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Costco, a Washington-Based, Membership-Only Retailer - the Second-Largest Retailer in the World

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Should Costco have its own thread? I don't know how many of them sell fresh food and meat.

I bought one of the buy and bake pizzas at Costco today. It seemed awfully cheap ($7.99). I decided that was probably because it was square and they may be experimenting with that (square takebake combo--the pepperoni and plain cheese were the same price). I have a Wolf Range--not the full commercial but fancier than a basic home range. It has 6 burners. I think if it as being pretty big. It's never been inadequate for anything we've asked of it in going on 2 years. (I'd have to dig through paperwork to give the precise specs.)

The pizza is too big to fit in my oven! It looked like it might just fit, but I realized immediately that the front glass door was getting coated in cheese and tomato. I folded a margin of it over and am still attempting to cook it.

When I bought it, I had figured if it was terrible, it was only $8, but I didn't factor in to that the labor cost of cleaning my oven door.

Thank you very much mad.gif.

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Should Costco have its own thread? I don't know how many of them sell fresh food and meat.

I bought one of the buy and bake pizzas at Costco today. It seemed awfully cheap ($7.99). I decided that was probably because it was square and they may be experimenting with that (square takebake combo--the pepperoni and plain cheese were the same price). I have a Wolf Range--not the full commercial but fancier than a basic home range. It has 6 burners. I think if it as being pretty big. It's never been inadequate for anything we've asked of it in going on 2 years. (I'd have to dig through paperwork to give the precise specs.)

The pizza is too big to fit in my oven! It looked like it might just fit, but I realized immediately that the front glass door was getting coated in cheese and tomato. I folded a margin of it over and am still attempting to cook it.

When I bought it, I had figured if it was terrible, it was only $8, but I didn't factor in to that the labor cost of cleaning my oven door.

Thank you very much ;).

That must be new. I can tell you that a round Costco pizza needs to be cut in half to fit into a wall oven :P They do things big, I tell ya.

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That must be new. I can tell you that a round Costco pizza needs to be cut in half to fit into a wall oven ;) They do things big, I tell ya.
I'd never bought one (any shape) before. With my old oven, I probably would have expected to cut it to fit, but with this oven and pizza I thought it would fit as it was. If it hadn't come close to fitting, making the decision would have been easier.

It puzzles me, though. How many Costco customers have ovens big enough to hold these pizzas? I expect what they make to be big, but this seems odd. Unless they're assuming people who buy these are reselling them after reheating in commercial ovens, I can't figure it out.

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It puzzles me, though. How many Costco customers have ovens big enough to hold these pizzas? I expect what they make to be big, but this seems odd. Unless they're assuming people who buy these are reselling them after reheating in commercial ovens, I can't figure it out.

This is America, where Bigger is Better. ;)

[yah, go 'head and delete this post, Rocks]

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When I bought it, I had figured if it was terrible, it was only $8, but I didn't factor in to that the labor cost of cleaning my oven door.

How was the pizza? I've seen the pizzas there, and it wouldn't have occurred to me that it might not fit in my oven.

At Costco, one of my usual purchases is the edamame that comes in a rectangular container and is in the refrigerated section with the hummus, cheeses, cold cuts, etc. I buy multiple boxes and transfer the edamame into freezer bags. Then I can just take handfuls out of the freezer and microwave for a quick snack (with a sprinkle of kosher salt).

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How was the pizza? I've seen the pizzas there, and it wouldn't have occurred to me that it might not fit in my oven.
It was OK, fine for $8. I didn't really like the crust, which seemed designed to be like focaccia but seemed more to me like (non-sweet) pop tart. On the positive side, it had several toppings (pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, red onion, mushroom, olive, ??) and not was not gloppy and greasy. When I get a slice at the cafe/restaurant, there's too much cheese and it's oozy and greasy. That was not the case with this. It was drier and maybe (despite the toppings) too bland.

Since this seems to be a new product, I have no idea how representative it is. Someone I know in another part of the country says that he's had no problem fitting Costco pizzas into his oven. ETA: He also says they've had the square ones there for some time.

Fortunately, getting the oven cleaned up after this wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

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I've tried all three warehouse stores, Costco, Sams and BJs. and like Costco the best.

If your house is big enough, buying from Costco can save money, especially on stuff like aluminum foil. laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, motor oil, and other items that don't go bad. Nobody beats Costco's prices on printer paper and software.

The food items can be overwhelming, unless it's something you use frequently, but most of the food we don't like all that much. For example, we can easily use an eight-pack of tomato sauce in a reasonable amount of time, but we prefer Muir Glen.

Costco chicken salad, which they make from rotisserie chickens, is pretty good. The gallon sized jugs of extra virgin olive oil are what we use for daily use. The Starbucks French Roast coffee beans are my daily grind. The six pack of strawberry smoothies is a pretty good deal. The "flap meat" makes nice beef stew, and the chuck roast makes good ground beef for kebobs, but we're still feeding growing boys. In August, when they both go away to college, I don't think we'll buy meat there anymore.

I've had an "Executive membership" for years but this past year, after one of the boys went away to college, was the first year I didn't come out ahead or even break even on the 2% money back deal. This year we're going to try the American Express option instead.

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The "flap meat" makes nice beef stew, and the chuck roast makes good ground beef for kebobs, but we're still feeding growing boys. In August, when they both go away to college, I don't think we'll buy meat there anymore.

Since my husband doesn't like the taste of grass-fed beef, I buy steaks at Costco. The sirloin, strip steaks and ribeyes are all really good. I wrap them individually in foil and stash them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. I haven't encountered any problems with their texture when they are thawed.

