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Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



$4.99 for a perfectly cooked rotisserie chicken is pretty loving amazing, i buy 1 or 2 every time i go, pull all the meat off and make soup/curry/tacos/whatever with it then save the bones for stock

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Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



using the mozzarella shred from costco i can make a 14 inch cheese pizza from scratch for about 2 bucks

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



gotta go gotta get

because it's on sale:

laundry detergent
dishwasher detergent
baby bels
heavy duty aluminum foil
mosquito repellent

because i get these at costco and need more:

5 dozen eggs
bacon
beer
spanish olives
coffee
shrimp

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



JasonKiddWithHair posted:

You can wander the store without a membership, you just can't purchase anything (except in the food court, you don't need a membership there).

you can also use the pharmacy, get eye exams or prescription glasses and in california at least buy alcohol without a membership

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



like 50 years ago companies were more into taking care of their employees because they figured it would lead to more motivated and loyal employees, less turnover and training costs and higher productivity, but then some executives and investors started thinking "hey if we gently caress over our employees we can keep more money" and their competitors were like "hey, we should do that too" and now costco is an anomaly

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



the chicken thighs are a solid deal, i think about $1.50 per lb, but i usually dismantle a rotisserie chicken for my chicken needs because i don't need to spend time or energy cooking it

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



spite house posted:

Instant Pot: just as culty as Costco, lives up to the hype just as much. (Seriously get one.)

i use both, problem solved... my instant pot is pretty much a bean cooker these days

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



ArtIsResistance posted:

So what makes this store "cheap"?

their margins on most goods are usually around 15%, which is very low for retail... so low they make most of their profits on membership fees instead of sales

of course you typically have to buy larger sizes of items which means higher price-tags and may not be worth it if you don't have the ability to store or use them before they go bad

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



with costco baked goods i always do 2 things: first, check the best buy date and make sure it isn't within a week or so... second, i portion, bag and freeze them... usually like in groups of 4 since im unlikely to eat 18 hot dogs within a week

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Harald posted:

People always say this about grocery stores but I don't know if it's true. Prepared foods: obviously your prep area is going to be in the back/side of the store. Dairy: people have to go in there and stock it, so again, it has to go in the back.

You'll almost always find dairy and produce on opposite sides of a store so people getting common items have to walk through the majority of the store to get them

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



if i run into my local safeway to grab some apples and yogurt, i gotta truck it 16 isles when there's 2 isles of stand-alone coolers for cold beverage next to produce instead of yogurt... it's not on accident, even if you're single-mindedly chasing down a couple thinks a trek through the store is an opportunity for the store to impress consumers with brand options, pricing, messaging, etc for future purchases

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Chinatown posted:

*uncontrollable shivering, frozen snot covers face, while waiting in line*


"thinkin....bout that dog"

get the dog and a slice so your body can burn those calories to fight hypothermia

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Return Of JimmyJars posted:

Last time I was at costco a short asian woman was filling a gallon bag with chopped onion from the machine.

id like to see the look on the receipt-checkers face as she strolled by with a ziploc full of chopped onion

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



my costco started stocking 24 packs of dead guy ale in cans and it's loving great... like too good

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



yaleforks posted:

Just got my first bag of that Normandy Blend. What is everyone's favorite way to prepare?

i usually dump some in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper, toss it to get everything coated, then bake it at 400 for maybe 45 minutes until thing are looking brown, then i grate peccorino romano over the top and blast it under the broiler for a couple minutes

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



got the potstickers but i think the normal prep is kinda boring... i boil them in chicken broth with some soy sauce and pepper, hit them with a little vinegar when they're done, then eat it as a dumpling soup... pan frying them to make gyoza is pretty good too

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Dely Apple posted:

Still mad at Popcornopolis leaving

That replacement stuff is garbage

when i was at my costco yesterday popcornopolis had a huge display for samples

as for costco fruits and veg i get most of my stuff there and am pretty happy with it for the most part, just have to inspect stuff good before you buy it... the 2 main things i have to go elsewhere for are normal cucumbers instead of the english hothouse, and green bell peppers instead of the red and yellow... just roasted potatoes, onions, carrots, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and asparagus, all of it from costco, and it turned out great

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



the kirkland signature laundry detergent is on sale too, making it cheaper to wash the taint smell out of your sherpa throw

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



the kirkland brie is solid and cheap, the jarlsberg is a nice mild cheese and on sale, im partial to the smoked gouda and manchego, they usually have good options for goat cheese

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



im eating kirkland signature brie with slices of honeycrisp apple and im in costco heaven

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



al pasteur

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Dr. Tim Whatley posted:

Anyone harvest hartguard from Costco? I assume they provide a friendly price, or I hope!

