Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip at Costco: Product Review

Let’s make something perfectly clear: there are few things I abhor more than intentional spelling mistakes in words, for any reason. This goes for names, brands and pretty much anything. That’s my personal opinion. This is why I cringed when I say Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing & Dip at Costco. ‘Xtreme’, really? ‘Extreme’ wasn’t ‘Xtreme’ enough? Uhhhh.

That’s when I saw the price, $1.97 for 944 ml – almost a liter of ranch dressing. Then I remembered that I have Gravlax in the fridge. For those of you that don’t know Gravlax, it’s a type of marinated salmon with dill. Incredible. I’ll post my recipe sometimes. In the mean time, you can check out the wikipedia entry for it.

Johnny's Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip

Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip

So, $1.97. It was probably 7 or 8 dollars at some point, but then I thought, with a tacky name and overly colorful and mildly inappropriate packaging, no wonder it’s marked down. Who are they trying to appeal to, anyways? Dill-crazy teenagers? Those aren’t at Costco.

Johnny's Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip ( nutrition facts)

Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip ( nutrition facts)

In any case, I’m happy I bought it, and I’m writing the review, aren’t I?

I’ve not used Johnny’s Dill Ranch dressing as dressing so far, because I have a bunch of gravlax to eat, but I’m sure it will serve admirably well.

I’ve been using it as dip, and it goes quite well with my marinated salmon; it’s very dilly, as the name implies, and that’s something you just can’t get enough eating gravlax. It doesn’t taste too rich, just right, and sticks to the salmon slices in just the right thickness.

In short, an excellent dip, but I wouldn’t use for everything, which is unfortunate because I have a liter of it and I’m quickly running out of salmon.

As to the nutrition facts, it’s about what you’d expect. Each 2-tablespoon serving contains 22% of your daily fat, 13% of your sodium and not much else. Certainly no vitamins or essential nutrients to speak of, but then again, that’s not really what anyone was looking for here, was it?

Johnny's Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip (ingredients)

Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip (ingredients)

It does get interesting when you look at the contents. The first 8 ingredients look fine; they are the traditional ingredients you would expect to find in any dill dressing. Things get a little hairier after that.

As you can see from the provided ingredients list, Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip contains a plethora of chemical-sounding ingredients, including everyone’s favorite, Calcium Disodium EDTA, which is creepily used to treat heavy metal poisoning, such as lead or mercury.


Thankfully, it also prevents the dip from turning when you leave the jar open for too long, so hooray for that and I guess everything’s okay. It’s totally worth it.

In any case, I don’t want to be too rough here on Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip. Despite it’s horrible spelling mistake name, loud graphic design and dizzying list of chemicals, it’s certainly no worse than just about anything you buy on supermarket shelves, unless you feel like making *everything* from scratch. I know I don’t. In addition, this dressing is made in the USA by Johnny’s Fine Foods, so it’s not like your buying some imported, low quality and non-certified junk. I’ll be enjoying my dip and dressing now, for a very affordable price thanks to Costco.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs: Product Review

While I certainly enjoy cooking a complete meal from scratch, I admit to being occasionally lazy, and enjoying one that has been prepared for me, stuffed in a bag and boxed for me to purchase. I was at Costco a few days ago looking for vinegar with which to kill the weeds in my backyard, and I came across some delicious-looking ribs, which were on special, too! I purchased two boxes of the Plaisir Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs. The regular price for these prepared and fully-cooked ribs is $9.79, and a $2.80 Costco instant rebate applied, bringing down the price to a very reasonable $6.99.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs

Each box contains a full rack, or about 700 grams, as per the box. This translates in about $1 per hundred grams, which is a great deal. I think this may be cheaper than buying them fresh and making them the way you want. It’s certainly easier, that’s for sure.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (in bag)

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (in bag)

The ribs and the sauce come packaged in a convenient sealed pouch, which is nice since the preferred method of heating up the ribs – not cooking, they’re already cooked – is putting them in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes, followed by in minutes in the oven. I didn’t do that, I just put in the over for 20 minutes at 400 degrees and they were awesome.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (heating up)

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (heating up)

I lined a cooking sheet with foil, as it makes them easier to clean, and just dumped the ribs (the picture above is the contents of two boxes) on the foil; I then poured the rest of the sauce right on the ribs. I then covered the whole thing loosely with more foil, as per the instructions, and heated them up in the over.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (cooked!)

