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  • Post #1171 - September 27th, 2020, 1:32 pm
    Post #1171 - September 27th, 2020, 1:32 pm Post #1171 - September 27th, 2020, 1:32 pm
    In case it's not common knowledge --- according to my neighbor who works there, at the Mettawa Costco at least, the people who dispense samples are not Costco employees, they work for a separate company, but Costco has never minded having them there, because they do boost sales.

    I almost always bypass samples, in Costco or anywhere else, but when I do stop for one, I feel a bit obliged to exchange a few words with the person dispensing them. It seems rude not to, and maybe that's what's going on with people you wish weren't lingering and talking so much. Even if it feels a little rude to say no thanks and move on, it's what's easier for me. Whether I want to steer clear of the unknown food item I wasn't planning on eating or the conversation I wasn't planning on having, I'm not sure, but I can see why some other people might feel obliged to interact more or indeed might seek out the interaction.
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  • Post #1172 - September 28th, 2020, 1:32 pm
    Post #1172 - September 28th, 2020, 1:32 pm Post #1172 - September 28th, 2020, 1:32 pm
    I would sometimes call up my Dad and tell him that I was taking him to the Club for the lunch buffet. I never understood why he always seemed disappointed.

    :-D This is a family joke, if the humor is not evident!
  • Post #1173 - October 7th, 2020, 1:00 pm
    Post #1173 - October 7th, 2020, 1:00 pm Post #1173 - October 7th, 2020, 1:00 pm
    We discovered a new-to-us wonderful beef product at Costco. This is ‘Cuisine Solutions’ brand ‘Grass Fed Sliced Beef Sirloin’. It is already cooked, just open and enjoy. It came in a two-pouch pack, each pouch being around one pound.
    The beef is cooked ‘sous-vide’ and then apparently sliced by some kind of magic laser slicer. Each package looked like a big chunk of beef but when peeled open were actually perfectly-precise less-than-quarter-inch thick slices. The sous-vide prep really shined as each slice was dark roasted color on the edge and luscious red-pink on the inside. Price was $9.79 a pound (in April – this has been waiting patiently in our deep-freeze) or $20.46 for the package of two.
    There is a tiny bit of some sort of dark juices – tasty, but I felt the need to supplement with some teriyaki for what we were using the meat for. We polished off half a package with a big pan of sauteed pea pods, peppers, summer squash, zucchini and onion and poured it over some very nice brown rice. Before putting the dish together, I had wisely stashed half the package in the fridge. I am sure we could have eaten the whole thing if it had been out.
    It is the nicest ready-to-eat food I have seen in a long time and I can see keeping this in the freezer for when we are pressed for time or energy will become a habit – if I can find this again!
    Has anyone else tried this?
  • Post #1174 - October 7th, 2020, 3:32 pm
    Post #1174 - October 7th, 2020, 3:32 pm Post #1174 - October 7th, 2020, 3:32 pm
    Joy,

    Did you eat this at room temperature or reheat? Roughly what were the reheating instructions, if any?

