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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

s: mango mochi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

cheeapest clif bars off the net!

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

classic x100:
free samples of coffee

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

My favorite of their hummuses is the Mediterranean Hummus

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

I fuck w/ the mushroom turnovers

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

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

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

^different from English muffins?

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

Not that I can tell.

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

That's the Welsh influence.

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

i like bread that is mostly crust, which those breads are ime

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 October 2017 21:17 (three months ago) Permalink

if i wanted a big slice of the insides of bread i would eat a different sort of bread

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 October 2017 21:17 (three months ago) Permalink

a crusty bread that still has some springiness is ideal. it should be like a delicious, firm mattress.

nomar, Monday, 16 October 2017 21:19 (three months ago) Permalink

so many breads there is no correct bread

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 October 2017 21:31 (three months ago) Permalink

no this doens't spring, when you squish it it squishes, like bad awful mattress

northwest pass-agg (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 16 October 2017 21:34 (three months ago) Permalink

the collection of letters "m'smen" is a bread, therefore any collection of letters must also be a bread

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 16 October 2017 21:35 (three months ago) Permalink

xp do you use a pizza stone?

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 16 October 2017 21:36 (three months ago) Permalink

no :( I don't got one

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:05 (three months ago) Permalink

pizza stones seem needlessly expensive, but a friend has had success using the cheaper ceramic tiles you find on terrible "pizza stone lifehack" websites. The tiles will eventually crack, though. I bought a glazed one for my birthday this year that was maybe $40, and it is supposed to last a long time. If you think you'll ever start making pizza dough or bread, I think it is worth it.

when I make bread at home, it comes out doughy at the bottom if I don't prove it long enough. it might help if you take the bread out of the plastic and leave it on a sheet on top of your oven as the oven is preheating.

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:43 (three months ago) Permalink

I use a perforated pizza pan when I make pizza, and it works better than a stone because stones still allow moisture to collect underneath. The pans are cheap, too.

When I make bread I just let the loaf rest on the ceramic pot it bakes in, and I've never had sogginess problems.

nickn, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Did you use parchment on the stone?

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:50 (three months ago) Permalink

I've heard good things about these perforated pizza pans from others

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I've been really enjoying the red lentil pasta, it keeps a nice chewy texture. The black bean pasta is trash though.

Also I learned there is a nationwide tofurkey shortage, oh no! Gotta stock up on those Italian sausage tofurks, they are the best fake meats.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:13 (three months ago) Permalink

the gingered kombucha in 20 oz aluminum cans is basically beer and making it super easy for me to cheat on being 100% sober

map, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:18 (three months ago) Permalink

Did you use parchment on the stone?

Nope.

nickn, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:20 (three months ago) Permalink

the gingered kombucha in 20 oz aluminum cans is basically beer and making it super easy for me to cheat on being 100% sober

surely it's got be like less than 1% abv though?

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:31 (three months ago) Permalink

it doesn't feel like it!

map, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:31 (three months ago) Permalink

ok it's 16 oz not 20 oz. it's gotta be less than .5% but it's the only kombucha i've had that legiit gives me a buzz.

map, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Dinner last night was Braised Beef Roast and Country Potatoes with Haricots Verts & Wild Mushrooms. No5h the beef and potatoes were good and I'd get them again. Portion-wise, the beef was just barely enough for two adults and one teen.

Moodles, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:54 (three months ago) Permalink

the newer, larger quiche is better than the old quiches

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:03 (three months ago) Permalink

are joe-joes rebranded newman-Os? oreos are a very vexing cookie.

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 21:03 (three months ago) Permalink

whoa the frozen bibimbap bowl is GREAT!!

