Costco just keeps outdoing itself. Between its five-tier wedding "cakes" made entirely of cheese wheels, its delicious taco kits that make weeknight dinner about 10 times easier, and its ginger and turmeric shots sold in bulk to help you stay in tip-top shape, a visit to Costco is more like a visit to heaven. And if you can believe it, your next shop just got even more exciting, because it turns out that Costco also carries Everything Bagel Seasoning in bulk. (And I thought I hit the jackpot when they started selling a 27-pound tub of macaroni and cheese.)
The bagel seasoning, made by Olde Thompson, features a delicious blend of garlic, onion, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds. Most often associated with bagels, this seasoning can be sprinkled on pretty much anything, from sandwiches and meats to even popcorn and salads. And don't worry about running out — with its 11.5 ounce container, there's surely enough to add to all of your favorite dishes.
The seasoning retails for around $4, but be sure to check your local Costco store as prices and availability may vary based on location. Happy sprinkling!
25 Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco
Costco has aggressively turned on its head the notion that a store brand is a notch below a national brand. How? By using its coast-to-coast strength to strong-arm suppliers to put quality as well as value into its Kirkland Signature offerings. A quarter of Costco’s annual sales now reportedly come from its Kirkland product lines, which first hit store shelves in 1995.
It’s no surprise. Costco continually upped its array of Kirkland Signature products, currently numbering 364 individual items, according to Costco's website. Wary of store-branded items? Don't be with Kirkland Signature. Many, if not all, are manufactured by top national and regional companies, including Duracell, which makes Kirkland Signature batteries, one of our recommendations.
On some Kirkland Signature products, don't be surprised to see the name-brand manufacturer's name co-branded with the Kirkland Signature, including the renowned Stearns & Foster on a Kirkland Signature by Stearns and Foster mattress (starting at $1,049.99), and nationally known Ocean Spray on the Kirkland Signature Cranberry Premium juice.
You’ll find the Kirkland Signature logo on everything from coffee to chicken stock, and golf balls to cheese wheels. We took a closer look at several Kirkland products getting accolades from customers and critics. You should check them out, too.
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Kirkland Signature Organic Animal Crackers
Whether you’re feeding your children or your own inner child, Kirkland Signature Organic Animal Crackers are off the leash. The sweet snacks, in case you forgot, are in the shape of bite-size animals. Kirkland organic animal crackers come in a 64-ounce barrel, priced at $9.99, or about 16 cents per ounce. Walmart was selling a 24-ounce barrel of Stauffer Biscuit Co. (non-organic) animal crackers for $3.98, or about 17 cents per ounce.
If you’re not a Costco member, you can order the same barrel of animal crackers on Amazon.com, but you’ll pay nearly double: $15.98, or about 25 cents per ounce. Shipping is free for Prime members.
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Kirkland Signature Bacon
If everything is better with bacon, as the saying goes, then everything is super better with Kirkland Signature Bacon. The product-testing pros at Consumer Reports put bacon to the test and deemed Costco’s store-brand regular sliced bacon the top dog – make that the top pig. Testers raved about the taste, “noting its crispiness and balance of fat and meat flavors.”
They also raved about its price: Kirkland bacon typically sells for $1.50 less per pound than name-brand competitors. The Kirkland Signature sliced bacon comes in a pack of four one-pound individually wrapped packages for $18.99.
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Kirkland Signature Batteries
With back-to-school shopping revving up and, ahem, the holiday shopping season not that far away, you're going to need more power for all those energy-sucking gadgets. Kirkland Signature batteries can keep all those electronic toys and devices charged up at bargain prices. A 48-pack of Kirkland Signature AA batteries -- made by Duracell -- is $13.99 (down from $15.99 in November 2020), or about 29 cents per battery. BONUS: The day I was there, Kirkland batteries were on sale for $4 off, making this packet of AA batteries $9.99, or 20 cents per battery.
