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Post by michaeljc70 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:01 pm

Teague wrote:
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I feel like they don't "chew" like real chicken. It tastes as if it lacks "density" and too soft to be actual meat.


Agreed, and there is a reason for that. They both contain sodium phosphates (when I checked the labels) which does a few things, including altering the structure of the protein and helping with moisture retention. Lots of meats are treated with this.


It is called brining and many restaurants and home cooks do it to maintain moisture in chicken, turkey and pork. Your standard Butterball Turkey is brined. If you overdo it, the structure can change too much. I don't find Costco's chickens to be that different than when I make a chicken myself.

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Post by blueblock » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:05 pm

I don't mean to be snooty, but I would NEVER buy a pre-cooked chicken. I see them in their warm little plastic capsules and wonder what the bacteria count might be.

Plus, I like to experiment. Here's my latest try, which is really good (though I de-greased the pan drippings): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BLXYuc4YB0

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Post by Pete12 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:29 am

blueblock wrote:Plus, I like to experiment. Here's my latest try, which is really good (though I de-greased the pan drippings): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BLXYuc4YB0

Sorry Gordon, that chicken was hardly browned and the skin was still flabby... if I saw a rotisserie chicken like that at Costco I would look for another one :happy

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Post by coachz » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:01 pm

blueblock wrote:I don't mean to be snooty, but I would NEVER buy a pre-cooked chicken. I see them in their warm little plastic capsules and wonder what the bacteria count might be.

Plus, I like to experiment. Here's my latest try, which is really good (though I de-greased the pan drippings): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BLXYuc4YB0


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Ron Ronnerson wrote:I dip it into super-hot BBQ sauce and have it with a side of mashed potatoes. It's tasty.


1. What kind of BBQ sauce do you use? I am always searching for better BBQ sauce
2. Plain mashed potatoes? or with gravy? Mashed potatoes & good gravy -- can't be beat. I am starting to salivate as I write this.

We buy the 2 pack of chickens from costco & cook on a charcoal BBQ. There is something about the precooked chicken we didn't care for, but it has been years since we bought them so I don't recall exactly what it was that we didn't like.

I am certain the raw chicken is more expensive than the cooked ones, and mine take way more time.


I sometimes grab a whole foods rotisserie chicken - a bit more espensive vs costco, but very tasty. I eat it for lunch at work... I have a big bowl of spinach, and bring a little tupperware with Annie's Asian Sesame (or similar) dressing on it. I heat the chicken in the microwave, along with some Austin's Own BBQ sauce. I like medium hot, all heat levels taste great. I dump the chicken and BBQ sauce on top of the spinach and dressing. Amazing, and it takes very little time to make.
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Post by hicabob » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:09 pm

blueblock wrote:I don't mean to be snooty, but I would NEVER buy a pre-cooked chicken. I see them in their warm little plastic capsules and wonder what the bacteria count might be.

Plus, I like to experiment. Here's my latest try, which is really good (though I de-greased the pan drippings): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BLXYuc4YB0



That's why everyone hovers around the chicken area when they get them on the table and are bubbling them up. Then the rush when they put them on the shelf. All part of your Costco experience .... they do put a time stamp on the bubble and pull the older ones for in-store use after a certain time period.

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Post by tennisplyr » Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:48 pm

Chicken salad, of course.
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Post by simplesimon » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:37 pm

For anybody interested in the finance side of things:

Why Costco May Never Raise Prices on $4.99 Chickens, $1.50 Hot Dogs

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Post by bhsince87 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:54 pm

There is actually a Costco Rotisserie Chicken facebook page! There are quite a few recipes and ideas there.

https://www.facebook.com/Costco-Rotisse ... 379400260/
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Post by Pete12 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:16 pm

bhsince87 wrote:There is actually a Costco Rotisserie Chicken facebook page! There are quite a few recipes and ideas there.

https://www.facebook.com/Costco-Rotisse ... 379400260/

Seems that there is quite a cult following out there... it's amazing how passionate people get about a $5 chicken.