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (cooked!)

I originally planned on taking a picture right after taking the ribs out of the oven, but my wife and my son were too hungry… yeah, it was mostly me. I devoured almost a full rack, and my wife and son had half a rack and a bit between them. Needless to say, we were all stuffed, and then I remembered I wanted to take pictures. Thankfully, there was some left, which will make a very tasty take-out lunch.

Those ribs are absolutely delicious and taste like home-made, for two excellent reasons: first, the ingredients are perfectly healthy and wholesome, and second, the nutrition facts sheet reads like a cardiologists’ worst nightmare.

PG BBQ Pork Back Ribs Nutrition Facts

PG BBQ Pork Back Ribs Nutrition Facts

First, the ingredients. Here they are, in the usual order:

  • Pork Back Ribs
  • Water
  • Brown Sugar
  • Tomato Paste
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Molasses
  • Soy Sauce
  • Apricot Puree (sugar)
  • Salt
  • Natural Smoke Flavor
  • Mustard Flour
  • Spices

As you can see, there’s nothing wrong here. Except for the apricot puree, which I would never have thought to include in my recipe, or the natural smoke flavor, every one of those ingredients I actually have in my pantry. I could have made those ribs.

Now, have a look at the nutrition fact sheet, right here. Notice the portion size; it’s 100 grams of meat and sauce. Assuming that there are about 500 grams of meat and sauce in the package, leaving out 200 grams for bones, you can see that this is an incredibly unhealthy thing to eat, at least if you consider the fat and salt.

If you’re eating the full package of Plaisir Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs, and trust me, it’s not very difficult, you’ll exceed your entire day’s recommended intake of fat and saturated fat, give your salt intake a run for its money, and blow through 1,250 calories’ worth of meat. You’ll also have eaten about 125 grams of proteins and gotten 50% of your daily iron, but that pales in comparison next to the 400 mg of cholesterol and 25 grams of saturated fat.

Now, even after writing this, I’m not going to stop eating those ribs. In fact, I’ll probably go buy more while they’re on sale and freeze them. Plaisirs Gastronomiques translates in English to ‘Culinary Delights’, and this is exactly what those BBQ Pork Back Ribs provide me: pure pleasure. They are tender, fall-of-the-bone perfect, and present a flawless equilibrium between sweet and salty, which is difficult enough to achieve. The texture is perfect, the taste is perfect, the ingredients are natural, but everything has a price, and in this case, well,it’s the fact that natural doesn’t mean ‘good for you’, health-wise.

Get your Plaisir Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs at your local Costco while they are on special, but if they’re not, don’t fret. They are well-worth the full price of $9.79!

Wafu Japanese Style Mayonaizu Spread: Product Review

I’m happy to report that I’ve made an awesome new discovery at my local Costco! This review is more about something new and great that about price and value, although as usual, when bought at Costco, the value was there! I’m talking here about the Wafu Japanese-Style Mayonaizu Spread. This was on demo at my local Costco, and I picked up two squeeze bottles of 450 ml each, just under a half-liter, for $6.99, no tax.

I’m a huge fan of traditional Wafu dressing, and when it comes to taste, these spreads are right on. What I enjoy about them is that I can take the wonderful taste of Wafu and apply it to a bunch of places where I couldn’t before, on account of the dressing being too thin. For example, I’ve already tried the Wafu Japanese-Style Mayonaizu Spread on toast – excellent! – in an actual salad, which was delicious, and on humble hot dogs, which tasted like a million bucks after a generous application of Wafu spread!

The Mayonaizu Spread is available at Costco in three different flavors; you get to pick two per order. They are:

  • Sesame – Tastes most like traditional Wafu dressing;
  • Wasabi – Tastes like Wasabi. Quite spicy, and delicious;
  • Spicy – As the name suggests, it’s spicy, but not hot like Wasabi;

Of course, being me, I could not resist the two most spicy versions of this delicious mayonnaise-style spread. I got the Spicy and Wasabi versions, pictured below.

Wafu Wasabi Mayonaizu Japanese Style Spread

Wafu Wasabi Mayonaizu Japanese Style Spread

The Wasabi version of the Mayonaizu spread is quite spicy; definitely not something to give young kids, which is not something I thought about when I bought this. I will buy the milder Sesame version when I’m next at Costco.

