We ventured over to Costco last week to stock up on the essentials and as always, a few fun new items caught my eye. I’m here to share it all with you, prices and all.
It’s been a while since we hit up Costco for a serious shopping trip. I only popped in to grab a few things in December and January so it was time to do a good restock of the items I use on a regular basis and check out the new offerings. I’m sharing some of the items I picked up this time around that have not appeared in previous posts. Check out my Living section For a complete list of my prior Costco Haul posts.
Get your shopping shoes on and let’s go!
Everyone in the house is crazy about our Keurig and we’ve been working our way through the tons of different varieties of K-Cups available in search of our favorite. Newman’s Special Blend is a mighty good one. It was part of a variety pack we purchased a few months ago so there was no gambling involved in picking up this great big pack of 80. It’s a bold cup of coffee but smooth and easy to drink. Maybe a little too easy. Love it.
- Newman’s Special Blend K-Cups – 80 pack – $39.99 less $5.00 auto coupon = $34.99 (this works out to .44 cents per K-Cup – very good price!)
I realized I haven’t cooked a pot a beef stew yet this winter and it needs to happen! Meat that is labeled “Beef for Stew” is just chuck roast that has been cut into cubes for us by the butcher. And, why not let the butcher do a little of the work for us? I love the convenience of the packaged beef stew meat. By the way, chuck is the only cut you should use for beef stew. It has a great meat to fat ratio that will break down while cooking and turn into that fork-tender result you’re after. I’ll try and follow this up with a beef stew post before spring has sprung.
- Beef for Stew USDA Choice – 4.09 pounds at $5.99 per pound = $24.50
I wanted to throw in this image of what happens to the meat I buy from Costco. Even small households can benefit from bulk buying if you portion out your buys and freeze them. My FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer gets a regular workout every time I do a haul. I separate, package, and seal all of my meat purchases and try to always have a nice stock of different cuts in my freezer. Vacuum sealing your meat keeps it in excellent condition for a longer period of time in the freezer than the usual methods of wrapping and freezing meat. I’ve found it to be worth the cost. Costco usually has this brand of vacuum sealer in stock and they are also available on Amazon.
I shared the Olivia Sockeye Salmon in my November post and this time I noticed that Kirkland offers the same item for a few dollars less. I’m trying to incorporate more seafood in my menu planning and salmon is my favorite. The individually packaged, frozen salmon fillets are a great convenience.
- Kirkland Frozen Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (3 pounds) – $29.99
Lord, give me strength. These sturdy, ridged potato chips are insanely good. Keep in mind that you’re getting this information from a woman with a weakness for crunchy salty items. They are seasoned with sea salt and have 60% less sodium than regular potato chips – Good! They are cooked in avocado oil and have no trans fats or cholesterol -Yay! Can we say they are good for us? Please? Probably not, but maybe the lesser of two evils. And, they are off the hook! The perfect dip chip.
- Boulder Canyon Avocado Oil Canyon Cut Chips (24 ounces) – $5.69
These metal tongs are indispensable kitchen tools and this variety pack of different sizes was a fabulous price. Had to have it.
- Tramontina Pro Line Commercial Grade Utility Tongs (4 pack) – $5.69
It’s back!!! I did a little pancake happy dance in the aisles of Costco when I came across my favorite packaged pancake mix EVER! I shared this Organic 6-Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix from Central Milling Company last year and then, sadly, Costco stopped carrying it. I updated the old post to include information for ordering it directly from the manufacturer but I’m so happy to see it back. Click over to the January 2014 post for more information on this item and I hope you give it a try!
There were a lot of items that caught my eye but I managed to exert a significant amount of self control and leave them on the shelf. I did, however, pull out the iPhone and snap some photos of these fun items to share with you all.
So, let us move on to the section of items I eyed but didn’t buy.
How cute would these be in your pantry or on your counter? Storage items are always a bit thrilling in my book. Love ’em!
- Mikasa General Store Stacking Storage Baskets (Set of 2) – $19.99
If you haven’t tried silicone baking mats yet because of the price, here’s your chance to pick up a variety of sizes for a very, very low price. They are a fabulous addition to your kitchen tool collection. You’ll love them.
- Miu Silicone Baking Liners (3 Pack) – $9.97 (Price note – this same variety pack is $21.94 on Amazon)
They’ve got loads of lobster tails and crab on hand if you’re planning to cook a special dinner for a special someone on Valentine’s Day.
- Wild Cold Water Lobster Tail (previously frozen) – $21.99 per pound
- Wild Cooked Dungeness Crab (previously frozen) – $7.99 per pound
I’m a huge fan of Kinder’s BBQ Sauce which you might have noticed I’ve included in numerous recipes over time. Costco is now carrying this Brown Sugar Rub which I believe is a brand new item for Kinder’s since I couldn’t even find it on their website. I love the brand so I’d like to give this a try when grilling season comes around. Note – my husband’s hand is not weird and yellow in real life but the lighting in this aisle was very dim. His hands are actually quite nice. End of note.
- Kinder’s Organic Brown Sugar Rub (14 ounces) – 8.89
These buns look grainy, substantial, and yummy. Want to try.
- Dave’s Killer Bread Million Dollar Buns (12 pack) – $6.99
A little weird, maybe, but, I’m throwing this one in anyway. I’m so curious what this combination would taste like. I’m planning a cleanse as soon as I finish off that bag of chips up there. Not.
- Langer’s Organic Cayenne Lemon Cleanse (2 pack – 64 ounces each) – $6.69
I spied this variety pack of zucchini and yellow squash in the produce section. I’ll be picking this one up next time I want to throw together this incredibly tasty Zucchini and Sweet Corn with Feta.
- Wholesum Harvest Organic Squash – $6.99
Another item that was new to the produce department. I love to do a stir-fry for a quick, healthy dinner and this looks like one of the best packaged veggie mixes I’ve seen for that purpose. I’ll be trying this one.
- Kale and Red Chard Stir Fry Kit (2 pounds) – $4.79
And, that my friends, is all she bought (and wanted to buy). I hope you found some inspiration for your next bulk shopping trip. If you’ve found any new items that you’re loving or have tried any of the items in this month’s haul be sure to let me know.
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Questions and Reviews
Make the Kale and Red Chard stir fry, stir in some peanut butter and sriracha and then add chicken chunks… SO good!
So much to talk about here…
first, we totally love that Newman’s Own coffee too. We got through phases of K-cups, right now we are on Donut Shop but if I get to Costco soon I may have to stock up on those instead.
That salmon is great, I haven’t gotten it in a while.
You have me intrigued about the food saver. We are planning on getting a small deep freeze so maybe one of those food savers might be purchased shortly after that happens.
Those tongs – I would have bought them too. Best tool ever. And I may have to go grab those storage baskets. I need some for my pantry for potatoes and onions.
That cleanse…interesting! and those chips, need to stay away from them 🙂 I’m a chip a holic for sure. I’ve also heard that Dave’s Killer Bread is great!
And my grocery store carries that stir fry mix and I really like it!! Cool to see Costco carrying it.
Ok…I’m done nerding out on Costco…I need to get back there (I only go every few months when dog food runs out 🙂 ).
You will be AMAZED at the FoodSaver, and probably wonder how you ever lived without it! One of my favorite ways to use it is when I bake up a giant batch of meatballs. I lay them out on a clean cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer to harden up. Then I put about 20 each in FoodSaver bags and freeze them. When you go to make pasta drop the bag right into the pasta water as its warming up, then right before you throw in the pasta pull them out and add to the sauce. Spaghetti and meatballs in less than 20 minutes!
And I definitely need a Costco run for those tongs!!!