If you get the heartgard plus that also treats roundworms and hookworms they have a generic that costs like 6 bucks a month.

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Chinatown posted:

You can also freeze pesto for later use IIRC.

Can definitely freeze it for future use, if you freeze it in ice cube trays then dump them in a plastic bag once frozen it's portioned for easy use. It also makes a pretty good topping for roasted chicken and fish.

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Taima posted:

It's usually around 8 bucks and is 5 bucks right now. And yeah they are still discounting it as of today.

While not 50% off, it's a great deal especially because Kirkland products have a limited profit attached to them (something like 10-15% if I remember right) so theoretically that pricing means that they are losing money on the pesto as a loss leader.

That's why Kirkland stuff, when it goes on sale, is usually only discounted by a dollar or two. The margins are small.

Supposedly Costco doesn't loss-lead, but they also supposedly don't mark up more than 15%, maybe the margins on some Kirkland stuff is higher.

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



fdjkbnadjnbkjldaf posted:

Can someone explain to me why a thread on costco is over 10,000 posts long. Is it because capitalism won, or that costco has such excellent deals. If this is a thread against capitalism then I can understand why it's so long.

its costco, even the posts about it come in bulk

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



i have a zojirushi and and instant pot and use both all the time... haven't tried rice in the instant pot, but most recently i got some wild coho salmon from costco, wrapped it in a parchment paper pouch with salt, pepper, lemon slices, onions, garlic and a little olive oil, put the pouch on the steamer rack with a little water and cooked it on low pressure for 10 minutes, came out amazing and i did it outside on the patio to avoid fishing up the house

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



https://twitter.com/SamsClub/status/1017550709963669504?s=19

sams club trying to loss lead with polish to snatch up people pissed about the menu changes i guess, but my costco just ditched the al pastor salad for chili... so now i can have chili dogs

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



iceberg lettuce is poo poo, logistics of eating a wedge salad aside

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



treadwell cant catchwell

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



ShortyMR.CAT posted:

I believe in the United States that all commercial grade fish is flash frozen and thawed. I could be wrong on this, but I feel like it's standard practice/the law.

The crab stuffed Salmon is pretty good !

only sushi grade fish is required by law to be flash frozen before sale, and all raw preparations of fish must use sushi grade... other fish may or may not be frozen, but that's more an issue of logistics than law... i personally wouldn't mess with eating non-sushi grade raw because ive dispensed so many dewormer pills to fishermen who had sashimi on the boat

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



just lol if you weren't always buying 6 months of toilet paper at once before all this

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



i got sick and live with 5 other people so i get to wear a mask 24/7 now, if you hate masks and live with other people wear a loving mask in public

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



if they ever bring the samples back i hope they start giving people samples of the bear spray

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



my costco carries wild caught rockfish and it's great for sous vide... last few times i picked some up i put a few fillets in a food saver bag with salt, pepper, butter, sliced lemon and herbs then chuck them in the freezer and whenever i want some fish i drop one of the bags in and it's done in 45 minutes

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



Nfcknblvbl posted:

Don't forget about the stupid loving Direct TV salesperson.

salesperson every single week: if you don't mind me asking do you have a cable provider at home?
me, bouncing between spare bedrooms for 6 months after my house burned down: i don't have one

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



get the big rear end jar of sourdough pretzels and 3 tubs of bitchin sauce, sliced cukes are good too

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



peanut butter with semisweet chocolate chips on top is way better than it should be

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



i used to have a kitchenaid food processor and it was great, not the same one on sale at costco, it was a bigger one... for blenders i prefer glass pitchers which for some reason only come with like cheap oysters because i do a lot of savory purees and stuff that can stain or odorize plastics and having used a $60 oster and a $400 ninja the results just aren't worth it

Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



if you want to make bread the bigass kitchenaid stand mixer is king, the smaller size is only good for whipped cream and cookies and stuff, dough will climb out and escape the smaller bowl

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Spoondick
Jun 9, 2000



i buy the wedges of parmesan and pecorino romano from costco, cut them up into 4 chunks, put each chunks in a baggie and toss them in the freezer

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