tomato and sweet potato gnocchi from TJs a bunch of times and liked them both ( I always add more seasoning though). Oddly enough I really really like the cheap monoprix brand of gnocchi a lot because it is super firm..

Yerac, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:58 (four months ago) Permalink

they currently have a "cauliflower gnocchi", in keeping with the cauliflower everything that's out there at present (pancakes, pizza dough, rice)

omar little, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 21:02 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

hello everyone...the crispy crunchy salted toffee cookies are amazing (and gluten free if you're into that kind of thing). apparently they've had a chocolate chip version of this cookie for a while that I've been sleeping on too. i generally dislike pastries made with rice flour but these cookies make it work, A++ will buy again

musically, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Mentioning alternatives to wheat, I will never ever buy lentil or chickpea flour based pasta again. These TJ products turned out inedibly mealy no matter how carefully cooked.

innocence adjacent (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Also, I'm a stopped clock. Looks like I vented on this in December.

innocence adjacent (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:33 (two months ago) Permalink

you wouldn't be a stopped clock if you ate more lentils!

brownie, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:52 (two months ago) Permalink

this fucking place

1) stopped carrying hansen's black cherry soda
2) then stopped carrying hansen's soda completey

akm, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:54 (two months ago) Permalink

zhoug sauce is great!!! i am only posting this here because i don't think anyone here shops at the same TJs store I do, so if y'all stock up on zhoug sauce there will still be plenty left for me. also, i was disappointed the last time i went (Sunday) and they didn't have the almond milk egg nog.

sarahell, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:56 (two months ago) Permalink

The brown rice pasta is very good for brown rice pasta. The black bean pasta was super weird. It tasted like mexican food.

Yerac, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 21:00 (two months ago) Permalink

The Almond Butter Cocoa bars are AMAZING. I wish I were eating one right now.

Stateleee, Plump Buck Mulleeegan (Leee), Monday, 4 February 2019 21:15 (two months ago) Permalink

They have semi-(sun???)dried tomatoes in evoo now for $2.99. So great. I had these once with burrata and a balsamic reduction and still remember.

Yerac, Monday, 11 February 2019 01:24 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Anyone tried the refrigerated pickles they have near the salads and salsas?

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 8 March 2019 12:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes, they are pretty crispy but not as flavorful as I was hoping

My jam lately has been those parmesan crisps they usually keep on that shelf over the frozen section for whatever reason. Crush those up in a bowl of stew = manna from heaven

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:06 (one month ago) Permalink

The ghost pepper fresh salsa is very addictive.

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Seconded.
Also been on a harissa kick this week once I realized it can be a sauce for noodles

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Friday, 8 March 2019 15:03 (one month ago) Permalink

They have a new mushroom umami seasoning blend that I got. I haven't used it on anything yet but I tasted a little and it tastes a lot like the packets in instant ramen. I brought back seven Everything But the Bagels back to chile in different suitcases because I was soooooo worried customs would take them because of the sesame/poppy seeds.

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 15:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Impressive they managed that with no yeast extract or MSG, though as with all salt "seasonings" I really would prefer trying the individual ingredients rather than pay for expensive salt. Now seeking inexpensive porcini powder, everthing is is in the cupboard.

kosher salt, dried onions, ground mustard seed, porcini mushroom powder, white button mushroom powder, crushed red pepper, black pepper, dried thyme

contains pieces the size of a child's esophagus (Sanpaku), Friday, 8 March 2019 16:53 (one month ago) Permalink

else is in the cupboard. Late onset dyslexia seems to make me ignore the words at the end of each line...

contains pieces the size of a child's esophagus (Sanpaku), Friday, 8 March 2019 16:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I really should start making my own blends of things especially for indian foods that I make a lot. It would save a little time from me having to open a thousand jars of things with my grubby hands.

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 17:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I do really like TJs chili lime powder thing too.

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 17:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Indian themselves commonly pick a garam masala they happen to like, and then tweak it with more common spices (cumin, coriander, mustard, cayenne/dried pepper). I don't see much point in collecting all the components of garam masala (mace, cloves, cardamom) for most Western dilettantes.

contains pieces the size of a child's esophagus (Sanpaku), Friday, 8 March 2019 21:54 (one month ago) Permalink

I end up using the same basic things for my indian mixtures: tumeric, cumin, chili, mango powder, fenugreek, coriander, garam masala. I should just make a blend and then tweek it after.

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 22:51 (one month ago) Permalink

asafoetida gets thrown in if I don't know what else to add.

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 22:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Really its main place is in Gujarati cuisine, due to the Jain influence (garlic and onions is pratibandhita/forbidden).

contains pieces the size of a child's esophagus (Sanpaku), Friday, 8 March 2019 22:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, good to know. I stayed with some Jains when I was in India. We went to a lot of Jain temples too (which were beautiful).

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 23:03 (one month ago) Permalink

I find it a little weird that TJs doesn't have any dry indian spices ( I think I've seen some curry pastes).

Yerac, Friday, 8 March 2019 23:05 (one month ago) Permalink


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