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Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Post by squirm » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:08 pm

Too many preservatives and salt.

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Post by coachz » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:41 am

The ingredients in the rotisserie chicken are whole chicken, water, salt, sodium phosphate, modified food starch, sugar, carrageenan, soy lecithin, flavorings, and xanthan gum. They are also said to contain no preservatives, MSG’s, gluten, artificial flavors, or artificial colors. As for nutrition information, Costco rotisserie chickens also have 460mg of salt in a 3 oz. serving, so those needing to watch their sodium intake may want to take note. They are also high in cholesterol, but fairly low in sugar. The chickens are brined, which is what makes them so juicy and tender, but it is also the cause of the large amount of sodium per serving. Despite the fact that the chickens are rather sodium-heavy, they are an excellent protein source, and as long as you don’t eat the skin; they are a lower-fat meat option.

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Post by Pete12 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:49 am

Here is some information about the sodium content of brined foods. It seems that if you brine your own meat at home you are exposing yourself to less salt. However I would say we enjoy our Costco rotisserie chickens as part of a balanced lowish sodium diet, so for us it's worth the splurge...

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Post by Feb29 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:35 am

I dice the leftover pieces, then add to marinara sauce, then serve over ravioli.
The smaller pieces are used to make chicken salad sandwiches.

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Post by jasc15 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:36 am

Rotisserie chicken at Costco is a $30M to $40M/year loss leader for them, and is one of the few retailers where it is actually cheaper to buy a cooked chicken than to buy raw and cook yourself.

“I can only tell you what history has shown us,” Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, told a financial analyst who asked about the pricing in 2015, according to a report in the Seattle Times. “When others were raising their chicken prices from $4.99 to $5.99, we were willing to eat, if you will, $30 to $40 million a year in gross margin by keeping it at $4.99.”


https://priceonomics.com/are-rotisserie ... a-bargain/

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Post by miles monroe » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:43 am

jasc15 wrote:Rotisserie chicken at Costco is a $30M to $40M/year loss leader for them, and is one of the few retailers where it is actually cheaper to buy a cooked chicken than to buy raw and cook yourself.

“I can only tell you what history has shown us,” Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, told a financial analyst who asked about the pricing in 2015, according to a report in the Seattle Times. “When others were raising their chicken prices from $4.99 to $5.99, we were willing to eat, if you will, $30 to $40 million a year in gross margin by keeping it at $4.99.”


https://priceonomics.com/are-rotisserie ... a-bargain/


if they are not making any money at the current prices, then why do they allow businesses to come in at store opening (as another poster mentioned) and buy up everything they put out. that makes no sense.

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miles monroe wrote:
jasc15 wrote:Rotisserie chicken at Costco is a $30M to $40M/year loss leader for them, and is one of the few retailers where it is actually cheaper to buy a cooked chicken than to buy raw and cook yourself.

“I can only tell you what history has shown us,” Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, told a financial analyst who asked about the pricing in 2015, according to a report in the Seattle Times. “When others were raising their chicken prices from $4.99 to $5.99, we were willing to eat, if you will, $30 to $40 million a year in gross margin by keeping it at $4.99.”


https://priceonomics.com/are-rotisserie ... a-bargain/


if they are not making any money at the current prices, then why do they allow businesses to come in at store opening (as another poster mentioned) and buy up everything they put out. that makes no sense.

They allow this for the same reason they sell them at that price to everyone else. Those business people make other purchases when they are in the store. Also, their business model (a successful one) does not limit quantities on regular priced items. After all, the name of the company is Costco Wholesale.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:26 pm

We tend to buy a Costco chicken every other week. Most of the time we eat half of it for dinner with standard vegetable sides one night and then we use the other half of it for one of the following fairly standard recipes that we often make - 1) chicken ala king, 2) chicken stir fry, 3) chicken gumbo 4) chicken with pesto and cherry tomatoes on fusilli pasta, 5) chicken vegetable soup, 6) chicken salad sandwiches if feeling extra lazy.

