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#201 Sundae in the Park

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 12:56 PM

I've been eying the 19-piece pyrex snapware that is on sale this month, but the reviews on the Costco site are mixed (though the reviews on Amazon for seemingly the same product are excellent). Anybody have any experience with this set, particularly with regard to the robustness of the lids? Thanks!


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Posted 09 October 2015 - 01:11 PM

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 05:44 PM

I have the Pyrex Snapwear and I love it. I haven't had it long enough to judge long term strength but it stays tight, doesn't leak and comes in usable sizes.



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Posted 09 October 2015 - 10:59 PM

I use the Pyrex pieces everyday. They have replaced 97% of plastic containers in my kitchen. I wash them in the dishwasher (lids on top rack, of course) and have seen no change in them in more than a year.

Another advantage: I tend to use up leftovers that would otherwise tie up limited containers. 


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 03:32 PM

Got the Pyrex set and love them. Thanks for the reassurances! Opinions here are worth infinitely more IMO than random online reviews. They seem very sturdy (both the glass parts and the lids, which were my concern) and bonus that I can open them with one hand (when the other is occupied holding a baby). 


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Posted 04 November 2015 - 09:06 AM

I’m pretty sure that the Kirkland brand Luxury Belgium Chocolates in the white cube boxes are actually Neuhaus chocolates.  I bought a box last year and later got some of the same pieces in a Neuhaus sampler.


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Posted 04 November 2015 - 01:35 PM

Got the Pyrex set and love them. Thanks for the reassurances! Opinions here are worth infinitely more IMO than random online reviews. They seem very sturdy (both the glass parts and the lids, which were my concern) and bonus that I can open them with one hand (when the other is occupied holding a baby). 

 

I've had them for years, the rubber on the lid starts to get sticky for a while.  But Pyrex was pretty generous with replacing the lids for free (they actually sent me new glassware+lid).



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 01:13 PM

I've had them for years, the rubber on the lid starts to get sticky for a while.  But Pyrex was pretty generous with replacing the lids for free (they actually sent me new glassware+lid).

 

Ooooooh, that's great to know! The lid tops on several pieces of my older pyrex set have split and I was thinking about hunting up new ones. I'll call in and see what they can do. Thanks!

 

I’m pretty sure that the Kirkland brand Luxury Belgium Chocolates in the white cube boxes are actually Neuhaus chocolates.  I bought a box last year and later got some of the same pieces in a Neuhaus sampler.

 

Do you recall if they taste the same/equivalent? If so, uh oh.....

 

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 01:48 PM

I have the Pyrex Snapwear and I love it. I haven't had it long enough to judge long term strength but it stays tight, doesn't leak and comes in usable sizes.

 

Do they get hot to the touch in the microwave?


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:07 PM

Do they get hot to the touch in the microwave?

I have never used them in the microwave, sorry!



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:39 PM

Yes, but I bought both boxes from Costco, so hard to compare to what you would get from the shop. It was definitely a step up from Godiva and even my beloved Lindt sampler box.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:55 PM

I'm a recent Costco devotee, having moved last year to within 2 miles of one (Wheaton) and become a member for the first time in my life. I have a general non-food question:

 

On one of my first visits I bought Kirkland dishwasher detergent, which I thought was fine, and when I went to buy it again several weeks or possibly months later, I couldn't find it again. They only had Cascade. I don't remember the price of the Kirkland stuff, but I assume it was cheaper than Cascade. It's been several months now that I haven't been able to find the Kirkland stuff. Does this mean they stopped making it, or do they sometimes stop carrying something and bring it back (like Trader Joe's does, I think)? I haven't checked other stores, but I haven't been able to find the Kirkland stuff at my store.


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 03:01 PM

I'm a recent Costco devotee, having moved last year to within 2 miles of one (Wheaton) and become a member for the first time in my life. I have a general non-food question:

 

On one of my first visits I bought Kirkland dishwasher detergent, which I thought was fine, and when I went to buy it again several weeks or possibly months later, I couldn't find it again. They only had Cascade. I don't remember the price of the Kirkland stuff, but I assume it was cheaper than Cascade. It's been several months now that I haven't been able to find the Kirkland stuff. Does this mean they stopped making it, or do they sometimes stop carrying something and bring it back (like Trader Joe's does, I think)? I haven't checked other stores, but I haven't been able to find the Kirkland stuff at my store.

