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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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I'm concerned you're making judgements over "looks" instead of true quality. Produce that "looks" too good to be true usually is. It's been engineered to death.


11/09/2015 - 4:55pm

The frozen chicken at TJ never had an expiration date. I would never buy it--it does not taste good either.


08/13/2015 - 10:38pm

I love TJ's but it seems to be hit and miss with the steaks and lamb chops. Sometimes they smell rotten.
Everything else is good and so is their coffee. ;)


03/22/2015 - 8:40pm

To the moron on 3/15/13 who wrote "Cross breeding plants (common for hundreds of years) produces genetically modified food. Get off your high horse." it doesn't. Hybridization is not genetic mutilitation, try not to confuse the two. A generically modified organism or "GMO" is the splicing of DNA with foreign substances like bacteria, viruses, foreign organisms, herbicides and pesticides into cells, then patenting them. Please stop spreading misinformation and educate yourself for everyone's sake.


03/19/2015 - 9:18am

Realized when I got home to dive into the dark chocolate edamame that it had been opened & someone put their dirty hands in it--- where is the SECURITY???


03/16/2014 - 7:06pm

I don't agree with this article. I buy most of my produce at TJ especially avocados, carrots, celery, onions, and broccoli which are all organic at prices much cheaper than WF. The produce are also fresher because of the turnover rate of the inventory. You are going to bag the produce at other supermarkets anyway.

The meat is also another staple I buy from TJ. The organic free range whole chicken is only $2.99/lb and fresh as can be. The other chicken choices are also great; at least the organic free range options. Tons of beef options as well; grassfed beef options and angus beef.

It's true that their cheese section is amazing. But I've had crap cheese from there too; just plain plastic almost.

You pretty much say to skip the fresh options and buy the frozen salt-laden options. While sure, I agree with the convenience but to choose the frozen meatballs over making your own and freezing just doesn't make sense to me unless you are in a time crunch. Anyway, their meatballs contain soy which isn't appealing to everyone.

I recently found out why their wines are so cheap; the grapes are cooked in syrup. They source their wines from companies that are known to do this. Obviously, no one expects amazing wine from TJ. Their wine is definitely not repackaged wine from name brands unlike most of their other items.

Everything in TJ is GMO-free now which is reassuring.

I eat fresh food as much as possible and TJ has helped me do that while staying in budget. This is obviously an old post but I don't think TJ was this bad 3 years ago otherwise it wouldn't have been able to expand so quickly in the last 3 years.

For anyone that comes across this, some other great things at TJ are:
organic coconut oil at $5.49 for 16oz
kerrygold butter salted and unsalted (grassfed butter) at $3.19
organic red bell peppers $3.69 for 3
organic avocados $3.49 for a bag of 4 (same exact bag that is sold of Whole Foods but $2 less)
organic sweet potatoes $3.69 for 3lbs
I can honestly go on.


02/05/2014 - 6:55pm

I buy feta cheese from Israel and use it I lots of ways. I also buy Puffins cereals and have gotten my granddaughters to enjoy it as snack.


11/09/2013 - 12:36pm



10/19/2013 - 5:57pm

i love trader Joes...coconut oil...non gluten oats..chia seeds..cheeses...wish one was in my town...i travel to next town to go every two weeks.


07/29/2013 - 8:22pm

I don't trust them. Pure and simple. Adding your own babe to a brand that someone else and not divulging who makes it is wrong. Who knows if its from China or if its actually non toxic. No thanks. I won't jump on the trendy band wagon just to have something to talk about.


07/03/2013 - 5:38pm

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