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Post by PaddyMac » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:33 pm

Chop it up and add it to a Chicken Tikka Masala jar sauce. Add some peas and fresh tomatoes, and serve over rice (cooked in my Instant Pot).

Or make Bombay Aloo (Indian-style potatoes with onions and tomatoes) and then just throw in chunks of chicken at the last step.

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Post by island » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:41 pm

powermega wrote:The only better deal than the $5 chicken at Costco is the $1.50 hot dog and drink. Both are glorious!


I'll take the $1.65 berry sundae over the dog please. 8-)

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Post by island » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:47 pm

I like chicken so never get bored with it... Or just about anything I don't have to cook myself. I put BBQ sauce on it if want to add some flavor. I change it up with different sides. Piece it up to add to salad, pasta, a taco, quesadilla, lettuce wraps, or make potpie, chicken salad, etc.

Is it only 5 bucks? I didn't realize that cheap; will have to check next time there.

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Post by Pete12 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:52 pm

PaddyMac wrote:Chop it up and add it to a Chicken Tikka Masala jar sauce.

What an great idea, I never thought of that. I buy the Tikka Masala sauce when I am in Aldi, which is excellent, but usually make it with chicken I cook myself.

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Post by miles monroe » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:01 pm

Pete12 wrote:
PaddyMac wrote:Chop it up and add it to a Chicken Tikka Masala jar sauce.

What an great idea, I never thought of that. I buy the Tikka Masala sauce when I am in Aldi, which is excellent, but usually make it with chicken I cook myself.


chicken from costco served with a sauce from aldi. that should be the official meal of the bogelheads. :)

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Post by 41Fin » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:12 pm

when I was a meat eater, there wasn't a time I left Costco without getting a chicken. The $5 chicken was my version of Dave Ramsey's "Beans and rice"

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Post by Pete12 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:19 pm

miles monroe wrote:chicken from costco served with a sauce from aldi. that should be the official meal of the bogelheads. :)

Pair it with a $1.50 hot dog appetizer and you are good to go (includes the drink too...) Although after eating all that my stomach will be making strange noises...

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Post by kjvmartin » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:07 pm

Kroger has a much better tasting rotisserie chicken IMHO.

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Ron Ronnerson wrote:I dip it into super-hot BBQ sauce and have it with a side of mashed potatoes. It's tasty.


1. What kind of BBQ sauce do you use? I am always searching for better BBQ sauce
2. Plain mashed potatoes? or with gravy? Mashed potatoes & good gravy -- can't be beat. I am starting to salivate as I write this.

We buy the 2 pack of chickens from costco & cook on a charcoal BBQ. There is something about the precooked chicken we didn't care for, but it has been years since we bought them so I don't recall exactly what it was that we didn't like.

I am certain the raw chicken is more expensive than the cooked ones, and mine take way more time.


So here's a recipe for you. First, spatchcock (butterfly) the chicken. Rinse it thoroughly to remove any bits and pieces of lung, etc. Pat dry. Sprinkle both sides liberally with kosher salt and place it on a rack in a baking dish inside the fridge. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours to dry out the skin. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking and heat to 400F. While the fire is ramping up, take a head of garlic, cut off the top 20% and pour in some EVOO. Wrap in aluminum foil and bake in your regular oven for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Open and set aside to cool. Meanwhile in a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup EVOO, 1 tsp. rosemary, 1 tsp. thyme, 1 tsp. pepper and 1 tsp garlic powder. Simmer over low heat. Place the chicken on the grill and turn every 10 minutes. After 40 minutes, the chicken should be done. Remove the roasted garlic from the skins and mash thoroughly. Whisk into the olive oil/spice mixture. Whisk in an additional 1 tbs. of chopped fresh garlic. Baste the chicken with the EVOO spice mix and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove chicken from fire and let it rest for 10 minutes, carve and serve. I also add a couple of chunks of apple or cherry wood to the fire for smoke, really adds to the flavor.

