Best Items at Trader Joe's

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  1. yerfdog

    yerfdog Senior member

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    ITT: worst TJ foods any of their butters (almond, peanut)
    Wait, what's is wrong with that stuff? It just tastes like regular natural peanut butter to me. Someone else mentioned whole nuts. They do have them for good prices. You'd think with like 70% of the world's almonds being grown in California we could get cheap almonds, but that is not the case anywhere but TJ and Costco.
     


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    pebblegrain Senior member

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    soy-yaki sauce
    smoked oysters
    frozen indian food (all)
    swordfish steaks

    shittty: all their fresh bread and coffee. all of it

    mediocre: TJ beer isn't the worst but its far from the best
     


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    otc Senior member

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    Beer.

    I have scored the "mystery grab bag" before and it was awesome. It was like $6-7 for a bag with 12 beers in it (when the grocery store near me does this, it is their way of disposing of the leftovers from a case with a broken bottle...I assume TJ does the same thing). Sure you get a can or two of Simple Times but it is definitely more than worth the money.

    If I ever see them doing it again, I am buying whatever they have left.
     


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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    the olives suck (they used to have canned kalamatas that were unpitted, but now everything is pitted). their capers are terrific, and a great buy. they also have giant capers ... at least they used to. nice garnish or addition to an antipasto platter. i'll also second whomever it was who suggested their dijon ... that's my standard brand.
    Have you ever worked with raw caperberries? I thought it would be cool to try dry curing them, but I can't find where to get any.
     


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    The Tangerine juice when its in season
     


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    Just store the jar upside down. All of the oil that gets separated will float to the bottom of the jar, and when you flip it back over to open, the butter at the top will be relatively well-mixed. Be careful though, some jars leak when flipped over.

    yup. that's exactly what i do. still needs a stir, but not as much.
     


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    foodguy Senior member

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    Have you ever worked with raw caperberries? I thought it would be cool to try dry curing them, but I can't find where to get any.

    never have seen them. i've got a caper bush i grew to see what it was like. pretty little plant but i only get like 2 flowers a season. the flowers are fantastic, though, like some kind of very weird insect.
     


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    best = freeze dried mangos and strawberries.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have walked into Trader Joes I don't know how many times just to get so aggravated at the people, and the lines that I have had to leave in fear that I was going to either hurt people or steal something out of frustration. I'd rather be waterboarded than shop at this place.
     


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    I have walked into Trader Joes I don't know how many times just to get so aggravated at the people, and the lines that I have had to leave in fear that I was going to either hurt people or steal something out of frustration. I'd rather be waterboarded than shop at this place.
    Yes, it's very popular here in "The Cleve". If you go on the weekends, your best best is to be there promptly when the doors open at 9:00 a.m. Otherwise, I would recommend going 1/2 hour before closing time.
     


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    sounds like the Krispy Kreme phenomenon. here in cali we take them as a regular part of our existence ... no big deal. they are usually somewhat crowded (they only do small stores) but they open new lines whenever more than 2-3 people are waiting. the real nightmare is their parking lots, which seem always to be specially engineered for maximum inefficiency.
     


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    I imagine it smells like shame at the Krispy Kreme store.
     


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    The one I go to in Cincinnati isn't really that busy unless it's a weekend.
     


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    sounds like the Krispy Kreme phenomenon. here in cali we take them as a regular part of our existence ... no big deal. they are usually somewhat crowded (they only do small stores) but they open new lines whenever more than 2-3 people are waiting. the real nightmare is their parking lots, which seem always to be specially engineered for maximum inefficiency.

    oh my god, that one in Encino on Burbank right by White Oak, one of the worst parking lot experiences of any store
     


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    I really hate TJs black tea, it is terrible.
     


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