|A quick omelet made with Kirkland Signature Real Egg Product, above, and with Egg Whites, a new product that replaced it at the Costco Wholesale in Hackensack, below.|
|After a few minutes in a hot pan, the new product looks like this, but it pours out of the container as a thin, clear liquid, below.|
|100% Egg Whites pour clear and turn white as they cook.|
Editor's note: Costco Wholesale has a new egg-white product, and a new mango nectar. Also today, I discuss a problem with Kirkland Signature spice bottles, an easy preparation for shrimp and how to prevent separation in Costco's Natural Peanut Butter.
By Victor E. Sasson
Costco Wholesale's Kirkland Signature Real Egg Product contained 99% egg whites, plus color, spices, salt, onion powder and other ingredients.
Now, a new product contains nothing but 100%, cholesterol-free egg whites.
I used the new Kirkland Signature Egg Whites to make a simple cheese omelet on Monday morning, but blinked twice when I saw a clear, watery liquid pouring out of the container.
The old product had beta carotene and looked yellow, but the new one cooks up white.
|The new product and carton, left.|
When I ate the omelet made with 100% egg whites, I didn't miss the spices, salt and onion powder in the old one.
Other ingredients in the Real Egg Product were xanthan gum, guar gum and maltodextrin.
It's hard to compare sodium and protein in the new and old products, because different serving sizes are listed.
Six 16-ounce cartons of Kirkland Signature Egg Whites were $9.49 at my warehouse store in Hackensack.
I got a Costco Wholesale rebate check for $174.75 today -- a 2% reward for being an Executive Member.
The check more than covers the $110 annual fee for my Executive Membership.
That check was in addition to several hundred dollars in rebates I received earlier this year from the American Express card I use at Costco.
The American Express card gives me a 1% rebate at Costco, as well as 1% to 4% back on restaurant, gasoline, travel and other purchases.
|The loosely fitting white cover with holes, left, came off and too much black pepper ended up in the ackee and salt fish my wife was preparing on Sunday morning, below.|
We continue to have problems with the poorly designed or poorly manufactured perforated tops used on Kirkland Signature spice bottles.
The spices are terrific, but once in a while, the tops come off and you end up dumping too much pepper or too much granulated garlic on the food you're preparing.
Sometimes, the perforated top comes off with the screw top. At other times, it's too loose and falls off when you upend the bottle.
Last week, I received a comment that Brazil Gourmet mango nectar was no longer available at the Huntsville, Ala., Costco, and I haven't seen it at my Hackensack store, either.
We've been buying Langers Mango Nectar, which is 20% juice and contains filtered water, mango puree and sugar.
Two 3-liter, BPA-free plastic bottles of Langers Mango Nectar were $8.89 at the Hackensack Costco.
I've been using it to make smoothies with fresh bananas, frozen strawberries and non-fat Greek yogurt, all from Costco.
|We had them over Della-brand Organic Brown Rice made in an electric cooker with Kirkland Signature Organic Diced Tomatoes, both from Costco Wholesale.|
Easiest shrimp dish
Bottled Mexican green salsa, fresh limes and Costco's Black Tiger shrimp are all you need for a quick, tasty dinner that is ready in minutes.
Empty the bottle into a pan, squeeze in the juice from a lime, bring to a boil and add the thawed and shelled shrimp, which are already deveined.
Cover and cook until the shrimp curl up and turn white.
You can eat shrimp and sauce over rice, pasta, quinoa or bulgur wheat.
I used a 16.7-ounce bottle of La Costena-brand salsa verde I found on sale last week for $1.50 at Hackensack Market.
The green salsa also can be used to cook any fish fillet.
The U-15 shrimp are farm raised in Vietnam, and cost $10.50 a pound when you buy the 4-pound package at Costco.
They are previously frozen and contain salt.