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Title: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on December 03, 2017, 12:30:46 PM
I just discovered a really delicious Trader Joe's frozen pizza that has a crust made of cauliflower. I also am a big fan of the salad mix that has shredded broccoli, kale, seeds and dried cherries. It comes in a bag in the salad section. Curious to know anyone else's favorites to add to my list of things to try.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: jeanette on December 03, 2017, 01:56:49 PM
I also am a big fan of the salad mix that has shredded broccoli, kale, seeds and dried cherries. It comes in a bag in the salad section. Curious to know anyone else's favorites to add to my list of things to try.

The salad sounds delish. Dried cherries are my absolute favorite thing to eat. If anyone wants to make the salad at home, DCs can be bought at Key Fresh on Queens Blvd @46th St. Doubtful you could find them in JH, altho I used to get them at the previous grocery store in the Jackson Heights Shopping Center. I buy them in the City on the UES (Grace's) for the sake of convenience, but they are expensive.

A long time ago I loved TJs champagne salad dressing, but it was discontinued. It was so light. What dressing are you using?
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on December 03, 2017, 02:56:28 PM
I also am a big fan of the salad mix that has shredded broccoli, kale, seeds and dried cherries. It comes in a bag in the salad section. Curious to know anyone else's favorites to add to my list of things to try.

The salad sounds delish. Dried cherries are my absolute favorite thing to eat. If anyone wants to make the salad at home, DCs can be bought at Key Fresh on Queens Blvd @46th St. Doubtful you could find them in JH, altho I used to get them at the previous grocery store in the Jackson Heights Shopping Center. I buy them in the City on the UES (Grace's) for the sake of convenience, but they are expensive.

A long time ago I loved TJs champagne salad dressing, but it was discontinued. It was so light. What dressing are you using?

They might have dried cherries at the Downtown Natural market on 84th/37th. I haven't checked for that item, but they do have a lot of bulk items.

This is the salad. It comes with its own dressing.

(https://www.traderjoes.com/TJ_CMS_Content/Images/fearless-flyer/uploads/article-2951/55386-broccoli-kale-slaw-kit.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: hagsrus on December 03, 2017, 05:45:42 PM
Their little frozen peas are very good, and the frozen blueberries I keep on hand for the times of dearth for fresh ones are very acceptable, both better price than the local supermarkets.

The raspberry-dark chocolate batons.

Their own brand triple-crème brie.

One of the very few places that sells heavy cream that's pasteurized but not ultra - I use it to make crème fraiche.

 
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Dodger on December 03, 2017, 07:06:49 PM
Good question!  I love their Thai Chili Lime cashews, their Bolognese pasta sauce, and their gorgonzola gnocchi.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: JHMNY on December 04, 2017, 12:29:37 PM
I like to buy walnuts and other nuts at Trader Joe's because the price is usually lower than at your average supermarket.  Also, I like TJ's packaged almond meal.  It's great for almond meal chocolate chip cookies!
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: toddg on December 04, 2017, 10:24:29 PM
Pro tip: The chili lime cashews Dodger mentioned are awesome when sauteed with chicken and veggies.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: hagsrus on December 05, 2017, 07:30:36 PM
Patel has good prices on nuts, too. Though over the last couple of years their 4 lb bags became 3 lbs...
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: artfldodger on December 07, 2017, 04:44:01 PM
The chicken balti pot pies are great.  And in December the big bottle of Vintage Ale is great if you like Belgian beers.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Lilybell on December 08, 2017, 09:54:31 AM
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Patel has good prices on nuts, too. Though over the last couple of years their 4 lb bags became 3 lbs...

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the nuts at the local south asian markets all taste like plastic because of the way they are packaged.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Minimal4me on December 08, 2017, 11:53:00 AM
Their imported EV olive oil and ghee are both priced well. The individual serving-size goat cheeses are handy for packing in lunches. There's a bottled peanut dressing in the produce section that when poured over pasta and chilled tastes like cold sesame noodles. In the frozen veggies section, the roasted potatoes with onions and peppers are great for with eggs for breakfast. TJ brand greek yogurt tastes just like FAGE, for less $. Dried mango is a nice, all natural snack. And the coffee beans are well-priced. Wish we had a TJs closer by.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: NYC Peromyscus on December 08, 2017, 04:02:46 PM
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Patel has good prices on nuts, too. Though over the last couple of years their 4 lb bags became 3 lbs...

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the nuts at the local south asian markets all taste like plastic because of the way they are packaged.

The packaged nuts at Patel or other South Asian stores are mostly raw and intended for cooking or grinding for spice pastes / mixes. If you roasted them they would taste different (esp the cashews, which are kind of plastic-like when raw).
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on January 17, 2018, 07:56:07 PM
Trader Joe's Customer Choice Awards:

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/trader-joes-customer-choice-award

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Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on March 02, 2019, 11:32:07 PM
New list out of the top 15 frozen items to buy at Trader Joe's

https://www.thedailymeal.com/best-frozen-food-items-trader-joes/slide-15


Here's one that I can vouch for. I haven't purchased it yet but tried a free sample at the store.
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Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: BEB on March 03, 2019, 07:12:11 AM
I am a cheese fan and I love Trader Joe’s Cambozola Triple Cream Soft Ripened Blue Cheese especially with their TJ's fig and olive crisps. https://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/4209

(During the holidays they also do a limited release of pistachio and pomegranate crisps. Rumor has it they may release these year round. Dying to try them...)