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Post by nolapepper » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:05 pm

For left overs, we make a broth by boiling the bones for hours (add some vinegar to dissolve calcium), the stir fry the chicken meat with pepper garlic and some veggies, eat with noodles and the broth

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Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

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Pete12 wrote:
PaddyMac wrote:Chop it up and add it to a Chicken Tikka Masala jar sauce.

What an great idea, I never thought of that. I buy the Tikka Masala sauce when I am in Aldi, which is excellent, but usually make it with chicken I cook myself.

Went shopping at Aldi yesterday and they have discontinued their Tikka Masala and Thai curry sauces... got to talking with the manager and he said he didn't think they were selling fast enough. Disappointed! :annoyed

Any other recommendations for store-bought curry sauces? We liked the Aldi one as it had good heat and lower sodium levels than other brands we've tried (e.g. Pataks)

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Post by Carson » Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:03 pm

miles monroe wrote:chicken from costco served with a sauce from aldi. that should be the official meal of the bogelheads. :)


An Aldi recently opened near our Costco in a NW Chicago suburb. Match made in heaven!


Pete12 wrote:Any other recommendations for store-bought curry sauces? We liked the Aldi one as it had good heat and lower sodium levels than other brands we've tried (e.g. Pataks)


A lot of my friends rave about the Trader Joes 'Simmer Sauces'. I know a lot of the same products are mfr for TJs and Aldi as they're owned by the same parent company. Also don't give up on Aldi entirely, the sauces might be back in a seasonal special some day.
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My work buddy raises chickens and he says they're voracious!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

He had a cut on his leg, they smelled the blood and went after him!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Post by tooluser » Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:36 pm

I find it very interesting that right next to the $4.99 chickens is a sign saying $6.99 for ribs.
But the ribs are $6.99 per pound, not each, making then about $22 a slab. Quite a price difference.
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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:42 pm

For some reason we haven't sampled Costco's rotisserie chickens, but we have chowed down on a few from Sam's. Even received a free one, apparently they give away all the ones still on the spits when the stores close; or at least that's what they did the time we were checking out during closing.

From my observation, it seems Costco's chickens are a little bigger, but I could be wrong.

I'm sure any person who has watched late night TV has seen the ads for Ronco's rotisserie machine. Well, I have to tell you, that machine really does deliver a good product. One of my daughters has one, and has fixed a few for us.

Looks like Ronco is hawking three different models of rotisserie's, nowadays:

https://www.ronco.com/kitchen-appliances.html

Though, why do it yourself when it is just as cheap (or cheaper) to let Costco or Sam's do the cooking?

Our local grocery chain, Publix, prepares a good rotisserie chicken, also. The lemon-pepper and mojo flavored ones are my favorites.

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Broken Man 1999 wrote:....

Though, why do it yourself when it is just as cheap (or cheaper) to let Costco or Sam's do the cooking?
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Broken Man 1999


I do it myself for two reasons:
1. We don't care for the taste of the Costco chicken
2. I BBQ the chicken and mine tastes a lot better than Costco chicken. Not close.

But I agree, Costco is much faster, easier, and cheaper. Much cheaper. But not as good.
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Post by health teacher » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:00 pm

Experienced my first Costco rotisserie chicken this weekend. And my first PBR. Productive.

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Ron Ronnerson wrote:I dip it into super-hot BBQ sauce and have it with a side of mashed potatoes. It's tasty.


1. What kind of BBQ sauce do you use? I am always searching for better BBQ sauce...

The best spicy BBQ sauce I've found is Stubbs "Spicy"...
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Post by duckcalldan » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:37 pm

Pete12 wrote:A lot of my friends rave about the Trader Joes 'Simmer Sauces'. I know a lot of the same products are mfr for TJs and Aldi as they're owned by the same parent company.


Not quite. Aldi worldwide is actually 2 companies: Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd (North & South). They separated in the 1960s over a disagreement about tobacco sales. Aldi USA is a division of Aldi Süd. Trader Joe's is owned by a family trust connected with Aldi Nord, which is why you can find the TJ label at Aldi Nord stores in Germany.