Stepping into name-brand batteries will cost you more at Costco (and much, more at other places). A 40-pack of Duracell CopperTop AA batteries is $17.99, for example, or more than 44 cents per battery. (Costco often puts Duracell batteries on sale, however, so check the flyer or shelf tag if you must have a name brand.)
Meanwhile, Walmart was selling 24-packs of Energizer AA batteries for $16.24, or 68 cents per battery.
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Kirkland Signature Cashews
Costco knows nuts, and its Kirkland Signature Whole Cashews are a prime example. That’s not just this nut speaking.
“Costco's nuts are always super-fresh and high-quality,” raves food and cooking website TheKitchn.com. “Unless you're a big-time baker, 2- and 3-pound packages of nuts might seem like a daunting purchase, but don't forget that they freeze beautifully.”
A 2.5-pound container of Kirkland Signature whole fancy cashews goes for $14.99, or $5.99 per pound, a good savings over the going rate for 2-pound, 1-ounce containers of Planters whole cashews at Walmart. They were selling for $18.98 per container, or about $9.49 per pound.
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Kirkland Signature Cheese Wheel
Excessive, yes, but there’s an odd appeal to having your own 72-pound wheel o' cheese. Costco knows this and complies. The Kirkland Signature Whole Wheel Parmigiano Reggiano can be yours for $949.99 or $13.99 per pound (up fifty bucks from 2019, when it was $899.99, or $12.50 a pound). I’ve had a piece of said wheel and it’s exceptional.
That per-pound price is a bargain, by the way, compared to Wegmans Italian Classics Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese sold at the regional Wegmans supermarkets, where chunks were going for $20.99 a pound (in various size chunks). But alas, the question inevitably arises: What do you do with a whole wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano? One answer: Pasta – lots and lots of pasta. And some foodie sites note if properly stored, the aged cheese can last for many months, and some say it can be frozen.
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Kirkland Signature Chicken Stock
For home chefs who do a lot of cooking, Kirkland Signature Organic Chicken Stock is a winner in taste and price. But be warned: You’re bulk-buying an entire case of chicken stock.
Still, it's a good investment. Stock has a long shelf life, and the six quart-size boxes of organic chicken stock you'll get at Costco cost just $10.99, or about $1.83 per quart. At Walmart, a single quart-size box of Swanson chicken stock was selling for $2.72; however, it is not organic.
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Kirkland Signature Coffee Pods
If K-cups for the Keurig brand of coffeemakers help power you through your day, Costco has something for you to brew. Its lineup of boxes of Kirkland Signature K-cups include boxes of 120 medium roast pods for $34.99, or about 29 cents a pod.
You don't have to go far to price-compare. Costco sells other brands, including a box of 72 Dunkin Donuts original blend medium roast coffee pods for $36.99. That comes out to 51 cents a pod.
Not a podster? Costco features a whole lineup of Kirkland Signature ground and whole-bean coffee, plus those of competitors.
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Kirkland Signature Diced Tomatoes
There's a lot of cooking going on in our house, even by me. We go through a lot of tomatoes, and turn to Costco for help. In my opinion, Costco's Kirkland Signature organic diced tomatoes -- in boxes of eight 14.5-ounce cans -- are the best. Each can is packed densely with tomatoes, whereas other, national brands are more watery. Each box sells for $5.99, or about 75 cents per can (and the price hasn't changed in years). At Walmart, similar-size cans of its store brand Great Value organic petite diced tomatoes sell for $1.08.
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Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pods
If you run the dishwasher a lot, costs mount for those convenient dishwasher soap pods, especially if you’re buying name-brand detergent. You don’t have to.
Kirkland Signature Premium Dishwasher Pacs get the job done at a fraction of the price of national brands. You’ll pay $9.99 for 115 pods, or less than 9 cents per load. Costco also stocks packages of Cascade Complete Action pods for $15.99 for 90 pods, or more than 18 cents per load, twice the cost of the Kirkland brand. In recent testing by Consumer Reports, Kirkland’s pods bested all competitors including name-brand pods from Cascade and Finish.