Also they sell the awesome VT cheesemonger Jasper Hill products at great prices. Another soft cheese recommendation: We loved the JH Harbison as a more affordable substitute for Rush Creek reserve by Upland cheese.

https://www.jasperhillfarm.com/harbison

More cheese ideas here: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-trader-joes-cheese

Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: dssjh on March 03, 2019, 09:09:05 AM
Jasper Hill cheeses are wonderful. our Greenmarket purveyor, Consider Bardwell, is also Vermont based and darn good. their "Experience" cheese, not available regularly, is my favorite. lots of funk.

Foodtown, often bashed here lately, has really improved its cheese counter. lots of Spanish items at prices competitive with other cheesemongers. they also have a few British things priced at the low end -- we had a really good Stilton the other day, and i love Wesleydale, a cheddar with fruit. small pieces of that are under $5.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on May 18, 2019, 01:31:00 PM
Just discovered this excellent jalapeno sauce.
(https://www.becomebetty.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Trader-Joes-Jalapeno-Sauce-Review.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Liz on May 20, 2019, 09:51:32 AM
Just discovered the jalopeno sauce as well and love it!  I buy nuts and froz vegs at TJs - good value and quality.  I bought a ham there for Easter and it was great!  I also find they have low sodium items that I can't find elsewhere - snacks and salsa.  I like the frozen appetizers - pigs in a blanket, etc.  The flourless chocolate cake is wonderful.  I buy produce there - I thinks it's better quality than most of the places in JH excluding the farmer's market and I like their cheese selection.  I use the almond meal and other specialty flours from there and I like their toiletries too. I usually buy their frozen chicken and fish to keep on hand. The organic nut butters are a great deal too. Not a huge fan of a lot of their frozen meals - I find them hit and miss.  I love their 0% greek yogurt - it is the sourest yogurt! and better than any other variety I've had including fage.
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on July 28, 2019, 03:29:58 PM
Has anyone tried this one? I've read mixed reviews.

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Here it is with some pasta.

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Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on August 24, 2019, 05:46:09 PM
New favorite TJ's sliced cheese:

(https://www.traderjoes.com/TJ_CMS_Content/Images/fearless-flyer/uploads/article-4953/62518-alpine-cheese-slices.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: JHMNY on August 26, 2019, 05:59:16 PM
I recently discovered TJ's Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. I've been mixing it with TJ's Coconut Beverage for a quick iced coffee fix. That said, there was a bit of trial and error in measuring the right amount of concentrate to use. It all depends on how strong you like your coffee.

(https://i.imgur.com/y5N0piO.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: dssjh on August 26, 2019, 08:48:38 PM
is this like an onion jam?

it looks good and i am not head over heels for trader joe.

Has anyone tried this one? I've read mixed reviews.

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Here it is with some pasta.

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Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on August 26, 2019, 09:30:14 PM
is this like an onion jam?

it looks good and i am not head over heels for trader joe.


I still haven't tried it yet. Here's a recipe by someone who makes copycat recipes of Trader Joe's products (so you can see what it might look like if you tried it at home). Apparently people have been known to drive hundreds of miles for this product at TJ's. I also noticed someone on ebay is selling it for $15 so if someone's willing to pay that price, I guess they are desperate for it.

https://www.becomebetty.com/copycat-trader-joes-chili-onion-crunch-recipe/
Title: Re: Favorite Trader Joes products
Post by: Shelby2 on October 21, 2019, 12:28:55 PM
I just got some Yemeni/Middle Eastern Zhoug sauce yesterday. It's tasty but really spicy, so you have to like spice.

(https://www.traderjoes.com/TJ_CMS_Content/Images/Digin/Uploads/59192-zhoug-sauce.jpg)

From TJ site:

Zhoug (pronounced ZOOg) likely originated in Yemen, and is now popular throughout the Middle East. It’s a cilantro-based sauce/condiment that’s been likened to “Middle Eastern pesto,” but we think that description shortchanges the originality of this spicy, fragrant, fabulously flavorful culinary creation.

It’s a sauce that’s taking the internet by storm – from food blogs to social media feeds, Zhoug is having its moment in the digital sun. And it's about to have its moment in our stores!

Trader Joe’s Zhoug Sauce comes to us from a California vendor well-versed in the art and science of Middle Eastern foods. Here, they’ve put together a very straightforward collection of ingredients – cilantro, canola oil, jalapeño peppers, chile flakes, garlic, cardamom, sea salt, and cumin seeds – to create a sauce/dip/spread/condiment that bursts with vibrant flavor and color.

We call it “very spicy” on our label, and some will find it “very spicy.” Those more into spicy foods may find it only moderately spicy. Everyone who tries it will be impressed by how the flavor of every ingredient comes through, even as the flavors blend beautifully into the finished product.

Try Zhoug as a dip for vegetable crudités or pita (bread or chips). It makes a delicious sandwich spread, a super sauce for pasta (here’s where it’s like pesto), and a vibrant addition to a plate of meat or fish. It’s traditionally served alongside hummus and falafel, and we’re all for sticking to this tradition. Keeping to our tradition of value, we’re selling each eight ounce tub for $2.99, every day. You’ll find it in our refrigerated case.