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Picked up the Panama Boquete coffee yesterday. I don't usually like TJ's coffees, but have liked all the Panamas I've had from local roasters. I'm excited to try it once I get through my current beans.

naus, Sunday, 22 October 2017 19:20 (two months ago) Permalink

My TJs (I go about once every three months so "my" is pushing it) did not have frozen bibimbap. I did see a TJs cultured salted butter which is pretty good (for table butter, I wouldn't cook with it). Cheap flowers is the raison d'etre for TJs in my life. And cheap avocados.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 22 October 2017 23:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I avoid the avocados in the mesh sack as they never ripen at the same time, which is necessary for guacamole-making occasions. I usually get the same things (frozen pizzas, vegetable gyoza, Dr. Bronner's for $11.99, etc.), but yesterday I got a few things I don't normally buy and ended up spending too much in the process. I did notice they have a Habanero Ghost Pepper Salsa, and bought that. Less heat than I would have expected, but the roasted chiles gave it a nice flavor.

naus, Sunday, 22 October 2017 23:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Huh my avocados in sack always ripen at the same time (or close enough)--one day hard, the next day medium ripe, two days after that dead ripe. I move 'em to the fridge between medium an dead ripe; they hold for a couple of days that way.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 22 October 2017 23:30 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

the #1 all-time TJ MVP has to be their squash...they price it each instead of per pound so it's about 80% cheaper than any other grocery store

musically, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Rosemary Marcona Almonds. Addictive.

Chile Lime Seasoning Blend. I eat it straight. Or put it on cantaloupe.

Jeff, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:35 (two months ago) Permalink

tajin (which is what tj's knocked off) and jicama slices is one of my favorite snacks

musically, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:51 (two months ago) Permalink

OK Trader Joe's, I probably shouldn't have made a quesadilla the size of a dinner plate with your Soy Cheese Blend without some experimental nibbling first, so this horrible gas pain is technically my fault.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 19 November 2017 11:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Have they ditched the lemur tea?

JoeStork, Friday, 1 December 2017 01:49 (one month ago) Permalink

I have gotten food poisoning from TJs no less than four times. Their fake cheese was def. the latest culprit. I no longer shop there.

rb (soda), Friday, 1 December 2017 02:57 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The yellow jackfruit curry with jasmine rice is the best frozen vegan entree I've had. Heavy on the coconut milk, so not everyday fare, and pretty mild, so I add cayenne. $2.79.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 17 December 2017 02:26 (one month ago) Permalink

The Everything Bagel seasoning is on point.

Yerac, Sunday, 17 December 2017 14:25 (one month ago) Permalink

it’s definitely on my best of 2017 list

maura, Sunday, 17 December 2017 16:14 (one month ago) Permalink

What do you guys use it for?

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Are you hot-rodding your everything bagels?

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I can't get everything bagels where I am, so I put them on the cream cheese or spread of plain bagels. I also like it on tomatoes, avocados or to add some texture to salads. Also it's decent as a whack furikake when I make the rice for sushi or poke.

Yerac, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:18 (one month ago) Permalink

I am very sad because I ran out. This is the stuff I usually get at Trader Joe's to take when I am out of the country.
Pink Himalayan Salt
Green Dragon Sauce
Brown Rice Pasta
Rice Crackers
Everything Bagel seasoning
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Cowboy Bark

Yerac, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh man, and I always stock up on a dozen boxes of the red fox tea if I can hit a TJ at the right time.

Yerac, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:25 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i use the everything seasoning because no one else in my family likes everything bagels, so i use it to everythingize the plain bagels we get. it's also pretty good in scrambled eggs.

na (NA), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm giving my family so much TJs stuff as presents (since they don't live near one). Their caramel corn/Cracker Jacks knock-off product is outstanding, as are their gluten-free chocolate cupcakes, which are basically the only pastry I can have these days.

And I don't know what it is about their almond milk but it is just miles away THE BEST, compared to all other supermarket brands. If it's a mainstream product just repackaged with TJs boxes, I wish I could figure out what one it is, because the supermarket ones are all slightly tinted water comparatively.

Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 15:32 (one month ago) Permalink

everything but the bagel is really good on popcorn

maura, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 18:14 (one month ago) Permalink


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