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?

Super Savings Saturday – 10/6/18

After last week’s craziness, it’s been nice to experience a slower pace. In addition to regular grocery shopping at Market Basket, I found a few good deals at the drugstores and tried shopping at a new store for the first time.

It’s always nice to find cheap paper products and free cosmetics!

Walgreens:

3 Nice storage ziplocs, sale price $0.99. Total: $2.97.

3 Smile paper plates, sale price $0.99. Total: $2.97.

Sparkle paper towels, sale price $5.99. I used a $1.25 manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $4.74.

Burlington:

Details on this one can be found here

CVS:

Poparazzi nail polish, regular price $2.99. I used a $2.99 store coupon. Total: Free.

4 Rimmel Eye Shadow Sticks, sale price $2.99. I used 4 $3.00 manufacturer’s coupons. Total: Free.

 

Have you used any coupons lately?

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. 

First Time Shopping at Burlington

Maybe I’m a sucker, but there’s no way I can avoid the lure of a “Grand Opening” sale. Burlington has opened shop, in a strip mall near me, taking up residence in an abandoned building that used to house a Kmart.

To encourage shoppers, they sent out coupons in the mail for 20% off anything, so yours truly headed out, on the hunt for some new home items, mainly towels and a shower curtain.

Like all well made plans, things didn’t go accordingly. Read on 😉

My first impression of the store was mixed. It has a huge selection, no doubt, but the quality was incredibly low. I did a once-around to quickly check the inventory of clothes, shoes, etc, and was not impressed at all. 

The home selection was decent. I did not, however, find what I wanted. The towels seemed very thin and scratchy and the curtains were junk. Over all, it wasn’t bad, just not what I needed.

Wandering over to the Kids section, there was a bunch of cute stuff. Who doesn’t need a T-Rex soap dispenser and a pizza pillow? (Need, of course, is subjective. My littles would claim it’s not to be missed.)

For my nephew, who’s a Spiderman fanatic, I picked up a little something for Hanukkah (it’s never too early to start building the gift stockpile).

If the store had been less crowded, I probably would’ve browsed longer. It was literally swamped and having to maneuver around people and carts is never easy, especially in cramped aisles. 

Another thing I really disliked was the noise. The in-store music was blaring! Because I have Tinnitus and a sensitivity to volume, it felt like a jet engine’s roar in my ears. Definitely did not add to the shopping experience.

Will I return to Burlington? Possibly, but it’s not high on my list. There’s a Marshall’s in the same plaza, plus a TJ Maxx and a Kohl’s across the street—all of which I prefer. 

It’s fun to check out new things, but not every one of them can be a winner. 

 

Have you ever shopped at Burlington?