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Old 11-08-2009, 06:31 AM
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Trader Joe's Meats?

I'm curious if their meats are good. I see all kind of praise for just about everything else but I don't see any mention of their meat, chicken or seafood.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:28 AM

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Now I know why no one answered me. Their meat is pretty sad looking and very expensive.

That was my first time in a Trader Joe's, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Everyone has talked the place up to me for so long, I really expected much more.

The vegetables were way sad and way over priced IMO.

Some of the things were great, the selection of frozen seafood for example. I will be going there for my next seafood meal. It seems like most of the stuff that I thought looked good was frozen. Not much fresh that caught my eye.

The parmeseano reggiano is about 4 dollars cheaper per pound than anyone else in town so that's a plus.

They had a nice selection of dried fruits, too bad they insisted on adding a bunch of sugar to everyone I picked up. I'd love to find dried fruits in a store without added sugar.

And I saw all of the organic milks and buttermilk and kefir but I could not find half and half or heavy cream at all.

The prices on some things that I know from other stores were a lot lower at TJ's. They have a nice selection of EVOO and at good prices.

Plus, they gave me a free reusable shopping bag when they found out it was my 1st time in a TJ's! That was nice, and the cashier was really friendly.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:46 AM

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I wouldn't buy meat there if someone paid me. They actually just had a recall on meat sold there for E-Coli. Suit yourself though..
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:04 PM

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Food Lion also had a recall on ground beef and they didn't notify customers until a couple of weeks later. I guess you take your chances with beef anywhere you buy it. YUK
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TJ's has really good chicken and turkey breasts. The ones I get are quite large and I like to pop them in the crockpot.
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I bought the pork tenderloin for $7.00. I was able to get 3 meals out of it with our family of 3. It was so tender and had good flavor. I buy their pizza dough-.79 each. My family loves it! Their eggs are the lowest price in town for organic/farm raised: 1.49 ea.
I love their GF pasta. It has the best flavor & is only $1.99 a bag. Their frozen chicken tenders-hormone free-is only $6.99 a bag. Walmart and the National chain grocery-$8.00 a bag.
Their produce is always cheaper than the other stores and fresher. They do accept EBT and coupons on national items. I get my UDI's bagels there because they are $1 cheaper than BiLo and Whole Foods. I also like their chocolate coconut milk ice cream...yummy. Their GF pancakes taste like IHOP buttermilk ones, and the price is lower than Van's Waffles. Their deli meat is $2.99 a package and that is the CHEAPEST in town!

I love TJ's and shop there as much as I can. It is 20 min from my house so I have to do other grocery shopping on that side of town, but it is worth it!
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I did the same thing... I thought Trader Joe's was going to be this great place, but turned out to be a disapointment!!
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Fyi

TJ's is great for the following--not meats--of course, we have our livestock so we don't shop for meat.


Frozen vegetables
Dried Fruits
Nuts (Bulk,etc.)
Assorted Cookies/Crackers/Chips
Wine/Beer (from what I hear--we don't drink.)
Frozen Meals/Entrees, etc.
Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins (great for stir frys, etc.)
Frozen Seafood/Fish

We don't buy produce there either since we grow our own; but have it heard it is "hit or miss". Whatever you do, don't shop on the weekends (Friday to Sunday) if possible. Go early around 8 am to Noon weekdays for best service/selection, etc.

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I went there for the first time recently and found some chicken drumsticks for $1.19/lb. I thought it seemed like a good price for natural chicken so I picked up three packages. When I got to the register, the cashier made a big deal out of what a great deal it was for the chicken I was getting... Then it hit me, I was comparing their prices to the commissary meat prices! When I started looking at regular store ads, I realized I should've cleaned them out at that price! Plus, their chicken tasted GREAT and I've since cooked a package of Tyson drumsticks and couldn't eat them because they looked so gross compared to the TJ chicken.

Just my two cents.
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I only buy organic chicken. I order my meats from a organic local farm.
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The meats look extremely fresh and was advised anything that you buy in the store if you do not like it you can return it back for a full refund
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I luv their steel cut oatmeal and the cowboy veggie burgers.
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We are big fans of their frozen foods, especially the Indian food entrees. So easy and good on nights when we're too tired to cook. They're reasonably priced, too.
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The chocolate lava cakes are sooooo yummy.
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meat is awesome from trader joes

kosher chix is cheaper (and more tender than others) than grocery

organic chix and steaks are wonderful

applewood bacon is a fraction of the cost at grocery and is yum
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