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #1175 - October 8th, 2020, 1:19 pm
    Post #1175 - October 8th, 2020, 1:19 pm Post #1175 - October 8th, 2020, 1:19 pm
    Hi Cathy! Here is what the label said about heating the slices:
    Preparation Instructions:
    If product is frozen, thaw overnight under refrigeration.
    REHEATING IS OPTIONAL
    Sliced beef is fully cooked and ready to eat out of the package. If reheating, be careful not to overcook.
    STOVETOP
    1. Open pouch and remove beef and natural juices.
    2. Separate beef into individual slices. Discard plastic pouch and tray.
    3. Preheat non-stick pan on medium-low heat.
    4. Add beef slices and juices.
    5. Turn continuously for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until desired doneness.
    Since I was sort of sleep-walking while preparing our lunch/dinner, I thought the big chunk of meat was a solid piece that I could cut into chunks and throw into our stir -fry. I microwaved the whole piece and when I went to cut it, the precision laser-cut slices fanned themselves out. Wow!
    Without reading the directions, I knew that these were delicate and over-cooking them would be a travesty. So, I sauteed up the skillet of veggies, laid the beef slices on top, took the skillet off the burner and put a lid on it for five more minutes while the rice finished cooking.
    Perfect, except the slices did look incongruous in the stir-fry.
    Now that I knew what I had, the following day, I teed up the remaining slices. I toasted some ciabatas from Costco (they call them something else, square guys), slowly caramelized three sliced onions, sauteed mushrooms and piled on six slices of the beef on each sammy together with some Horsey Sauce – creamy white from a bottle. WOW. It was quickly in competition for Best.Sandwich.Ever.
    And we still have another chunk in the freezer!
  • Post #1176 - October 8th, 2020, 1:22 pm
    Post #1176 - October 8th, 2020, 1:22 pm Post #1176 - October 8th, 2020, 1:22 pm
    I have been buying that beef for months now. It is fantastic. What I tend to do is take it out of the fridge an hour before using to bring it to room temp then add it quickly to my stir fry. I have also used it to make hot beef sandwiches - just dipped briefly in the hot liquid. Either way it has been fantastic and cheap for the price.
  • Post #1177 - October 8th, 2020, 1:29 pm
    Post #1177 - October 8th, 2020, 1:29 pm Post #1177 - October 8th, 2020, 1:29 pm
    i bought this at the lincoln park costco this morning. haven't tried it yet...
  • Post #1178 - October 25th, 2020, 7:17 pm
    Post #1178 - October 25th, 2020, 7:17 pm Post #1178 - October 25th, 2020, 7:17 pm
    I've only seen it twice in the time Costco has been in the area, but the Niles store had chanterelles yesterday, which made some great mushroom soup today. $10.99 for a 1kb package.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #1179 - October 25th, 2020, 8:08 pm
    Post #1179 - October 25th, 2020, 8:08 pm Post #1179 - October 25th, 2020, 8:08 pm
    justjoan wrote:i bought this at the lincoln park costco this morning. haven't tried it yet...


    yeah, delicious. it's sandwiches for me: dipped in the abundant juice, layered with roasted red peppers, horseradish, mayo, dijon and lettuce on sourdough. i guess i ate 3 or 4 this week and used up 1 of the 2 packages of beef that came in the box. thanks, joy, for pointing it out. i seldom buy costco's prepared foods, but this was money well spent.
  • Post #1180 - October 25th, 2020, 9:15 pm
    Post #1180 - October 25th, 2020, 9:15 pm Post #1180 - October 25th, 2020, 9:15 pm
    WillG wrote:Pairs-

    What is vegan sugar? or more to the point, non-vegan sugar? Something to do with the refining process? Do you mean raw sugar?

    "Bone char is widely used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, which allows sugar to achieve its white color. The bone char is made from the bones of cattle from countries like Afghanistan, Argentina, India and Pakistan. The bones are sold to traders who then sell them to the U.S. sugar industry.

    Bone char is used in many types of sugar including brown sugar and confectioner's sugar."

    What Makes Sugar Not Vegan?
    Let’s start with why some sugars are not considered vegan. To make refined sugar from sugarcane, the sugar cane stalks are crushed to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice is then processed, filtered, and bleached with bone char. That pure white color we associate with sugar – yeah, that comes from the bone char.

    Now it’s important to note that this type of sugar does not actually CONTAIN bone char. But because it is part of the process, most vegans would not eat this kind of refined sugar.

    https://ordinaryvegan.net/vegansugar/
    https://www.mydarlingvegan.com/is-sugar-vegan/
  • Post #1181 - October 26th, 2020, 7:50 am
    Post #1181 - October 26th, 2020, 7:50 am Post #1181 - October 26th, 2020, 7:50 am
    I was in the Oak Brook Costco yesterday for a quick shop. I don't know the layout of that store as well, but they definitely seemed picked over. No frozen wild blueberries. No tubs of Fage yogurt. I only noticed some Bounty paper towels but I wasn't looking for paper goods. On the plus side, they had pallets of the mixed bags of chocolate candies so we are set for Halloween!
    -Mary
  • Post #1182 - Yesterday, 3:22 pm
    Post #1182 - Yesterday, 3:22 pm Post #1182 - Yesterday, 3:22 pm
    Cathy asked me about this by message, so I hunted up the latest news, and then I thought others here might want to know.

    Costco Opens in Champaign on October 22.

    Costco store opening hours, 2000 N. Neil, Champaign, IL

    On another site, I read that Costco went in on the west side of the Market Place Mall on the north side of Champaign, replacing the anchor store Bergners, which was torn down. I'm looking forward to checking it out next time downstate.
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