 

They do the thing where they have something and then they don't. Sometimes it will come back and sometimes it won't.  It might be that the contract they had with whatever company made the Kirkland brand detergent ended and they haven't gone forward with anybody else.  Some things they seem to have only when they have them on a sale (e.g., the cans of Izze juice drinks).  And different stores sometimes stock different products.



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 03:17 PM

Interesting -- thank you! I'll keep looking for the Kirkland detergent and some of my other favorite products that I hope they'll stock some day (Woolite for delicates, Deer Park sparkling water, etc.).


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:22 PM

Interesting -- thank you! I'll keep looking for the Kirkland detergent and some of my other favorite products that I hope they'll stock some day (Woolite for delicates, Deer Park sparkling water, etc.).

 

Having a product in stock and then not having it in stock is part of their business model.  It's done by design.  If you go there planning to buy, say 10 things, likely they won't have one or two in stock, so you'll tend to come back sooner/more often to grab it when you can.  So it's a way to get you to come back more often and (this is the key) end up buying more other stuff that you didn't intend to buy.  All part of the Costco "targets and treasures" game.  

 

You said it yourself -- you will go back looking for those things you're waiting for them to stock.  And when you do, they'll have lots of stuff to tempt you.  Not having a few things is one way to draw you back in more often.  
 
Note --this applies primarily to the package goods on the high racks on either side of the store, not so much the perishables in back or the one-time stuff on the tables in the center.  But even there you see it.  I was in Costco a week ago and saw, of all things, some packages of just the cap from rib eye (there was a thread here on Rockwell about that cut some time back--click).  I've never seen that before anywhere.  And like an idiot I didn't buy any.  Major Fail. Next time I'm in there I'll look for it but it won't be there.
 
Edit 1 day later:  I was back in that Costco this eve., and lo and behold once again I am proven wrong.  They did have some of the cap meat.  I now I remember why I didn't buy it before -- it's prime and is priced at $18.99/lb.  But this time I sprang for some.  Anxious to see how it turns out.

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 09:04 PM

Fascinating. Sounds like I'm falling right into their clutches. :-)


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Posted 09 November 2015 - 01:59 PM

 

Note --this applies primarily to the package goods on the high racks on either side of the store, not so much the perishables in back or the one-time stuff on the tables in the center.  But even there you see it.  I was in Costco a week ago and saw, of all things, some packages of just the cap from rib eye (there was a thread here on Rockwell about that cut some time back--click).  I've never seen that before anywhere.  And like an idiot I didn't buy any.  Major Fail. Next time I'm in there I'll look for it but it won't be there.
 
Edit 1 day later:  I was back in that Costco this eve., and lo and behold once again I am proven wrong.  They did have some of the cap meat.  I now I remember why I didn't buy it before -- it's prime and is priced at $18.99/lb.  But this time I sprang for some.  Anxious to see how it turns out.

 

 

We've gotten the prime ribeye caps from the Pentagon City Store. We put them in the sous vide then seared them off. They were delicious. 


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 12:56 AM

We got the Waring waffle iron that is on sale just this week. Goodness knows where we are going to store it and whether we will actually use it but my husband is dying of happy anticipating waffles in the morning so...yay early Xmas?

 

Also got a box of the chicken stock because we drank up our freezer stores during The Sickening and need a lot for Tday. I plan to use Kenji's trick and doctor it with some gelatin if necessary.
 

Oooh, plus a beautiful box of chanterelles. 

 

Yeah, they got me good today!


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 07:41 AM

Last weekend the DC Costco had 4-packs of Harmless Harvest coconut water, which is far and away the best (and unfortunately the most expensive, though the Costco price was a bit lower than usual) bottled coconut water I've ever had.  


