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COSTCO Foods Review
What's Good, What's Bad
by Vaughn Aubuchon

This page reviews various food products from Costco, Santa Cruz, CA. Many are excellent, others not so much. The author's intent is to save the reader time and money.
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GREAT PRODUCTS
Highly Recommended

2.
POOR PRODUCTS
Bolani Butternut Squash (moldy)
Cantaloupe - NEVER ripe
Diet Green Tea
Dried Apricots - Sulfured
Veggie Burgers

3.
TRUTH IN LABELING
Jumbo Figs - Phony label
Stuffed Bell Peppers
GoRaw Sprouted Seeds

4.
CRAP INGREDIENTS
Slo-Niacin - Ingredients
Marie Callender - HVO

5.
REFORMULATED
Trunature Prostate Health Complex

6.
POOR PACKAGING
Butternut Squash (sliced) - 2lb

7.
Products I Would Like to See
Psyllium Husks - NO added ingredients
L-Arginine powder w/citrulline - 2 lb.

Costco Store Count
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1. GREAT PRODUCTS -
Highly Recommended

Aussie Bites, Organic
Avocados, Hass - Excellent
Bananas - Excellent
Dark Chocolate Acai, Brookside
Goose Point Oysters - 2 lb.
Green Superfood, Amazing Grass
Jarlsberg Cheese - BEST price anywhere

Kirkland CoQ10 - 300 mg
Kirkland Dried California Apricots
Kirkland Green Tea Bags - 100
Kirkland Organic Dried Blueberries
Kirkland Organic Dried Calimyrna Figs
Kirkland Sliced Peaches - 96 oz

NatureMade Flaxseed Oil - 1400 mg
Starbucks Via Instant
Sunkist Meyer Lemons
Sweet Potatoes
Trident Wild Salmon Oil
Turkey Perky Jerky

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Avocados
Costco Hass avocados are always excellent. They are not too ripe, and ripen perfectly at home.

Place some in the fridge, so they don't all ripen at once. The cold retards ripening.
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Bananas
Costco bananas are always excellent, unless they are too ripe, or if they are, make banana bread.
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Dark Chocolate Asai Blueberry -
Brookside Foods, Canada

Delicious, as well as the Dark Chocolate Pomegranite.

Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai

Sweet Potatoes
I love the 10-lb. bags, Very healthy.
Slice 'em, nuke 'em, eat 'em.
Sprinkle whatever on them. Costco dried onions. Nutmeg is good. And honey.
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2. POOR PRODUCTS

We Have A New BIGGEST LOSER!
I love this stuff, BUT

Bolani Roasted Butternut Squash
This has happened to me twice. The latest -
MOLD!
Purchase Date - Feb. 9, 2016
Expire Date - Feb. 22, 2016
MOLD throughout.
These are round, spherical, fuzzy, white colonies of mold growing on the squash.

Costco MUST address this. Their "process" for this product is HIGHLY FLAWED. MOLD found throughout, with 13 days before the expiration date. The last time, it was 10 days from the expire date.

Photos to be added later.
Freezing may be MANDATORY, if Costco can't stop this.

UPDATE: I think I figured this out. This product was NEVER INTENDED to be sold by COSTCO, in a THAWED condition. It must be sold FROZEN. Somebody screwed up here. Still good stuff, though. Just scrape off the mold colonies before eating.

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Cantaloupe

Costco cantaloupes are hopeless.
Once picked, cantaloupes do NOT ripen any further, along with most other melons.

Most of the time, they are nowhere near ripe, and will never ripen. They are rock-hard, and will rot internally, while still rock-hard.

Costco is not alone in this, ALL cantaloupes from Honduras are picked far too early (weeks). They rot internally, before they ripen. If picked when they SHOULD BE, they would all be rotten by the time they arrived here.

Buy LOCALLY GROWN and RIPENED Cantaloupe, from your local fruit stand.

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Kirkland Diet Green Tea
This product burns the back of my throat. If you dilute it 50-50 with water, its not so bad. They need to make a non-diet version, minus the crap. Use stevia instead.