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Kirkland Signature Organic Brown Eggs
We go through a lot of eggs in our home, and the 24-pack of Kirkland Signature Organic Brown Eggs are always on the shopping list. They’ve been consistently good, and they come in at the right price: $6.29 for the 24-pack. That’s 29 cents per egg.
By comparison, a carton of 18 Walmart Marketside large organic was $5.74, or 32 cents per egg.
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Kirkland Signature Energy Shots
Sometimes you need a little liquid encouragement to get through your busy days. Not that. This: Costco sells 48-count packages of 2-ounce Kirkland Signature Energy Shots for $34.99, or about 73 cents per shot. The day I was there an $8-off coupon discounted that price to $26.99, or 56 cents per shot.
By contrast, a single 1.93 ounce shot of 5-Hour Energy was selling for $2.78 at Walmart.
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Kirkland Signature Food Wrap
Popularly known as “Saran wrap,” Costco can’t call its food wrap by that name because SC Johnson owns the trademarked Saran brand. By any name, however, the Kirkland Signature version is a winner on quality and price.
And here's one where Costco's Kirkland Signature co-brands with a national brand, Stretch-Tite. A single 3,000 square foot roll of Kirkland Signature Stretch-Tite Plastic Food Wrap sells for just $13.49, or about a half a cent per square foot. That’s 3,000 square feet of plastic wrap. At Walmart, a 225-square-foot roll of Reynolds Kitchens plastic food wrap was selling for $2.98, or about 1 cent per square foot.
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Kirkland Signature Gasoline
Not every Costco has a gas station adjacent to it, but the club locations that do have them see steady, and strong, business. What gives? The savings. A Costco in central Virginia was selling regular Kirkland Signature Gasoline for roughly 9% less than nearby national brand stations. Sure, the difference is a few pennies per gallon, but on a fill-up you might save $3 or more – not bad if you’re heading to Costco anyway.
Factor in how valuable your time is, though. Even on a weekday afternoon, at least 7 vehicles were waiting in line, sometimes for 20 minutes or longer, to get to Costco’s gas pumps. That’s a lot of idling.
And one pro tip, fellow Costco gas guzzlers: Costco's hoses are extra long, meaning you don't have to drive up to the pumps on the side of the car where your gas tank door is located. If you're close enough to the pump, the hose will reach either side. Many people waste precious minutes waiting to pull up to the "right" side of the pump.
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Kirkland Signature Golf Gear
When Costo released its Kirkland Signature golf balls in 2016, they were an immediate sensation, highly lauded by pros and amateurs alike. They also quickly sold out, as they were compared to the highly lauded Titleist Pro V1.
They're back. You can pick up a 24-pack of Kirkland Signature V2.0 Performance three-piece golf balls for $24.99. Costco-branded golf balls typically retail for 60% less than a Titleist.
But wait. There's more: The equally lauded Kirkland Signature KS1 Putter is on Costco shelves for $139.99. Need a bit more in your bag? A Kirkland Signature 3-piece golf wedge set is $159.99.
While you're at it, pick up a four-pack of Kirkland Signature golf gloves -- sizes vary -- for $19.99.
We can't guarantee this Kirkland Signature will improve your game, but we can guarantee you'll save a few bucks.
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Kirkland Signature Honey
Costco is sweet on its Kirkland Signature brand of 100% U.S. raw, unfiltered honey in 3 pound jars. The price goes down easy: $8.99, or about 19 cents per ounce. A 12-ounce jar of Walmart's Great Value raw, unfiltered honey was $3.38, or 28.2 cents per ounce.
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Kirkland Signature Italian Sparkling Water
If you like your Italian mineral water sparkling, you might often turn to the classic San Pellegrino. Costco knows that. It stacks cases of its Kirkland Signature Italian Sparkling Mineral Water near cases of Pellegrino. I detected no taste difference, but there certainly was a price difference.
A case of 24 16.9-ounce bottles of Kirkland Signature Italian sparkling water was selling for $12.99 (same price as 2019), while a similar size case of Pellegrino sparkling water was $17.99 ($1 more a case at Costco than 2019).