Wafu Spicy Mayonaizu Spread

Wafu Spicy Mayonaizu Spread

Since the Spicy Wafu is not as spicy as the Wasabi, I don’t like it as much, but it may go down better with the other members of the family.

When it comes to ingredients, both are almost identical, so I’ll list the ingredients for the Wasabi version:

  • Canola Oil
  • Water
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Pasteurized Frozen Egg Yolk
  • Sugar
  • Modified Corn Starch
  • Sea Sal
  • Spinach Powder
  • Lactic Acid
  • Lemon Juice Concentrate
  • Horseradish Powder
  • Xanthum Gum
  • Citric Acid
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Wasabi Oil
  • Natural Flavor
  • Mustard Oil
  • Capsicum Oil
  • Calcium Disodium Edta
Wafu Spicy Mayonaizu Japanese Style Spread Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

Wafu Spicy Mayonaizu Japanese Style Spread Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

None of these ingredients are particularly freaky, although there are quite a few stability and conservation agents. Pictured at right are the ingredients for the Spicy Mayonaizu version.

As far as the nutritional information goes, this is pretty standard for a mayonnaise-style spread. (Compare with my Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise here) There are quite a few calories per tablespoon, along with plenty of lipids, cholesterol and sodium. I know that it doesn’t look like that much, but seriously, who eats a single tablespoon full? I know I don’t, which in retrospect might help explain my expanding waistline issues.

In closing, a word about the name; I don’t know if ‘Mayonaizu’ is what you call mayonnaise in Japanese. I would be surprised if it was so. Maybe one of my more cultured readers can enlighten me in the comments.

I think it is funny to say ‘mayonaizu’ so I’m going to stick with it.

If you see these products at your local Costco, and you enjoy the taste of Wafu salad dressing, I highly encourage you to give these a try. They are delicious, and I’m not being paid to say so. It must also be said that these products are made right here in Canada, with what I assume are local ingredients (mostly). It’s fun to buy something delicious that is made here, knowing that you help support your local economy.

Costco Canada Coupons, Week of July 27, 2015

Good morning, Costco shoppers! Here are the coupons you’ll find this week at your local Canadian Costco warehouse. I have selected Alberta and Quebec as the Western and Eastern Canada representative, so bear in mind that if you are in other provinces, you might have a few more, or a few less coupons. I have noticed that the Quebec coupons are the biggest ones this week, as they include a bunch of items that are on sale for 2 weeks rather than the usual one week.

Western Canada Costco Coupons, Week of July 27th, 2015 (Alberta)

Costco Western Canada Coupons, week of July 27, 2015

Costco Western Canada Coupons, week of July 27, 2015

My personal favorites in Western Canada are the Korean barbecue pork jerky, which I’ve never tasted but would undoubtedly love, and the Smoked bacon breakfast hash, which I’ve tried several times and is absolutely delicious – just add eggs! The red potato salad also looks great.

Eastern Canada Costco Coupons, Week of July 27th, 2015 (Quebec)

Eastern Canada Costco Coupons, week of July 27th, 2015

Eastern Canada Costco Coupons, week of July 27th, 2015

In eastern Canada, my pick would be the scallops, which are huge, and at $6 off per pack, are a real bargain. The aluminum foil is also a great deal and is a great thing to stockpile when it’s on special. I’ve not paid full price for that stuff in a decade. Most of these are great deals, but are not things I would normally buy, unfortunately.

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse at Costco: Product Review

There is an increasing number of products designed by Artika in my local Costco. Most of those are lamps and ceiling fixtures, such as the really cool LED Moonraker, but there are other products, such as the Aqua Bay sink. Their latest product to catch my eye is the beautiful Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse, or “The” Crystal Ellipse, as the packaging would have it. The light fixture I have in my dinning room is pretty ordinary, and I am seriously considering a change. A full-size, chandelier-type indoor light for the very attractive price of $174.99, including all the light bulbs, is quite the good deal, especially for something this classy.

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse

This very nice laser-cut light fixture measures 31.5 inches long, so almost 3 feet, by 11.8 inches at its widest point, by 8.7 inches high. It features hanging crystals on the inside, as well as no less than nine 40W G9 bulbs, which are included in the package. A quick search on Amazon tells me that each of these bulbs cost about $5 each, if you’re buying LED bulbs, which you should. That’s a savings of $45, right there.