OK Ingredients
Purified Water
Citric Acid
Green Tea
Natural Flavors

Costco Diet Green Tea

Not So Good Ingredients
GRADE - Ingredient
C - Sodium Hexametaphosphate
C - Potassium Sorbate
C - Phosphoric Acid

BAD Ingredients
D - Aspartame
D - Acesulfame Potassium

D - Calcium Disodium EDTA
D - Blue #1
D - Phenylalanine

F - Sodium Benzoate (may cause serious cell damage)

ADDED: There is NO DISCLAIMER about
BPA on the label, which PROBABLY INDICATES that the WORST ingredient may indeed be BISPHENOL A, which is leached from the plastic by the phosphoric acid. MOMS! Don't turn your boys into girls with female hormone analogs. Big endocrine disrupter.
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Costco Crepes

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Old Costco Crepes*
Crepini
Crepes

Diameter

8 inches
11 inches

Weight (each)

2.65 oz
1.6 oz

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Thickness

THICK
thin

Separation

Easy
Difficult

Quantity

16

20

Tot. Ounces

42.4

32

Flavor

Delicious

so-so

* Belgian Boys

The Crepini crepes are very difficult to separate without tearing, because they are very thin and sticky.


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Dried Apricots from Mariani

The amount of sulfur poured on these would gag a horse.
Although Mariani is a California-based company, the apricots they sell are from Turkey. If you want quality, you MUST buy only organic dried apricots, or local connoisseur brands.
Turkish Apricots
In California, excellent California dried
apricots can be found at -

Gibson Farms
1190 Buena Vista Road
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 637-3512
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Morningstar Black Bean Veggie Burgers

The only thing "Burger-like" about these burgers is the shape.
Healthy? Sure.
Tasty? If you like cardboard. These are the driest, most tasteless veggie burgers known to man. Difficult to swallow, even smothered with A1 sauce. Save your money.

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3. TRUTH IN LABELING

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Jumbo Figs - Made in Nature
BEAUTIFUL photo on the package. Just don't open it.
Inside are the most scraggly, pathetic looking Black Mission Figs on the planet.
Don't be fooled - pass on these.

Costco Gourmet Jumbo Figs
Costco "Jumbo" Figs
See the big luscious figs portrayed on the label?
See the actual contents I placed across the label?
This is a case of OUTRIGHT DECEPTION in labeling.

ADDED: The larger, yellow ORGANIC Calimyrna figs from Costco are much better. IMHO. Try those.
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Stuffed Bell Peppers - Harris

Do you know of ANY prepared food that does NOT give the weight of what you are buying? Harris Ranch, seems to feel no need to tell you just how much is in the package

All Harris Ranch prepared foods are packed with salt and fat.
But they go one step further - they try to hide this fact -
1. Under the Nutrition label, Servings per Container: VARIED (maybe 2, maybe 20)

2. Serving size is given as 7oz.

3. However, NOWHERE do they state the package weight . I thought that this was required by law?!? You are on your own - "Get your own damned scale, you fussy customer!"

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Harris Ranch makes CERTAIN that you can't compute actual nutritional values. Shame on Harris Ranch, for their devious, illegal marketing practices. Harris Ranch expects you to buy a scale and a calculator.

ADDED: This product has big wadballs of congealed yellow fat throughout, which must be removed with a spoon, before heating. Unless you love to slurp pure lard. The stuffed bell peppers from Trader Joe's are far superior, IMHO. Lose the Harris Ranch arrogance. Buy from Trader Joe's, instead.

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GoRaw Sprouted Seeds
I am sure that these seeds are good for you.
BUT, there are NO SPROUTS.

Carefully examining the GoRaw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds reveals NO SPROUTS whatsoever.

Carefully examining the GoRaw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds reveals NO SPROUTS whatsoever.

An illustration on the
GoRAW website clearly shows a sprout sticking out from the seed. This company is SO into the word "sprouted", that they LIE. There are NO SPROUTS present, as suggested.
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4. CRAP INGREDIENTS

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Slo-Niacin - Upsher Labs

Niacin for your health, right?
Then, why the CRAP ingredients?

