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What to buy and what to skip at Trader Joe’s

By Lisa Gosselin, February 7, 2011 - 12:18pm

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Be careful about salt content on Joe's frozen foods. Many package listed for 2 or 3 servings are really enough for just 1 person as an entree. The salt content then becomesextremely high


05/03/2012 - 2:05pm

This is silly, I can calculate my own price comparisons. I only read this because I was hoping to get nutrition info.


04/17/2012 - 8:48pm

I am so glad I discovered you! I am a lover of Trader Joe and have my favorites but this article even told me more. I am going to link this post to my twitter page and add you to my favorites.


03/14/2012 - 2:32pm

Peanut Butter at Trader Joe's is a knock-out deal with no added sugar and no added fat!!!


03/12/2012 - 5:23pm

I love the selection of cheeses, nuts and dried fruit and nothing beats TJ's for snack food (I practically live off their freeze-dried mandarin orange slices, wasabi seaweed and roasted pistachios.) But, as others have noted, their bread and fruits and veggies turn very quickly. I used to buy Morningstar soy patties there, but now they have replaced it with another brand and it's disgusting. (I love their chicken breakfast sausage but that's not something I can do every day.)

For me, the stuff at TJ's is either excellent or just weird/disgusting.


03/12/2012 - 4:31pm

Am in San Antone right now (no Trader Joes here unfortunately). When I did find a TJ elsewhere, I mostly bought their frozen items, coffee, sardines, olive oil and their one trail mix sans peanuts. Stayed away from most other items. As for Whole foods (there's one here in SA), I go for their $5 a can three bean coffee but shop for little else. WH is expensive as the dickens.


03/06/2012 - 7:57pm

It is completely unfair to say that genetically-modified foods are inherently bad. Yes, there is controversy over the ethical implications of changing natural evolution, but the fact remains that some of them have actually helped a lot of people (as in the case of golden rice). Yes, there are chances of the modified genes being spread into wild populations, but I'm not trying to argue that GMOs are bad nor that they're good.

I'm saying that it's unfair to judge automatically that they're bad.


03/06/2012 - 2:59am

Their low-sodium chicken broth is so much cheaper than any of the other stores in my area.


03/06/2012 - 2:38am

English Cheddar (with carmelized onions) is the BOMB!! So is the rosemary-ham. Their Salmon Oil Supplement is the best! not only with price, but with no after-taste. We regularly use their General T'so's sauce, Dipping Sauce, the bottled pizza sauce is awesome. We love their pizza dough, the cinnamon rolls, oh, damn. Now I have to go make lunch. This article makes me hungry! And the $4.99 chocolate bars are better and cheaper than any others, even at Walmart.
Anyway, off to the kitchen!


03/05/2012 - 4:30pm

Our local Trader Joe's has many strengths and a few weaknesses. Their bread products are a real gamble. Fresh-baked are a real $ find and have an adequate shelf life. But have lost packaged whole grain breads, tortillas, hot dog buns to mold within 3-4 days at home. Agree cheeses are a real highlite. Love the extra sharp New York cheddar + Basque goat cheese. Regional wines are priced generally higher than our state liquor stores prices. (Will be interested to see what happens when Washington State goes out of this biz June 1st.!) Organic eggs are excellent and priced well. Excellent mixture of organic fruit and veggies at generally lower cost than neighboring chain stores. Shelf space pressure dictates some of my favorites come and go (e.g. Almond Milk in cooler), but appreciate the variety of ethnic products. Frozen wild salmon filets is another excellent buy for high quality fish. Not organic, but well-priced, good quality Angus filet steaks in smaller cuts are a big favorite.


03/04/2012 - 3:20pm

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