Also included is all the hardware required to install the Crystal Ellipse. Most people would probably get an electrician to install it, but any enterprising man – or woman – could most certainly do it, as my experience with the Moonraker attests to.

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (box)

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (box)

While the Ampere Crystal Ellipse will probably be installed mainly in dining rooms – it has that look, it could easily be installed in any other room in the house, such as the bedroom, the living room or even the entrance. Of course, this type of modern design requires a certain type of furniture and decor to go with it, or else it could look out of place.

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (specs)

Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse (specs)

Another nice feature about the Artika Crystal Ellipse is the fact that the length of the hanging wires is easily adjustable, so it won’t hang right in front of your eyes at the diner table, or anywhere else for that matter. The maximum cable length is 1 meter, or 39.4 inches, which is more than enough even for houses with very high ceilings.

I’ve not yet purchased the Artika Ampere Crystal Ellipse, but I find it so attractive I just had to share. I will be purchasing it soon and installing it in our entrance, so I’ll be sure to update this article when I do. Thanks for reading, and feel free to share your experiences with the Crystal Ellipse in the comments section below!

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin: Product Review

When my wife and I started thinking about having a second child, it became important to take our health, and our baby’s possible health seriously. Our doctor recommended, among other things, that my wife take a Prenatal Multivitamin. Now that our daughter is among us, my wife continues to take the same multivitamin, as it is recommended for breastfeeding mothers as well as expectant ones. The last bottle we had was branded Materna, however my friendly Costco pharmacist assured me that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing.

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

During pregnancy, the mother’s stores of vitamins and minerals are heavily solicited, as the growing baby requires a lot of these to… well, grow. Taking a prenatal multivitamin helps maintain the mother’s health by ensuring that she doesn’t run out of these essential nutrients herself.

For example, many mothers report having teeth issues during and after pregnancy, such as pain, decay and cavities; this is caused by the fact that the growing baby is leeching the calcium to grow its bones directly from the mother’s bones and teeth, as not enough is available elsewhere. An easy way to avoid this is by taking a calcium supplement. Don’t forget the magnesium.

Taking a prenatal multivitamin can also help ensure the health of the baby, by helping reduce the risks of neural tube defects, the most well-known of which is Spina Bifida. Here are the active ingredients and components of the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamins. Feel free to compare them to more expensive vitamins.

  • Beta Carotene- 1500 mcg
  • Vitamin A – 300 mcg RAE
  • Vitamin E – 13.5 mg ATE
  • Vitamin C – 85 mg
  • Folate (folic acid) – 1000 mcg
  • Vitamin B1 – 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin B2 – 1.4 mg
  • Niacinamide – 18 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 1.9 mcg
  • Vitamin B12 – 2.6 mcg
  • Vitamin D3 – 10 mcg
  • Biotin – 30 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid – 6 mg

And now, for the minerals:

  • Calcium – 250 mg
  • Magnesium – 50 mg
  • Iodine – 220 mcg
  • Iron – 27 mg
  • Copper – 1000 mcg
  • Zinc – 7.5 mg
  • Chromium – 30 mcg
  • Manganese – 2 mg
  • Molybdenum – 50 mcg
  • Selenium – 30 mcg

For those of you who’d rather check out the label, here it is; I trust that I’ve reproduced it faithfully and more legibly above!

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Now that we’ve established that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing as the brand-name Materna, which was confirmed by a pharmacist, what about price?

Once again, Costco comes through: the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin costs only $8.79 (plus tax) for 300 tablets, for a minuscule price of $0.0293 (less than 3 pennies) per tablet. That’s pretty cheap for something that’s important to the health of my wife and my child. Just for comparison, the Materna costs about $18 per bottle, for less tablets, and so is about 3 times more expensive, in real terms. It’s still not much when you’re talking about health, but why throw money out the windows?

Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Sauce at Costco: Product Review

One of my favorite types of restaurant are Dim Sum – the Chinese establishments where the food comes to you in little trolleys pushed around by – generally speaking – elderly Chinese ladies that don’t speak English. They’re usually very nice, and it’s always a hoot trying to figure out what the food they have in their cart is just from the pantomime and single-word answers.