1. Contains HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL
     - Not just partially hydrogenated - FULLY HYDROGENATED.
     - This is idiotic - not required whatsoever.

2. RED #5 - made from COAL TAR!
     - Related to ADHD.
     - Also, not required whatsoever.

3. Titanium dioxide - typically to make "free-flowing", or bleaching white.
     - The caplets are RED!
     - NOTHING is flowing here.
     - This is also NOT required whatsoever.

Costco Slo-Niacin
Costco Slo-Niacin

Buy it for health, and get blind-sided by CRAP ingredients.
Wonderful. Shame on Upsher Labs, for adding crud to a health-food supplement.

ADDED: After I repeatedly noticed a chunk of carrot in my stool the next day, after NOT eating any carrots, I decided to investigate. It was the SLO-NIACIN pill, which was TOTALLY INTACT, and had turned bright orange (it is pink when you eat it). The release is SO CONTROLLED, that it does not dissolve AT ALL. It just turns orange. Wonderful.

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Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie

Contains "Hydrogenated Soybean Oil"
This author recommends the consumption
of ZERO HVO - Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil.
Each pie contains -
13 grams - Saturated Fat (65% DV)
1,000 mg Sodium (42% DV)

Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie

Never buy or consume any product that contains -
Hydrogenated vegetable oil, or
Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Demonstrate to the manufacturers that you don't want their plasticized, artery-clogging products.

UPDATE: I just checked this product again, and I did not see "Hydrogenated". They should add to their front label, in LARGE letters, "NO Hydrogenated Oil". People want to know this. Especially, since ALL "pot pies" have been huge offenders, for decades.




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5. REFORMULATED

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Trunature
Prostate Health Complex
has become
Prostate PLUS Health Complex

"Plus", because they added 50 mg of cranberry. BUT, they REMOVED 160 mg of pumpkin oil, a 33% reduction! (480 - 320 mg)

Maybe they should call it "Prostate Minus".
I eat plenty of cranberries, but this is my ONLY source of pumpkin oil. I may have to switch, or double my intake.
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6. POOR PACKAGING

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Butternut Squash
(sliced) - 2lb
Great product
BUT, on the top, front of the label, it declares "Resealable!". PURE BULL.

It is the commonly-used, heat-sealed plastic that must be DESTROYED, to remove it. This is resealable, in the same sense that a cracked egg is resealable. There is NO interlocking seal present. They DON'T EVEN ATTEMPT to make it resealable. The labeling person needs to be fired. And his boss.
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A Few Costco Locations
Listed by # of Stores

California

120

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Washington

29

Florida

22

Texas

22

Illinois

19

Arizona

18

Virginia

16

New Jersey

15

New York

15

Oregon

13

Colorado

12

Michigan

12

Georgia

10

Maryland

10

Pennsylvania

10

Utah

10

Arkansas, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, R.I., West Virginia, Wyoming

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Total U.S.

457

Canada

85

R.O.W.

98

Total World

640




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Page Indexing Info
Search Term:
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Search Engine

Date Indexed

SERP
Rank

Yahoo

11-18-2015

# 1

Duck Duck Go

11-18-2015

# 1

Bing

11-18-2015

# 2

Google

11-23-2015

# 50

Slow to index, ranking= BAD




Disclaimer:
Opinions on this page are those of the author, and he alone.
Your opinions may differ.
I love Costco, but they are not perfect, and need to be given feedback from customers.
This page will grow as new products are added.

Costco Search
The Costco search function sucks. They don't leave your last failed search terms intact, so you can easily go back and modify your search. YOU MUST TYPE IN EVERYTHING, AGAIN, to re-search! Very poor user interface. EXTREMELY frustrating. And no suggestions, either. They just toss you out, and ignore your search attempt, unless your search term is a PERFECT match! Spell your search term wrong, and you get NOTHING. Not good. Just not trying very hard. Unsophisticated, in 2016.

A search on Costco for green tea gives six results, BUT, does not even include my favorite Costco product - Kirkland Green Tea - 100 bags.

A Bing search for Kirkland Green Tea provides SIX sources, NOT ONE of which is COSTCO!
Hello?
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