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Kirkland Signature Laundry Detergent
So ... it does all come out in the wash.
Costco tapped its Kirkland Signature brand to help do the laundry, and less expensively than national brands, some stacked and stocked near the KS brand.
For comparison's sake, we spotted the Kirkland Signature UltraClean Premium liquid laundry detergent in 194-ounce jugs selling for $15.99 and yes, the packaging does look strikingly like Tide's signature colors. UltraClean comes in at 8 cents per ounce.
Nearby, stacks and stacks of 150-ounce jugs of Tide Advance Power laundry detergent challenged UltraClean. But Tide Advance was selling for $19.99, or 13 cents per ounce.
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Kirkland Signature Olive Oil
Costco’s olive oil rises to the top, notes the University of California, Davis, which conducted a chemical and sensory study of olive oils. Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil was one of only a few imported oils that met international and U.S. standards for extra virgin olive oil. The many brands that fell short in the testing were diluted with cheaper oils and exhibited problems with quality and flavor.
What's also nice is the price. A 2-liter bottle of Kirkland Signature EVOO was $11.99, or about 17 cents per ounce. News flash: You can skip the Costco membership and get this same 2-liter bottle of Kirkland Signature EVOO on... wait for it: Walmart.com Um-hmmm. But it will set you back $34.24, nearly three times the cost at Costco.
Walmart does have its own branded EVOO. Its Great Value organic extra virgin olive oil is $9.86 for a 51-ounce jar, or about 19 cents per fluid ounce, and we're not sure if it's received accolades.
Note, too, the Kirkland Signature name is on a wide lineup of other cooking oils, including coconut, canola and corn.
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Kirkland Signature Organic Peanut Butter
When my wife finally weaned me off creamy (and delicious) Jif peanut butter and into the world of peanut butter made without sugar (just peanuts; maybe some salt), my snacking world changed.
Our go-to brand had been Smucker's organic creamy peanut butter, but after diving into Kirkland Signature Organic Peanut Butter, that, too, has changed. It’s just as good as Smucker's, maybe even better, and there’s no arguing with the price. You can get two 28-ounce jars of Kirkland peanut butter for around $10, or 18 cents per ounce, while just one 16-ounce jar of Smucker's costs $4.48 at Walmart, or 28 cents per ounce.
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Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken
The Costco I go to in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley must roast hundreds of chickens a day in its giant rotisserie oven, which is constantly getting loaded and off-loaded by the white-coated chicken changers. These Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chickens are always tasty, and what’s not sold is repurposed in other Costco fresh foods made onsite. You can find some of that leftover poultry in Costco’s Kirkland Signature chicken noodle soup and packages of shredded chicken, great for creating a variety of your own dishes at home (and it freezes well).
The best part: Costco has consistently kept the price of each roasted chicken at $4.99, likely looked at as a loss leader. At a nearby Walmart, a lone rotisserie chicken was selling for $7.67 with nary a rotisserie in sight.
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Kirkland Signature Toilet Paper
No one longs for the darker days of the pandemic, hunting down toilet paper anywhere you could. Some retailers, Costco included, limited how many packets you could buy. And most of what Costco sells in that department are 30-packs.
TP shortages seem to be a thing of the past. And not that it's anybody's business, but our house is Team Costco when it comes to TP. Kirkland Signature 2-ply bath tissue is a steal. Thirty high-quality rolls sell for just $16.99, a price Costco didn't up during the pandemic. That price has been steady for years.
Facial tissue is another story. One shopping expert we consulted knocked the quality of Costco’s Kirkland Signature facial tissue, earning it a spot on our list of the worst things to buy at warehouse clubs.
