Tuesday, August 2, 2016

At Costco, plenty of wild salmon plus lower prices on almonds, quinoa

Fresh wild sockeye salmon from Costco Wholesale in Teterboro ($9.99 a pound), grilled on the stove-top and accented with homemade basil pesto, torn basil and ground Aleppo pepper.


The fresh wild salmon is running once again at Costco Wholesale in Teterboro.

I found a small refrigerated case filled with many packages of skin-on salmon fillets last Tuesday, and they were priced at a friendly $9.99 a pound.

That contrasts with shortages of fresh wild sockeye in June.

Easy grilling

Six serving portions of wild salmon needed only 7 minutes on a stove-top grill over medium-high heat (4 minutes on the skin side, then flip them for 3 minutes).

I seasoned the fish with Himalayan Pink Salt from Costco and fresh lime juice before grilling, and accented then with homemade basil pesto and torn leaves from plants in my garden. 

Six portions of fresh wild sockeye salmon cost about $17, enough to feed four with leftovers.

Kirkland Signature Almonds come in a new 3-pound bag and at a lower price, below. The raw, sodium-free almonds make a great snack after I roast them at 275 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes, then dust them with Ground Saigon Cinnamon, also sold at Costco.

Once sold in a 4-pound bag under the Nature's Intent label, Organic Quinoa now comes in a larger, 4.5-pound bag with a Kirkland Signature label, at a new, lower price, below, even without an instant rebate.

Nature's Intent Organic Quinoa -- prepared in an electric cooker with whole peeled garlic cloves, organic diced tomatoes, olive oil and salt -- is a great side dish with wild salmon and a stuffed egg-white omelet. With fewer carbs than rice or pasta, quinoa also is a good bread substitute.

Costco Wholesale seems to be the only store that doesn't offer organic whole wheat pasta from Italy. I've purchased various shapes at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods Market and ShopRite. Now, the Teterboro warehouse is offering Organic Chickpea Fusilli Pasta with the color of the whole wheat product, but at more than three times the price per pound, below.

Made in Nature Organic Pitted Dates, above, and Organic Smyrna Figs, below, are unsulfured, meaning they are free of a preservative, and have no added sugar. They taste great with those almonds from Costco.

Himalayan Pink Salt, once available only in a Kirkland Signature grinder, now comes in a 5-pound container that is ready to use in salt shakers, below. It claims to be the purest salt in the world.

These sweet peppers from Canada were labeled non-GMO.

Fresh Peeled Garlic from Miami-based Garland Food appears to have replaced the peeled California Garlic sold under the Christopher Ranch label. Last week was the first time we found a 3-pound bag of Garland garlic that didn't appear to have any dark-colored, soft cloves ($7.29). The label says the garlic comes from Argentina.

Now, Costco members can use Visa credit or debt cards at the food court in Teterboro. A large cup of Kirkland Signature Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt was $1.35.


  1. I heard that Cosco's nuts have been gased by PPO. Have you heard of that?

    1. You provide very little information here and don't even say what PPO is. I Googled PPO and came across this article from NaturalSociety.com that identifies Costco's Kirkland Signature "chocolate-covered almonds as well as their whole almonds"as having been treated with propylene oxide, "a chemical that even the CDC admits causes cancer," to prevent salmonella.

      An outbreak of salmonella in Canada was traced back to a California grower.

      Here is the web address of the article: http://naturalsociety.com/discovered-dirty-little-secret-almonds/

      The article also says organic almonds are treated not with the gas, but with heat to raise their temperature to 200 degrees.

      For a few years now, I have been buying Costco's whole raw almonds and baking them at 275 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes, then dusting them with cinnamon, and keeping them in a jar for snacking. I did so on Thursday with a 3-pound bag of raw almonds my wife bought at Costco the day before.

      I guess to be safe, I'll have to find organic almonds.

  2. I heard that all of the Cosco's nuts have been pasteurized using PPO, a very harmful gas that was used for car.

    1. Thanks. See the previous comment and reply.

    2. Another factor to consider is how many almonds do you eat? I usually have a dozen or so after dinner from the ones I roast and dust with cinnamon. Is that harmful even if they are gassed with PPO?


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