Doesn’t matter, really. It’s all quite good, although I’ll pass on the chicken feet next time. The tendons are strangely chewy.

Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce

Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce

This brings me to one of the best deals I found at Costco in the last few months, Lee Kum Kee’s Premium Oyster Sauce.

I started with my reminiscing about Dim Sum restaurants because oyster sauce is the sauce that is traditionally served with the green vegetables the ladies carry in their trolleys – the only vegetable in the whole restaurant, as near I can tell.

I’ve always loved that sauce; I saw ordering the vegetables as an excuse to eat it.

When I saw the oyster sauce at Costco, being liquidated for $2.97 a bottle, I could not resist and bought one. When I took it home and discovered that it was the same as the shockingly salty but delicious sauce they have at Dim Sum, I wen back and bought 3 more. I would have bought more, but by then they had tun out and I got some of the last few bottles.

Where to start with Lee Kum Kee’s Oyster Sauce?

How about the packaging? As you can see, it is charmingly old-school, with women and little boys in what I imagine to be late 19th-century traditional Western-inspired Chinese clothing, eating and paddling. There are also giant oysters on the little boat on the label, just so you know what you’re getting.

Speaking of the packaging, there are also a few glaring spelling and syntax errors, in both English and French, on the label, but the sauce is so delicious that we’ll gloss over those. (seriously, though, LKK, if you’re reading this, I’d be happy to be hired to proof-read your labels before production. English and French. I can’t read Chinese.)

When it comes to the sauce, there are no words to describe it, but I’ll try to anyways. Visually speaking, it is incredibly smooth and glossy, almost other-worldly so, and has a rich dark-brown, almost black color. The real magic happens when you mix it with a stir-fry, or simply use it as a dipping sauce.

I’ve got to tell you right now, you have to love the taste of oysters, because this is what Lee Kum Kee’s Oyster Sauce gives you. There are no ifs nor buts about it.

The oyster flavor is strong and undeniable yet pleasingly subtle, bringing out the natural flavors of other ingredients and complementing them beautifully, whether you are cooking meat or vegetables or mushrooms or even plain noodles.

I’m sad that I only have a bottle and a half left.

Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce Nutrition Facts

Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce Nutrition Facts

Now, on to the other, more technical stuff. Remember when I said the Dim Sum sauce was salty? Well, this one is just as salty, and for the uninitiated, it is quite shocking.

As you can see by the nutritional information data sheet I’ve provided, each 18 grams of sauce contains 820 mg of sodium, or 34% of your daily recommended intake. I figure that’s about one tablespoon full, or near enough.

One the plus side, and as opposed to Hoisin Sauce, it’s not particularly sweet, so there you have it.

Don’t look for anything else as far as nutrition goes. A gram of protein, salt and some sugar. And a whole lot of oyster goodness!

The ingredients of Lee Kum Kee’s Oyster Sauce are as follows:

  • Oyster Extract – (Oysters, Water and Salt)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Salt – Again!
  • Modified Corn Starch
  • Wheat Flour
  • Caramel Color

So what’s the bottom line with Lee Kum Kee’s Premium Oyster Sauce? If you see it, buy it. If you don’t see it, look for it. Even if it’s only to try. It’s absolutely delicious, and your cooking will take a giant lead forward just by adding this to your pantry. Do yourself, and your guests a favor, and take the plunge to a world of exotic yet pleasingly familiar flavor! (at least for me!)

Winner Shares Costco Loot!

Winner Shares Costco Loot!

Kerry Harris, from the Salvation Army, collecting the Costco loot! (photo courtesy of the Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune)

A bit of good news today, coming from Alberta! The winner of the Rotary Dream Home Lottery, Norman Visscher, has donated over $2,100 worth of food to local food banks after discovering that his new home came with a full pantry, courtesy of Costco!

As originally reported by Kieran Markle of the Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune, the new owner of the Dream Home were very happy to be able to share their good fortune with the community.

They are thankful to all involved with the Rotary Club as well as all the even sponsors, including of course Costco, for their donations, which in Costco’s case has gone straight to charity. The winner of the Rotary Club Dream Home has decided to put up their new home for sale, as they do not plan to move. (Link to original news article)

Artika Aqua Bay Double Kitchen Sink at Costco

Costco seems to be featuring an increasing number of items by designed Artika these days, and from good reason: based on my experience with the Artika Moonraker ceiling light, I would be happy to recommend their products to anyone. My wife and I are considering a kitchen remodel in the near future, and a double sink would fit nicely with our plans. I was therefore very happy to see the new Artika Aqua Bay kitchen sink at my local Costco.