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Kirkland Signature Organic Tortilla Chips
This one is fairly new on our Kirkland Signature amazing lineup of snacks: 40-ounce (2.5 pounds) bags of Kirkland Signature organic tortilla chips. At about $5 a bag, or 12 cents per ounce, the price is right and the chips are tasty and durable enough to stand up to my amazing salsa-with-a-burn (made with Kirkland organic diced tomatoes, naturally). Compare that to a 7.5-ounce bag of Simply Doritos Organic White Cheddar Tortilla Chips at Walmart. They sell for $2.98, or 40 cents per ounce.
Or if you crave the Kirkland Signature chips and you're not a Costco member, you can buy a 40-ounce bag on Walmart.com ... for $22.20.
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Kirkland Signature Vitamin Water
Yes, bottles of the fruit-flavored, no-calorie and mineral-rich Kirkland Signature Vita Rain Zero are strikingly similar to Glaceau Vitaminwater Zero, but I dare you to find any difference in taste. There is a difference in price, which is significant to me; I drink a lot of this stuff.
Costco tabbed Kirkland’s 24-count variety pack of 20-ounce Vita Rain Zero bottles at $9.99, or about 42 cents per bottle. Walmart was selling Coca-Cola-owned Vitaminwater Zero Sugar Rise, electrolyte-enhanced water with vitamins for $4.98 for a six pack (these are 16.9-ounce bottles), or about 83 cents per bottle.
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Kirkland Signature Vodka
Wine snobs are already familiar with Kirkland Signature wines (more on those later), but spirits snobs might still be in the dark about Costco’s store-brand booze. Costco isn’t allowed to sell liquor in all of its stores; many states limit the warehouse club to beer and wine. But some states do give the green light to Costco selling liquor, and its vodka is a hands-down winner, rave spirits experts including Bon Appetit.
I first stumbled upon Kirkland Signature Vodka while shopping at a Costco on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Not that I’m so into vodka, but I do know good from bad. Kirkland’s vodka ranks up there with my fav, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and it costs less.
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Kirkland Signature Wine
Costco is the biggest seller of wine in the U.S., with estimated annual wine sales of $1.8 billion, and the warehouse club’s Kirkland Signature wines are a big reason behind the booming demand. As Annette Alvarez-Peters, who heads Costco’s wine-buying team, told Wine Spectator, "The Costco consumer is very loyal to the [Kirkland Signature] brand. They will always give the item a shot.” And why not? Wine rating websites typically give Kirkland Signature wines high scores in the mid-to-upper 80s out of 100.
One hint for picking especially good Kirkland Signature wines: When you see the Costco brand on the front label, turn the bottle around. You just might find the name of the source winery on the back label. That can tell you a lot about the experience of the wine maker and the quality of the grapes. Alternatively, read reviews online. This Costco-centric wine blog, for one, has taste-tested plenty of Kirkland Signature wines. In my own taste-testing of whites I found a nice Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon and a Kirkland Sonoma County Chardonnay for $7.99 each. These are big boys, too,1.5 liter bottles, not the typical 750 milliliters for mass retailers' house wines, including Walmart, with its private label wines called Winemakers Selection, selling for about $5 to $12.99 per bottle, or Aldi, with its Winking Owl varieties, including chardonnay, pinot grigio, shiraz, zinfandel, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, selling for $2.95 a bottle.
Costco Vs. Trader Joe's: Which Has Better Everything Bagel Seasoning?
The ingredients are the same, and in the same order, albeit worded slightly differently (Trader Joe's "dried minced onion" vs. Costco's "dehydrated onion"), but some critics of the Costco version say it's too salty. One commenter on an Instagram post from account costcobuys wrote, "TJ's is better. This one has much more salt." One Redditor claimed the exact opposite, however: "And it's less salty than the one from TJ's, too." A quick look at the labels tells us they're right: for a quarter-teaspoon serving, TJ's version has 80 mg of sodium compared to Costco's 65 mg. As one Redditor said of the Costco version, "I don't say this lightly, it's life changing."
