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|You have to dig deep for some Greek-style yogurts.|
Greek-style yogurt is strained to make it thicker, but what makes it so expensive?
Fage, Oikos and Chobani are not only hard to pronounce, their inflated prices are hard to stomach.
At ShopRite supermarkets, a 32-ounce container of Chobani Greek-style yogurt is $5.99. Trader Joe's own brand of non-fat Greek yogurt is $4.99 for 32 ounces and $2.99 for 16 ounces.
They're made here, not in Greece.
Now, Costco Wholesale in Hackensack has brought the price of Greek-style yogurt down to earth -- $6.49 for two 32-ounce containers of Kirkland Signature non-fat yogurt (about $3.25 each).
I tried a free sample with honey before I made the purchase and could not believe this thick, mouth-filling yogurt has no fat.
Up and down prices
Also at Costco, Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix is up to $4.99 for 16 ounces, but those incredible, small, round Campari tomatoes are down to $4.49 for a 2-pound package.
Fairway Market in Paramus sells two 1-pound packages of these same Sunset-brand Campari tomatoes for $5, but their taste doesn't compare to the ones from Costco.
On Tuesday, I bought a large seedless watermelon at Costco for $4.99, the lowest price so far this season.
Today, ShopRite put seedless watermelons on sale for $3.99, a $2 discount.
I drove to Trader Joe's in Paramus this morning to check Greek yogurt prices and pick up a few pounds of its imported Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti ($1.39 for 16 ounces).
As good as that product is, I was disappointed with a can of Wild Pink Shrimp that I tried for the first time ($1.99 for 4 ounces).
The label says, "Crisp, tiny Oregon shrimp."
They are tiny -- about the size of the nail on my smallest finger -- but I found them far from "crisp" when I ate them over a big salad. "Mealy" is more like it.