Artika Aqua Bay Kitchen Sink

Artika Aqua Bay Kitchen Sink

My wife loves the double sink, something that is sorely lacking in our kitchen right now. While there is clearly a tap on the picture, the box leaves no doubt for interpretation, as it clearly states that the box contains the following:

  • One double-width sink
  • Two stainless grids, stainless steel, as pictured
  • Two drains and strainer baskets, stainless steel as well
Artika Aqua Bay Kitchen Sink Specs

Artika Aqua Bay Kitchen Sink Specs

The Aqua Bay sink features 10 degrees rounded corners, something we are clearly supposed to be impressed by – they’re nice, but it takes a bit more than that to woo me. What I find significantly more interesting is the 16 gauge stainless steel used in fabricating this sink. This will ensure that the sink feels rock-solid, no matter what you drop in it.

The overall dimensions of this Artika double sink are 31.3″ x 20.5″ x 9″ deep. While the depth is not incredible, this sink has the possibility of being installed under the counter rather than overlapping it, so you could potentially gain a valuable inch of depth there. I know this gain is more visual than anything else, but I’d take it.

The Artika Aqua Bay kitchen sink, is quite stylish, and with its 10 degrees rounded corners everywhere, will give you kitchen a touch of a professional look. It is made by hand rather than stamped, which is a nice touch. Of course, all this stainless steel and sharp design and class and whatnot has a price: the Aqua Bay retails for $329.99 at Costco. That’s hardly inexpensive, but kitchen remodels are expensive, and it always pays to put in quality, either for yourself or simply to enhance your resale value. Moreover, a quick search shows that a similarly-constructed sink, made with the same 16 gauge steel but with a much shoddier design, costs upwards of $570 at Home Depot. Something to think about!


Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil at Costco: Product Review

While most of my Costco reviews tend to be glowing, this one will not. It will be tempered by sadness and disappointment. I’m a big fan of trying new things, and by and large, this is an attitude that has served me well, both for food and in my life in general. I was happy to find Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil at a severe discount at my local Costco; I believe the selling price was $4.97 (maybe a dollar more or less), and the original price was about $15, if memory serves. Thank God I didn’t do like I did with the grilled mushrooms and buy 8 jars!

Suzie's Organic Red Palm Oil

Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil

According to Dr. Oz and many other specialists, the wonders of virgin, organic red palm oil cannot be discounted; in fact, red palm oil looks like the Second Coming. That being said, some other people take into account the massive deforestation that takes place to satiate the world’s red palm oil appetite, and it’s not pretty.

Whether you believe the nutritional benefits of red palm oil, or think it’s just another gimmick being pushed by unscrupulous charlatans is up to you. The only thing I can share is that my jar of Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil, a product of Ecuador, tasted so disgusting that I threw it away after taking the picture above.

Suzie's Organic Red Palm Oil Nutrition Facts

Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil Nutrition Facts

I know that all oils come with an expiration date, even if said date is not printed on the container. The red palm oil I got is so rancid and disgusting I can’t use it for anything.

Now, just to be clear, I’ve never had virgin red palm oil before, except of course in just about every processed meal I’ve ever eaten. But I’ve never had it just like that, a big spoonful to cook in, like margarine.

Imagine my surprise when the time came to start cooking! I put a spoonful in the pan, and waited for it to get hot, only to find a unpleasant odor emanating from the oil! I had no idea what to expect, so I used the oil a few times after that, but I came to the conclusion that at the very least, my jar or Organic Red Palm Oil was super rancid.

I didn’t leave it out in the sun, I stored it according to the specifications on the box, in a cool, dry place, and it was like that the day I brought it back from Costco.

I know that Costco has an incredible return policy, and they would have happily taken it back, but I would have felt bad returning something I used and only paid a few dollars for, so to the garbage it goes. It’s really unfortunate that I got a bad jar; red palm oil seems like something that I would enjoy, and Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil, at Costco’s ridiculously low bargain price, seemed like a great deal. If it comes back, and goes on liquidation again, maybe I’ll give it another try, and go for a non-rancid jar this time.