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miles monroe wrote:
Pete12 wrote:
PaddyMac wrote:Chop it up and add it to a Chicken Tikka Masala jar sauce.

What an great idea, I never thought of that. I buy the Tikka Masala sauce when I am in Aldi, which is excellent, but usually make it with chicken I cook myself.


chicken from costco served with a sauce from aldi. that should be the official meal of the bogelheads. :)


Disagree. Official meal would be going around the store 5-6 times to collect free samples. That means you get a free meal and some exercise for the day. [This is a joke]

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Post by Pete12 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:21 pm

Well it seems this thread got the attention of the big shots at Vanguard!

http://vanguardblog.com/2016/10/31/than ... ogleheads/

I wonder how many Vanguard employees bring leftover Costco rotisserie chicken to work for lunch each day?

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Pete12 wrote:Well it seems this thread got the attention of the big shots at Vanguard!

http://vanguardblog.com/2016/10/31/than ... ogleheads/

I wonder how many Vanguard employees bring leftover Costco rotisserie chicken to work for lunch each day?

Pete12 - you're famous!! I think many Vanguard employees bring it to work for lunch and read your entire thread for ideas. In fact, at the Boglehead Conference, during the Q&A session at Vanguard, in response to the question "What has Vanguard learned from the Bogleheads?" - Maria Bruno admitted, with delight, that she read the entire thread :D

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Post by *3!4!/5! » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:28 pm

Broken Man 1999 wrote:For some reason we haven't sampled Costco's rotisserie chickens, but we have chowed down on a few from Sam's. Even received a free one, apparently they give away all the ones still on the spits when the stores close; or at least that's what they did the time we were checking out during closing.

From my observation, it seems Costco's chickens are a little bigger, but I could be wrong.


I actually noticed that Sam's Club rotisserie chickens are significantly bigger than Costco's. There could be local variation in this. In either place they're a good deal.

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Post by coulombre » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:31 pm

coachz wrote:I always thought they lived a full life whatever the life span of a chicken is.


Do you really want to eat a chicken that has died of old age???

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Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Post by goodlifer » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:42 pm

coulombre wrote:
coachz wrote:I always thought they lived a full life whatever the life span of a chicken is.


Do you really want to eat a chicken that has died of old age???

:-)


Coq au vin can be delicious! I brine all of my white meat. My roasted and rotisserie chickens don't have that mushy texture that Costco has, and the skins on my chickens are worth fighting over. Having said that, I buy Costco chickens a few times a year when I just don't have time to cook but we don't want fast food. I usually make enchiladas with the leftovers, but I also make a nice stir fry. I sometimes do a "taco pie" type thing with tortilla, chicken, rice, cheese, tortilla, sauce, and more cheese. Or just sandwiches if I'm really lazy. Add some garlic to mayo and you are good to go.

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Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Post by Pete12 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:09 pm

Miriam2 wrote:Pete12 - you're famous!! I think many Vanguard employees bring it to work for lunch and read your entire thread for ideas. In fact, at the Boglehead Conference, during the Q&A session at Vanguard, in response to the question "What has Vanguard learned from the Bogleheads?" - Maria Bruno admitted, with delight, that she read the entire thread :D

Aw shucks... I'm humbled that this thread brought some new cheap and tasty meals to folks! Truly a great community where we can all learn from each other- whether it's the finer points of tax loss harvesting, or, what to have for dinner tonight...

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Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Post by Pajamas » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:35 pm

Pete12 wrote:Went shopping at Aldi yesterday and they have discontinued their Tikka Masala and Thai curry sauces... got to talking with the manager and he said he didn't think they were selling fast enough. Disappointed! :annoyed

Any other recommendations for store-bought curry sauces? We liked the Aldi one as it had good heat and lower sodium levels than other brands we've tried (e.g. Pataks)



Trader Joe's carries those and I wouldn't be surprised if they were from the same supplier. They will probably cost more than they do at Aldi.

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