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Trader Joe’s Kosher Beef Taste Test

Finding Kosher beef outside of a metro area can be a challenge. There are no specialty butcher shops and regular grocery stores don’t carry it. Prior to Trader Joe’s coming to town about 3 years ago, if we wanted it, we had to drive an hour to Boston. Now, it’s readily available.

If you have a hard time locating it, too, check out Trader Joe’s meat department. Not every location carries it, but most do. At mine, I found 4 different cuts—brisket, stew meat, ribeye and ground beef. 

The brand, which is certified Glatt Kosher, is Teva, and has good reviews. Of course, taste isn’t universal, so I figured after 2 or 3 pounds, I’d make up my mind. 😉

Cost-wise, it’s comparative to other Kosher brands, which is usually twice the price of conventional meat. Here’s the breakdown:

    • Stew Beef – $9.99/Lb.
    • Ground Beef – $8.49/Lb.
    • Ribeye – $16.99/Lb.
    • Brisket – $10.99/Lb.

Since we were having an unseasonably warm day today—85 degrees!—I dragged out the grill and got cooking. The ground beef was turned into burgers and the steaks were cooked plain. 

It’s hard to ruin a meat feast and these goodies did not disappoint. Everything came out tender and delicious. (I won’t say “juicy” because I prefer everything cooked well done.) Some Kosher meat can be excessively salty. I did not notice anything like that, just a good overall consistency and flavor. 

After such a hearty lunch, I wasn’t in the mood for more meat at dinner. The stew beef is presently in the crockpot, along with potatoes and carrots and will be on the menu tomorrow. From the look and smell, it should be equally good.

And, the brisket, which is my favorite cut of all, went into the freezer. When we’re ready to eat it, I will make Atlanta Brisket, either for Shabbos or we’ll save it for Hanukkah. (Brisket is my special occasion choice.)

Due to the high cost, we eat a lot more conventional meat, but for those who keep strictly Kosher or who want something extra nice, I can recommend Trader Joe’s beef selection. This is definitely a 5-star product.

 

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Kosher food?

Easy Ways to Improve Store-Bought Rolls

Nothing tastes—or smells—as good as homemade bread, but who has time to bake every single day? (I sure don’t.) Because we enjoy having some type of bread served with dinner, I love the convenience of frozen rolls. On their own, they taste fine. With a brush of melted butter and some spices, they go from good to great. 

Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • Rosemary and Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning and Minced Garlic
  • Sesame Seeds and Poppy Seeds 
  • Fresh Herb Blend (Thyme, Sage, Oregano)
  • Lemon Pepper and Dill

Rolls taste best when eaten slightly warm—to me. I do know a few folks who prefer cold bread, and cream cheese can be a great topper for that instead of the melted butter. 

Reese Witherspoon’s Tomato-Corn Salad

Reese Witherspoon is not just a talented actress; she is also an accomplished cook. This recipe for Tomato-Corn Salad was created by her grandmother, Dorothea. (I learned how to cook and be a hostess from my grandmother as well. The older generations were amazing in the kitchen!)

I made a double batch of it for Sukkot and it got rave reviews from kids and adults. I love that it has fresh ingredients that are healthy and delicious. Also, it’s parve and pairs well with most any meal. 

As usual, I tweaked the recipe slightly. I’ll show mine and link to the original. To make Tomato-Corn salad, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cups cooked corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh herb leaves (I used parsley and chives.)

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, lime juice, mustard, salt, pepper, and shallot, then set aside for 5 minutes to let the flavors meld. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil to make a dressing. 

Add to the dressing, the corn, tomatoes, green onions, and herbs. Toss well to combine. Can be served cold or room temperature (I prefer the latter.)

 

Do you have a yummy salad recipe to share?

Fancy Toast for Break-the-Fast

Most of us will be breaking our fast with some challah or a bagel. Nothing wrong with those options; I enjoy both, but I like to make meals extra special on holidays. 

Since Yom Kippur is primarily a fast, I want something simple that I can put together in mere minutes that’s still nice. This idea for Fancy Toast, which I saw on Instagram, look delicious. 

How’s this for a goof-proof recipe:

Lightly toast bread, spread with peanut butter and honey, top with sliced bananas, pomegranate arils, and raw oats.

Truly couldn’t be easier—or look any yummier. The only part that requires effort is the pomegranate, so I would fix that ahead of time, and the rest should take less than 15 minutes to fix a dozen slices. 

A perfect addition to my traditional dairy buffet for Break-the-Fast