There's no question on one point, though: Costco's seasoning is the better value. It isn't lost on this Redditor, who said, "Love tj but too pricey to purchase frequently. Will look for it on my next Costco run." And if you don't have a Costco membership, Sam's Club, Walmart, Amazon, and Aldi all have their own versions, too (via SheKnows). Regardless of your retailer, the mix gives an extra boost and crunch to everything from rice to eggs to salads (via the Edgy Veg, Reddit, Kitchn). According to the Kitchn, one mom even uses it to trick her little ones into eating their veggies. "My kids, four and two, are picky about vegetables, and these 'sprinkles' seem to help sell them," she told them. Who can argue with savory sprinkles?
18 Foods You'll Regret Buying in Bulk at Costco
Costco is one of America's most beloved stores, and for good reason. Where else can you make a whole meal out of free samples, purchase a diamond ring, and buy a rotisserie chicken for just $5?
Mainly, Costco is known for its bulk items: vats of mayonnaise, gallons of olive oil, a 16-pack of tuna cans. But as much as people love shopping at this members-only store, you shouldn't buy everything in bulk. Even if you think you're saving money at the moment—after all, those low prices can be pretty enticing—you're actually losing it in the long run.
That's because a lot of those bulk foods go uneaten and wind up being thrown away. A study in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that low-income households waste more food than middle-income homes, due in part to bulk buying. It typically goes like this: We see something that's a better value when bought in bulk, we get bored stiff of it and by the time we can stomach the idea of digging back into the pile, it's either gone bad or lost its flavor or nutritional potency.
Make sure you avoid these common items bought in bulk—not every low price is a truly good deal.
An entire bag of avocados for under $5? How could you pass up that deal? We'll tell you. Unless you're buying a bag of avocados to make guacamole for a party, it's probably not worth buying the fatty fruit in bulk. If you buy avocados in bulk, they could all ripen on the same day, leaving you with half a dozen fruits to get through before they go bad! If you still want to buy in bulk to save money, you can store avocados in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. It's just one of the 30 Simple Tricks to Make Your Produce Last Longer.
Nuts seem like one of those foods that never go bad, but that's actually not the case. Even if they don't grow mold or get freezer burn, they can still spoil. Both seeds and nuts contain a lot of oil, which comes from healthy unsaturated fats. The problem is that fats tend to go rancid rather quickly. Even if you store your seeds and nuts in an airtight container and keep them in a cool, dark spot (as you should), they'll only keep for a couple of months. If you're stuck with a mountain of macadamias or a hefty bag of hazelnuts, put them in airtight containers and store them in the fridge or freezer. This may extend their life to up to a year.
Looking for ways to use up those nuts? Try these Four Different Spice Roasted Nut Recipes Ideal for Snacking.
Even if spices don't actually go bad, they do go stale rather quickly. (Psst: You're Definitely Not Replacing Your Spices Often Enough.) That's a huge bummer because the whole point of spices is to, you know, be flavorful. The more refined the spice, the more rapidly it will lose potency. Ground spices will start to get dull after just six months, while spices purchased in a whole form—cumin seeds for example—have about a year. Although buying in bulk seems tempting for the price, people typically only use a pinch here and there, so buying large amounts isn't necessary. They'll go bad before you get to enjoy them all.
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Flour, be it all-purpose, whole wheat, or another variety, attracts water. Although that makes it a great ingredient for thickening soups, stews, and sauces, it also means it soaks up moisture in the air. And the longer you have it, the more time it has to soak up moisture, and the closer it is to turning rancid. White all-purpose flour actually keeps longer than whole grain or nut flour—about a year versus a couple of months—but unless you are cooking and baking with flour every day, you probably won't go through a bulk size within the year. You can extend the life of flour by putting it in your fridge, but if you keep buying everything on this list in bulk, your icebox is going to get pretty crowded. And if you're looking for an alternative to white flour, try one of these 20 Flour Substitutes For When You've Run Of All-Purpose Flour.