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Since my husband doesn't like the taste of grass-fed beef, I buy steaks at Costco. The sirloin, strip steaks and ribeyes are all really good. I wrap them individually in foil and stash them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. I haven't encountered any problems with their texture when they are thawed.
I also do that with the steaks, except I just put them straight into freezer ziplocks. It only seems to affect the texture/quality if I leave them in the freezer for a really long time (i.e., longer than I should ;) ) .

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The fish here is also pretty good, I suspect the most of it is farm raised, although I have seen wild salmon.

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Found today at Costco Pentagon City: Chanterelles from British Columbia. One pound package for $8.99. In the cold room. They looked really good, and at that price I bought two.

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Found today at Costco Pentagon City: Chanterelles from British Columbia. One pound package for $8.99. In the cold room. They looked really good, and at that price I bought two.

They had them at the new store in Columbia as well...we went last weekend, but we were too far from our return trip home in 90 degree weather and I didn't want to risk it--I'm looking forward to the "dinner' thread to see what you use them for, and how they are!

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Big Costco fan here. When you're having guests for dinner, Costco is your friend. But avoid the lines on Saturdays.

I absolutely live by the primals, whether it's a leg of lamb or the whole beef tenderloin. One of my pleasures is to bring it home, sharpen the knives, and do my own prep work. I can get quite a few meals out of each primal. And the cost savings are significant.

Alton Brown recently had a show on the filet mignon, and got the primal from a warehouse store. Now, that's good eats!

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They had them at the new store in Columbia as well...we went last weekend, but we were too far from our return trip home in 90 degree weather and I didn't want to risk it--I'm looking forward to the "dinner' thread to see what you use them for, and how they are!

No chanterelles at Newington/Springfield. :P So I bought too much beef, pork, chicken, wine, and cheese instead. :blink:

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Since my husband doesn't like the taste of grass-fed beef, I buy steaks at Costco.

what do they eat then if not grass? makes me think of battery hens but for cows cooped up in pens never to eat grass... poor cow.

I only go to costco for the lamb (expensive as it is..)

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what do they eat then if not grass? makes me think of battery hens but for cows cooped up in pens never to eat grass... poor cow.

I only go to costco for the lamb (expensive as it is..)

Grain-fed doesn't mean they don't or can't eat any grass at all, it means they're fed primarily grain as a finishing ration because it makes them put on more weight and add more intramuscular fat (also known as tasty tender marbling) more quickly. Grass-fed also doesn't mean the animals aren't fed any grain, it just means it's not their primary source of nutrition.

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Seems the NYTimes editors thought this would be more amusing than, perhaps, writing about similar behavior in their local delivery zone.

Susan Lacz, chief executive of Ridgewells, the largest catering company in the Washington area, said she knows the trend all too well. "My gosh, it drives me crazy," she said. "Some of the people I hear are going to Costco, I think, 'Oh, you must be kidding me.'"

The ultimate awkwardness, she said, is when clients want to buy their food from Costco but disguise it: "They'll say: 'Why don't you bring the fancy glassware, and we'll get the rest from Costco. And could you put it on one of your fancy plates? Oh, and how about some of your fancy ice cream on top?'"

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Oh, what cheap rubes those folks in DC are! I'm sure that never happens in New Jersey. :blink:

Has anyone tried any of the Costco labeled wines? I am curious, but can't bring myself to do it.

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Has anyone tried any of the Costco labeled wines? I am curious, but can't bring myself to do it.

I've seen a Kirkland (the Costco house label) Chateauneuf du Pape that costs around $25. I don't exactly call that a bargain. It's probably wine that didn't make the cut from high-end producers, but at that price, I'm not buyin' it. If they could give tastes, it might be a different story (they're not allowed to). In any case, some of their prices for known "brands" are really fantastic--like the Turkey Flat Rosé, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and the Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina--in the past, I've gotten Adelsheim pinot noir for many $$ per bottle less than other local stores, likewise Seghesio zin. And they are reportedly the country's biggest seller of Bordeaux. They just add their standard markup to the wholesale price, so in a good vintage year, it's a flipper's paradise.

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I'll tell you, their CdP is freakin fantastic. I'm constantly astounded by the Costco pricing on wine. There's some pretty incredible deals to be had, especially in their own bottlings.

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New to me was finding vanilla beans at Coscto. 2 glass vials with 5 beans in each for $11 and change. We also picked up a roasted chicken. It was just out of the roaster and at $5 it was busting out of the plastic container. With mashed yukons and asparagus, it made for a great dinner. Today, some leftovers are in chicken soup and there's plenty left (I also picked up Pacifica (?) boxed organic chicken stock).

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For the next week or so, the two-packs of whole chicken are buy one, get one free. This means four chickens, which can strain fridge/freezer space for some, for around $8. I'll cook three, maybe dress the other one up in a gingham frock and put it on flickr.

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I also picked up Pacifica (?) boxed organic chicken stock

That Pacific Free Range Organic Chicken Stock is the best friggin' deal around. Sometimes, I go fight the hordes just for that and some cheese (really surprising quality and price--highly recommend Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar...mmmm.....). The chicken stock is, I think, about $7 for six quarts. Compare it to organic stocks at Whole Foods or Harris Teeter--it is easily a third of the price. If you are too lazy to make stock--or if you have a job and kids--this stuff works great. I have noticed that Costco is slowly integrating organic products into their inventory, but it is spotty at best.

On another note: the Pentagon store has a line into the parking lot EVERY morning when they open at 10, and then they are busy all day. I always go on the weekdays, and it is always busy. Why in the hell don't they open at 8? Or 7? I have written this on countless comment cards. Please your customers and make more money--a company should be so lucky...

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