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 01:37 PM

I have another non-food Costco question if people will indulge me:

 

I bought my husband a pair of Levi's at the Wheaton Costco a few weeks ago. He wore them a few times and they tore when he was getting in the car (not on a seam, of course). They fit fine, so it's not an issue of them being too tight. Do people think Costco would take them back? I'd even just do an exchange assuming they still have the same jeans. I might even have the receipt. I think I read somewhere that they're pretty good about returns, but I thought I'd get some other intel before I make an attempt.

 

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:01 PM

They're awesome about returns! Officially, no time limit (except on specific items like electronics) and no receipt required (though highly recommended). But the returns lines can be long. 

 

I have another non-food Costco question if people will indulge me:

 

I bought my husband a pair of Levi's at the Wheaton Costco a few weeks ago. He wore them a few times and they tore when he was getting in the car (not on a seam, of course). They fit fine, so it's not an issue of them being too tight. Do people think Costco would take them back? I'd even just do an exchange assuming they still have the same jeans. I might even have the receipt. I think I read somewhere that they're pretty good about returns, but I thought I'd get some other intel before I make an attempt.

 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:18 PM

They're awesome about returns! Officially, no time limit (except on specific items like electronics) and no receipt required (though highly recommended). But the returns lines can be long. 

 

They are very good about returns.  They, in fact, were being taken advantage of on electronics, which is why they tightened that policy up a couple of years ago.  A month or two ago, I bought oysters (shucked and canned, in liquid, in the refrigerated section).  I opened them a day or two after buying (long before the date on them), and they were disgusting.  I was no way going to keep them around to go in for a return, and they refunded my money just with a receipt and explanation of the problem.  Return lines can be very long, though.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 04:38 PM

They're awesome about returns! Officially, no time limit (except on specific items like electronics) and no receipt required (though highly recommended). But the returns lines can be long. 

They are very good about returns.  They, in fact, were being taken advantage of on electronics, which is why they tightened that policy up a couple of years ago.  A month or two ago, I bought oysters (shucked and canned, in liquid, in the refrigerated section).  I opened them a day or two after buying (long before the date on them), and they were disgusting.  I was no way going to keep them around to go in for a return, and they refunded my money just with a receipt and explanation of the problem.  Return lines can be very long, though.

 

Thank you both so much. I'm going to give it a shot. The one time I returned something (just a standard return of an unused item that my husband bought but we didn't need) there was no line for returns -- I must've lucked out that time. I'll steel myself for a possible wait this time. Thanks again!


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:24 PM

Thank you both so much. I'm going to give it a shot. The one time I returned something (just a standard return of an unused item that my husband bought but we didn't need) there was no line for returns -- I must've lucked out that time. I'll steel myself for a possible wait this time. Thanks again!

 

I made a quick run over to my local store (Gaithersburg) last weekend. I got there 5 minutes after the doors opened, and there were already 15 people lined up for returns.



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:37 PM

I made a quick run over to my local store (Gaithersburg) last weekend. I got there 5 minutes after the doors opened, and there were already 15 people lined up for returns.

 

Yikes. I have every other Monday off from work, so that's when I usually go. Hopefully it'll be less busy this Monday when I make my attempt.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 02:44 PM

I just want to note that, despite the (former) title, which was penned in 2007 and proclaims Costco as the 7th-largest retailer in the world ... as of 2015, Costco is the 2nd-largest retailer in the world, after Walmart.


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Posted 15 December 2015 - 01:29 PM

Thank you both so much. I'm going to give it a shot. The one time I returned something (just a standard return of an unused item that my husband bought but we didn't need) there was no line for returns -- I must've lucked out that time. I'll steel myself for a possible wait this time. Thanks again!

 

I returned my husband's jeans yesterday. I had a brief speech ready about how he'd only worn them a few times and they tore but they clearly fit, so there must have been something wrong with them, blah blah, but the cashier didn't seem to care. She just (pleasantly) took them back and handed me my cash (I did have my receipt).

 

Perhaps more newsworthy was the fact that once again there was no line for returns. This was around 3pm on a Monday in Wheaton. So if you have any flexibility about when you try to make a return (I realize many people don't), I suggest going on a weekday.


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