Coffee is pretty cheap as it is, so there's no real need to buy it in bulk. Plus, real coffee aficionados know that's not the freshest way to enjoy a hot cup of joe. The freshest, best tasting cup of coffee is made from beans that have been roasted within two weeks of the cup being brought to your lips. If you value what your coffee tastes like you're best off doing two things: Choose a bag that contains as much coffee as you could get through in a week (or two), and avoid those giant barrels or bins of coffee altogether. You don't know how long the coffee's aroma and flavor have been sucked out of the beans and into the surrounding air.
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Did you realize whole grains contain oils? They're found in the grain's bran and germ and can cause them to go rancid quickly, just like nuts and seeds. Although the oils are removed during the processing of grains like white rice, they remain attached to the grain and can cause them to go bad.
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Your favorite condiments like ketchup, mayo, and mustard tend to be loaded with sugar, salt, and other preservatives. Despite this, they can still go bad. Even if they are "shelf-stable," they are slowly going bad. Family finance and frugal living expert Jordan Page advises you to forgo buying an economy-sized vat of ketchup. "It almost always will go bad before you can go through it," she says.
Because beef jerky is preserved with salt and other spices, you'd think it would stay fresh for a long time, right? Not quite. The meat snack, whether it be chicken, beef, or turkey, needs to be refrigerated after opening. In fact, most jerky packages state to eat within three days of opening and store it in the fridge after that. But even in the refrigerator, jerky only lasts about a week or two. Unless you want to get fancy and vacuum seal it (in which case it can last up to two months), you're better off sticking to the smaller packs.
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Even if you're someone who frequently cooks with oil and uses it as a base for sauces and dressings, it's unlikely you'll go through one of the bulk-sized vats in the three- to six-month timeframe that experts recommended you enjoy oil once it's opened. And it doesn't matter which type of oil you use: Olive, sesame, canola, and peanut all start to go rancid at around a few months, even when unopened. Once a bottle is open, it only lasts between one and three months. According to Bertolli, Americans only go through about one and a half 750-milliliter bottles of extra virgin olive oil a year, so you likely won't have to buy that much oil.
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Yes, Costco has incredible deals on fresh foods like potatoes. But if you don't have a big household, you probably won't get to use all of them before they start going bad.
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Even if you eat a quesadilla at every meal, you probably won't get through Costco's giant bags of cheese before their expiration dates.
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Aside from the fact that you probably won't finish a giant container of milk in time, Costco's milk jugs are really hard to pour. Try buying almond or soy milk at Costco instead—the cartons are sold in multipacks, so you can use each one individually without worrying about the rest of it going bad.
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Costco's organic butter is a great deal for holiday baking and other times when you'll need a lot of butter at once. But for the majority of the year, you won't need that much butter at one time. Ever.
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Unless you're throwing a party, you don't need as much hummus as a Costco-sized tub will give you. Stick to a smaller portion from a traditional grocery store to prevent food waste.
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Aside from the fact that you probably won't use more than a dozen eggs before they expire, Costco's egg prices aren't that much better than what you'd find at a competitor.
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Yes, the bags of cereal are individually wrapped at Costco, so they won't go stale despite the larger box. But do you really need to lug that much cereal home? Costco's cereal prices aren't much cheaper than what you'd find at a local grocery store, so you might be better off buying the smaller boxes.
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Sure, that $18 cookie tray was great for holiday parties. But will your family really eat all of the cookies or pastries in a Costco-sized box on a regular week? You're better off buying a smaller portion of these treats at a regular grocery store.
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While baking soda can last for a long time, baking powder is prone to attracting moisture—the same reason why flour goes rancid. Unless you are baking up a storm every day, it's unlikely that you'll go through your big tub of baking powder before it goes bad. Baking powder can only stay fresh and active for about six months to a year when stored in a cool, dry place. Dried yeast may still do the trick after six months, but the fresh variety will lose its mojo months sooner. Store fresh yeast in the fridge and dry yeast in the freezer for maximum shelf life.
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If you’re an Everything Bagel lover then you are going to flip out over these Everything Bagel seasoned cashews!
This savory snack will definitely satisfy your hankering for a crunchy, salty treat without leaving you feeling guilty about eating fried, processed junk.
Garlic and onion granules, flakey sea salt, and toasted sesame seeds give these roasted cashews their bagel-like flavor and while this is an excellent way to tide yourself over between meals, these cashews also make delicious additions to salads, veggie bowls, and vegan cheese boards.
I hope you love this (slightly addicting) snack recipe 🙂
- 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
- 1 tsp crunchy garlic nuggets (preferred) or chunky garlic granules
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion granules
- 2 tsp flakey sea salt
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- 2 cups raw cashews
- avocado oil spray or flavorless oil of choice
- regular sea salt for sprinkling
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Start by making the Everything Bagel Seasoning by combining the sesame seeds, garlic nuggets, garlic powder, onion granules, flakey salt, and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- Then add the raw cashews to a large mixing bowl.
- Add 6 tsp of the Everything Bagel Seasoning you just prepared and a few generous sprays of avocado oil. If you’re not using a spray, you’ll need about 1-2 teaspoons of a flavorless oil like avocado, vegetable, or organic canola. Start with one teaspoon and see if you need more. Just a little is all you need to make the spices stick!
- Mix everything very well to coat the cashews and then transfer to a lined baking sheet, making sure to scrape the bowl for any remaining bits of seasoning.
- Bake for 5 minutes, then shake the pan, and continue baking for another 3- 5 minutes.
The exact baking time will depend on your oven, so keep an eye on them around 7 minutes. The cashews are done when they are lightly golden brown and fragrant. This happens quickly as nuts tend to burn easily, so don’t walk away from the oven!
7. Remove the tray from the oven and sprinkle the cashews with a touch of regular sea salt to taste.
8. These roasted cashews are best served warm and fresh from the oven but they can be stored, once cooled, in an airtight container on the counter for several days.
This Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe will make about 2 tsp more than you’ll need. I store leftovers in a small tupperware container to sprinkle on avocado toast, homemade hummus, and over roasted veggies. SooOooOoo good!
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Costco Sells an Everything Bagel Seasoning That People Swear Is Better Than Trader Joe’s
If you’re visiting Trader Joe’s for the first time, diehards will suggest — nay demand — you pick up two items: TJ’s Speculoos Cookie Butter and Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. These two items are so popular, Trader Joe’s not only started selling Everything But the Bagel-seasoned mixed nuts earlier this year, but they’re also releasing a Cookie Butter-flavored beer this fall. Since, we’ve seen competing products hit shelves, like Biscoff’s cookie spread, but none have presented themselves as worthy rivals — that is, until Costco started selling its own Everything Bagel Seasoning.
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While not a new product by any means — the wholesale retailer made headlines in 2018 and in 2019 for selling tubs of the seasoning — Costco’s Everything Bagel Seasoning has resurfaced on Reddit, prompting Redditors to not only share the various ways they use the seasoning, but also dare declare that Costco’s Everything Bagel Seasoning tastes better and is a better deal than Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.
“It’s less salty than the one from TJ’s,” one Reddit user says. “The salt is further down the ingredient list vs. being the second or third ingredient on the TJ bottle.” Another says they’ve ditched the TJ’s seasoning and only head to the California-based grocer to restock on their Umami Seasoning Blend: “I’ve had both, I prefer the Costco one myself both for the salt reason and because it’s a better bang for your buck.”
They aren’t wrong. Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning is $1.99 for a 2.3-ounce shaker (86 cents per ounce). Costco’s is $4.49 for an 11.5-ounce container (39 cents per ounce).
Costco isn’t the only store that carries its own everything bagel seasoning. Sam’s Club sells Tone’s Everything Bagel seasoning blend, Walmart sells Everything Brooklyn Bagel Seasoning from Gustus Vitae, Amazon sells Not Just Bagel Seasoning from Wishful Seasoning, and Aldi sells Stonemill’s Who Needs the Bagel? Seasoning.
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And there you have it! If you haven’t tried Costco’s Everything Bagel Seasoning, why not pick up a container during your next run? Then, report back and let us know which one you prefer.
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